RUDN regional cluster in Zambia complex development
Copperbelt University hosted a number of meetings and round tables on joint projects promotion. The two universities already have a cooperation agreement, and during the meeting RUDN Engineering Academy and Copperbelt Engineering faculty signed a program of joint events, e.g. training students, academic mobility programs and joint research. In particular, the parties discussed a Master’s program «Technology of Thematic processing of Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Industries, Agriculture and Efficient Nature Management» that will train specialists for Earth Remote Sensing National Center in Lusaka starting from February 2018.
Major companies-employers of Zambia – TAZARA and Zambian Railways – got interested in RUDN cluster because they need highly qualified staff. A number of Russian technical universities are planning to join the project.
Representatives of the RF Embassy in Zambia, Rossotrudnichestvo and the Ministry of higher education of Zambia held negotiations on further cluster development. Industrial development is priority area and the state supports all related initiatives.
On the agenda was also the role of the Russian language in Zambia. Due to the growing number of Russia-Zambian projects the country will need more Russian-speaking specialists. RUDN is planning to open the Russian language Center and specialized classes at Copperbelt University.
Other large Zambian companies (Toyota Zambia, ZESCO and Kafue Steel Plant) also expressed interest in the cluster and RUDN International Employers’ Club and are ready to employ graduates and take students for internships and practice.
More than 70 representatives of the embassies of foreign countries in Russia, representatives of the Federation Council, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation took part in the round table "The contribution of RUDN University to training national personnel for foreign countries." The event was held on February 5, in an online format and was timed to celebrate the 61st anniversary of RUDN University.
December 15, on the basis of RUDN University, the first QS subject summit in the areas of “Modern Languages” and “Linguistics” started. The topic of the QS Subject Focus Summit is “Languages and Migration in the Context of Globalization”.
During the first hour of work, 1,000 schoolchildren from resource centers in Mongolia, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan visited the online exhibition “Time to Study in Russia”. On December 17, the online opening of the exhibition took place at RUDN University site.