Government to send graduates abroad

By 2013, the Russian government could be paying tuition fees for the country’s best students at foreign universities, writes Wais Wafa for Surghar Daily. President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign a decree by 1 September establishing the Global Education programme, which will allow qualified Russian students to study abroad at the government’s expense.

The programme was first announced by then-president Dmitry Medvedev at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2010, but its implementation was delayed. According to some sources in the Kremlin, the main obstacle was former Education Minister Andrei Fursenko, who believed that the huge amount of money the state planned to spend sending students abroad would be better spent on Russia’s universities. University rectors were of much the same opinion.

One of the major points of contention in the development of the programme was how to ensure that students who took part in it would return to Russia. Under the programme, until the students return to Russia, the money provided for their studies will essentially be a loan.
Full report on the Surghar Daily site