Father Ioann (Kopeikin), secretary of the Commission for Students Exchange, and his Colleagues in the Commission, Rev. Arseny Chernikin and Mr. V. Tereschenko, were on a working visit to Austria from March 12 to 15, 2013, with the blessing of the DECR Chairman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

The representatives of the Russian Church held meetings with leaders of the Pro Oriente foundation, the University of Vienna Faculty of Theology, the Catholic seminary in Graz, and the International Theological Institute in Trumau. They also visited the Heiligenkeuz Monastery. During their meetings, they discussed a possibility for the Commission’s post-graduate students to study German and continue their training for Master’s and Doctor’s degree at academic theological institutes in Austria.

Among other matters, they dealt with a possibility for staff members of the Moscow Patriarchate departments, diocesan administrations and theological schools to take internship in such areas as office management and library science to improve their skills, with the command of German or English as a necessary condition for internship.

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