December 8, 2017, President John Annette (on behalf of Richmond) and a visiting team of dignitaries led by Dr Oksana Polyakova (Kazan) signed a new MOU to allow students from both universities to have exchange opportunities. Kazan has just initiated a series of new classes to be taught in English; and both institutes hope that Richmond and Russian students will be able to gain from this new partnership. Kazan would also like to have some visiting faculty from London visit them to guest lecture. Richmond students who go to Kazan also have the chance to learn Russian.