The International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy and the Special Department of Gazprombank organized a "BRICS School"

The International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy and the Special Department of Gazprombank organized a

30 November 2023

Under the state university support program Priority 2030, the MGIMO International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy and the Special Department of Gazprombank "Economics and Banking Business Department" organized an international scientific and educational program "International School for Young Scientists: BRICS Energy Policies in Modern Geopolitical Conditions (BRICS School)" in November.

The international school is aimed at training young experts specializing in BRICS research in political, economic, financial, energy, humanitarian and other relevant areas of cooperation between the BRICS member countries.

More than 200 young diplomats, scientists, researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, students and postgraduates from Russia, Brazil, China, India, South Africa and other countries aged from 18 to 35 took part offline in BRICS School. The students increased their knowledge under a specially developed extensive training program, divided in thematic modules and reflecting relevant and mutually interesting areas of cooperation between the BRICS countries.

The mentors included representatives of academia whose areas of research are within the sphere of BRICS' interest and influence. Well-known scientists and practitioners, governmental and non-governmental organizations, ministries, agencies, as well as thinks tanks specializing in BRICS research from all the member countries provided the BRICS International School with an opportunity to expand their professional competencies, develop communication skills and delve into the nuances of BRICS, BRICS+, BRICS outreach cooperation.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sherpa of Russia in BRICS Sergey Ryabkov, Ambassador for special assignments of the Russian Foreign Ministry, sous-Sherpa of Russia in BRICS Pavel Knyazev, Head of the BRICS Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Malkov delivered a lecture on "Multilateralism in practice. Practical Diplomatic advice".

The plenary discussion "BRICS: New Challenges in the Era of Global Development" was attended by Chair of the Board of the National Committee on BRICS Research, First Deputy Chair of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Nikonov, Director of the Department of Criminology and Forensic Studies of the University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) Nirmala Gopal, Director of the Institute of Eurasian Studies (China) Wu Fei, Chair of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (Gandhinagar, India) Beulah Shekhar, Deputy Director of the MGIMO International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy Igbal Guliev, Head of the Economics and Banking Business Department (the Special Department of Gazprombank), Member of the Scientific Council of the National BRICS Researchers Association Irina Yarygina.

The expert discussion "BRICS: Measuring International Stability and Security" was held with the participation of Gert Kruger, Professor of the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Johannesburg, South Africa), Pal Kaushik, Professor of the Center for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee, India), Bruno De Conti, Associate Professor at the Institute of Economics, University of Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Victor Heifetz, Director of the Iberoamerican Research Center, SPBSU, Editor-in-chief of the "Latin America" Journal.

BRICS School lectures, discussions, and master classes contributed to an in-depth study of the global standing of developing countries, the potential institutionalization of BRICS, as well as the transnational association's goals and priorities in energy security and sustainable development.

The BRICS International School included an essays competition for young researchers from developing countries. Representatives of Belarus, Russia, and South Africa were awarded winning certificates.

The main goal of the BRICS International School is to educate a new generation of experts with a deep understanding of the BRICS tasks, strengthen youth cooperation, and support promising projects and concepts proposed by young BRICS leaders. The school serves as a platform to promote cross-cultural understanding, strengthen diplomatic ties and promote innovation, which contributes to the long-term sustainability of the partnership and the development of the BRICS alliance.