Diplomatic Seminar brings together young professionals
The XIX Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts started in Nizhny Novgorod. The academic and educational event will be held on November 13-17 at various city venues, including Lobachevsky University. The seminar is attended by some 60 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students aged 18 to 30 from universities in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Macedonia, Mongolia, Tajikistan as well as 10 students from the UNN Institute of International Relations and World History.
"We are very pleased to be a partner and co-organiser of the XIX Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts in Nizhny Novgorod. The most important thing about the university is that students gain new knowledge, choose a profession and become involved in science. Such events, which bring together talented and interested young people from different cities and countries, are always a good opportunity to build an effective dialogue and communicate with their peers and reputable experts. Science, especially the science made by young people, is also a form of diplomacy, a form of communication and interaction without borders. It is true that Russian diplomacy today is undergoing a serious test of its strength, but interest in this sphere of activity is not waning. The high competition for admission to the UNN Institute of International Relations and World History, which we saw during the admission campaign, testifies to this fact," said Elena Zagaynova, Rector of Lobachevsky University.
The seminar was opened in the meeting room of the Duma of Nizhny Novgorod. Sergei Malov, Representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nizhny Novgorod, addressed the participants with a welcoming speech.
"If we analyse the number of partners we are currently building ties with by shifting our attention away from the West, it will clearly show that there is no isolation of Russia. Multipolarity is developing on all continents and new centres of economic growth, financial power and political influence are emerging. These are Asia and, in a broader sense, Eurasia, and Africa, which has a huge amount of undeveloped natural resources. The vast majority of Latin American countries continue not just to maintain relations with us, but are interested in deepening these relations. As young professionals, you are not just learning, but also experiencing this moment of change in the geopolitical situation. In today's environment, in addition to your professional training, improving your skills and expanding your erudition is a matter of your civic position," stressed Sergei Malov.
The seminar is organised by the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Support Foundation. Since the programme's inception in 2012, more than 400 participants from CIS and non-CIS countries have graduated from it. According to the organisers, the Diplomatic Seminar is an opportunity to present oneself on an international platform, broaden one's horizons, and meet distinguished experts. This year, the seminar includes lectures by 15 leading experts in international relations, economics, law, public diplomacy and history from Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.