Moscow, Russian Federation
May 19, 2017

The Moscow State Institute of International, also known as MGIMO, is an academic institution run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Founded on October 14, 1944, it is the oldest and most renowned school in Russia that prepares students for careers in international relations and diplomacy. It is an institution for young people with international interests, offering them the widest range of educational programs and specializations available.

The university gives students a context for understanding the contemporary world – be it through international diplomacy, public administration, business, economics, law, and journalism, not to mention the 53 languages it teaches. MGIMO is also known as the Harvard University of Russia.

Dr. Victor Sumsky is the Director of the ASEAN Centre that is housed at MGIMO-University in Moscow, Russia. He is the country’s leading expert on political developments and international relations in Southeast Asia, representing Russia in the Board of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS). He speaks English and Indonesian, and holds a doctorate in history. Most of his works concentrate on political development of Southeast Asian nations, as well as international relations in East Asia and its security problems.

As a leading expert, Dr. Sumsky has been the head of the ASEAN Center since 2010, the division of the university responsible for promoting information on the Russia-ASEAN partnership, economic development, and scientific, cultural, and education exchanges.

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