"Energy" of education in Reutov: MAS director for international cooperation Wimashan Wimalagunasekara on a working visit to the Moscow region
"We have to create an effective model of interaction between Sri Lankan students, the Education Export Center, MAS, and Russian universities. We have been working on the international market for many years, and we consider it extremely important to use the opportunities that are now opening up to us. Russia is becoming a promising direction for us," Shan begins a meeting with EEC specialists in Moscow, confirming our own thesis that Russian education has new growth horizons ahead. We know that any crisis is not the entire stagnation, although there is enough stagnation indeed. The crisis is a new chance. However, it is very difficult to discern and, moreover, to implement them.

Covid has probably made adjustments to the plans of every business over the past two years. International education is facing an unprecedented situation. Large recruiting companies where young passionate people work are in search of fresh solutions, new markets. We have been working closely with MAS for the last two years, but due to the pandemic, face-to-face meetings were constantly shifted. Shan was among the first to arrive. After a short meeting at the EEC office, the plans include a trip to the "Energy" College in Reutov.

"In 2019, the college was included in the TOP 100 vocational educational organizations of the Russian Federation according to WorldSkills Russia. In 2014, the college received the status of a federal innovation platform for training personnel for the defense industry of the Russian Federation.

We have won the project of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives on the selection of "pilot" subjects of the Russian Federation implementing elements of the dual education system. Our college is also the regional coordination center of the WorldSkills movement of the Moscow region," Nerses Vladimirovich Nersesyan, the college's director, meets us in the courtyard and, without wasting time, tells us about the glorious history of the institution. We are going to the academic buildings. Behind the brutal post-Soviet facades, we are going to see a very modern content.

"We keep up with the times, so our laboratories are equipped with the most modern machines. The point of all this is to give students ready-made tools for building a professional career. We are not theorists, but practitioners. It is important to give people skills, since we help them get employed, and we are responsible for our graduates" — Igor Nagel, first Deputy Director, shows us a working space with machines of DMG MORI holding with technologies of milling, turning, ultrasonic and laser treatment.

It seems very important that the students work on equipment that is actually used in world practice, and not on abstract simulators that it would not be a pity to spoil. Here they begin to speak the international language of specialized knowledge and skills, even if they do not speak English. Professional skills of working with such equipment are cross-border.

After a short tour of the workshops, we move on. We see students mastering the craft of welding under the supervision of professionals, we observe how the guys model new products. We also visit lecture halls. There was even a training ground for hairdressers. Energia implements over 60 programs in the most relevant specialties — from barbers to programmers. We meet the latter in the "advanced development zone". Everything is actually admiring here — in fact, you don't expect to find anything like this in a college near Moscow.
"I created this workspace for students with my own hands. We have invested a lot of effort and money so that our students have the most modern tools and technologies in their hands. Here they model new software complexes, learn the basics of coding. You will be able to see even radiocontrolled robots made by our students," Igor Nagel proudly presents his brainchild.

"You need to put on three-dimensional glasses and control the robot using the remote control. So you can see us from the air," a young student of the college tells our Lankan guest, who, it seems, is getting his first lesson as a drone operator here in Reutov. A little later, manipulators and even a model of a hydrogen-fueled car will be used.

"I want to say that I am quite surprised at how high a level of professional training such colleges as "Energy" college can offer young people. To be honest, this is a great reason for me to think about how we could most effectively start a joint work on recruiting students from Sri Lanka to the indemand working specialties here in Reutov. I think I have a good reason to hold several meetings at the Ministry of Education of my country," Shan enthusiastically perceives what is happening around.

After the meeting with the students and the university administration, we go to the car together. "What are your impressions?", - I ask. "We're going to work, Michael. We're going to work vigorously," Shan answers me in quite good Russian.