A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Russian Education Exported: Do Our Universities Stand A Chance Abroad?

October 17 – The Future of Science and Global Education research and educational programme hosted a talk show titled Made in Russia! Promoting Russian Universities Abroad. It became the final part of the programme’s block dedicated to promoting Russian Universities overseas and branding Russian education. Participants of educational sessions were offered to find potential solutions for the problems stated, including auxiliary education, strategy to promote Russian education among public, developing and promoting online education and providing the future for university alumni.  

Presentations of all the programmes led to heated discussion among the platform experts. Pavel Zenkovich, Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, was the leading speaker at this session. He started with statistics: “As of today, Russia’s educating 240 thousand international students. We are number 6 in the world. Currently, we’re developing a programme aimed to simplify the procedure to obtain Russian citizenship for those foreign nationals who graduated from Russian universities with honours”.

One of the most sensitive topics of the talk show was brand ambivalence of a Russian university or Russian education and their inseparability. “Some of our universities are brands overseas, like Moscow Engineering Physics Institute or Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and many other culture oriented educational facilities. But unfortunately, Russian education is not a brand as is, unlike U.S. or Switzerland, for instance”, noted Provost of Higher School of Economics Ivan Prostakov and added that it is dangerous to separate the notions of a university brand and public education.     

Regional Director of American Councils for International Education Carter Johnson shared his experience in watching the tough process of exporting education. He told a story about a girl from China: “This girl’s parents did not have a diploma, yet managed to build a fortune in the 90-s. That’s how she could afford education abroad. She picked an American university, but after graduation she went back to China, because getting citizenship appeared to be problematic”.

Final moments of the talk show were dedicated to the public presentation of a new index for Russian universities – their export activity index. Experts believe it would raise the inrush of international students to Russian educational facilities by 50% over the next decade.

Summing up the meeting, the experts decided that Russian legislation and university charters need to be amended. Those changes are supposed to improve social and living conditions for the student community, which is the biggest obstacle for integration of Russian education into global education environment.

Российское образование на экспорт: есть ли шанс у наших вузов за рубежом?