On 5‒10 October 2020, the 4th International Research and Educational Programme "BRICS School" and the BRICS Young Scientists (BRICSologists) contest under the Russian BRICS Chairmanship took place in Moscow.
The programme is organized annually by the National Committee on BRICS Research with the support of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
80 young leaders, aged between 18 and 35, took part in the BRICS School, including scientists, researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, aspiring diplomats, public activists, entrepreneurs and journalists from Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and other countries. BRICS School alumni from the previous years, who built a community of young leaders and continue to be largely involved in developing the youth agenda of the BRICS countries, were also among the participants.
This year, BRICS School participants had a unique opportunity to attend a comprehensive course of lectures specifically developed by leading Russian and foreign BRICS experts, as well as to take part in discussions and workshops, seminars, expand their professional knowledge, develop communication skills, explore the specifics of cooperation between the BRICS states, their place on the international arena, future goals and objectives of the five.
Leading Russian and foreign experts, representatives of public and private organizations, relevant ministries and line agencies, representatives of the business community, research institutes and universities with significant experience in the BRICS agenda took up the roles of BRICS School lecturers and mentors.
The BRICS School programme was divided into subject-specific modules developed by partner organizations such as Russian Council for International Affairs, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Far Eastern Federal University, Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Institute for Applied Economic Research (Brazil), Observer Research Foundation (India), China Council for the BRICS Think Tank Cooperation (China) and South African Centre for BRICS Research (South Africa).