The joint program for support of young scientists from Russia and Germany will be developed and implemented for 4 years by the Association of the leading universities of Russia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This is stated in the agreement, which was signed on March 23 in Moscow by chairman of the Association, Rector of St. Petersburg State University Nikolay Kropachev and DAAD President Dr. Margret Wintermantel. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries - Sergey Lavrov and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
‘Academic exchange plays an important role in promoting mutual understanding between the two countries’, highlighted Nikolay Kropachev, who also holds the post of the deputy chairman of the Russian Coordinating Committee of forum ‘Petersburg Dialogue’ - a discussion platform, which holds key positions in the structure of the Russian-German Public Relations. ‘There are the youth dialogue, the ability to find a common language despite cultural differences that lead us to the development of mutual understanding between Russia and Germany’.
The Foreign Ministers of the two countries told journalists that they took under their patronage The Cross Year 2016/2017 of youth exchanges between Russia and Germany. In his speech, the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov noted that he and his german counterpart supported the signing of the agreement between the Association of the leading universities and the DAAD, and called the document as "the agreement, oriented to the future."
Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Germany is going to promote student exchange between Russia and Germany. ‘We hope that future generations will work on the development of Russian-German relations’, stated Steinmeier.
It is expected that implementation of the agreement between the Association and DAAD is going to begin with the fall semester of 2016/2017. Measures for support of young scientists from Russia and Germany include the payment of scholarships to applicants selected on a competitive basis by the Joint Russian-German commission.
According to the agreement, ‘the target audience of this program consists of talented graduate students with the skills above the average level, young researchers and professors of both countries, as well as German students enrolled in graduate programs in Russia and Russian students enrolled in graduate programs in Germany’. Post-graduate students, young researchers and professors may receive support for up to 6 months, postdoctoral fellows - up to 3 months, Master students (for no more than 2 years).
The Association of the leading universities of Russia unites more than 40 universities that are higher education leaders in Russia. Among them are St. Petersburg State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, federal universities, national research universities. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany which unites 238 german universities and 107 student organizations as well as an intermediary in the organization of foreign cultural policy and higher education and research policy.