Master’s Program on Agricultural Mechatronics Is Being Developed at SUSU

SUSU, jointly with the leading universities of our country and from around the world will be training unique specialists under ERASMUS+ Project. Among the Russian participants of the project are: Astrakhan State University, South-Russian State Polytechnic University, Stavropol State Agrarian University, Volgograd State Technical University, and South Ural State University. On behalf of Iran the participants Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University, and Babol Noshirvani University of Technology. The European partners are: Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany, University of L'Aquila in Italy, and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.

The SUSU’s participation in this project has a goal of utmost importance: organizing a network of multinational interaction by means of creating Internet-educational platforms, as well as strengthening the potential of partner universities, developing online courses within the frameworks of the summer school among universities being partners of Erasmus+ Project.

The second very special goal, which SUSU has set for itself by participating in this project, relates to improving of the intercultural influence, as well as of interaction between professors and students based on a wide range of cultural traditions of the partners.

May 27th through June 2nd a coordination meeting of the participating universities and a training session were held at Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. SUSU’s specialists jointly with the representatives of other Russian and foreign universities learned about the practical aspects of agricultural-and-engineering training.

Let us note that until now there have been no training programs on agricultural mechatronics in Russia, that is why the experience on fulfilling such project based on developments of a number of universities, will be an innovative one.

The innovative nature of the project is also explained by its results and the scope. It will cover 5 countries with big experience and modern level of education not only in the field of agricultural production, but also in mechatrorics. Multidisciplinary education in Europe, Russia and Iran has different traditions. Uniting various “schools” and approaches, and mediation between them means a crucial point in building European dimension in the educational process.

With the help of the new developed Agricultural Mechatronics academic program there will appear a possibility of creating a unified educational space in the field of agricultural engineering with the use of the best European experience in methodology and program content. The content of the course will be adapted to the needs of students and employees, and will facilitate improvement of quality of educational activity, innovations and European dimension.

Let us note that in the course of the coordination meeting Slovak partners offered rich educational program for the guests. The project participants learned about engineering mechanics, technologies of mechanization, automation and robotic automation in agricultural and ecological systems, and about many other fields. Besides the training session the representatives of the universities visited Slovak enterprises, had excursions in the university laboratories, and visited the AgroBioTech Research Centre.

Olga Vazhenina
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