The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian National Committee on BRICS Research, Presidential Grant Foundation and Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund
have teamed up to offer valuable experience and expertise to young leaders from BRICS countries
: BRICS International School–2022
has been a five-day marathon of master classes
from top Russian and foreign experts, and professional debates
among participants from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The participants
have been young diplomats, scientists and researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, students, post-graduates, Meeting Russia alumni from BRICS countries.
The activities aimed to boost the participants' skills in intercultural communication, negotiations, academic writing, designing effective presentations, startup launching
Of course, most lectures and discussions were focused on BRICS (BRICSology
): new global development, institutionalization, challenges of BRICS economic development, cross-cultural business, international security.
The expert pool included 40 top-ranking professionals, among them Sergey Ryabkov
, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Vyacheslav Nikonov
, Chair of the Board, Russian National Committee on BRICS Research; First Deputy Chair, State Duma Committee on International Affairs; Vasily Pushkov
, Director For International Cooperation, "Rossiya Segodnya" (Russia Today) International News Agency; Kirill Babaev
, Director of Institute of China and Contemporary Asia; Professors of Russian universities; Anna Velikaya
, Lecturer, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; and Creative Diplomacy President Natalia Burlinova
. Natalia Burlinova
and a group of experts provided a lecture "Public diplomacy of the BRICS countries: Pandas, Borscht and "Soft Power".
All activities served to accomplish the declared objectives
• to accumulate intellectual potential of young experts and introduce new expertise
• to encourage development of public diplomacy
• to develop a professional community of young experts-BRICSologists
• to support the best future-oriented projects and studies from BRICS young leaders
This November, the School was arranged offline, and the working language was English. Participants were rewarded with Certificates and, more importantly, gained valuable experience and knowledge capital
for their future careers. Also, the School has served to promote unity among citizens of the BRICS countries.