Singapore’s Ambassador Sadasivan Premjith Visits MGIMO

On January 21st, the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation Sadasivan Premjith paid a visit to MGIMO. The guest received a warm welcome from the Director of the ASEAN Centre Dr. Victor Sumsky, Centre’s Senior Expert Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova and Analyst Ms. Valeria Vershinina.

The Deputy-Chief of Mission Mr. Seah Seow Chen accompanied Ambassador on this visit. Among the meeting attendees was the Singaporean student studying at MGIMO.

The Director reviewed the ASEAN Centre’s history and presented its activities to the guests. Dr. Victor Sumsky noted that the Centre develops cooperation not only on ASEAN basis but also on a bilateral basis. He also underlined that during Singapore’s Chairmanship in ASEAN in 2018 the ASEAN Centre has successfully implemented several joint projects in cooperation with the Singapore Embassy.

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ASEAN Moscow Committee Representatives Come to MGIMO

December 17th, MGIMO welcomed members of the ASEAN Moscow Committee for a meeting devoted to reviewing the activities of the ASEAN Center over the period 2017-2019.

MGIMO Rector A.Torkunov greeted the guests, among whom the Chairman of the ASEAN Moscow Committee, also Thai Ambassador to Russia Thanatip Upatising, the Cambodian Ambassador to Russia Eat Seyla (MGIMO graduate, 1992), and other diplomats from countries members of the Association.

On the Russian side, the meeting was attended by MGIMO Rector A.Torkunov, the Deputy Director of the Third Department of Asia at the Russian Foreign Ministry S.Tolechenov, the Senior Advisor at the Department of Asian and Pacific Cooperation at the Russian Foreign Ministry N.Nefedova, the Chairman of the Russia-ASEAN Business Council I.Polyakov, the Executive Director of the ASEAN-Russia Business Council D.Akkaziev, MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for General Affairs A.Malgin, the Director of the ASEAN Centre V.Sumsky, a leading expert of the Centre E.Koldunova and the Deputy Director E.Tronevskaya.

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President of the Philippines Receives Participants of Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit

November 26th-30th, the fifth Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit, organized by the National Youth Council with the support of MGIMO’s ASEAN center unfolded in the Philippines. A special event in the summit program was the President of the Philippines Rodrigo R. Duterte’s invitation of the delegates to the Presidential Palace.

Greeting the guests, President Duterte warmly spoke about his recent trip to Russia during which he became Honorary Doctor of MGIMO. Among those attending the meeting were the Ambassador of Russia to the Philippines I. Khovaev, the Deputy Director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Cooperation at the Russian Foreign Ministry A.Lyamin, the Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs R.Kamaev, and staff of Rossotrudnichestvo and the Russia-ASEAN Business Council. MGIMO was represented at the event by members of the ASEAN Center, its Director V.Sumsky, the Deputy Director E.Tronevskaya, the leading expert E. Koldunova and the analyst V.Vershinina.

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MGIMO at Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit

November 27th, the fifth Russia-ASEAN Youth summit started its work in Manila. The event was organized with the support of the National Youth Council and brought together students and young professionals from the ten ASEAN countries and Russia.

The members of the Russian delegation were selected by MGIMO’s ASEAN centre based on the results of an essay contest on the «ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership» and among those representing Russia were students from MGIMO, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, the Far Eastern Federal University, the Higher School of Economics and the Crimean Federal University.

The opening ceremony of the forum was kicked off by ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Michael Tene, who spoke about his recent visit to Moscow during the Russia—ASEAN Education forum, which was organized by the ASEAN Centre.

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11th South China Sea International Conference opens in Hanoi

Concerns increasing over growing tensions, violations of sovereignty, and threats to use force in the East Sea, two-day conference hears.

The 11th South China Sea International Conference opened in Hanoi on November 6, with the theme “Cooperation for Regional Security and Development”.

Co-hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS), and the Vietnam Lawyers Association (VLA), the two-day conference brought together more than 50 speakers and some 250 officials, scholars and diplomats of Vietnam and foreign countries, according to a report from the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

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