The exhibition "Higher Education in Russia at the beginning of the Third Millennium" opened in the capital of Vietnam on Friday. Taking part in exhibition are 24 higher educational establishments of the Russian Federation -- from St. Petersburg to the Far East. The exhibition is held on the premises of the Hanoi Polytechnical Institute which was created in 1956 with the help of Soviet specialists. Thanks to Soviet and Russian educational establishments which tens of thousands of citizens of Vietnam have graduated from, the country has highly skilled specialists in all spheres of the national economy, science and culture, said Nguyen Minh Hien, Vietnam's Minister of Education and Personnel Training, at the opening ceremony. An ever growing number of young Vietnamese want to receive an education in Russia, he said. After the recent visit to Vietnam by President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the agreements reached on diversified cooperation at the level of strategic partnership, the possibilities are becoming available for further cooperation in education, noted the minister. More than 5,500 citizens of Vietnam are currently studying in Russia, Vasily Zhurakovsky, first deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti. He believes that old traditions, many-year-long experience, constant ties with the graduates, the high standard of education in Russian higher schools with moderate prices -- are weighty arguments in the competition with higher schools of other countries. A scientific-practical conference "Cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in Education: Experience and Prospects of Development" was held within the framework of the exhibition.