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Source: Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University – Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University – Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University.

The World Youth Festival 2024 continues in Sirius. The grandiose event has gathered more than 20 thousand participants from 190 countries. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University acts as a partner of the festival, holds a whole series of events as part of the content program, and introduces guests to the advanced engineering developments and educational potential of the university. On the second day of the festival there were several high-profile events dedicated to the development of international activities of Russian universities.

A strategic session “Russian-African Network University: International Cooperation” was held in the Polytechnic Hall. The event was moderated by Rector of SPbPU Andrey Rudskoy. The session was attended by Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Olga Petrova, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technological Development of Zimbabwe Amon Murwira, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Tunisia Kemal Degish, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs of Egypt Abdalla Elbatesh, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Pavel Shevtsov and Rector of the S. Ordzhonikidze Russian State Geological Exploration University Yuri Panov. The strategic session was dedicated to the activities of the Russian-African Network University (RAFU) consortium as an effective mechanism for the development of international academic cooperation between Russia and African countries.

RAFU is a unified platform for the development of academic cooperation between Russian and African universities, established on the initiative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Now the consortium includes 62 Russian universities and 31 African universities. The RAFU activities include implementation of joint network educational programs, staff training, development of academic mobility of students and teachers, joint scientific and project activities. All this promotes intercultural dialog between students from different countries, as well as the preservation, development and mutual enrichment of cultures, languages, historical and national traditions. From 2023 Polytechnic is consortium coordinator.

At the strategic session Andrei Rudskoy reminded that the very first official delegation of RAFU member universities visited the Republic of Zimbabwe in 2022. During the visit, 10 Zimbabwean universities signed memorandums of accession to RAFU. Thus, the universities of this country became the first African participants of the consortium.

In recent years, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Zimbabwe have signed a number of important memoranda on cooperation in higher education and science, as well as on mutual recognition of diplomas. These include agreements with Rosatom on nuclear technology training, an agreement between the Zimbabwean Space Agency and Roscosmos, as well as bilateral agreements between Russian and Zimbabwean universities,” said Andrei Rudskoy. The Rector emphasized that he was proud of Quinton Chamunorwa Kanhukamwe, a 1992 graduate of Polytechnic, who is now Vice Chancellor of Harare University of Technology. At the Russia-Africa summit him handed out “Honorary Alumni” badge.

Within the framework of the RAFU consortium the relations with other African countries are dynamically developing, emphasized Andrei Rudskoy. Thus, official opening ceremonies were held SPbPU and RAFU Information Center in Mali. Polytechnic University officially opened the Russian Language Center at the University of Languages and Humanities of Bamako and the Pre-University Training Center at Ahmed Baba University. Work is underway on a project to develop Mali’s National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Polytechnic and the Moscow Institute of Aircraft Engineering are preparing a professional development program for the Center’s staff, which will become part of the RAFU Summer University in 2024. Another example is a water management project and the creation of a hydroelectric complex in Mali to generate electricity, provide water to the population, create a transportation network and control floods. And Russia and Egypt have concluded an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant, El Dabaa. Now the construction of the plant and personnel training in Russian universities are actively underway. In the future, it is planned to train students by leading Russian universities under the coordination of Rosatom State Corporation on the basis of Burj Al-Arab Polytechnic University in Alexandria,” said Andrei Rudskoy.

Africa is an important strategic partner for Russia. Cooperation with African countries in the field of education is one of our priorities. More than 34,000 students from Africa are currently studying in Russian universities, and their number is growing every year. At the World Youth Festival, Africa is represented by the largest delegation – 750 people. Our cooperation is developing and will certainly grow in the future. RAFU is coordinated by Peter the Great Polytechnic. Many thanks to the university staff and personally to Rector Andrey Ivanovich Rudsky for creating new opportunities! – noted Olga Petrova, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education.

Polytechnic has been the coordinator of the consortium for only seven months, but we have been making a lot of efforts for its development. During this short period of time, the number of RAFU African participants has grown from 12 universities from three countries to 31 universities from 11 countries. Now there are already about 100 participants in RAFU! It is already a big consortium with huge opportunities. We are trying to make not only quantitative but also qualitative changes in the RAFU activity, we set ambitious goals for significant activation of the consortium activity. We have increased the efficiency of the RAFU work coordination by creating the Project Office, changing the structure and moving to the branch and project principle of work organization. We plan to attract Russian industrial partners to the consortium, who are primarily interested in training qualified personnel for their companies. In addition, we are developing partnership with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce and industry and other organizations. I am confident that this will contribute to the expansion of friendly relations between our country and African countries,” summarized the strategic session Andrey Rudskoy.

