The Gorchakov Fund took part in a meeting of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Trustees of MGIMO

14 February 2017

On February 13, a joint meeting of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Trustees of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) was held under chairmanship of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, according to an official website of MGIMO Endowment.


Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund Leonid Drachevsky participated in the event.


Press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia provides a text of the speech by Sergey Lavrov.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to see such a representative gathering, which highlights the broad support that the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) enjoys. To many of those present here the university is their alma mater. We are very pleased that those who hold a degree from other educational institutions of our motherland support our institute, among other things, with their personal presence.

We are holding a regular meeting of the MGIMO Supervisory Board and Board of Trustees. It may be recalled that in keeping with the recently updated Charter and Russian education practice, these two bodies are responsible for the strategic administration of the university and its financial and economic status, work our recommendations regarding its areas of development and consider the most important projects.

Last year, MGIMO continued to develop steadily, maintaining high positions in international and Russian university rankings.

A landmark event of 2016, which was attended by many of those present here, was the opening of a campus in the town of Odintsovo, in the Moscow Region. Last summer, the first students were admitted to higher education programmes, as well as secondary and vocational education programmes. A lyceum named for [19th century Russian statesman and foreign minister Alexander] Gorchakov opened at the Odintsovo branch for 10th and 11th grade students. There are plans to open eighth and ninth grade school programmes at this innovative facility.

Our trustees have provided considerable assistance to the Odintsovo campus while the Supervisory Board held its meeting at Odintsovo last summer. I hope that this area of activity will continue to attract our trustees’ and supervisors’ attention.

It should be noted that significant changes are under way at the MGIMO central complex. A new dormitory is under construction and I hope it will soon be finished. According to plans confirmed by the Rector, the dormitory should accept the first students by the end of 2018.

The MGIMO leadership continues to give high priority to upgrading information technology infrastructure, which is especially important in the context of continuing education and business education programmes. Obviously, the implementation of these plans will require serious assistance from us, including moral, political and – there is no hiding it – financial support.

Despite the well-known situation in international affairs, MGIMO is steadily expanding ties with its foreign partners. According to information in my possession, up to a quarter of BA students have an opportunity to go on special educational programmes abroad while in MA programmes the level is near 40 percent. I believe this is a case when funds spent on these programmes will be repaid a hundredfold.

Last year’s breakthrough includes a memorandum of cooperation that was signed with Oxford University. A number of concrete cooperation programmes in economics and energy, as well as sustainable development and migration studies, were prepared. We appreciate the fact that the university continues to play an active role in international forums, such as the St Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum. MGIMO is a co-founder of the Valdai Club. There is an ASEAN centre at the university. This is very important, considering our country’s focus on deepening strategic partnership with this association, which brings together 10 Southeast Asian nations. Despite the fact that due to the recent developments in relations between Russia and the European Union, our European partners had to stop financing the European Institute, it continues to work at MGIMO. As MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov told me, the institute continues to receive funding and provide scholarships. We hope that at least the European Union will not further reduce its participation in this project, which was launched at Brussels’ initiative and suggestion.

I believe we have reason to be proud of the fact that MGIMO alumni occupy leading positions in federal and regional governing bodies, commercial organisations and the media. It is very encouraging that the university does not rest on its laurels and continues to upgrade its educational system in applied economics, political science and government administration. The modernisation of the internal structure of university schools and departments is moving forward. I understand that between February and April, elections for the heads of our university’s major subdivisions will be held.

This year, the fourth international forum of MGIMO alumni will take place. It is a new tradition, which was established three years ago. The forum will take place in Kazakhstan. I believe we will do our utmost to ensure that the event is held at the highest possible level.

Now I would like to give the floor to MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, who will speak in detail about the university’s activities last year and its plans for this year. At the same time, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that at our meeting today, we will approve the corresponding financial targets and introduce amendments to the MGIMO Charter, which will allow the Gorchakov lyceum in Odintsovo to conduct educational activities, as I said, not only in 10th and 11th but also eighth and ninth grades.

I am looking forward to a lively discussion”.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here