Investment Summit in Kyrgyzstan: Ensuring Information Security of the EAEU and Journalism Training Courses

On December 8, within the framework of the Bishkek Investment Summit, a media forum EURASIAN MEDIA SPACE. THE ROLE OF INFORMATION POLICY IN THE PROMOTION OF EURASIAN INTEGRATION PROJECTS.

Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, emphasized that the forum held on the eve of the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Bishkek is a bold and successful proposal made by representatives of business circles of Kyrgyzstan:

— I believe that a new stage in the development of the EAEU will be associated precisely with the strengthening of investment and innovation cooperation and project integration. Let’s hope that this summit will be effective in terms of results.

Opening the work of the thematic platforms, Danil Ibraev, Chairman of the Presidium, President of the EAEU Business Council, said that guests from 12 partner countries are participating in the summit:

— The Bishkek Investment Summit plans to annually attract a large number of partners not only from the EAEU countries, but also from the states with which we plan to intensify relations. The purpose of the forum is to discuss issues that are relevant to everyone.

One of these issues was discussed at the Eurasian Media Space. The Role of Information Policy in the Promotion of Eurasian Integration Projects”.

— Eurasian integration needs a network of professional journalists who would be trained and able to convey information to the public in an accessible form. Sergey Glazyev, Minister for Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, outlined the problem. — After the May Economic Forum, the Eurasian Network University was created. At the moment, there are 19 universities in the educational consortium, programs are being actively formed.

Secretary of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly Andrey Belyaninov noted the need to pay special attention to training the young generation of media industry practitioners who manage to win impressive audiences in a digital environment without appropriate training:

— In modern realities, some bloggers gather larger audiences than the leading national TV channels. We need to work with them, we need to educate them,— Belyaninov stressed.

The speakers agreed that it is the activities of national mass media journalists that directly influence the popularization of integration ideas among the mass audience.

— The Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University has been implementing the educational program Covering Eurasian Integration in the Media, approved by the Eurasian Economic Commission, for the third year. The demand for it from students and the number of graduate qualification papers on this topic is growing every year,” emphasized the director of the Center for Eurasian Media Studies of the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosova Olga Vikhrova. – Due to the high interest of students this semester, the discipline “Media Policy and Information Security of Integration Associations” was developed and approved for undergraduates. We are ready to share practical experience and methods of teaching these disciplines with colleagues from EAEU universities who have a corresponding need.

At the site of the media forum, the idea was put forward to include relevant programs in the areas of training offered within the framework of the Eurasian Network University. In turn, representatives of higher educational institutions of Kyrgyzstan reported that among the universities of the republic there is a request for disciplines developed at the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University to prepare journalists for covering Eurasian integration in the media.

The summit venues also hosted the sessions “Main Directions and Priorities of Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the EAEU”, “Innovative Technologies in Education”, “Network Forms of Interaction in Education: Eurasian Network University”, as well as meetings of the Presidium of the EAEU Business Council and the Council of the International Congress industrialists and entrepreneurs.

Media forum of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation was held in Kyrgyzstan

On December 6, Bishkek hosted the International Media Forum “Media in the Conditions of Globalization”, timed to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation of the Kyrgyz Republic (NTRC).

The panel sessions of the forum were attended by representatives of leading analytical centers and higher educational institutions of Eurasia, experts in the field of media communications, politicians, as well as representatives of the authorities of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. The Secretary of State of the Kyrgyz Republic Suinbek Kasmambetov, as well as representatives of the embassies of friendly republics, came to congratulate the Director General of the NTRK Kairat Imanaliev.

The topic of the first panel discussion was “The role of traditional media in the development of the information society.” In addition to the issue indicated in the topic, such problems as the responsibility of a journalist to society, the crisis of the profession and the training of young personnel, as well as the phenomenon of new media: the practice of journalists and bloggers in social networks and online media were discussed.

Noting the significant contribution of the NTRK (KTRK) to the preservation and development of national culture, Olga Yuryevna Vikhrova, director of the Center for Eurasian Media Research, emphasized that high-quality national content is the conductor of traditional media into the future.

