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7th Vietnam Day in MGIMO

7th Vietnam Day in MGIMO


On April 29, the 7th Vietnam Day was jointly organized by ASEAN Centre in MGIMO and the Vietnamese Students’ community. This year, the Vietnam Day was held for the first time in two universities — in Saint Petersburg State University and in MGIMO University.

A series of events within the framework of the 7th Vietnam Day in Moscow started with the research conference "Vietnam Facing the 21st Century Challenges: a New Understanding of Russia-Vietnam Relations", dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and Vietnam. The discussion focused on the bilateral Russia-Vietnam cooperation, Vietnam's development and its role in the international relations. One of the sessions was also devoted to the history, culture, and language of Vietnam. This year, among the guest speakers were representatives from the leading Moscow universities and research institutions (MGIMO University, Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University, National Research University Higher School of Economics, RUDN University, Moscow State Linguistic University, Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology RAS, Saint Petersburg State University and Far Eastern Federal University). The conference was also attended by representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow.

Dr. Andrey Baykov, MGIMO Vice-Rector for Science and Research delivered his welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony of the conference. He noted that Vietnam Day has already become a traditional event in MGIMO University, that annually brings together leading experts, diplomats, journalists, entrepreneurs and students who are professionally interested in Vietnam studies.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam H.E. Mr. Gennady Bezdetko welcomed the conference participants via pre-recorded message and wished them a productive discussion as well as expressed his hope for the further development of Russia-Vietnam diplomatic relations. Dr. Natalya Stapran, the Director of the Department for Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and Mr. Vyacheslav Harinov, Russian Trade Representative in Vietnam presented an overview of trade, economy and investments in Russia-Vietnam cooperation. They marked that, despite the pandemic, there is an increase in trade turnover, and outlined new promising areas in Russia-Vietnam cooperation.

Dr. Vladimir Mazyrin, Head of the Center of Vietnamese and ASEAN Studies IFES RAS and Dr. Vladimir Kolotov, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Institute of Saint Petersburg State University stressed the need for a comprehensive analysis of Russia-Vietnam relations and for professional training of Vietnamese experts with the knowledge of Vietnamese language in Russia. The first session was moderated by Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, Director of the ASEAN Centre.

The conference was followed by a quiz for students dedicated to the Vietnamese culture, politics and economy. The programme continued with a cultural evening with music and dance performances. Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova addressed her welcoming remarks to the cultural evening guests. The final part of the 7th Vietnam Day Moscow event series also envisaged a buffet reception, where guests could taste Vietnamese traditional food.

Throughout the day, the atrium hosted a fair of Vietnamese souvenirs and food products and a unique exhibition of Vietnamese silk embroidery paintings. The 7th Vietnam Day was broadly covered by Vietnamese media, namely, Vietnam+, VNews, Nhan Dan, VOV and Sputnik.