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Sep 21, 2015

Members of the Educational Project Dedicated to High-Speed Rail Received Diplomas

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First Vice President of JSC "Russian Railways" Alexander Misharin took part in the graduation ceremony for participants and guests of the educational project Infrastructure and Operation of High-Speed Rail, implemented within the framework of the TEMPUS program of the European Union. The ceremony was held in Moscow today.

The aim of the project is to develop a common approach to training for high-speed rail with the participation of universities and railway administrations of Russia, France, and other countries. From Russia, JSC "Russian Railways", Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT), and the Petersburg State University of Railways (PSTU) take part in the project.

"The Development of high-speed rail, which we have started in recent years, is an important, necessary step in the development of Russian Railways. Today, new trains, such as Sapsan running between Moscow and St. Petersburg and Strizh and Lastochka running between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, are the hallmark of Russian railways," said Mr. Misharin. At the same time, an increase in high-speed train routes, as well as the implementation of high-speed projects in Russia, in particular Moscow–Nizhny Novgorod–Kazan high-speed rail, will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs and the development of necessary training."

JSC Russian Railways has taken part in the educational project Infrastructure and Operation of High-Speed Rail since 2012, and in that time has gone from forming an educational concept for the development of teaching materials to the completion of training groups. Fifty-five people studied in MIIT and PSTU in the 2014/2015 academic year at the request of JSC Russian Railways, 27 of which were employees of JSC Russian Railways and 28 were students of railway professions from the abovementioned universities.

The curriculum was as close to real-life practice and advanced experience of high-speed rail as possible, because teachers and students visited high-speed-rail facilities in Russia, France, Germany, and China. One significant result of the program was the convergence of domestic educational programs with European ones: alongside professional education diplomas from Moscow and St. Petersburg universities, graduates received diplomas from the French National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM).

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