Happy Knowledge Day! I’d like to congratulate the new students in attendance on getting accepted to one of the world's best universities – and I stand by these words.
This is a special year in the history of MGIMO. This October, we will celebrate its 70th anniversary. The Second International Forum of MGIMO Alumni will also take place in October. MGIMO approaches its anniversary at the height of its success and in great shape thanks to the creative approach of the university administration, faculty and professors, and the inquisitive and hungry minds of the students.
The university has established itself as a leader in training high-calibre specialists in international affairs and as a leading think tank providing wide-ranging analysis. In conjunction with the Diplomatic Academy, MGIMO provides a valuable product that aids the work of the Foreign Ministry.
I believe that this class of first-year students has every reason to be proud of becoming members of this family – the MGIMO fraternity – and to start preparing themselves for an eventful and exciting career in government service, journalism, business and, of course, diplomacy, because MGIMO remains the main source of employees for the Foreign Ministry. We are interested in hiring talented young people.
I hope that the Young Diplomats Council will assist us in arranging regular meetings so that you can learn first-hand about their work and life, and how they enjoy working at the Foreign Ministry. I’ll just answer for them now – they love it. If you hear anything different, don’t believe it.