A delegation of UK university leaders and scientists led by the British Council’s Chief Executive, Sir Ciarán Devane, will arrive in Moscow on Monday 11 November for a four day visit aimed at deepening UK-Russia collaboration and partnership in research, science and higher education.
The delegation of fifteen includes Professor Carole Mundell, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chief Scientific Adviser, and Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University and Professor Sir Martin Poliakoff, and will visit Moscow and St Petersburg.
Delegates will discuss plans to expand joint research, explore how to increase student mobility between Russia and the UK, how to grow the transnational education market and how to create opportunities for early career researchers (building on the Future Science programme which has connected 1,000 young scientists in both countries over the last three years).
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, said:
“We very much welcome the opportunity to discuss the importance of increased mobility, joint research and partnerships between UK and Russian universities, and we look forward to a return visit to London by Russian Rectors in the summer of 2020.”
The visit will include the 1st Russia-UK Rectors’ Forum at Moscow State University, hosted by the Russian Rectors’ Union in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, visits to three major Russian universities and formal and informal engagement with a wide range of contacts.
A Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration will be signed by the Russian Rectors’ Union and Universities UK International and will include plans for a return visit to the UK in June 2020, to coincide with the British Council’s annual Going Global conference.
Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, said:
"I am pleased to be on this delegation to Moscow and St Petersburg as St Andrews University has a range of research collaborations with Russian universities, and I am interested to see what new opportunities exist to develop these partnerships further.”
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