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    2,500 RUSSIAN STUDENTS IN TRAINING IN FRANCE - FRENCH DEPUTY EDUCATION MINISTER

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 4. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- 2,500 Russian students are being trained at French universities, French deputy education minister Josie Reufers told the press conference in Moscow. He specially arrived in Russia to partake in the discussion on problems of reform of European education within the framework of the Bologna process.

    "I've been instructed by the education minister of France to participate in the colloquium because he cherishes cooperation between Russia and France in the field of education and sees it as promising", said the deputy minister.

    He recalled that in recent years the two countries' education ministers have met for about ten times. One of the main results of their talks was the signing in May 2003 of the Russian-French intergovernmental agreement on the mutual recognition of documents on scientific degrees, he said.

    "Progress has also been made in the content of inter-collegiate relations between the two countries. As a result of this work, a larger number of Russian students are studying at French colleges and universities", the French representative summed up.

    In turn, French ambassador to Russia Jean Cadeau believes that Russia's entry into the Bologna process is "decisive". He recalled that it happened last September with French backing. "France is ready to begin dialogue with their Russian colleagues on the reforms going on in European education", the ambassador said.

    Russian deputy minister of education Vladimir Nevolin spoke up for both the countries "to conduct permanent consultations on questions of the Bologna process targeting at the formation of a single European education environment, bringing into coordination with the European requirements of high education diplomas".

    "We have what to learn from each other, what to be proud of and what should be preserved", Vladimir Nevolin said.

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