The Network University is a joint educational project of BRICS countries consisting of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. It was launched in 2016 and aimed to enhance the quality of education and train highly-qualified staff, to establish a unified educational space, to foster academic mobility and resource integration for research. The University functions around six thematic areas: Energy; Computer Science and Information Security; Ecology and Climate Change; Economics; Water Resources and Pollution Treatment; as well as BRICS Studies. In this project Russia is represented by 12 universities. Tomsk Polytechnic coordinates the national participation in the group engaged in water resources issues.
At the conference in South Africa TPU was represented by the Head of the Geology Division Natalia Guseva.
Dr. Natalia Guseva said:
‘At the conference, we met with our international group engaged in water resources. Our objective was to discuss the opportunities for students exchange between the partner universities of the group and to design double-degree PhD programs.’
The division head noted that a master program - Clean Water - which is relevant to the topic of the Network University had already been launched at TPU. The program is also available in English.
‘We expect to transform it into a network program so students can master some disciplines at TPU and the others at the partner universities. Tomsk Polytechnic University has already concluded agreements with the National Institute of Technology in Durgapur (India) and Hohai University (China). It is planned that master students pursuing the program will be able to undergo internships at these universities next term,’ explained Natalia Guseva.
The conference was held on 5-7 July 2018 at the University of Stellenbosch. The representatives of BRICS and the members of the Network University discussed the expansion of cooperation in the field of education and science, and work within their dedicated groups.