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Russia “concerned” after Sri Lanka delists prominent scholarship-granting Medical Universities

ECONOMYNEXT – Russia is expressing concern that Sri Lanka’s Medical Council (SLMC) has cut several Russian Universities from the approved list of Universities granting scholarships for Medicine to Sri Lankan students.

In a press release issued by the Russian Centre in Sri Lanka said that the Russian Federation is “concerned about the decision to remove three prominent Russian State Universities” from the approved list.

The Universities include the People’s Friendship University, formerly known as the Patrice Lumumba University.

The 60-year old University which has about 21,000 students was especially setup during the Soviet days to offer scholarships to students from the Developing World.

The other two Universities are Pirogov Russian National Research University and the Tver State Medical University.

Pirogov is 114 years old and a university that attracts students from around the world.

The Press Release said that the delisting had taken place “without prior information, despite the fact that the
SLMC held several meetings with the officials of these Russian Universities who came down to Sri Lanka throughout the past years, and regular payments were made by the universities to maintain the membership.”

The Russian statement also said that the Embassy “hopes that the SLMC decision does not influence the practice of providing Russian State Scholarships to Sri Lankan citizens in the future, causing a loss of opportunities to young individuals to pursue their higher education free of charge in prominent Russian universities.” (Colombo, September 11, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana