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On December 16, UNN Rector Elena Zagaynova met with Lilliam Rodríguez Jiménez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Costa Rica to the Russian Federation during the visit of the Costa Rica Embassy’s delegation to Lobachevsky University.

Taking part in the meeting were Randolph Coto Echeverría, Minister Plenipotentiary, Counselor and Consul General of the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in the Russian Federation,  Olga Guseva, Director of the Department of International Relations of the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Alexander Bedny, UNN Vice-Rector for International Affairs,  and Alexander Gorylev, Deputy Head of the UNN International Cooperation Office. In the course of the meeting, the parties discussed the development of bilateral relations between Lobachevsky University and the universities of Costa Rica.

Welcoming the guests, UNN Rector Elena Zagaynova noted:

"Lobachevsky University is one of the oldest universities in Nizhny Novgorod: we have many research schools that are renowned  in Russia and abroad. We are an international university: there are students from almost a hundred countries. Students from Costa Rica also studied at our university - they were culturally rich and well-educated  young people, and we always need such students. We will be very happy if students from Costa Rica continue to come to us.  At present, more than 50 foreign academics are working at the university as teaching staff members and researchers, and we  look forward to starting cooperation with Costa Rican universities in this area."

In turn, Ambassador Lilliam Rodríguez Jiménez thanked the university administration for the invitation and emphasised the importance of developing relations with the Nizhny Novgorod region in the field of higher professional education and international student exchange.

"We hope that students from Costa Rica will one day study at Lobachevsky University and we will promote cooperation between UNN and our two major universities," the Ambassador said.

She also said that she was interested in the university's research and development aimed at reducing  carbon dioxide emissions and climate change management. These areas of research could become a platform for future cooperation between scientists in Nizhny Novgorod and Costa Rica.