On July 7, 2017, an international student conference «Russia's Position in World Politics: Foreign Strategy, Challenges and Prospects» was held at MGIMO-Odintsovo Campus as part of the International Summer School 2017 module «Russian Foreign Policy: Modern Challenges».
Summer School students came from 16 universities from 14 countries. They took part in the conference together with a bunch of MGIMO students of the Odintsovo Campus and forty Dutch students from the universities of Leiden and Amsterdam representing the Association of UN students.
The Conference was opened by keynote speech by Andrey O. Bezrukov, Senior Lecturer at the MGIMO Department of Applied Analysis of International Issues. In his speech Professor A.Bezrukov gave an in-depth analysis of current international relations and world economy. A considerable part of Mr. Bezrukov’s presentation was devoted to analyzing current situation regarding the EU, the USA, China, Russia, India, and a number of the most “sensitive” and explosive regions of the world. Professor A.Bazrukov elaborated upon perspectives of political and economic development of world’s major economies. His out-of-the-box approach to the most important strategic issues in the field of global international affairs provoked a barrage of questions and comments from the students.
The second part of the conference was devoted to another interesting issue: comparative study of the Federal Antimonopoly Service’s (FAS) work on the application of antitrust regulations and existing international practices in the field. Pavel Suvorov, Head of methodology Department of Administration for control over State Defense Order of FAS, gave an interesting lecture on the above theme. Dutch students specializing in the application of antitrust regulations, literally bombarded the lecturer with questions.
Sergey Kamolov, Head of Public Administration and Law Department at MGIMO, in his lecture elaborated upon aspects of public administration in Russia. He addressed professional interests of another part of international students’ audience specializing in this field and the field of public-private partnership.
During the conference and informal socializing the students of MGIMO, Summer School students, and their Dutch guests got to know each other better; they discussed peculiarities of studying, students’ life, and job opportunities in their countries. The students exchanged email addresses and profiles in social networks.
Getting to know the Campus Park, training and sport facilities of the Odintsovo Campus, Dutch students became “jealous” about the outstanding conveniences created for the MGIMO and International |Summer School students.
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