Training of African Students in USSR, Russia

by Alexander Arefiev, Deputy Director of the Center for Sociological Studies of the Russian Education and Science Ministry
The first African students (from sub-Saharan countries also known as Black Africa) arrived in the Soviet Union for studying at higher education establishments in the academic year of 1958/1959 (103 persons from eight countries of the continent, including 34 from Guinea). The number of African students in Soviet higher education establishments soared to nearly 500 in the next academic year (1959/1960). They came from 32 countries, mostly from Cameroon (108 persons). As more African countries became independent and needed skilled...
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