MGIMO-Odintsovo International Summer School 2019

MGIMO-Odintsovo International Summer School 2019

2 August 2019

June 24th to August 2nd, a summer school for international students was held at MGIMO-Odintsovo.

The administration of the Summer School prepared this year an interesting curriculum, with lectures by leading MGIMO faculty members, employees of the Carnegie Center, the Russian Foreign Ministry and oil and gas corporations.

The first training module of the International Summer School «Russian Foreign Policy: Modern Challenges» unfolded between June 24th to July 12th. Over the course of three weeks, the Professor of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia Yury Dubinin explained to students from France, Germany, Finland, Singapore, Slovakia, the Netherlands and the USA, the specificities of Russia’s foreign policy in different regions of the world. The lecture and discussions on «Russia’s Position in World Politics: Strategic Challenges and Prospects» (taught by the Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems, Advisor to the President of Rosneft, expert of the Valdai Discussion Club Andrey Bezrukov) was of particular interest to the audience, as well as a round table on relations between Russia and the United States today (with a leading expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and graduate of MGIMO, Maxim Samorukov). The Assistant Professor of Political Theory and Head of the Expert-Analytical Department of the State Duma Yan Vaslavsky gave a lecture on the main directions of Russia’s foreign and domestic policy in the XX-XXI centuries.

The second module on «Russian Energy Policy and International Energy Cooperation», came to a close on August 2nd. Classes were taught by leading professors and experts from MGIMO, Russia’s Foreign Ministry, the Carnegie Moscow Center, Gazprom, Rosneft and other firms. Lectures were delivered by Andrey Bezrukov, Yan Vaslavsky, Sergey Vasilyev, Maxim Samorukov and others. Students were taken on a tour of the television studios of the Russia Today channel, where they discovered the process of preparing and conducting live broadcasting.

Students also took part in a rich cultural program, visiting the museums of the Kremlin, Zaryadye park, Poklonnaya Gora, Patriot Park, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and enjoying the sights of the center of Moscow from several viewpoints. They also went on a boat trip along the Moscow River.

In their written reviews, students noted that the program of study was interesting, that the visits were well organized and the living conditions were excellent. Participants also remarked that the educational program was varied and the teachers were extremely competent. The students enjoyed living on MGIMO’s Odintsovo campus and made some constructive suggestions aimed at further improving the work of the Summer School. Some students showed an interest in participating in the future in the international events held by MGIMO, in online conferences and discussions.

The overwhelming majority of students enjoyed the International Summer School in Odintsovo and underlined the fact that they had received complete information about the real situation in the country, about Russia’s foreign policy and the prospects for its future development.

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