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A BRICS University in the works: Russia
May 15, 2015, 6:57 am

File photo: Educators turn the tassels for graduates at Zhejiang University, China [Xinhua]

File photo: Educators turn the tassels for graduates at Zhejiang University, China [Xinhua]

The BRICS economies want to institute a BRICS Network University that could be a potential victory for the cause of higher education in these five countries and to the international postgraduate market.

“A large-scale event to establish a BRICS Network University has been planned for September, and in October, a BRICS Global University Summit will take place in Moscow,” said Russian Deputy Minister of Education and Science Alexander Klimov in St. Petersburg.

He was speaking at an international conference on “Education and global cities” being held in the Russian city from May14-15.

Demographic changes in BRICS mean the appetite for higher education is expanding quickly and providing a source of international postgrad students that the US and UK are currently exploiting.

“Over the course of the next month and a half we should agree on the fundamental structure of BRICS University so that in September, the BRICS Network University, endorsed by all members of the association, will be officially established,” Klimov said.

Both the UK and US universities are heavily dependent on the BRICS, especially China and India, for their international numbers. India, by 2024, will be home to the largest tertiary-aged population, numbering over 119 million.

The ‘BRICS Working Group on Education’, comprised of senior officials and ministers will meet on 25-26 June and later in November in Moscow to formulate the development of the proposed university.

The discussions ahead of the 7th BRICS Summit in Russia is expected to highlight the critical role that education plays in creating a skilled workforce that meets the needs of industry in these emerging markets.

The BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed to set up the $100 billion development bank last July, in a step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

The BRICS Bank’s first president will take charge within the next ten days, said the Indian Finance Ministry on Thursday.

The Bank will have its headquarters in China with India holding its first rotating presidency.

Presidents Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Dilma Rousseff, Jacob Zuma and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet in Russia on 8-9 July to further consolidate ties within the bloc.




5 Responses to A BRICS University in the works: Russia

  1. Sai Krishna Myakala Reply

    May 15, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Hi Admin. I’m 22 year old guy from India. I’ve completed my Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering and willing to persue Masters degree in Aviation Management to make career in Commercial Aviation. So, do I have chance to apply for the universities under BRICS? Is BRICS establishing up a new university or adding up existing universities into the collaboration? Please do give me appropriate information and guide me, That’d be grateful. Thanks in advance.

  2. Dr. Chris Jones Reply

    May 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Greetings to BRICS countries from UK. It is a great idea to set up a BRICS university. It is good to see the BRICS nations establishing educational institutions and other infrastructure which will lead to accelerated economic and social development.

    I wish you well in this endeavour.

  3. CT CHEONG Reply

    May 18, 2015 at 4:25 am


  4. R G Bawaskar Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I am very happy to knowing that BRICS countries are planning to establish BRICS University..

    in fact, the idea to propose the creation of BIRCS University is also came in my mind, and i am arguing how it is neccessary to establish BRICS University, in my working paper on’Institutionalization of BRICS’.

    thank you very much for taking such a step

  5. Shafquat Irshad Reply

    July 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Congratulation on this great and much needed initiative. I am sure the stakeholder must be requiring some good global resources to run and manage this world class university. If given a chance I would like to be part of this global team. Thanks..

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