In September 2015, twenty Russians and twenty Americans traveled to the Russian cities of Moscow and Tyumen to begin an academic year of collaborative research. Chosen from more than 550 applicants representing 157 univerisites and 37 countries, these delegates will be responsible for promoting U.S.-Russia cooperation on a range of issues.
During the course of the week-long conference in Russia, the delegation met with more than 60 industry experts and government officials. Notable meetings with government included Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and United States Ambassador to Russia John Tefft. The delegation also visited the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first time, where they met with Mr. Alexey Korjouev, Deputy Director of the North America Department. Private sector meetings included energy companies like Rosneft, Chevron and Schlumberger, as well as Boeing Russia, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, internet giant Yandex, and others.
For the first time, this year's delegation traveled to Tyumen, a city in western Siberia, where they were welcomed by the Government of the Tyumen Region and the Tyumen State University community. The delegation participated in a series of meetings with local leaders of business and government that helped expand their understanding of Russia.