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MADI enhances cooperation with the Republic of Abkhazia

On July 28, a delegation from the Republic of Abkhazia visited MADI. As a part of the visit a meeting took place between the acting rector of MADI Dmitry Efimenko and the Minister of Education and Language Policy of the Republic Inal Gablia.

"For many years MADI has been closely cooperating with the Republic of Abkhazia in training personnel for the road and motor industry. In 2021, 28 applicants from this country were selected and ten of them were admitted to state-funded places. However, we are well aware that for Abkhazia in the period of rapid development this is clearly not enough, so we plan to increase the opportunities and hope that our graduates will work effectively for the benefit of their homeland," - said Acting Rector of MADI Dmitry Yefimenko.

On the part of MADI the meeting was also attended by Viktor Alipa, Vice Rector for CIS countries. He told the guests that Russia has started to pay a lot of attention to the targeted training of foreign students. Now in the country there are many government initiatives in this direction, in which our university also takes part.

In his turn, Minister of Education and Language Policy of Abkhazia Inal Gablia stressed that the Republic badly needs the specialists trained by MADI, as the reconstruction of infrastructure of the country after the war is going on, and the construction of a new airport, bridges and tunnels is also planned. In addition, the consequences of the disaster, which caused significant damage to the roads of Abkhazia, are currently being eliminated.

Kazbek Taisaev, the Chairman of the Public Council of the University, the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, who took part in negotiations and supported all the initiatives voiced during the meeting, also got in touch with his colleagues.

After the official part, the guests had a chance to get acquainted with the newest laboratories and leading departments of the university, MADI engineering center, educational buildings and classrooms, and discussed the key directions of cooperation development with the University Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Vladimir Tatarinov.

"MADI has always been an international university. The practice of international cooperation has always been of great importance. We are doing a common and very important thing together - we provide the younger generation with quality and relevant education. MADI has a wide range of specialties, including unique ones, which are fully represented only at our university," - said Vladimir Vladimirovich.

As a result of the visit, it was decided to develop cooperation between MADI and the Republic of Abkhazia in such directions as launching joint educational modules, creating a program of students and teachers exchange, inviting MADI specialists to examine the objects of transport infrastructure of Abkhazia. In the future it is planned to open MADI laboratory on the territory of the Republic to carry out various researches and tests.

As it should be mentioned, this year 150 citizens of the CIS countries, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and the Republic of Transdniestria won the right of priority for admission to the MADI for state-funded places based on the results of the international intellectual contest "All Roads Lead to MADI". Prior to 2021, only 6 leading Russian universities had the right of priority admission of foreign citizens. This year, MADI joined them, becoming the first technical university in this list. Next year our university plans to hold the same contest again, the number of seats available for students will be increased and not only bachelors and specialists, but also undergraduates and graduate students will have an opportunity to get a free education.

Enrollment of foreign students according to the results of the competition became possible thanks to the support of the Chairman of the Public Council of MADI, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Kazbek Taisaev and Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov.