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The government pays special attention to the topic of teaching foreign citizens the Russian language and the development of courses for studying it, including in digital format. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Economic Development Tatyana Ilyushnikova, commenting on the published instructions of President Vladimir Putin following a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights at the end of last year.

Today, there are more than 30 branches of Russian universities and dozens of Russian-language classes in schools in the CIS countries, and active construction of Russian-language schools is underway. In 2022, the construction of five Russian schools teaching in Russian was completed in Tajikistan. In Kyrgyzstan, construction of the first three schools out of nine planned began in 2023, and preparations are also underway for the creation of three schools in Kazakhstan.

“The agenda for Russia’s integration with the CIS countries and the EAEU is one of the key ones for the Ministry of Economic Development. The creation and development of the International Russian Language Organization is one of Russia’s priorities within the framework of its 2024 chairmanship in the CIS. And the opening of branches of Russian universities in the CIS countries will make it possible in the long term to produce specialists focused on the development of the economies of our countries. Graduates of such branches will know the Russian language at a high level, understand the peculiarities of culture, Russian laws – which means they will quickly integrate into business and government joint projects between Russia and their home countries.” – Tatiana Ilyushnikova emphasized.

In 2024, it is planned to open branches of six leading Russian technical universities in Kazakhstan (MSTU named after N.E. Bauman, NUST MISiS, RKhTU named after D.I. Mendeleev, Omsk State Technical University, as well as Novosibirsk and Tomsk State Universities). At the moment, there are thirteen branches of Russian universities in Uzbekistan, six in Kazakhstan, four branches in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and two branches in Belarus and Azerbaijan.

Teachers, whom Russia regularly sends to the CIS countries, according to her, play a special role in establishing mutual understanding between Russia and foreign countries, and help improve the quality and attractiveness of Russian education for foreign citizens.

A landmark event in the field of cultural and humanitarian cooperation in 2023 was the signing of the Treaty on the Establishment of the International Organization for the Russian Language. This initiative belongs to the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The organization will become a tool for supporting, popularizing and disseminating the Russian language throughout the world. The headquarters will be located in Sochi. The issue of launching the organization’s work will become one of Russia’s priorities within the framework of its 2024 chairmanship in the CIS.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Government of the Russian Federation to prepare, by July 1, proposals for the social, cultural and linguistic adaptation of migrant children for studying in educational organizations.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science sent more than 5.8 thousand Russian teachers to the CIS countries: to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Belarus – 1.5 thousand people each, to Armenia – 450 people, to Kyrgyzstan – 400 people, to Tajikistan – 300 people, to Azerbaijan – 100 people.

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