December 18th, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov received the Ambassador of Thailand to the Russian Federation, Thanatip Upatising.
The aim of the visit was to discuss opportunities to reinforce cooperation between the Thai Embassy and MGIMO’s ASEAN Centre. Also attending the meeting were the Director of the ASEAN Center Victor Sumsky, members of the faculty and two first secretaries of the embassy.
The Rector remarked that the Thai language has been taught at MGIMO since the 1950’s and that many graduates of the University work in Southeast Asia. MGIMO has cooperation agreements with three Thai universities: Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University and Mahidol University. MGIMO has trained over the last twenty years a large number of Thai students and the University recently welcomed two student delegations from Thailand for field work on international migration and an internship.
The Ambassador announced that Thailand would take on the presidency of ASEAN in 2019 and expressed the desire to organize joint events with MGIMO. Victor Sumsky and his colleagues described the activities of the ASEAN Centre and the joint project with Thai colleagues dedicated to translating President Vladimir Putin’s speeches into Thai. Following the meeting, MGIMO and the Thai Embassy agreed to set up a roadmap for joint activities in 2019.
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