MOSCOW. OCTOBER 16, 2023. PIR PRESS. «I am pleased to announce that PIR Center has embarked on a new project — an African project. We have been considering this for a long time, exploring the valuable contributions we can make. And today, we announce a project dedicated to advancing new technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Russian-African cooperation in high technology. What will this project specifically entail? Primarily, it will focus on atomic energy, information technology, and cyber security. It will also cover biotechnologies that contribute to biosecurity, healthcare improvement, and the quality of life for Africans. We are talking about positive security and technologies for the sake of progress and development. We will work in two formats. The first format involves scientific research that we will be happy to share with all interested parties. The second one is the development of education programs, primarily for Russian specialists working in the diplomatic field and state corporations. We will implement this ambitious project in a consortium with MGIMO University», — Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Founding Director of PIR Center, Professor of MGIMO University.
In 2023, PIR Center has launched two new projects Prospects for Cooperation between Russia and Sub-Saharan Africa on Global Security and High Technologies and Prospects for Cooperation between Russia and the Gulf States on Global Security and High Technologies, which include inter alia the preparation of analytical materials, conducting expert seminars and educational courses. The African and Middle Eastern directions are also important areas within the consortium of MGIMO University and PIR Center, established to carry out the joint project Global Security, Strategic Stability, and Arms Control (a strategic project Global Studies for a Global Russia under the auspices of the Priority-2030 Strategic Academic Leadership Program).
In particular, from November 20 to November 27, 2023, PIR Center and MGIMO University will hold an advanced training course on the topic Science and Technology Policies of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Persian Gulf States. The participants of the program will learn about the science and technology policies of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Gulf States in the field of high technologies within cybersecurity, nuclear energy, rocket engineering and space, emerging technologies, biotechnology, etc. Together with the invited instructors, they will examine the current state of cooperation between these countries and Russia in the high-tech sphere and the prospects for its enhancement. They will also provide their own recommendations for improving Russia’s strategy for cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa and the Gulf States in the realm of science and technology policy.
Target audience of the course
The advanced training program will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, postgraduates, employees of foreign trade companies and international cooperation departments of public and private corporations, diplomats, officers, scientists, experts, researchers, journalists, public figures from Russia.
Key course topics
Lectures and seminars, including roundtable discussions, will be held as part of the program and conducted online on the platform Zoom.
The schedule of the course will be provided to all registered participants no later than 5 calendar days before the start of the program.
Upon attending all sessions and successfully passing both interim and final assessments, program participants will receive certificates of professional development from MGIMO University and PIR Center as well.
To participate in the program, you need to fill in the registration form.
The program is implemented within the consortium of MGIMO University and PIR Center, established to carry out the joint project “Global Security, Strategic Stability, and Arms Control” (a strategic project “Global Studies for a Global Russia” under the auspices of the Priority-2030 Strategic Academic Leadership Program).
Key words: Education; Africa; Middle East; Modern Technology; Global Security