11/05/2020
Rosatom organized a meeting Energy to inspire

It was devoted to the development of cooperation in the field of education, science and technology

On October 30, 2020, Rosatom organized a meeting of foreign graduates of Soviet and Russian universities Energy to inspire. It was devoted to the development of cooperation in the field of education, science and technology, the interaction of foreign graduates of domestic universities of engineering, technical and nuclear specialties. The key topics of the meeting were education, cooperation, as well as charitable and volunteer initiatives as a common unifying socio-cultural component. The chosen format of the event allowed over 3,000 graduates of different years from more than 80 countries to meet. They actively participated in the discussions and expressed their views on the pros and cons of key stages in the development of the Russian educational system over the past 50 years, assessed the role of alumni in addressing global scientific, technological and social initiatives, and also shared their memories of student life.

The meeting was attended by: the Head of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and for International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) Evgeny Primakov and his deputy Pavel Shevtsov; the Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia Yuri Raspertov; the Rector of the National Research University MPEI Nikolai Rogalev; the CEO of the International Coordinating Council of Educational Institutions Graduates (INCORVUZ-XXI) Aniset Gabriel Cochofa; the Acting Rector of the Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University Andrey Yakovlev; the Deputy General Director for Human Resources of Rosatom Corporation Tatyana Terentyeva; the CEO of ANCO Corporate Academy of Rosatom Yulia Uzhakina; the President of Rusatom International Network Vadim Titov; the Deputy Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics and Technology of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI Georgy Tikhomirov; the Director of the University of Zambia Business School Lubinda Haabazoka; the Deputy Head of the Department of International Academic Mobility of the National Research Technological University MISiS Vasif Faradzhov; the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of Peoples' Friendship University of Russia Larisa Efremova; the Vice-Rector for International Relations of the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education National Research University MPEI Alexander Tarasov; the Director for Student Potential Development of Higher School of Economics Pavel Zdorovtsev, and others.

The networking sessions were moderated by the Director for International Education and Cooperation RANEPA Larisa Taradina, the Academic Director of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Denis Konanchuk, the Deputy Director for Strategic Communications at the Podari Zhizn Fund Sergei Mitrofanov. The online meeting was hosted by Russian journalist, TV and radio presenter Elena Hanga and TV presenter Vyacheslav Makarov.

The meeting was held in the format of thematic networking sessions, during which the participants discussed the current formats of interaction between alumni, social and volunteer projects and initiatives as an important tool for significant social change, the advantages of Soviet/Russian engineering and technical education and answered numerous questions from the audience.

Speaking about the role of Rossotrudnichestvo in attracting and selecting foreign applicants to Russia, Yevgeny Primakov noted:

In recent years, Russian education has become more and more popular. We are going to launch the so-called super service, the digital platform “Education in Russia for Foreigners”, it will be a kind of entry point, a single-window system where applicants can apply, take vocational guidance, choose a university, receive legal support, take tests and video interviews.

Answering the questions of foreign students about the main human qualities that are in demand in the modern economy, Tatiana Terentyeva noted:

Firstly, you need not to be afraid of anything, to be greedy for knowledge, and, most importantly, to constantly try something new, to learn, to make progress. Only through continuous learning and development, continuous self-improvement you can achieve success. The life-long-learning principle is more relevant today than ever, and, of course, the main condition is the student's desire to realize himself and unlock his potential. Aim for to the fact that you will have to learn throughout your life.

The speaker also spoke about training personnel for the construction and operation of nuclear power plants abroad:

We are interested that only highly qualified specialists work at the stations being built by Rosatom. In the very near future, we plan to open training centers of competence in different countries of the world, where industry experts and champions of the AtomSkills industry movement in various competencies will teach. We will actively share the best educational practices at the international level so that, together with partner colleges and universities, we will train high-class specialists for partner countries, relying on the experience and methods of Rosatom.

During the event, issues of the development of Russian education and the benefits that it gives to graduates were also discussed. Aniset Gabriel Cochofa told his story of getting an education at a Soviet university, noting that these were the best years of his life, the teachers of the Russian language in universities were like parents for students, a quality education was received, and there were no problems with employment issues. Modern education in Russia has inherited many moments from the past.

To get a Russian diploma is to get a foot in the door. There is no such thing that you get an education in Russia and can not find yourself at home. Look at me, I am a real example of Soviet and Russian education. Russia has provided us with tremendous assistance, - he noted. Russia holds a big place in my heart. I love the city of Rostov-on-don, the city where I had a chance to study. I went there as a student and returned as a Ph.D. in Economics,

— Lubinda Haabazoka said.

Today he is the Director of the Business School of the University of Zambia and also the Head of the Association of Economists, which advises the country's president on economic issues. During the discussion, the participants came to the conclusion that in terms of the development of alumni communities, it is the most active of them that are the basis for development. That is why universities should not lose touch with foreign alumni, strengthen their loyalty and involvement, and support the formation of multidirectional communities, taking into account the characteristics of several generations and the spheres of interests of their participants. The speakers also expressed confidence that charitable and volunteer humanitarian projects, as socially significant areas of the development of society, will contribute to strengthening and expanding the communities of alumni from different countries. It is necessary to provide a wide range of opportunities for participation in projects for everyone.

According to the participants, modern engineering and technical education in Russian universities, as in Soviet times, occupies a high position in the world. This is confirmed by the results of a survey conducted among foreign students on the eve of the meeting, and statistics on the growth of the number of foreign applicants.

In his final speech, Vadim Titov noted:

Today's meeting was, on the one hand, very emotional, on the other hand, very practical. We were able to discuss serious and fundamental issues that affect our lives, and got acquainted with the real stories of representatives of graduates of different generations. The geographical scope of the meeting is also unique. We visited Turkey, Bangladesh, and Zambia and saw the professional stories of people who began with us, in Russia. All this makes us feel proud of our country and its education system and shows how much potential the international community of graduates still has. How much better, more professional, and more prepared we can all be for the challenges of the future. I am convinced that when the pandemic is over, we will definitely gather offline for a large-scale alumni congress.

The recording of the online meeting of foreign graduates of Russian and Soviet universities can be viewed on the portal https://energytoinspire.ru.