Ulyanovsk region continues to build up cooperation in the social sector in the Volga-Yangtze format

Particular emphasis is being put on implementation of educational projects.

 We would like to remind that prospects for this collaboration were addressed at the last meeting of the Russian part of the Joint Working Group of regions of the Volga Federal District and the Upper and Middle Reaches of Yangtze River of the People's Republic of China. According to the Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District Alexey Sukhov, in different parts of the district thirty-four projects have already been implemented in the field of education, culture, tourism and youth policy. Another 51 ones are being developed. The Russian-Chinese Youth Forum, which is held annually on a parity basis, is of particular importance. This year it took place at the youth forum of the Volga Federal District "iVolga". More than 300 students from both countries took part in it. Given the close connection between Russian and Chinese higher educational establishments, a decision was made on creation of the Association of Higher Educational Institutions of Regions of the Volga Federal District and the Upper and Middle Reaches of Yangtze River of the People's Republic of China.

Currently, the Ulyanovsk region actively cooperates in the Volga-Yangtze format with higher educational establishments of the following provinces: Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan. As the First Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Uba emphasized, the Ulyanovsk higher education institutions, which are interacting with the People's Republic of China, include ULSU (Ulyanovsk State University). It has been working with the Chinese party since 2003, as well as training specialists for China. In addition, Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University (ULSPU) and Ulyanovsk State Agricultural Academy also joined it last year.

"This year significant amount of work has been done. In particular, representatives of the Southwest University of Science and Technology (Mianyang, Sichuan Province) visited Ulyanovsk State Technical University in summer. As a result, an agreement on cooperation between higher education institutions was signed. Rectors of these universities discussed the possibility to organize bilateral training and exchanges of teachers and students within academic conferences and various projects. These include lectures, as well as teaching and learning of the language. The rectors also discussed issues related to cooperation development between student organizations, prospects for collaboration in science and technology, including such spheres as IT, civil and industrial engineering", - Ekaterina Uba said.

In addition, an agreement on cooperation between the Sichuan University and the Ulyanovsk State University was signed during the visit of the delegation. The agreement provides exchange of students, teachers and researchers.