On November 21, the VI International Scientific and Educational Program “BRICS School” opened in Moscow, the press service of the National Committee for BRICS Research reported. This is a unique program for training specialists in the field of interaction within the framework of the BRICS association in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as specific areas of cooperation between the five countries.
This year, 45 people from 11 countries of the world – Russia, Brazil, India, China, South Africa, as well as from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, France, Ecuador, Honduras, South Korea – became participants in the program.
Vyacheslav Nikonov, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Chairman of the Board of the NCI BRICS, Chairman of the Board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, spoke at the plenary session “BRICS in a New Era of Global Development” with a speech on the specifics of BRICS and prospects for future cooperation. He stated that the BRICS countries should create their own coordinate system, and not take into account only the western one. He said: “Russia is strong, China is strong, India is strong, Brazil is strong, South Africa is strong. But together we are stronger.”
The politician shared his thoughts on what unites the BRICS countries, what are the values of this organization, and how BRICS challenges the liberal world order.
“The West is 1 billion people out of 8 billion,” Nikonov stressed. “They must take into account the interests of the other 7 billion people. The liberal system is simply a system of American global hegemony. Their goal is not to ensure global democracy, but to maintain hegemony. Non-democratic countries are, in fact, sovereign countries that do not accept the dictates of the United States.
“Freedom is independence from foreign dictate,” Vyacheslav Nikonov concluded.
The BRICS School is the only program in Russia for training specialists in the field of studying the unification of the five countries.
Since 2017, the BRICS School has been the flagship project of the BRICS NKI to develop a professional community of young BRICSologists.
All participants have a unique opportunity to listen to a course of lectures specially prepared for them by leading Russian and foreign experts on BRICS topics, broaden their professional horizons, develop communication skills, study in detail the features of interaction between the BRICS countries, their positions on the world stage, the prospects for the institutionalization of the BRICS format, goals and objectives joining the prospect, finally just get to know each other.
The program is carried out on an annual basis with the advisory support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The program was organized by the National BRICS Research Committee with the assistance of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. In 2022, the program is supported by the Presidential Grants Fund and the Public Diplomacy Support Fund. A. M. Gorchakova.
The work of the BRICS School will last until November 25.