BRICS International School is a unique scientific and educational programme aimed at training young experts specializing in BRICS studies in political, economic, humanitarian fields and other relevant areas of interaction within the five countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The programme is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Young scientists, diplomats, journalists, entrepreneurs and others were invited to participate in the program. On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the programme 200 representatives from 22 countries were selected to join programme. Nikolai Yakushev, a researcher of the Vologda Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, joined the participation.
Participants were offered a range of specially developed comprehensive course by top Russian and international experts and practitioners, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, ministries and agencies, think tanks with considerable experience in BRICS research, such as:
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Russian Sherpa in BRICS; Prof. Georgy Toloraya, Deputy Chair of the Board, Russian National Committee on BRICS Research; Dr. Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chair of the Board, Russian National Committee on BRICS Research; Dr. Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council; Dr. Dmitry Razumovskiy, Director, Institute for Latin American Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Dr. Dmitry Polikanov, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo); Dr. Victoria Panova, Vice President for International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University, Russian W20 Sherpa; Dr. Andrey Baykov, Vice-Rector for Science and Research, MGIMO-University; Dr. Andrzej Habarta, Editor-in-Chief, Cuadernos Iberoamericanos.
The programme allowed participants to broaden their professional horizons, develop communication skills, and study specifics of cooperation among the BRICS countries – their positions on the global arena, prospects of institutionalization of the BRICS format, goals and priorities of the grouping for the future.