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Russian State Social University, Russia

Russian State Social University (RSSU) was established following the Decree of the Government of Russian Federation of November 25. 1991. The University has become first and it is still the only one state social university in Russia, Baltic states and CIS. Chancellor and founder of Russian State Social University - Dr. Vasily Zhukov is an Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences and Honoured Scientists of Russian Federation.

In short time Russian State Social University was formed as a complex educational, scientific, research, informational and analytic centre which is able to solve tasks on a level of current demands. Russian State Social University is the main institution in the field of preparation personnel for social sphere. On the base of the University has been set up and functions educational and methodological association of institutions of Russia, which carry on educational activity on specialization "Social Work".

The University applies a multilevel system of education: Pre-higher education (preparatory courses), Secondary professional education in 14 specialities (Social college), Higher education in 109 specialities (professions) including the second higher education offered by reduced-in-time programs, Post-higher education in 27 specialities (post-graduate study and doctorate-degree seekers, Qualification upgrading (additional qualification, qualification training).

University of Belgrade, Serbia

The University of Belgrade is a state university. Its main activities in the fields of higher education and scientific research are activities of public interest, and they are carried out in accordance with the legal regulations.

The University of Belgrade is prepared to maintain and enhance its position as the leading institution of higher education in the region by adapting to the challenges of modern times on one hand, and preserving what’s worth in its tradition on the other. This is precisely what makes it recognized as a true national brand.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Carolina’s vibrant people and programs attest to the University’s long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation’s first public university. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.

Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

TUT was established on 1 January 2004, with the merging of the former Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria. At the time of the merger, the uniquely South African institutional designation of "technikon" was dropped in favour for the internationally accepted "university of technology" designation.


This new mega-institution annually enrols approximately 60 000 students. Its student body is one of the most demographically representative in the country in terms of both race and gender, reflecting the Rainbow Nation in all its diversity. With almost 22 per cent of contact students accommodated in residences, the University is by far the largest residential higher education institution in Southern Africa.


Its geographic footprint covers four of South Africa's nine provinces – Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North-West Province – with campuses located in Tshwane (Pretoria, Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa), Nelspruit, eMalahleni (previously called Witbank) and Polokwane (previously called Pietersburg). Large numbers of students are also drawn from other provinces and from neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland.

Staff members

TUT employs more than 2 700 permanent staff members, including almost 855 highly qualified permanent academics. These academics are increasingly focusing on conducting applied research and community engagement activities in addition to their instructional roles. Caring for the underprivileged, the upliftment of people and assisting those in need are key elements of the University's community engagement strategy.

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