China will open the first Russian-Chinese university jointly with Moscow State University (MSU) in Shenzhen in 2016. All the costs of construction, equipment and management fee of the university will be covered by China.
MSU Rector Viktor Sadovnichii said that courses in the new university will be conducted in three languages - Russian, Chinese and English, and graduates will receive two diplomas.
“The contribution of MSU – is intellectual property, educational programs, the brand” – said Sadovnichii.
According to the Vice Rector of MSU Sergei Shakhrai that the Shenzhen campus covers 30 hectares of land, construction is already underway. On September 1, 2016, students of Russian-Chinese university will be able to study at their new buildings.
Students from Russia and China will study in the new university. They will be able to practice in the largest corporations in both countries. The major courses of Russian-Chinese university will be Russian language and literature, culture and arts, information technology and applied mathematics, economics, international trade, law, finance. Later the list will include chemistry, physics, health, space exploration, engineering, transport systems and logistics.
It is expected that such an ambitious project will promote and popularize Russian language and culture, as well as cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. One of the purposes of setting up the new university is training staff to participate in Russian-Chinese joint projects and support Far East, where skilled specialists with modern technology and knowledge of foreign languages are needed. Another object of the Russian-Chinese university is to strengthen the position of Moscow State University in international rankings.