— Will broadcasters become providers of national content for global streaming services, will they themselves transform into national companies providing content on demand, or will they create separate streaming services within their holdings, the future of traditional media lies in high-quality national content. After all, the global media giants, which do not fully own the national specifics, are not able to provide its production, and the demand for it will remain in 5, and in 10, and in 15 years.— Vikhrova noted.

The speaker also stressed that today it is spiritual, moral and cultural values that unite the population of countries and regions divided by political, economic and other confrontations.

— And only the policy of preserving and developing national culture, along with the preservation of common language spaces, can help strengthen interstate and interethnic harmony.— the expert concluded.

The second part was devoted to the thematic session “Media education system”, which was attended by representatives of scientific and educational and expert-analytical circles, public organizations, government agencies and media structures. The participants of the platform were teachers of the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi, the Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and Manas University. The Russian scientific and media community was represented by Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosova Elena Leonidovna Vartanova.

— It is significant that the Kyrgyz National University is joining the celebration of the anniversary. This means that the training of personnel for television and radio broadcasting in Kyrgyzstan is in the reliable hands of professionals who are able to ensure the protection of national culture and the development of national identity. – stressed Vartanova, separately noting the role of the TV and radio company in preserving language traditions. “I am glad that the positions of the Russian language are preserved, which provides our countries with constant cultural interaction and mutual understanding,— the dean concluded, wishing her Kyrgyz colleagues excellent programs and uninterrupted broadcasting.

NTRK (National Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation of the Kyrgyz Republic) is the largest television and radio broadcasting corporation in the Kyrgyz Republic. Currently, 4 TV channels are on the air: “KTRK”, “Music”, “Madaniyat”, “Balastan” and “KTRK Sport”. The corporation includes the radio stations “Birinchi Radio”, “Kyrgyz Radiosu” and “Min Kyyal FM”. The media company also includes the Republican Radio and Television Center and the Kyrgyztelefilm studio.

Russian universities will increase the quota for students from the Republic of Belarus

In 2023, 1,300 graduates of Belarusian schools will have the opportunity to enter Belarusian higher education institutions on a budget.

The numerical increase in the quota compared to previous years is significant: since 2019, the number of places for young people from the union state in the universities of the Russian Federation has increased by almost 18 times.

Yury Makushin, head of the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in Belarus, stressed that Belarusians have more and more opportunities to get higher education in Russia: 230 seats, in 2021 – 700, in 2022 – 1100 seats, respectively.

“In 2023, the quota for studying at Russian universities will be 1,300 people,” Makushin said.

He also noted that graduates can enter prestigious Russian universities based on the results of olympiads and competitions, and applied mathematics, medicine and management are the most popular among students from Belarus.

The increase in the quota is obviously caused by demand from foreign applicants. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education notes that if five years ago, in 2017, the number of foreigners was about 250 thousand, then in 2021 almost 325 thousand students from abroad studied at Russian universities.

Education in Central Asia: Western or Eurasian vector of development?

Within the framework of the 18th ministerial meeting “European Union – Central Asia” in Samarkand, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Aibek Moldogaziyev proposed to open branches of European universities in the countries of Central Asia. Now 18 projects are being implemented in the region with the participation of 43 Uzbek universities and 58 universities of the EU and Central Asia.

– The development of multilateral cooperation in the educational environment is extremely important for any state integrated into the international educational space. At the same time, in the current situation, it is also important to direct efforts to expand cooperation and intensify interaction between universities located within the borders of the post-Soviet space. After all, universities are not only educational institutions, but also centers for the dissemination of language and culture. – notes Ph.D., director of the Eurasian Media Studies Center Olga Vikhrova – Since 1991, connected by a common historical past, we have been looking for and continue to look for a balance between the careful preservation of national cultures, the development of national self-consciousness of the population of the former Soviet republics and the preservation of a common language space. Numerous exchange educational programs for schoolchildren and students, as well as inclusive education programs implemented in the post-soviet space, are an illustration of the fact that we succeed in this.

At the same time, the expert emphasized that Western culture is spreading more aggressively and does not always carefully treat national ones:

– Even superficial westernization leads to the erosion of not only values, but also language codes, which can already be seen today in the speech of Eurasian youth. I will give a simple example. Today, in the spaces of social networks, such phrases as “Kazakhsha vibe”, “Russian vibe” and “Kyrgyzcha vibe” are often found. At first glance, Anglicism unites. But do we need a unification that impoverishes the national languages? Multilateral cultural exchange and the development of cooperation in the educational environment are necessary, but the approach must be balanced. In modern conditions – doubly. – concluded Vikhrova.

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The Russian language retains its position in the scientific environment of Armenia and Azerbaijan

A meeting of the section “Preservation of the Ethnocultural and Linguistic Diversity of Russia” was held in Moscow as part of the All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “Russia: Unity and Diversity”. During the event, Margarita Rusetskaya, a member of the Russian Language Council under the President of the Russian Federation, spoke about the high demand for the Russian language in educational institutions countries of the former USSR. In particular, it occupies a special place in the field of education in the republics of the South Caucasus.

— If we talk about Azerbaijan, then here the Russian language feels most confident in the field of scientific communication. Analyzing the bases of scientific publications, we see that the articles of Azerbaijani scientists written in Russian are included not only in the RSCI database [Russian Science Citation Index], but also in the international Scopus and Web of Science,” Rusetskaya said.

Professional communication between countries at the level of universities is actively supported: scientific conferences are held, countries provide the opportunity for internships for students and mutual learning as part of the professional retraining of employees. For example, the Russian-Armenian University, which is a member of the Center for Eurasian Media Studies (ed. note), is among the higher education institutions that have opened the acceptance of applications for inclusive education in the spring semester 2022/2023. year for students of Moscow State University. M. V. Lomonosov.

In addition, both in Azerbaijan and in Armenia today not only the oldest scientific schools with highly qualified Russianists are not only preserved, but also actively developed. In turn, Russia has programs to train specialists and teachers in the Armenian and Azerbaijani languages.

The purpose of the conference “Russia: Unity and Diversity” was to sum up the interim results of the implementation of the Strategy of the state national policy of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2025, the priorities of which include the preservation of the Russian language as the state language of Russia and the language of interethnic communication, the harmonization of interethnic and interethnic relations, as well as creation of additional socio-economic, political and cultural conditions for improving the social well-being of citizens and ensuring inter-ethnic and inter-religious peace and harmony in the Russian Federation.

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Russia and Belarus plan to create an Association of Regional Press

With the support of state authorities, the unions of journalists of Russia and Belarus are working to create an association focused on the development of cooperation between the federal media of Russia and the major mass media of Belarus. The implementation of the initiative will create a platform for the exchange of experience and mutual assistance. At the first stage, the interaction of regional media holdings is proposed to be built on the model of a club of editors-in-chief, within which journalists will be able to meet to discuss joint projects.

“We have such an example: in particular, the Minsk-Novosti agency has renewed its agreement with Vechernyaya Moskva, a large Russian media holding,” comments Andrei Krivosheev, chairman of the board of the Belarusian Union of Journalists.

The second stage of interaction will be the creation of a server that provides the ability to exchange content.

“All members of the Association in the exchange format of the European or Asian Broadcasting Union will drop a certain amount of materials per month or week, and have access to all other materials that will be dropped by colleagues into this common “cauldron” of information work,” Krivosheev explained. He also stressed that a system for ordering content and its joint production will be worked out.

Russia and Belarus are already closely cooperating: for example, round tables, master classes and special educational modules are held. For example, SputnikPro, with the support of the news agency of the same name, is a project for journalists, students of specialized universities, press officers and media managers, aimed at exchanging experience and developing professional ties with colleagues from other countries. The establishment of the Association will strengthen and allow the development of the already established level of relations.