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{Visit of Chief Representative of European Union to PNU}
19 June 2014Visit of Chief Representative of European Union to PNU
On June 4, 2014 Vygaudas Ušackas, Chief Representative and Ambassador of European Union in the Russian Federation, visited Pacific National University (PNU).

Prof. Sergey Ivanchenko, Rector of PNU, had a fruitful discussion with the European delegation, accompanied by Julia Krivodubova, the Head of the Department of International Relations of the Office of International Relations and State Protocol of the Governor and Khabarovsk Krai Administration, and Aleksey Sundukov, the Chief of the Department of Interaction with universities and scientific organizations of the Ministry of Education and Science of Khabarovsk Krai.

The issues concerning the development of cooperation and the implementation of European educational programs were discussed at the meeting. In particular, the parties talked about the projects, which PNU has been realizing for some years, such as Erasmus Mundus «AURORA I - Towards Modern and Innovative Higher Education» (2012-2016), «Foundation the Siberian center of European education» (2013-2017). They touched upon the new program of the EU «Horizon 2020» in which Russian scientists can take part. The budget of the project is 80 million roubles.

Special attention was paid to the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project “Founding the Siberian Center of European Education”. Chief Representative and Ambassador of European Union in the Russian Federation showed interest in increasing number of joint educational programs and developing educational internet projects with Russian universities, enhancing research contacts among academics of the EU countries and Russia. He agreed that the Siberian Center of European Education could serve as a specialized information platform and database to represent interests of EU partner universities in the Siberian Federal District and expressed his wish for fruitful work during the third session of the European Education Days and European Education Workshop in June 17-20, 2014.

The program of the visit also included an excursion around the University with visits to the electronic reading hall where the students get access to Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. After that Vygaudas Ušackas delivered a lecture for students: «Relations of Russia and EU: status and prospects ».

At the end of the meeting Rector of PNU and Chief Representative and Ambassador of European Union in the Russian Federation exchanged souvenirs.