The Working Group for collaboration between Russian universities–members of the Association of Global Universities and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI)

About the working group

The working group was established in January 2016 as part of a cooperation agreement between the Association "Global Universities" (AGU) and the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities (CRUI), signed on May 14, 2015 in Saint Petersburg (Prof. Yaroslav Kuzminov, Higher School of Economics and Prof. Gianmaria Ajani, University of Turin).

The purpose of the working group is to implement the educational and scientific cooperation of the leading universities of the Russian Federation with scientific and educational institutions in Italy.

The tasks of the working group include:

1) increasing the recognition of Russian and Italian universities in the national and international arena, increasing their attractiveness among students, academics and authorities;

2) boosting the mutual flow of students in different programs (Summer and winter schools, internship and training programs, academic exchange programs);

3) developing new educational and scientific programs for cooperation between Russian and Italian universities, identifying new opportunities for cooperation in the field of education and science;

4) defining best practices of cooperation between Russian universities and Italian universities and exchange of experiences from implementation of EHEA opportunities in practices of both University’s  Associations;

5) identifying opportunities and organization of advanced training for Italian and Russian universities in the best universities in Russia and Italy;

6) organizing regular, sustainable networking between Italian and Russian universities for educational, cultural, scientific cooperation;

7) promoting mutual study of Russian and Italian languages and cultures in Italy and Russia;

8) creating real and virtual sites for communication among partners.

AGU-CRUI Working Group participant Universities 


National Research University Higher School of Economics

ITMO University

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

Novosibirsk State University

Tomsk State University

Ural Federal University


Politecnico di Torino

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"

Università degli studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"

Università degli studi di Siena

Università degli studi di Torino


The Conference of Italian University Rectors

The CRUI is the association of the state and private universities.

Established in 1963 as a private association of Rectors, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) has over time acquired an acknowledged institutional and representative role, as well as a practical capacity to influence the development of the university system through its intense activity of study and experimentation.

Since 2001, the Conference of Italian University Rectors has been flanked in its managerial and executive functions by the CRUI Foundation, which is entrusted with developing projects and services in conformity with the strategies of the Conference of Italian University Rectors.

Association of Global Universities (Russia)

The Association of Global Universities, established in February 2014, is an association of Russian universities aiming to enhance their international competitiveness. The Association brings together 21 universities for reflection, synergy and action on common concerns in research and education.