The Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk will introduce Chinese as a second foreign language in the student curriculum, with the help of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) will teach Chinese in Arkhangelsk for the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).
This was one of the subjects of a meeting between MGIMO and the Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk recently, as reported by the Russian News Agency EurAsia Daily.
The Arctic Federal University wishes to introduce Chinese as a second foreign language in the student curriculum.
Arkhangelsk Governor Alexander Tsybulsky stated that it is a good prerequisite for the Arkhangelsk and Moscow universities to work together in the Arctic in this new geopolitical situation.
MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov said that they are ready to send their best graduates to work at NArFU, and added that this agreement should be more than a framework, but with a clear business goal.
"This can even be called an evolution of relations since the bilateral agreement between NArFU and MGIMO has been in force for 10 years, and now it will be trilateral,” said Alexander Tsybulsky.
The parties noted that the development of the Northern Sea Route would definitely require specialists with knowledge of the Chinese language and agreed to speed up the training of specialists in this field.
During a three-day state visit to Moscow in March, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin agreed to closer cooperation in the Arctic energy and transportation sectors. According to statements made by Putin, the two countries are seeking to establish a joint umbrella organization for traffic on the NSR.
"We see cooperation with Chinese partners in developing the transit potential of the Northern Sea Route as promising. As I said, we are ready to create a joint working body for the development of the Northern Sea Route," said Putin.