North-Eastern Federal University opened a representative office in China on the basis of Harbin Institute of Technology. The official opening ceremony of the NEFU representative office was held on July 8 in Harbin, the press service of the university reports.

Rector of the university Anatoly Nikolaev and Director of the Institute of the East Nyurgun Maksimov took part in the ceremony from the NEFU. The Chinese side was represented by the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of Harbin Institute of Technology, Deen Xuemei, the leadership of the Environment Institute, Permanent Directorate of the Association of Technical Universities of Russia and China and representatives of the Department of International Cooperation.

According to NEFU Rector Anatoly Nikolaev, the opening of the representative office is the result of seven-year cooperation between Yakut and Chinese universities. “The main proclaimed goals of the representation of our university at Harbin Institute of Technology are the coordination and implementation of joint educational and research projects of NEFU with partner universities in China, the organization and conduct of joint Russian-Chinese events, as well as the publicity for the educational programs of NEFU and the procedure for admission among potential applicants from the People's Republic of China,” the head of the university noted.

He added that earlier the federal and Chinese universities initiated the first forum of the Association of Technical Universities of Russia and China on Arctic research in Yakutsk. “Also, under our joint idea with Harbin Institute of Technology, an International Joint Research Center for the Arctic Environment and Ecosystem in Harbin was created,” says the rector.

Anatoly Nikolaev emphasized that NEFU takes an active part in the work of the Polar Institute and the Training Center of the University of the Arctic, as well as the Specialized Committee on the Arctic Environment and Ecosystem of the Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences, established at Harbin Institute of Technology. “For the 2020-2021 academic year, we have planned the launch of the first joint master's program on Arctic ecosystems,” he said.