VI Forum of Rectors of Russian and French Humanities Universities

VI Forum of Rectors of Russian and French Humanities Universities

31 January 2020

January 30th-31st, the VI Forum of Rectors of humanities universities of Russia and France was held in the framework of the Trianon dialogue.

Launched by the Russian State University for the Humanities in 2009, the forum has become a permanent international platform for cooperating and sharing ideas under the auspices of the Russian Union of Rectors and the Conference of Presidents of French Universities.

This year, the forum was devoted to «Information Technology and the Humanities.»

Efim Pivovar, the President of the Russian State University for the Humanities and one of the founders of the Russian-French Association of Humanities Universities, spoke during the opening ceremony of his successful experience in developing bilateral ties with French colleagues in the sphere of humanities and education.

MGIMO’s Vice-Rector and the Trianon Dialogue Coordinator in Russia Artem Malgin underlined the importance of projects, like the Forum of Humanities Universities Rectors, in expanding long-term cooperation in education between the two countries, and encouraged the forum participants to launch new projects in the framework of the Trianon Dialogue.

The participants were also greeted by members of the French delegation: Jean-Luc Nahel, Advisor to the Conference of Presidents of the Universities of France for International Affairs, extended his thanks to the Russian State Humanitarian University and the Trianon Dialogue for the warm welcome and for the interesting group of participants invited for the discussion. The Advisor to the Conference of Presidents of Universities of France, Jean-Emile Gomber read out a welcome speak on behalf of the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The French side was represented by prominent specialists in the fields of culture and education such as the Honorary President of the Association of Directors of the Academy of Human Sciences, Serge Wolikow, the President of the French Association of Russian Language Teachers Armelle Groppo, the Director of the Academy of Human Sciences of France Nicolas Telly, the President of the University of Grenoble-Alpes Lise Dumasy, the President of the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaures Emmanuelle Garnier and others.

Together with their Russian colleagues, including the President of the Russian State University for the Humanities Efim Pivovar, the Rector of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, Alexei Lubkov, the Rector of the Moscow Architectural Institute Dmitry Shvidkovsky, the Rector of the State Academic University for the Humanities Denis Fomin-Nilov, the Rector of Orenburg State University Zhanna Ermakova, the Vice-Rector for Research at MGIMO, Evgeny Kozhokin and others; the discussants covered by a myriad of issues. The sides reviewed topics such as the role of the classical universities in the process of digital transformation, digital technologies in the humanities, Big Data and the study of political identity in Russia, Russian-French relations in classical architecture and the problems of education in art, the organization of dual degree programs, and the promotion of the French language in Russia and of Russian in France.

During the two days of the forum, the participants shared best practices in the sphere of humanities education. Among the participating institutions were the universities of Paris, Grenoble, Toulouse, Rennes, Moscow State University, MGIMO, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow State Linguistic University, People’s Friendship University of Russia, St. Petersburg State University, Tomsk State University and many others.

— See the MGIMO web-site for russian version