April 15-21, 2007
RUSSIA HAS DONE A LOT FOR AFRICA AND THE WORLD
Dear Mr Mokone,
With great surprise and disappointment I have read the article What's Wrong With HIV Positive? published in Sunday Standard (March 25-31, 2007).
To my regret this article misrepresented completely the contribution which the USSR and then Russia have made to the training of national highly qualified personnel for the states of the African continent.
As the author of the article should know after the independence thousands
of Africans have studied in the USSR and now in Russia. At present many of them occupy leading positions in the government, parliament, army and business. They are working as engineers, doctors, teachers, lawyers. Suffice to say that among the graduates of Russian universities are the leaders of a number of Southern African countries - Mozambique, Namibia and the Republic of South Africa. I would like
to remind that a prominent citizen, political guru and highly esteemed person
in Botswana late Dr K. Koma has been trained in the Soviet Union.
Russia continues this tradition - annually Russian government grants to the African states more than 800 scholarships for studying in our national universities. Besides, in accordance with the agreement with SADC my country grants annually
to the member-states of the Organization 14 scholarships - one of them for Botswana.
The Russian Federation continues to be one of the world's recognized leaders in the field of tertiary education which is a complete system, consisting of more than 600 state universities and specialized institutions with around 5 million people studying there.
Russian university education gives students a unique chance to choose from more than 500 specialties which are in a great demand all over the world. Among them are medicine, engineering, economics, management, political science, computer sciences, information technologies and others.
Russian tertiary education system also gives students the chance to get acquainted with the achievements of the world science, to establish ties and contacts with the best specialists from many countries of the world.
The person who has arrived in Russia to study will not feel himself lonely - more than 100 thousand foreign students from more than 200 countries of the world study at the leading universities and institutions of the country. At present around one hundred young people from Botswana study in Russian universities.
As far as Russian language is concerned it is one of the official languages
of the United Nations Organization and more than 300 million people all around the world speak Russian, it is the language of the great writers, poets, scientists, painters and musicians.
I do hope that the publication of my letter in your newspaper will give the readers more clear and objective perception of real contribution of Russia to the cooperation with African countries in the sphere of education.