New Research and Education Centre Opened in the South Ural Region

Right before the Machine Builders Day, a ceremony was held on signing an agreement on the creation of the Press Forging Production with the Use of Artificial Intelligence Research and Education Centre.

This project will be fulfilled by South Ural State University jointly with PAO Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press Plant, one of the leading mechanical engineering enterprises. 

“Our Centre is some kind of an integration of competences, which both the university and the plant are interested in, in order to train engineers, process engineers, designers and design engineers of better quality. Professionals, who this sector is specifically in need of. We have agreed to create the Plant’s education centre at SUSU, which will be offering a number of the academic programmes being in demand. These are just the first steps, but together with our partner, we already see the focus for further development,” shared SUSU Rector Alexander Wagner.

Engineering subdivisions and various design bureaus will be formed at the Inter-university Campus, which is being constructed in Chelyabinsk.

“For young people, an engineering speciality is a safe pick. They will be offered a guaranteed employment, interesting jobs, and high wages. First and foremost, our plant needs technical engineers, like those skilled in pressure metal treatment. This is the future. Soon, there will be another project launched jointly with SUSU: training engineers in automated control systems and more. Already while still at school, students should understand and see the prospects before them,” noted Andrey Gartung, General Director of the Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press Plant.

The supervisors have already determined several tasks on performing scientific and research-and-development works. A completely new format will be used to train students since our country is facing big challenges related to creating its technological sovereignty. 

“This agreement has a serious roadmap. It is a long path with every month scheduled ahead. We have big plans. For example, the creation of a joint design bureau with a youth bureau becoming a part of it. The fulfilment of the project includes not only the educational process, but the scientific aspect as well. Young people must be ready for new challenges and tasks from enterprises,” explained Marina Potapova, Vice-Rector for Education.

The parties highlighted another promising field of collaboration– the SUSU and Plant’s career guidance work with school pupils. From the announced 22 Governor’s engineering classes, 2 are jointly supervised by the Plant and the university. Special conditions for training are being created at schools, and project works are being performed within specific tasks from the enterprise. The teaching staff members of South Ural State University will be guiding the developments by school pupils.

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