The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly and BSTU named after V.G. Shukhov hold an International Public Diplomacy Forum

09/10/2023 18:05

The III International Forum “Truth and Morality: A Strategic Resource of Public Diplomacy” will take place in Belgorod on October 10–12. It is organized by the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly and the Belgorod State Technological University named after V. G. Shukhov.

The forum is held under the active support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Rossotrudnichestvo, the Association of Arab Universities, the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (UAE), the Government of the Belgorod region and leading universities in the region.

This is already the third public diplomacy forum. The first forum took place in 2017, the second in 2019. It was not possible to meet in 2021 due to the pandemic. The decision to hold the third forum, despite the difficult situation in the region, was supported by many participants. Representatives of international organizations, public and scientific figures, as well as partners from the countries of Eurasia will take part in it.

The main goal is to discuss issues of humanitarian modernization in the Eurasian context and develop innovative methods of cooperation in science, education, culture and business through public diplomacy. The forum will become a key platform for the formation of current approaches to the creation of specific tools for building a joint future based on the principles of equality and mutual respect.

The forum provides an extensive business program. At the meeting, university rectors will discuss the development of relations between universities. Its curator is the BSTU Rector Sergey Glagolev. The forum includes signing of several cooperation agreements.

As part of the forum, the organizers, together with the A. M. Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Support Fund, will hold the “Smart Cities” competition.

Also, the business roundtable of the program will bring together businessmen from Arab countries and China.

The round table on public diplomacy will be held under the support of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.

Several Belgorod universities are involved in the forum: Belgorod State Technological University named after V. G. Shukhov, Belgorod State University, Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics and Law. All of them are interested in developing partnerships between universities and countries.

It is planned that the public diplomacy forum will reach the global level. Already at the end of February 2024 it will be held in the United Arab Emirates. Such meetings will be held in Belgorod twice a year, and in Dubai annually.