On February 19th-20th, 2018, First Forum of the Federation of Russian and Arab University President was held on the basis of Arts, Sciences and Technology University in Lebanon. The Forum was organized by the Association of Arab Universities and the Russian Rector’s Union. There were discussed questions of the development and cooperation between higher educational institutions of Russia and countries of the Arab world in the educational, scientific and cultural spheres.
The first Forum of the Federation of Russian and Arab Universities opened in Beirut under the patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers His Excellency Mr.Saad Hariri. The Russian delegation was headed by the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga V. Vasilieva and the president of the Russian Rector’s Union, the rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Viktor A. Sadovnichy. Rectors of leading Russian and Arab universities took part in the forum as well.
In his speech at the Forum, the rector of the Moscow Pedagogical State University shared with his colleagues the experience of training teachers in the oldest pedagogical universities in Russia, which celebrated its 145th anniversary last year. A special accent A.V. Lubkov made on the harmonization of all aspects of the training of teachers, including the spiritual and moral aspect. He also drew attention to the great opportunities opening for Arab and Russian partner universities in the promotion and popularization of the Russian language and culture in the countries of the Middle East.
On February 20, the Russian delegation took part in the opening of the Russian-Lebanese cultural and educational center «Dialogue» on the basis of the international school in the Bekaa Valley with classes in the Russian language.