Three Ulyanovsk universities were included into Association of Higher Educational Institutions of the Volga Federal District and the Upper and Middle Reaches of Yangtze River

The establishing agreement was signed at the meeting of the Council in the Volga-Yangtze format, which took place in the Chinese city of Hefei under the chairmanship of the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich and the member of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Yang Jiechi.

 The document aims to generate concerted efforts on organization of joint activities for training of competent human resources and carrying out scientific research, development of interregional and international contacts, exchange of experience, as well as implementation of innovative projects in the fields of education, science and youth exchanges.

"Sixty-three higher education institutions from both sides have already confirmed their participation in the work of this Association. This huge scientific educational community and it consists of students who will be future heads of state and municipal authorities and business companies. They will continue to develop relationships between our two countries", - Mikhail Babich emphasized.

Three universities will represent the Ulyanovsk region in this organization – ULSU, ULSTU and ULSPU. All three institutions of higher professional education have been actively carrying out international activities in collaboration with China for several years.

"The flagship university of the region already has a Russian-Chinese center of strategic partnership. However, the main thing is that we are introducing Chinese courses at universities. A new training programme "English/Chinese" will become available at Pedagogical University starting from 1 September. In addition, approximately twenty bachelor students of Technical University are successfully finishing the first year of training in "Intercultural Communication". The university's educational programme was designed to involve pupils from lyceum at the university in the process of learning Chinese. I think that Chinese should be one of the most popular languages to study nowadays ", - said the Governor Sergey Morozov in his speech.

In addition, the closing ceremony of the IV Russian-Chinese Youth Forum "Volga-Yangtze. Charming Anhui" took place on the same day. The Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich and the head of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov participated in the event. The Ulyanovsk region was represented by ten students from ULSU, ULSPU, ULSTU and Ulyanovsk Institute of Civil Aviation.

“The work in the People's Republic of China turned out to be really fruitful. Several agreements were signed on joint staff training for aviation industry. Our youth delegation presented work of the Ulyanovsk universities. Participants of the forum have also discussed implementation of the students exchange programme. For example, now ULSTU is implementing a number of joint projects under the agreement signed with North China University of Technology. In summer, students from China will take part in the International Summer School on the basis of the university, and several students of ULSTU will go to learn Chinese in the university of China”, - said Natalya Semyonova, the Minister of Education and Science of the Ulyanovsk region.