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Education and Training Program

«…Education is at the heart of human progress… The enhancement of skills, and the generation of new ideas are essential to the development of human capital and are key engines of economic growth, drivers of market productivity, and sources of cohesion for all nations…»

Education for Innovative Societies in the 21st century. G8 Documents

July 16, 2006

Under the globalization process and widening of scopes of the world cooperation training of the high skilled young specialists on international security is considered to be a necessary condition for the successful confrontation of the emerging threats and challenges reflected in the international legislation. The UN General Assembly Resolution #57/60 without a vote on the basis of the First Committee Report # 57/510 emphasizes an important role played by the organizations dealing with nonproliferation education. Significance of new education systems development in various fields, «creating research networks», exchange of experience and ideas in the sphere of education management marked in the G8 Document «Education for Innovative Societies in the 21st century». In the purpose of education systems modernization and implementation of new education methodologies the intensive cooperation in this field between government and private sectors, nongovernmental research institutes and international organizations is to be developed.

Training of the high skilled specialists on international security and WMD nonproliferation, development of innovative education methodologies remains a priority and a dynamically developing area of activities of the PIR Center.

Since the year 1997 more than 560 specialists from regional universities, research institutes, government structures of twelve CIS states have become the PIR Center Alumni. The Center won international recognition in this sphere with the selection of PIR Center Director Vladimir Orlov as a UN consultant on nonproliferation and disarmament education in 2001. 

Target audience of the PIR Center educational programs includes:

  • Governmental officials (MFA, MOD, State Custom Service, Ministry of Atomic Energy);
  • Young research fellows, working for NG think-tanks and academic institutes;
  • University postgraduates and young instructors, who teach lecture courses on international security;
  • Young journalists writing on nonproliferation and security issues.

Currently the key education programs at the PIR Center are the following:

  • Summer School on Global Security for Young Specialists from Russia and Other CIS Countries
  • Internship Program

At the same time the PIR Center conducts the following programs:

  • Distance Learning Education
  • Out-of-Moscow Lecture Trips
  • Training-for-Trainers Program

All the questions concerning the International Summer School can be addressed to the PIR Center's Education and Training Program Director Albert Zulkharneev by phone at +7 (495) 987 - 1915 or e-mail zulkharneev@pircenter.org



“International School of the PIR Center is a unique format with its own traditions. I sincerely wish it further development and introduction of new innovative and scientific formats. The main thing is to invest in the future generations” — Adlan Margoyev, International Relations student at MGIMO University.


 “On the threshold of the era of “the Internet of Everything”, in which privacy in cyberspace as we know it may disappear or become a premium service and millions of new networked devices will become vulnerable to hacking, society will have to answer some serious questions about the value and cost of users’ data privacy,” – Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Management and International Information Security”. 


“The fifteenth International school on global security is taking place in the lead-up to the seventieth session of the UN and is included among the events planned by the Russian public committee for the observance of that occasion.  We are holding this school in Russian, which not just formally, but practically should remain a language for discussion of key questions on world development.  We ourselves are ready to share our knowledge, and we are eagerly awaiting interaction with our colleagues who have gathered in Abramtsevo” – Vladimir Orlov, special advisor of PIR Center and the head of the Center for global trends and international organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation.


“Sharing best practices in the field of critical infrastructure protection, including non-nuclear energy infrastructure is often limited because of special security regime at such objects, whereas elaboration of norms and standards of states’ conduct in information space is complicated due to the lack of trust among them. Despite some regional initiatives to strengthen international information security, the ongoing discussion on the necessity to elaborate norms in information space, a comprehensive cooperation mechanism is lacking, which should be taken into account given the peculiarities of ICT sphere,” – according to PIR Center intern Karina Markova.



PIR Center announces results of the contest for participation in International School on Global Security – 2015



"Today, among the member countries of the BRICS there are no strong channels of communication on Internet governance issues, both at the governmental  and expert level. The coming summit in Ufa may become a milestone in the formation of a common position on Internet governance among BRICS countries. However, due to significant differences in the positions of countries and the lack of time for their congruence, the outcome of the summit can solely be a framework document confirming the position already fixed in the Fortaleza Declaration"- PIR Center  intern Ilona Stadnik.


"There is a need of expertise, which will allow us to look to the future, to explore its possibilities and eliminate risks. Our main asset, of course, is the PIR Center’s community. We are proud of our senior colleagues, and we are pleased that young researchers want to work with us. We aspire to create working conditions that allow creative, dynamic and ambitious experts to develop their potential in Russia", - PIR Center Director Albert Zulkharneev.


«Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies is planned to be an innovative educational product of outstanding quality, combining the best academics as well as practitioners from Russia, and the United States. We are open to cooperation with other countries and institutions», – Albert Zulkharneev, Director, PIR Center.


«I believe that the choice of the subject of the programme is of particular importance at this day and age. I am certain that through academic partnership we shall make our invaluable contribution to increased global security at various levels», –MGIMO Rector Professor Anatoly Torkunov.


“The PIR Center raised our awareness of historical and contemporary nuclear issues. We also learned about nuclear non-proliferation concerns, as well as next-generation conventional weapons that can potentially offset the delicate nuclear balance. My colleagues and I were honored to listen to lectures by distinguished guest professors that have first-hand experiencing in dealing with this topic, including those who represented the Russian Federation at top-level nuclear negotiations. The two-month course that we took was intense, but the knowledge and memories that we gained were well worth it”, – course leader, M.A. student Andrew Korybko.