Work of NSUASE (Sibstrin) in China with the support of the Minyang educational corporation

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the “Results of the Year” press conference on December 14, 2023: “... I’ll just repeat, I’m obliged to do this, our level of interaction with the People’s Republic of China is unprecedentedly high.”

The work of NSUACE (Sibstrin) in terms of international activities over the past six months has been closely connected with China. Let us recall that on October 10 of this year, an agreement was signed at NSUACE (Sibstrin) on the creation of a Representative Office of Higher School of the Novosibirsk Region in China on the basis of the Minyang Educational Corporation (Beijing Mingyang Weilai Education Technology Co.), within the framework of which the Coordination Council of Educational Institutions of the Novosibirsk Region proposed and voted “For” to head the management of the Representative Office of NSUACE (Sibstrin) for one year.

In November of this year, at the invitation of the Department of International Cooperation of the city of Linyi, Shandong Province, with the active support of the Chinese educational corporation Minyang, the director of the Institute of International Affairs of NSUACE (Sibstrin) Natalya Sineeva made a working visit to China. The goals of the working trip were to search for reliable Chinese partners to establish long-term cooperation, and to search for new forms and mechanisms of cooperation.

Natalya Sineeva took part in the International Conference “Opening the Opportunities of Shandong with High-Level Foreign Experts & Conference on Industrial Cooperation in Linyi”, and also made a working visit to a number of educational institutions in the cities of Qingdao, Shandong Province, and Lishui, Zhejiang Province. Thus, the work agenda was very busy. In just 4 days, representing the Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Sibstrin), as well as the interests of higher education in the Russian Federation, we managed to visit 4 cities (Beijing, Linyi, Qingdao, Lishui) in 3 different provinces, 1 international conference with the participation of scientists from more 10 countries of the world, 4 educational institutions of higher education.

Linyi, which has been awarded the title of "China's Most Promising City by Multinational Corporations" and has been ranked among the "Top 10 Cities for Commerce in China" for eight years in a row, hosted the "Unlocking Shandong Opportunities with Foreign High-Level Experts & Industrial Cooperation Conference" in Linyi" with the active participation of the Governor of Shandong Province and his deputies. The first deputy and deputy governor of Shandong Province for science and technology spoke at the conference; scientists from more than ten countries (Canada, Hungary, South Korea, etc.) took part and spoke. Russia was represented by two regions (Udmurt Republic and Novosibirsk region), from the Novosibirsk region - NSUACE (Sibstrin). The speeches were translated simultaneously from Chinese into English. It is important to note that only Russia was invited to sign memorandums of cooperation with the education departments of Shandong Province. After the event, negotiation areas were organized with stands of foreign scientists, where each participant could communicate with them; the director of the Institute of International Affairs of NSUACE (Sibstrin) Natalya Sineeva was no exception. Active communication with those present allows us to conclude that there is an interest in Russian science, education and culture.

In the city of Qingdao, Shandong province, a port city on the shores of the Yellow Sea, which in 2016 entered the top ten world ports by turnover, the Russian delegation visited three educational institutions:

– Qingdao West Coast New District Senior Vocational Technical School (pilot institution of the modern vocational training system of the Ministry of Education of China). The school offers 20 areas of training; more than 4,000 students are trained. The most popular areas are IT technologies and pottery production. Possible areas of cooperation: participation with reports in conferences, online, enrollment of students in universities in the Novosibirsk region to receive Russian higher education.

– Qingdao Harbor Vocational and Technical College (national flagship higher college of transport vocational education), the main founders of which are the Department of Education of Shandong Province, Qingdao Port (Group) Co., Ltd. The College enrolls more than 12,000 students in 33 specialties in the field of transport logistics, port business, navigation technologies, and hydraulic engineering. Possible areas of cooperation: participation with reports at the conference, online, advanced training of employees, joint network programs in English, teaching Chinese at universities in the Novosibirsk region.

– Sino German Applied Technology School, Qingdao West Coast NEW Area (a school aimed at reforming technical vocational education together with foreign countries with a practice-oriented approach). The school is located in the Qingdao West Coast China-German Ecopark, which is a model of eco-economic development that is sustainable, replicable and worthy of promotion. The School has about 5,000 students studying in 25 programs in the field of transport logistics, intelligent manufacturing, modern services, and employs more than 300 teachers. Cooperation is possible through joint network programs in English.

In the city of Lishui, located in the southeastern part of China, 400 km from the island of Taiwan, Zhejiang province, rich in beautiful nature and water resources, Natalya Sineeva visited Lishui University, founded in 1907. It has more than 13,500 students, more than 1,200 research assistants, and has bachelor's, master's, and postgraduate courses. The university consists of 8 colleges in 45 areas of training, including such areas as “Construction”, “Automation and Mechanization”, “Information Systems and Technologies”, etc.

In all educational institutions were demonstrated the campus areas and main achievements, and negotiations were held on possible scientific and educational cooperation. The interest in cooperation of the Chinese partners is confirmed by the fact that the reception of the Russian delegation took place on both Saturday and Sunday, despite the weekend, the Russian delegation was met by top officials with the participation of deputies. The work was carried out actively in Chinese with translation into Russian thanks to the coordinated work of the Chinese educational corporation Minyang.

Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Sibstrin) and Chinese educational institutions have a lot in common, such as traditions, a practice-oriented approach, and the desire for sustainable development, which is the basis for further stable Russian-Chinese scientific and educational cooperation. The interest in Russian education on the part of Chinese applicants and students, the relatively low cost of education in comparison with other countries, and the general history allow us to speak about the prospect of network educational programs and other educational projects.

Words of special gratitude to the Chinese educational corporation Minyang, thanks to which we were able to take part in the work of the Russian delegation, immerse ourselves in the professional educational environment and culture of China at the highest level, and also get acquainted with the ordinary life of the Chinese, who in their everyday affairs are similar to us, Russians.

The material was prepared by the director of the Institute of International Affairs of NSUACE (Sibstrin) N.V. Sineeva