A delegation of Alianza 4 Universidades (formed by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona – UAB, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – UAM, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – UC3M, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra – UPF) travelled to Russia on an institutional visit from 10 to 16 October. During the visit members met to sign collaboration agreements in teaching and research with some of the most prestigious universities of Russia.
The collaboration agreements will go towards the promotion of international mobility between lecturers, researchers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students. Tha main objective of A-4U is to make its postgraduate programmes attractive to top students from one of the most important countries in the internationalisation project of Alianza 4 Universidades, which is strongly focused on the emerging power countries known as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Among non-EU member countries, Russia is the one that participates most in projects offered under the EU Seventh Framework Agreement (FP7).
During its visit A-4U signed collaboration agreements with four universities: Moscow Bauman State Technical University, Moscow State Law Academy, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, and North-West Academy of Public Management.
In addition, A-4U established contact with other universities interested in future collaboration projects: Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russian State University for the Humanities, Higher School of Economics, New School of Economics, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, and Saint Petersburg Academic University – Nanotechnology Research and Education Centre.
The majority of these universities have obtained recognition as a “National Research University” by the Russian government, a status equivalent to recognition as Campus of International Excellence in Spain.
The trip to Russia taken by A-4U delegates forms part of a series of international visits and are co-funded by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX).