Minister Fuchs in Official Visit to Moscow - Open Door to Cooperation of Croatian and Russian Scientists

May 27, 2011

Radovan Fuchs, PhD, Minister of Science, Education and Sports and his Russian colleague Andrey Fursenko, Minister of Science and Education signed in Moscow an Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Education.

This bilateral agreement with the Russian Federation is the first of its kind, and one of the few signed with the Russian Federation after Croatia gained independence. It will allow for exchange of students, professors, scientists and experts and implementation of joint scientific and research projects. Furthermore, it will encourage direct contacts between Croatian and Russian educational, scientific, and technical institutions.

Minister Fursenko said he was convinced that the signing of this Agreement would also contribute to a more extensive economic cooperation between the countries. The Ministers agreed that the first meeting of a joint committee, aimed at defining joint priorities for the future scientific cooperation, would be held as early as late August 2011.

In addition, Croatia and Russia will encourage cooperation on the FP7 Programme, through which Croatian and Russian scientists may apply for projects within EU programmes.

Minister Fuchs presented the state graduation exam project to the meeting attendees. As they showed great interest in the project, our expert team responsible for administering the state graduation exam agreed to share their experience about the external assessment of education with Russian colleagues.

During his stay in Russia Radovan Fuchs, PhD, visited the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), where he met with Anatoly Vasilyevich Torkunov, Head of the Institute and Vladimir Nikolayevich Shishkin, Dean of the Office for Foreign Students. Minister Fuchs took the occasion to donate several works of the Croatian literature to the Croatian Language Department. Five Croatian students study at this University with the help of scholarships granted by the Russian Federation. The University officials expressed great interest in enhancing cooperation with Croatian universities.