25 October 2018

MGIMO Rector at Baku International Humanitarian Forum

October 25th, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, at the invitation of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, attended the Baku Humanitarian Forum, which this year was devoted to «Shaping a New World and a New Humanity: Creativity and Human Development».

The forum was kicked off by the President of Azerbaijan, also an MGIMO graduate. Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with the Middle East and Central Asia, Rashid Khalikov, the Director General of ISESCO Abdulaziz Altwaijri, the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO Qu Xing and the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Barron all spoke during the opening session.

The first plenary session of the Forum dealt with the role of education in the development of contemporary society. Anatoly Torkunov and the Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan, Urkhan Alekperov, acted as moderators. Presentations were made by leading academics, political figures and representatives of international organizations.

On the sidelines of the forum, President Ilham Aliev had a meeting with Anatoly Torkunov, Olga Golodets and other Russian guests, during which they discussed the creation of a branch campus of MGIMO in Azerbaijan. MGIMO Rector also met with the Head of the Administration of the President of Azerbaijan, Ramiz Mehdiyev and members of parliament.

— See the MGIMO web-site for more photos and russian version