On 30 November 2017, the working programme of the SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov in Sochi opened with a meeting with the teaching staff and students of Sochi State University.
After a brief meeting with Rector Galina Romanova, Chairman of the Sochi City Council Viktor Filonov and Deputy Mayor of Sochi Irina Romanets, Rashid Alimov gave a lecture on contemporary international relations in Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific region for students and faculty of Sochi State University.
"Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific region are the most dynamically developing regions in the world. They have an enormous human resource potential, as well as all other resources and excellent opportunities to advance and develop new ideas and implement ambitious projects. They constitute a macro-region of the future, which will become the driver of progress and prosperity for all of humankind," the Secretary-General said.
Rashid Alimov also noted that "positioned at the heart of the Eurasian continent, the SCO serves as a linchpin in promoting economic ties between Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region and also serves as an association that fosters the dialogue of cultures and civilisations and brings peoples and nations closer together."
The lecture was attended by over 300 students, as well as faculty members of Russia's biggest southern university. The participants were sincerely interested in the meeting: the SCO Secretary-General received many questions and the discussion lasted over two hours.
The SCO Secretary-General is in Sochi to take part in the regular meeting of the SCO Heads of Government Council on 30 November — 1 December 2017.
Sochi State University (SSU) was founded in 1989 and is now one of the core regional universities in Russia. The university has five departments: Tourism, Services and Sports; Ecology and Engineering; Economics and Management; Law; and Social and Education Studies; as well as the College of Economics and Technology. There are over 7,000 students. The university pays special attention to developing international ties. The SSU has joined the World Tourism Organisation and the European Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) and has founded the Black Sea Tourism Education Network.