Round Table Discussion

The Linguacultural Space of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Challenges and Opportunities for Universities. Part I

12:15 — 13:45
General Staff Building, Red hall 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

The development of the Belt and Road Initiative, its connection with the EEU and reinforcement of Euroasian integration lead to a growing number of international scientific and educational projects, as well as a growing number of international teachers and students. Programs focused on exploration of China flourish in universities of Russia and other CIS countries, as well as in Europe, while Chinese universities turn to active exploration of Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus and Europe. These processes contribute to internationalization of education, form a new space for the dialogue of cultures, where the voice of Asia gets stronger and stronger. The culture, history and interests of the Belt and Road member countries increasingly define universities’ development trends.

These issues will be discussed by ministers and university rectors during the first part of the roundtable discussion held in the General Staff Building. There is a subtopic titled "The Language of Education Versus the Language of Culture".