The First Forum of the BRICS Network University to Be Held at Ural Federal University

Ekaterinburg, Russia, April 1, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — On the 6-9 April 2016, Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) will host the first Forum of the BRICS Network University, which will be attended by representatives of universities and Ministries of Education from Russia, India, China, Brazil and South Africa.

UrFU was selected to be a coordinator of the BRICS Network University on the Russian part during the meeting of the BRICS education ministers in November 2015.

Maxim Khomyakov, Vice-rector for International Relations of Ural Federal University, comments on the upcoming event: “The First Forum of the BRICS Network University is a unique event because it is the first time when the institutions participating in the project will meet each other. There are three main goals for the Forum: meeting of the top managers of the participating universities, meetings of the International Thematic Groups that will discuss how we’ll continue our work on developing joint degree and short-term programs, and the first meeting of the International Governing Board of the BRICS Network University.

The topics that are going to be discussed at the Forum include the main principles of the courses elaboration, titles and degrees to be awarded, number of credits required for course completion, credit recognition. Besides, the delegates will discuss procedural, financial issues and other related topics (e.g. adoption of the corporate style).


BRICS Network University is a joint research and educational project aimed at creation of a unified educational environment, development of academic mobility and training highly qualified professionals in the areas of activity that are of high priority to the member states.

The thematic priorities of the BRICS network university include:

• Energy;
• Computer science and information security;
• BRICS studies;
• Ecology and climate change;
• Water resources and pollution treatment;
• Economics.

The Memorandum of Understanding for Establishment of the BRICS Network University was signed on November 18, 2015 in Moscow by the Ministers of Education of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Contact-Details: Ural Federal University
19, Mira str., Yekaterinburg, Russia, 620002
Tel.: +7 343 3759777

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