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    MOSCOW, APRIL 7, RIA NOVOSTI - Andrei Fursenko, federal Minister of Education and Research, received Sir Roderick Lyne, British Ambassador to Russia, the ministry says in a press release circulated today.

    The conferees were discussing bilateral partnership in education, research and high technologies. Both Parties highlighted many shared objectives-in particular, educational reforms underway in the two countries. In fact, there is hardly a country throughout the world that would be free of educational problems, what with a huge gap between the desired and actual education quality, remarked Mr. Fursenko. As he sees it, education cannot fall in with the pace of present-day economic progress, hence its difficulties.

    Education is a keystone of economic updating. That is why it direly needs its own updating. To educate young experts who will start work five to ten years later is among principal tasks of schooling, said the minister.

    The ambassador, in his turn, pointed out exceptional importance of Russian-British educational and technological ties. They are no less essential than bilateral political contacts, said Sir Roderick.

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