On October 29, 2019 more than 100 participants of Erasmus+ session discussed engagement of Russian educational institutions in international programs. Further questions were raised on monitoring educational programs, international academic mobility, European volunteer programs, internalization strategy programs. The session was opened by the Vice-president of the Department of international cooperation of the Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation Boris Zheleznov, MPGU Rector Alexey Lubkov and Head of Erasmus+ National office in Russia O. Oleynikova.
Prof. Dr. Lubkov stated that since «[i]n 2020 MPGU relaunches Erasmus+ program, new projects and new content [would] be introduced. A lot has been made for building solidarity and cooperation, academic and student mobility, mutual recognition. It is especially important for Russian universities, since, on the one hand, we are open to new tendencies from Europe, on the other hand, our national education system has its own uniqueness that should not get lost during further adjustment to the Bologna process.
The Vice-president of the Department of International cooperation of the Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation Boris Zheleznov added that in the last 10 years there has been a rapid increase in the number of international students in Russian universities. He also stressed that the national education system requires international assistance and experience to integrate sucessfully into global educational field.
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad. Erasmus+ does not just have opportunities for students, but by merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.