Russian government provides scholarships for Guyanese

Dear Editor,
Every year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Guyana in 1970, the Russian Government provides scholarships to Guyanese for studies in our country. More than a hundred Guyanese including doctors, engineers, politicians and diplomats have graduated from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN).

In 2016 two Guyanese received Russian Government scholarships to study medicine in RUDN, this year another two scholarships were granted – one for oil and gas studies, a prospective Guyanese industrial field. The Ministry of Natural Resources of Guyana will designate a group of Guyanese students for training as oil and gas technicians in Russia as agreed during the 1st Meeting of the Working Group in the Field of Geology and Mining in October 2016 in Moscow.

The application for scholarships to study linguistics in Russia for the 2017/2018 academic year can be made at website till May 1, 2017.

Our country is famous for its quality education and offers a wide range of technical and humanitarian studies. 24 Russian Universities, including Moscow State University are within the 2016 Times Higher Education top ranking list. The detailed guide on Russian Universities is available online at

We believe that the friendly relations that Russia and Guyana have been enjoying for decades will continue to develop through educational exchanges.

Below is the essay from a Guyanese student about his recent experience in Moscow University and his daily life that will help you to make a choice.

“I am Dr Shivasram Itwaru; a medical doctor attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and am currently studying in Russia. I never thought I would be ever studying in Russia as Russia seemed to be a very distant place but nevertheless, I’m here in beautiful Russia. I’m very happy to be at People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), doing a Residency in Cardiology/Internal Medicine.

“I always supposed that Russia was a gloomy place, but this turned out to be wrong. Russia is a very lively and delightful place; it has a lot of different Memorials, beautiful Parks and it is definitely a place where anyone could find what he/she likes. Currently, I live in Moscow, on campus at RUDN. The University is very huge and scenic. The academic Programs offered are demanding and challenging, thus students have to spend lots of time reading and this is a usual scene across campus, at study halls, library, in the park etc. At RUDN there are students from more than 150 countries, as such you are given the wonderful opportunity to interact and learn not only about Russia but about other countries as well.

“I have not been that long in Russia, however, I have already visited several places. Firstly, the famous Red Square which has lots of historic buildings; beautiful cathedral, old castle wall etc. which usually attracts the attention of many tourists. My visit to the well-known Gorky Park and Sokolniki Park was breathtaking. The parks cover large areas where you can be in peace with nature.

“It must be mentioned, that the Russian people are very affable, polite which definitely makes you feel at home in Russia. I have been to a lot of places across the world and I am happy to say that Russia is one of the best experiences I ever had.

“Thanks to the Russian people and the Government for affording me this experience and the opportunity to study here.”

Yours faithfully,
Aleksei Illiuviev
Press Attache
Russian Embassy



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