Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
February 28, 2011

The Science and Technology Working Group, the Education Sub-Working Group, and the U.S-Russia Innovation Council on High Technology (ICHT), a public-private sector initiative promoting technology innovation, participated in the first ever “Science and Innovation Week” in Moscow. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs, Alina Romanowski, and Director of International Integration in the Russian Ministry of Education and Science Igor Protsenko led a number of discussions with American and Russian governmental and non-governmental representatives to explore new areas of cooperation in higher and secondary education, including in math, science, and technology. In support of the Education Sub-Working Group, the Institute of International Education (IIE) led a delegation of university presidents from Lehigh University, Montclair State University, North Carolina State University, University of Arizona, University of California, Los Angeles, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and University of South Carolina Upstate to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kazan to develop strengthen existing and develop new ties in student and faculty exchanges and collaborative research. Representatives of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Leading Russian Universities (ARU) also met to plan for an inaugural U.S.-Russia University Presidents Roundtable scheduled to convene in Washington, D.C. in early April. As a result of the week’s discussions, working group participants identified new priority projects, including the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) Program, and signed new joint university initiatives, including a Memorandum of Understanding signed between University of North Carolina Greensboro and Kazan Federal University. The working group also committed to expanding education opportunities for American and Russian students and faculty under the Fulbright Program and U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Read the State Department Press Release» See the IIE Press Release»