Russian Minister Visits UCLA
Minister Dmitry Livanov (left) with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. (Photo: Gohar Grigorian/ UCLA)

Russian Minister Visits UCLA

Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation

Minister Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation visited UCLA on February 22 and 23, 2015. UCLA has long been interested in increasing awareness of the university's role as a partner in educational and research collaborations with Russia's National Research Universities.

Minister Dmitry Livanov, minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, visited UCLA on February 22 and 23, 2015. UCLA has long been interested in increasing public awareness of its collaboration with Russia’s National Research Universities (NRUs) in educational and research initiatives. Their partnership projects include teaching Russian language and culture, the “Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA)” and Peer-Peer programs (in which UCLA is a leading U.S. institutional partner); and achieving a better understanding of Russia’s education system and its current reforms.

From left to right: Consul General Sergey V. Petrov, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in San-Francisco, Prof. Olga Kagan, Director of the UCLA Russian Flagship Program, Minister Dmitry Livanov, Chancellor Gene Block, Prof. Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for UCLA International Studies, Nikolai R. Toivonen, Director, Department of Information Policy, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. (Photo: Gohar Grigorian/ UCLA)

UCLA is also working to increase student mobility between its campus and those of the NRUs. In particular, it is eager to host Russian undergraduate and graduate students for degrees and/or exchange programs.

Minister Livanov’s visit also focused attention on the UCLA Russian Flagship Program, which helps students achieve professional-level competence in Russian at the undergraduate level. The program is open to students in any major, who take courses in Russian language and area studies according to individualized study plans designed to complement their majors. Flagship students also receive tutoring from native speakers. Russian-language scholarships are available to these students for study both in Russia and at UCLA.

(Photo: Gohar Grigorian/ UCLA)

Graduates of the Flagship Program are prepared to take a leading role in the global market and are highly competitive for scholarships, graduate school and jobs – they are highly sought after by nongovernmental and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms.