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After completing an application process that began shortly after the Virtual Institute’s membership meeting held in February, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MGIMO) has joined the Vi network as an affiliate member. The university joins St. Petersburg State University as the second affiliate from the country.

With seven departments in the economics field, MGIMO’s School of International Economic Relations has graduated more than 7000 students in its 40-year history. The university offers Bachelor, Master, Post-graduate and Doctoral degrees in Economics to a student body of approximately 2000 students. Its approach to training combines fundamental general economic disciplines with a number of applied disciplines of analytical and forecasting nature. Anna Abramova, PhD, has been appointed Vi coordinator for MGIMO, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leading the initiative to join was Tatiana Isachenko, Vi member coordinator of Russian core university member, the State University Higher School of Economics’ Institute for Trade Policy, which joined the network in July of last year. Isachenko, who also lectures at MGIMO, brought up the idea during the member’s meeting, seeing an opportunity to include the university’s professors and graduate students in a study tour of Geneva-based international organizations programmed for Russian members at the end of this month.

The study tour, scheduled for March 31 to April 4, will host 51 participants (46 students and five lecturers) fom the three Russian university members; 13 students and two of the lecturers come from MGIMO.

Catering to the universities’ specific interests in dispute settlement mechanisms, intellectual property rights and Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the week-long programme will include sessions with UNCTAD, WTO, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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