For the purpose of promoting youth exchanges in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, within the next 10 years China will provide governmental grants to 30 thousand students of the SCO member states, - declared the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, speaking at the «Nazarbayev university» in Kazakhstan.
Youth is the future of nations, the new force for deepening peoples’ friendship. The cooperation in the sphere of education between the SCO member states provides to youth a platform for enhancing exchanges and contacts as well as for deepening friendship.
In 2006 the governments of the SCO member states signed an Agreement on cooperation in the field of education, defining the direction of cooperation development in this sphere. In 2007 at the SCO summit in Bishkek the President of Russia Vladimir Putin put forward the suggestion on creation of the University of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (USCO) which was unanimously approved by other member states of the organization.
«The SCO university functions as a network of already existing universities of the SCO member states for the purpose of creating an effective international integration platform for cooperation in the field of education», - declared to the Xinhua agency the Secretary general of the internal coordination council of the Chinese universities of the USCO, Sui Zhan.
The number of the USCO institutes of higher education already reached 80. The preparation of the USCO students, generally post-graduates, is provided in the following fields: Regional Studies, Ecology, Power Engineering and Nanotechnologies.
Headed by the chairman of the Chinese Council of rectors the Dalian University of Foreign Languages has already started the work on choosing 30 students who will study Regional Studies in the framework of the SCO.
However, the USCO universities face various difficulties and problems including questions of financing and low activity of some of them.
«The SCO University is an absolutely new form of cooperation. Therefore, the search for solutions of problems in practice is still on the agenda", - underlined the head of the SCO Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Sun Chzhuanchzhi.
As the overall cooperation within the SCO deepens, the humanitarian cooperation including the field of education, will also gain significant development as such interaction is strategic, - considers Sui Zhan.
He expressed hope that at the forthcoming meeting of the Council of heads of the SCO member states in Bishkek the bigger attention would be paid to the development of the USCO and that it would also be put on the agenda of future summits. Sui Zhan also expressed confidence that by means of joint efforts of the member universities, cooperation in the field of higher education within the SCO will reach favorable results.