InteRussia: Fellows meet Evgeny Primakov

International Relations
On 26 April, our foreign guests who take part in the educational programme on international relations visited Rossotrudnichestvo where they met Evgeny Primakov, Head of the Agency.

He outlined the main mission of 60 Russian Houses working all over the world: to promote Russian education and cultural heritage abroad. Evgeny Primakov also noted that today Russia was among top 5 or 6 countries in the world for the number of foreign students wishing to study in the country:

"Students come to Russia to study in all fields, from medicine to IT and technical professions. The agency helps Russian universities to open branches abroad and organise joint programmes with local higher education institutions. We also hold Russian language courses, exhibitions, create discussion platforms, and invite foreign students to come to Russia so that they can see our country."

Finally, Evgeny Primakov outlined the challenges that the agency is currently facing in Europe. According to the head of Rossotrudnichestvo, the agency has never promoted political agenda and always worked exclusively in the field of cultural cooperation:

"Following the imposition of the EU sanctions, the work of Russian Houses in Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, North Macedonia and Montenegro was frozen by the local authorities."

InteRussia is a traditional fellowship programme for foreign specialists and a joint project of the Gorchakov Fund, MGIMO University and Rossotrudnichestvo, which is also implemented as part of the ‘‘New Generation’’ programme.

The programme gives young scholars from all over the world an opportunity to carry out a scientific research under the guidance of the leading academic staff of MGIMO’s Institute for International Studies. The current intake consists of young international relations specialists from India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania.