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MOSCOW, APRIL 12, 2013, PIR PRESS – "I have accumulated a critical mass of experience, which I would like to share with professors from other universities," – Natalya Tretyakova, Tyumen State University.

On March 28, 2013 a seminar with the purpose of exchange of best practices on teaching disciplines connected with key issues in nonproliferation, arms control, peaceful applications of nuclear energy, nuclear security, global Internet governance and international cyber security was conducted as part of the PIR Center training course for CIS university professors and research institute staff, “New Global Security Reality: the Changing Nature of Threats in the XXI Century”. 15 university professors from Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Vladivostok, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg), Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, who teach nonproliferation and international security, participated in the seminar. 

training_course2.jpgAddressing the course participants Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of MGIMO University Ildar Akhtamzyan made a point: «Nobody reads books nowadays; everybody needs technology and special effects. That is why we have to develop our IT skills all the time in order to convey the message to the students. We have to keep up with the development of technology not to trail behind and maybe even be ahead of students».

Natalia Piskunova, an expert of the Institute for Economic Strategies, shared her experience of conducting a simulation activity on nonproliferation, which was held as part of I International Seminar “Nuclear Energy and Nonproliferation: Responses to the Challenges of Today” on February 2-4, 2012. Students from Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan participated in the simulation.

The participants of the course had a lot to share with each other, the methods and techniques included essay contests, discussions, debates, videoconferences, and online lectures. Yet it was mentioned that the nonproliferation network including both universities and experts in the field of global security needs to cooperate more closely.

training_course3.jpgThe participants of the course suggested inviting leading experts as guest lecturers to universities in Russia and CIS states, conducting videoconferences with nonproliferation experts and specialists both from Russia and abroad, organizing essay contests for Central Asian states, and expand PIR Center’s representative offices Russia and beyond.

“I suppose the seminar for the purpose of exchange of best practices was exceptionally useful, I have new ideas concerning lectures topics and interactive activities, their forms and techniques of conducting them. Exchange of best practices is highly important for professional training,” - said Gulnara Valiakhmetova, professor at the Oriental Studies Department of the Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin.

The next big educational project of PIR Center will be our International Summer School on Global Security 2013, which will take place June 30 – July 13, 2013.

IMG_0066_copy.jpgThe PIR Center Summer School is a unique platform where young politicians, diplomats, military, civil servants, journalists, scholars, and students expand the scope of their professional knowledge and further their education. The participants are those who today work in national and international security, and tomorrow will be making important decisions and forming foreign end international policy.

Participants receive the most complete information on key events and tendencies in international security straight from the source, become familiar with the details of new challenges and threats, and examine the particular qualities of the approaches taken by Russia, other countries, and international organizations to solve regional and global problems.

For more information about the Education Program, please contact PIR Center Education and Training Program Director Albert Zulkharneev by phone +7 (495) 987-1915, fax +7 (495) 987-1914, or email zulkharneev at