General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nong Duc Manh will in the course of his stay in St Petersburg on October 12-12 visit the Piskarevskoye memorial cemetery, where the remains of over 800,000 city dwellers who had died in the blockade of Leningrad (St Pete had this name in the past) by German fascist forces in 1943-1944.
On Saturday Nong Duc Manh will meet city governor Vladimir Yakovlev. The sides are expected to discuss opportunities of tourism, cultural exchanges, cooperation in science and higher education, as well as development of trade ties, including exports from St Pete of products of shipbuilding, machine-building and imports of agricultural products and crude for the processing industry.
On Sunday the program of stay envisages visiting the St Petersburg State Forestry Engineering Academy. Nong Duc Manh graduated from this academy in 1971 with an excellent diploma in timber industry engineering. He studied there within the framework of an interstate student exchange program, which has allowed over 350 Vietnamese students to receive education from 1950s up to now in that academy.
Nearly 120 foreign students study at the academy now, 20 of them being Vietnamese.