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Meeting of H.E. the Ambassador of Tunisia and general director of RACUS organization

08/26/2020
On the 25th of August 2020 an official meeting between the general director of RACUS organization, Avbakar Nutsalov, and H.E. the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia in the Russian Federation, Tarak Ben Salem, took place at the Embassy of the Tunisian Republic in Moscow.

Parties discussed current issues, the most urgent of which is return of Tunisian students to Russia for the continuation of their studies in the 2020/2021 academic year. Avbakar Nutsalov informed the Ambassador of the current restrictions on entrance in Russia, of measures offered by the universities in regard of foreign students who have stayed in Russia, as well as of those who have returned to Tunisia for the summer holidays, i.e.:

1. For foreign students currently staying on Russian territory, the academic year will begin on the 1st of September 2020 in either offline or online format, depending on the university and the study program.
2. For foreign students who have left Russia for vacations, studies will start online on the 1st of September at all universities. These students are encouraged to get in touch with their international departments in order to get the schedule and necessary links.
3. In accordance with the Decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin of June the 15th, 2020, arrival of foreign citizens in Russia from the 16th of June till the 15th of September is prohibited. This also applies to all foreign students with valid visas. Entrance in Russia is also prohibited via third countries (including Turkey), which is why foreign students are advised not to buy plane tickets and to abstain from travelling to Russia before September the 15th, 2020. In case of non-renewal of the quarantine regime, all foreign students, including Tunisian citizens, will be able to return to Russia in order to continue their studies.
4. Foreign citizens, including Tunisian ones, are obliged to comply with the requirements of the Russian Migration Service, namely: arrive in Russia 30 days before the expiry date of their visa and on arrival submit their documents to migration services to register. If necessary, students are obliged to send a letter to the email address of RACUS organization education@racus.ru with the request for a new invitation for studies. Terms of invitation letter issue is 30-40 days. Before arriving in Russia with the new invitation, students are required to follow their courses online.

The general director of RACUS organization underlined during his meeting with H.E. the Ambassador that the most popular among young Tunisians Russian medical universities offering studies in French, such as Tambov State University and Astrakhan State Medical University, will begin studies in the traditional offline format this year. International students will begin their studies online before their arrival to Russia and they will join their groups for offline studies upon arrival. In view of constantly changing information, students are invited to follow the news on our website www.edurussia.ru (the "News" tab). As soon as any important information is officially announced, we will immediately post it on our website, as well as on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RACUS.Study.in.Russia

Some people unrelated to international education, who perceive existing information incorrectly or partially, post it spreading false information. Therefore, the general director of RACUS organization, Avbakar Nutsalov, and H.E. the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia in the Russian Federation, Tarak Ben Salem, ask Tunisian citizens, including students of Russian universities, to ignore this kind of information. All reliable information will be published on the official website of RACUS organization www.edurussia.ru and on the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in the Russian Federation.

H.E. the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia and the general director of RACUS organization agreed to continue the information exchange in order to create favorable conditions for spread of reliable information in this difficult period and to inform interested parties about all current changes concerning return of Tunisian students to Russian universities. During this meeting other important issues were also discussed.

The parties agreed on the possibilities of potential collaboration for mutual benefit. The meeting took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, its participants remained satisfied with the achieved results.

RACUS organization expresses its deep gratitude to the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in the Russian Federation and personally to H.E. the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia in the Russian Federation, Tarak Ben Salem for his hard work with the Tunisian young people studying in Russian universities.

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