After the strategic session, Andrei Rudskoy took part in the round table “Convergence of Sciences in the EAEU: Potential and Opportunities of Slavic Universities”. The participants discussed the prospects of interaction between humanities and natural sciences, as well as mechanisms of cooperation between Russian, Armenian, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Belarusian universities. SPbPU has been conducting strategic cooperation with Slavic universities of Armenia and Belarus since 2014. Roadmaps have been signed and a pool of joint activities has been implemented. The cooperation with the Russian-Armenian University is in the fields of physics, electronics, nanotechnology, telecommunications, biomedical technologies and economic sciences. With the Belarusian-Russian University, SPbPU works in the field of transportation systems and intelligent control systems, technosphere safety and materials science.

Universities, as centers of personnel training, conducting advanced scientific research and testing new approaches, should act as drivers of modernization and be at the cutting edge of global transformation processes. This is the role I assign to the community of Slavic universities, to the fraternal circle of like-minded people that has formed between our countries thanks to this large-scale project of our ministries. The scientific community of the EAEU countries is a huge potential, the strength of which lies not only in the individual achievements of each of our scientists, but also in the historical commonality of the educational space, in the convergence of science and technology, fundamental scientific schools and sources of knowledge. Such synergy of scientific cooperation and mutual understanding of the Slavic brotherhood, of course, form a special atmosphere in the circle of scientists and researchers of Slavic universities,” emphasized Andrei Rudskoy.

Also on this day, the workshop of projects “Knowledge unites continents” was held in the Polytechnic Hall. RAFU member universities presented their works. Thus, the Russian State Hydrometeorological University demonstrated a manual system of environmental monitoring: the intellectual constructor told about education to form new thinking in the field of hydrometeorological safety. Moscow Power Engineering Institute offered a fascinating excursion into the technologies of reliability of electricity supply. Southwestern State University told about a joint scientific-student project to develop a specialized research satellite for the needs of Zimbabwe.

Participation in global youth events, such as the World Youth Festival 2024, is important not only for the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, but also for the entire Russian educational community as a whole. This event provides universities with a unique opportunity not only to demonstrate their scientific and educational achievements, but also to actively interact with young people from all over the world, forming friendly relations with foreign partners. For our institute as a RAFU participant, this is an important step in expanding academic ties and sharing experience in the course of actively developing international cooperation,” noted Nikolay Rogalev, Rector of the National Research University “MPEI”.

For the first time in the history of the World Youth Festival, the event is attended by teenagers from 14 to 17 years old: 500 people from Russia and the same number from abroad. As part of the business program, Alexey Borovkov, Vice-Rector for Digital Transformation of SPbPU and Head of SPbPU Advanced Engineering School “Digital Engineering”, told schoolchildren what skills the “engineering special forces” – the new generation of technological elite – should have, explained the relationship between physics, mathematics and mechanics, demonstrated the main stages of product design, and demonstrated the possibilities of digital twins – a technology that is already changing and transforming the world.

Every second of time there are mechanics at work all around us. When you sit in a chair – the theory of elasticity, that is, the stress-strain state and strength of the chair, the mechanics of contact interaction with variable contact zones. The Sirius building obeys the laws of structural mechanics. Talking into a microphone can be viewed in terms of oscillation theory. Recall Lord Rayleigh and his Theory of Sound, recall diffraction, scattering and absorption of waves, and the pressure of sound. The way sound propagates in a hall is affected by acoustics, in this section of mechanics, sound is understood as the propagation of vibrations, i.e. waves, in an elastic medium. And even applause can be considered from the point of view of mechanics,” said Alexei Borovkov.

He also told the audience about the capabilities and achievements of the Advanced Engineering School of SPbPU “Digital Engineering” and conducted a virtual tour of Polytechnic.

Later, at the International Technology Hub, Alexey Borovkov gave an enlightening lecture “Digital twin technology – a driver for creating world-class high-tech products”. He presented a classification of engineering tasks by complexity and a graph of qualitative dependence of the adequacy of digital product models on various factors, illustrated key world-class projects implemented by leading engineers of SPbPU’s technological development ecosystem structural units, and highlighted the capabilities of the digital platform for the development and application of digital twins CML-Bench®, which is the basis for all advanced developments.

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