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MADI proposals to increase foreign students admission discussed at State Duma

The meeting of the Working Group on the admission of foreign citizens to higher education institutions of the Russian Federation under sponsorship from the federal budget was held in the State Duma, chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Chairman of the Public Council of MADI Kazbek Taisayev. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as well as Rossotrudnichestvo.

The meeting discussed the ways to improve the mechanisms and priorities for selection of foreign students for studying in Russia and the quotas for education. A separate issue for discussion was the need to support the flagship Russian universities that are backbone for the CIS, in granting the priority right of independent selection of foreign students for engineering professions within the budget. The aim of the working group is to increase the quotas for studying in Russian universities for foreign citizens and compatriots at the expense of the federal budget.

Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Chairman of the Public Council of MADI Kazbek Taisayev:

“The main goal of creating the Working Group will be implemented in the near future - the issue will be resolved in the federal budget for 2021. The financial expenses associated with an increase in quotas for the study of foreigners in Russian universities by 3000 places and a phased double increase of quotas by 2024 have already been reserved by the Ministry of Finance and will be submitted to the State Duma by the second reading. At the recent government meeting in the State Duma with participation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, the issue of supporting MADI and granting the backbone universities the right to independently select foreign applicants was raised. Thus, the proposals of MADI are supported by the Ministry."

At the meeting, MADI was represented by the Deputy Vice-Rector for International Relations, Victor Alipa:

“Upon a careful analysis of the number of foreign students in MADI, it became clear that the university needs support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Rossotrudnichestvo, which are actively involved in the export of Russian education. The right to select foreign applicants will significantly support the export program for Russian education and will allow us to enhance the admission of foreigners, primarily from the CIS countries, Georgia, the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia and the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic."