On December 8, 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov visited MGIMO University.
During this visit, he met with MGIMO University Rector and Russian Academy of Sciences member Anatoly Torkunov. They discussed the possibility of establishing cooperation between the SCO Secretariat and MGIMO University in the field of public and academic diplomacy.
Rashid Alimov also held a meeting with students and faculty of MGIMO University and gave a lecture on multilateral multi-sectoral cooperation within the SCO.
"Our work is aimed at coping with the most important regional tasks. We have a constructive, non-confrontational agenda covering a wide range of issues in the field of politics and security, economy and cultural and humanitarian ties," he said.
"The SCO is not designed to confront anyone, the Organisation does not have ‘designated enemies', its main goal is to ensure sustainable joint development for the benefit of the peoples living in the SCO space. Meeting current challenges at the regional level, the SCO is an important element of the global architecture of international relations," Rashid Alimov said.
The Secretary-General also answered numerous questions from MGIMO students and teaching staff. The meeting lasted about two hours.
MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is a leading Russian university training specialists in 18 areas.
The university includes two campuses, eight departments and three institutes. As of 2017, MGIMO has trained about 7,000 students from Russia, CIS countries and other foreign countries. In 2010, it was officially listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the university offering tuition in the largest number of foreign official languages (53 languages). The university is part of the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.