During the latest round of talks on Syrian settlement held in Astana on May 3-4, 2017, Iran, Russia and Turkey, the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states, signed a Memorandum on the creation of four zones of de-escalation of tensions in Syria aimed to stop violence, provide the conditions for the safe, voluntary return of refugees and allow immediate delivery of humanitarian aid.
On May 19-20, 2017, the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyaev, took his second visit to neighboring Turkmenistan in less than three months. The bilateral consultations held in Turkmenistan’s resort city of Awaza on the Caspian Sea shore resulted with signing a number of agreements including th
The SCO was established in 2001 by six Eurasian states (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and has progressed fairly quickly from its inception to become a relatively prominent regional player. In December 2004 it gained official observer’s status at the UN General Assembly.
School education system of Netherlands, which is recognized as one of the best in the world according to International Student Assessment (PISA), has one significant distinction from other systems, which appears in early identification of abilities and inclinations using special Cito test, which is designed to identify the type of secondary education best suited for a concrete student. This test is held in eighth form for 12-year-old pupils.
Creative industries are becoming increasingly important components of modern post-industrial knowledge-based economies. Not only they account for higher than average growth and job creation, but they are also vehicles of cultural identity that play an important role in fostering cultural policy. During the last decade, a number of governments around the world have recognized this fact and started to develop specific policies to promote them.
The realities of the 21st century requires learners to take active position in solving problems which humanity faces every day. The rise of extremism, military conflicts, racism, nationalism, poverty and ecological disasters are among the sharpest problems needed to be solved by cooperative efforts worldwide. Moreover, another reality represented by ever growing market competition puts additional pressure on learners and decision-makers on what and how should be learned at schools today.
Teachers and teachers’ positive attitude are argued as playing a considerable role in implementing the inclusive education successfully. Developing and maintaining a positive teacher attitude towards inclusive education has become an important policy agenda for many countries in the world.
The 2015 year was a difficult year for Russia due to the economic slowdown in the economy and sharp depreciation of ruble against the dollar. The ruble has fallen from 39 on 26 September 2014 to 69.4 on 30 January 2015 losing more than half of its value where it continued to fluctuate and fall to 78.6 on 12 February 2016. Since then ruble started to gradually appreciate and reach to 56.6 on May 29 gradually, 2017 (Bloomberg.com, 2017).
In the beginning of 2000s, Russia declared the development of the country’s seaports as one of its national priorities. In 2002, by launching the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) aimed at managing an increase in trade between India and North Europe and connecting the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea, Moscow expects to arrange 30 million tons worth of cargo transshipment annually to the Caspian region.
In his yearly Address on January 31, 2017, the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, announces that the country has to shift to a new economic growth model – to the third modernization. The President notes that the new model helps the country to improve its global competitiveness. The President also pointed out five main priorities that will allow implementing the new modernization model.