4,000 foreign students are studying at Russian higher schools

Russian higher educational establishments should enrol more foreign students, said Vladimir Filippov, Minister of Education of Russia, at a press conference at RIA Novosti on Tuesday. The Minister said that 4,000 foreign students and post-graduates are currently studying at Russian higher schools on a tuition-free basis, which is 5-7 times less than the number of foreigners who studied in the USSR. Incidentally, noted the minister, more than half the teachers of the Cairo University are graduates of Soviet higher educational establishments. Filippov stressed the importance of increasing the number of foreign students training at Russian higher schools on a paid basis, RIA Novosti reports. "This is a mutually advantageous process, these are our future international economic contacts, and issues of geopolitics and geoeconomics," said the minister. The country's higher schools should be more active in creating the necessary conditions for the enrolment of foreign students," said the Minister of Education in conclusion.