Young Leaders International Forum “Altai-Asia 2019” opened at ASU

9 October 2019 Department of Information and Media Communications
On October 8, Altai State University hosted the grand opening of “Altai-Asia 2019” International Forum of Young Leaders from Asian Countries organized as part of New Generation project, a program of short-term study tours to the Russian Federation for young representatives of political, public, scientific and business circles of foreign countries.

The unique communication platform, which is being organized at ASU for the fifth time, has united active young people from 11 Asian countries who realize themselves in various fields of professional activity. These are 19 young leaders, representatives of the educational, social, political, cultural and business circles of Armenia, Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka.

“Today ASU has become a platform where young people from the countries of Central and Southeast Asia are ready to share their experience in implementing international, scientific, educational, and cultural projects. Altai State University adheres to a clear vector of the development of international cooperation, primarily with Central Asian countries, therefore it is important and necessary for us to hold an event of this level and nature,” Altai State University Rector of Altai State University Sergey N. Bocharov said at the opening of the forum. “In order to achieve good competitive position in the international educational space, we integrate with universities of other countries. And we do a lot for this. For example, 1,500 foreign students currently study at Altai State University. This is 14 percent of the total number of students at our university. About 5 percent of invited foreign specialists now work among ASU lecturers. We actively cooperate with universities in other countries, where we open representative centers, centers of the Russian language. All this brings its natural results, affirming our university’s high positions in prestigious world rankings."

According to Dmitry I. Petrov, head of the representative office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Barnaul, the international forum organized at Altai State University is a significant event in the development of interregional educational and scientific ties, and in general cross-border humanitarian cooperation. This is a platform for establishing friendly business relations, youth contacts and joint projects.

“Altai-Asia 2019 Forum provides an opportunity for young leaders from different countries to discover modern Russia, deepen their professional knowledge, and establish useful contacts,” leading specialist of Youth Program Implementation Department at Rossotrudnichestvo Agency Nikita A. Vlasov noted when conveying congratulations from the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora V. Mitrofanova. “Altai State University, which organized the forum, is not only the flagship higher education institution of Altai Krai, but also the leading university in the Asian part of Russia, focused on international cooperation. Since 2015, the university has become one of the key partners of Rossotrudnichestvo in implementing the New Generation program.”

Denis A. Goloborodko, deputy of Altai Krai Legislative Assembly, and Vladimir V. Gudkov, chairman of the Youth Affairs Committee under Barnaul Administration, also congratulated the participants and organizers on the opening of the forum.

Vice-Rector for International Affairs Development Roman I. Raikin noted that the flagship university of Altai Krai hopes to maintain friendly relations with all forum participants and further develop those projects that will be initiated at the International Forum of Young Leaders from Asian Countries.

It is to be recalled that the organizers of the event are the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), Altai State University (ASU), Association of Asian Universities, Asian Expert-Analytical Center of Ethnology and International Educational Cooperation.

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