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Dr. Chen Rui, Vice President of Ocean University of China (OUC), attended the BRICS Global University Summit (GUS) held from October 26 until October 28, 2015 in Moscow. He was invited by Anatoly Torkunov, the rector of Moscow's State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). 


At a sub-forum on higher education in the BRICS countries, with regards to quality and its assessment, Vice President Chen gave a speech on marine education in the 21st century and the challenges and opportunities that OUC is faced with. 


In his speech, he said that in terms of major challenges such as ecological and climate change, as well as the utilization of marine renewable energy, all countries should attach great importance to marine education, channel great energy into cultivating marine talents, promote the development of marine science and technology, and take a scientific and sustainable approach to developing, utilizing and protecting the ocean so as to establish a harmonious relationship between man and the ocean. 


“All the ocean-related scientific and educational institutes should enhance communications and cooperation, jointly promoting the development of marine educational programs,” Vice President Chen concluded, after giving an overview of the achievements made by OUC in marine-related education.


The BRICS Global University Summit is an official event of the current Russian presidency of BRICS and was co-hosted by Moscow's State Institute of International Relations, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the National University of Science and Technology MISiS, as well as the Peoples´ Friendship University of Russia this year. It united more than 400 participants from leading universities of BRICS member-states, including university presidents, scholars, and representatives of the international organizations. They exchanged views and discussed on both educational handlings of global challenges in terms of ecology, energy, health, finance, trade, knowledge economy, information technology, international security, etc, along with educational agendas concerning college teaching, research, operations, quality assessment, international rankings, distance education, etc. 


The sponsor attached great importance to GUS. The Deputy Chairman Ilyas Umakhanov of the Federation Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov, Minister Denis Manturov of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation and other senior officials all attended GUS, together with the rector Anatoly Torkunov of Moscow's State Institute of International Relations, and President Viktor Sadovnichy of Moscow State University. 

Vice Minister Cao Jianlin of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China was also present at the summit, along with more than 20 representatives from OUC, Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, Nankai University, Dalian University of Technology. 

Mr. Li Weidong, deputy director of the International Office accompanied Vice President Chen Rui to the summit and raised questions to the ministers on the marine educational development plan of other BRICS countries during the Q and A session.