Russian Railways Deepens Collaboration with Universities

JSC “Russian Railways” summed up the first results of the program of interaction with industry universities

Today, Oleg Belozerov, General Director – Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, held a video conference meeting with the rectors of nine industry universities. The event was attended by Deputy Head of the Ministry of Transport Vladimir Tokarev and Acting Head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport Alexander Ivanov, heads of railways, teachers and students. 

The results of the implementation in 2020 of the Program of interaction between the company and university complexes of railway transport were summed up, and a presentation of branded classrooms and new training classes of universities took place.

Last year, the Program of Interaction between Russian Railways and the university complexes of railway transport was approved; it is designed for the period up to 2025 and has become an important step towards the development of the industry education system.

As the Deputy Minister of Transport Vladimir Tokarev emphasized, due to the competently built interaction of the Russian Railways company with the universities of railway transport, the industry is provided with qualified personnel. 

“The company understands the importance of a strategic partnership between the university community and business. This is a direct investment in the future, because the main value of any organization is human capital, ”he said.

According to Oleg Belozerov, the priority task of Russian Railways and industry universities is to create favorable conditions for study, work and self-realization of young people. 

“We have already achieved significant results in this direction. Thus, in the ranking of employers that arouse the greatest career interest among students of Russian universities, published this year on the educational platform Changellenge, Russian Railways took first place in the category of Logistics companies, – said the head of the holding. – Industry universities have been and will be a reliable support of Russian Railways. The company is interested in high-quality training of future specialists and contributes to the improvement of the educational process. “

Last year, the Program of Interaction between Russian Railways and the university complexes of railway transport was approved; it is designed for the period up to 2025 and has become an important step towards the development of the industry education system.

Results of the year The document includes eight areas of work – from the participation of representatives of Russian Railways in the management of educational organizations to improving the educational process and developing the university infrastructure.

Dmitry Shakhanov, Deputy General Director of Russian Railways, emphasized that significant results were achieved in the first year of the program. So, in 2020, on the basis of the Russian University of Transport (MIIT), a center was created for the company’s interaction with industry-specific universities, and the universities themselves had board of trustees, which included the leaders of the holding.

A pilot project was implemented to select and support talented applicants, and for the first time, an assessment of the managerial and professional competencies of graduates was carried out.

 “More than 2 thousand graduates have passed it in the profiles of the carriage economy, transportation facilities, communications and railways,” said Dmitry Shakhanov.

Last year, with the participation of Russian Railways, nine additional educational programs were developed in promising areas of the company’s activities, in particular, in the field of digitalization and informatization of transport processes. In addition, representatives of the employer carried out professional and public accreditation of 16 operating educational programs.

In 2020, over 170 teachers took part in the industry competition for professional skills. And the teaching staff of four universities – RUT (MIIT), Rostov, St. Petersburg and Siberian State Transport Universities – were awarded grants of 1 million rubles. on the development of the industry education system. In addition, scientists from the St. Petersburg and Far Eastern State Transport Universities received grants from Russian Railways for research in the development of new equipment and technologies for railway transport.

An important area of ​​the program is the development of the infrastructure of industrial universities. Last year, 78 classrooms were renovated at universities for a total of 988 million rubles. Training complexes were purchased for the professions “hump operator” and “station attendant and train dispatcher”. This year it is planned to equip 25 university laboratories specializing in the locomotive economy with simulators.

“The training complexes allow students to practice their skills in working in conditions close to production. Interactive touch-panels have been installed in the field, thanks to which it is possible to simulate regular and emergency situations. For each lesson, a protocol is formed, in which the results of the students’ work are displayed, “said Ksenia Kitanina, senior lecturer at the Far Eastern State University of Railways. 

During the videoconference, she made a presentation of the Train Traffic Organization laboratory.

Employer’s branded sites

In 2020, specialized branded zones of JSC Russian Railways were opened in all industry universities – lecture halls and coworking spaces. As Gudok previously wrote, these communication platforms are designed in the corporate style of the company (in red and white colors using the Russian Railways logo). It hosts master classes, lectures, intellectual and business games, classes for students, graduate students and university staff.

Students Alexei Varnava and Alina Sabitova conducted an online tour of the coworking zone of the Omsk State University of Railways during a video conference. They are student ambassadors of the company (the project of the same name, aimed at building a positive reputation of the employer’s brand in the student environment, has been implemented in the company since last year). 

“Hackathons and brainstorming sessions take place in the coworking space. It has everything you need to work on projects – desktops, computers, touchpads, literature. Here you can also relax before lectures and be inspired by the company’s motivational slogans, ”the students told those present.

By the way, for 2021, in terms of implementing the Program of Interaction between Russian Railways and university railway transport complexes, it is planned to jointly develop new educational programs in construction and IT areas, assess the professional competencies of teachers, and create branded Russian Railways spaces in industry colleges and technical schools.(Gudok.ru)

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