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The Russian government approved a draft agreement with Vietnam on partnership in education

The document provides that the Russian side to 2020 year will increase up to one thousand people the number of Vietnamese citizens annually taken to study in Russian universities.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the approval of a draft agreement between the Russian and Vietnamese governments on a strategic partnership in education, science and technology. The corresponding document is published on the website of the Cabinet.

The approved draft agreement between the governments of the two countries was developed "taking into account the agreements of the leaderships of the two countries on giving bilateral cooperation the format of a comprehensive strategic partnership, reached during the official visit to Russia of the Prime Minister of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung on May 14, 2013".

The purpose of the agreement, the message says, is the development of "equal and mutually beneficial scientific and technological cooperation, as well as cooperation in the field of education through the use of various forms of interaction on the basis of coinciding state priorities."

The message emphasizes that the priority areas of Russian-Vietnamese cooperation are first of all education, basic research, biotechnology, medical and pharmaceutical technologies, technologies of new materials, including nanomaterials, space technologies.

It is envisaged that the Russian side will increase by the year 2020 to one thousand people the number of Vietnamese citizens annually enrolled in Russian higher education educational institutions.

A Russian-Vietnamese commission for cooperation in the field of education, science and technology is being set up to implement the agreement.

Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia to negotiate with the Vietnamese side and upon reaching an agreement to sign the agreement, according to a press release from the Cabinet.

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