Educating Global Citizens: Eurasian Peoples' Assembly and Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University unite to Expand Youth Ties and Cultural Exchange

29/09/2023 18:39

The International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations "Eurasian Peoples' Assembly" held a meeting with the delegation of Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (Saudi Arabia) at the Assembly headquarters in Moscow.

The meeting marked a significant step towards strengthening closer ties and exploring opportunities for youth development, cultural exchange and cooperation in education, science, culture, and sports. The parties touched upon such themes as the upbringing of the young generation and the role of education in shaping the future of humanity.

Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrei Belianinov emphasized the decisive role of culture and education in shaping the future generation. He spoke in favor of strengthening youth contacts in the Eurasian format, sharing the opinion that young people should understand and appreciate the rich diversity of cultures that make up our world.

“What young people will grow up to be, that will be the culture and history. And we must take care of the education of young people. One of the tasks we set for ourselves is to strengthen youth contacts in the format of Eurasia. Young people should know more about each other,” said the Secretary General.

Dr. Issa H. Al Ansari, President of Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) expressed his commitment to promoting and strengthening youth ties in the Eurasian context. He spoke about various PMU initiatives and projects aimed at developing global citizens capable of adapting to different cultures and environments.

“We educate youth as global citizens. They are not only Saudi citizens, they are people who can work anywhere in the world, who can talk to a representative of any culture, any country, they are people who can adapt to any environment,” said Dr. Issa H. Al Ansari.

Alexandra Ochirova, member of the State Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Co-Chair of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly emphasized the importance of education, law and justice in solving global problems. She noted that now it is important to form the global planetary consciousness of young people in accordance with the mission of the UN and UNESCO.

“I am very much in solidarity with you, and I remembered how in the 70s the Club of Rome formulated a very serious and simple thesis, which was taken up by many foundations and organizations in the world: “Think globally - act locally.” All that you have identified are strategic problems. And as we know, strategy in the world today is a search task. This is especially important for the problem that you outlined - the formation of planetary consciousness, a task that was provided by the UN and UNESCO and this task has not yet been solved,” said Alexandra Ochirova.

In order to expand cooperation, First Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Svetlana Smirnova invited representatives of Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University to send a representative to the Coordination Committee of the Eurasian Peoples' Youth Assembly and invited university students who speak Russian to take part in the International Competition "Leader of Public Diplomacy". In addition, she spoke about the upcoming World Youth Festival, which will take place in Sochi in 2024, and the opportunities young people around the world have to take part in it.

The meeting culminated with the Secretary General Andrei Belyaninov proposal to create a year-round youth camp on a Eurasian scale. The proposed camp, according to the Secretary-General, will focus on interaction between young people from different countries, who have different cultural codes, and will allow for the establishment and strengthening of cooperation and mutual understanding. Camp activities should cover various disciplines, including science, culture, art, education, and sports.

“Holding conferences, presenting awards - this is all very correct. But these are not all the tasks that we could solve. Let's think together about creating a year-round youth camp. It must be Eurasian. It will be possible to invite scientists and teachers from all over the world. Young people should know each other by sight, not just on TV,” - said Andrei Belyaninov.

Dr. Issa H. Al Ansari supported the mission of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly. He suggested developing a concrete action plan detailing initiatives that could be implemented jointly. This plan will be reviewed and evaluated regularly to ensure its practicality and effectiveness.

Andrei Belyaninov, summing up, invited representatives of Saudi Arabia to the upcoming international forum “Truth and Morality - a Strategic Resource of Public Diplomacy” in Belgorod. The forum plans to discuss the issues of multilateral international cooperation. To date, representatives of more than 50 countries – the Middle East, the African continent, Latin America, and Asia – have confirmed their participation in the Forum. Among them are members of international organizations, prominent public and scientific figures.

The meeting between the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly and Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University was an important step towards strengthening cultural and educational exchange and global cooperation. Both sides work towards a shared vision of empowering youth, preserving culture and promoting international understanding.

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Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) is a private university located in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia), was founded in 2006 and is named after the former Governor of the Eastern Province. The institution is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia and the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, which is responsible for developing accreditation standards and procedures and ensuring quality control of academic programs. At the international level, the university works to accredit individual programs and faculties.