CCAS 2019

From March 30 to April 13 this year, the Fulbright program office was hosting another Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS) delegation, that arrived in Russia for two weeks to represent the U.S. community colleges. As always, the delegation was focused on learning more about the higher and secondary vocational education in Russia, as well as establishing partnerships with Russian universities and colleges.

This time, program participants represented five community colleges: Allison Blizzard (District Director, Portland Community College), Timothy Gwillim (Associate Dean, Davidson County Community College), Sanjay Rai (Senior Vice President, Montgomery College), Robert Smith (Assistant Dean, Northampton Community College) and Mark Vesligaj (Director and Professor, Three Rivers Community College). They were accompanied by Joel Ericson, Director of the Fulbright Program in Russia, Olga Petrova, Fulbright Program Coordinator and Elena Shabashova, Fulbright Program Coordinator. The delegation visited leading universities in St. Petersburg, Leningrad oblast and Tver, culminating their tour in Moscow.

The delegation had a very busy schedule.

First, delegates paid visits and established collaboarations with St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast' leading universities, starting with the Higher School of Economics where they attended the Training Center for Executives (Kochoubey Center) and business incubator. Then, they visited The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications, where they learned about the modern ssytem of professional technical education in Russia, made acquiantance with colleges and universities leaders. Particularly, they were eager to talk with the current semi-finalist of the SIR program, professor Gleb Rogozinskiy, as well as stop by the university;s radio center and sound recording studio. After that, the delegates met with the administration and faculty of Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering and explored its library, which houses books and documents on national and world history, as well as textbooks dating from the XVII-XVIII centuries.

At the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, delegates got acquainted with the latest research in the field of University's specialization. In Gatchina, they took part in the meeting between American Fulbrighters and students at the State Institute of Economics, Finance, Law and Technology; delegates also passed through the University departments, including the forensic laboratory and career center for students. Particularly, they were interested in methods of science and technology popularization among children and school students in the Museum of Optics of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. Also the delegates met with Saint-Petersburg's alumni of the Fulbright Program.

In Tver, the delegates met with the Acting Rector of Tver State University and discussed the possibilities of students and faculty exchange. Then, they visited Tver Technological College where they designated future collaboration in terms of educational technologies in colleges, met with the winners of the brickwork student competition, learned about student scholarships, and also attended tea ceremony at the Museum of Tver Life.

In Moscow, the delegates visited several sites of the "First Moscow Educational Complex", where they were particularly impressed by the online broadcasts required to confirm the students' professional qualifications, visited St. Tikhon Orthodox University for Humanities, as well as the American center, EducationUSA headquarters and office of the YEAR program.

This is the ninth delegation of representatives from the American community colleges to have visited Russia. Previous delegations attended conferences and paid visits to the educational institutions in Moscow and other cities of Russia, including Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Kurgan, Tyumen, Ufa, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Kazan and others. Those visits resulted in multiple cooperation agreements and joint projects. The program significantly contributes to improving the quality of vocational education in both countries.

The visit of the CCAS delegation 2018 led to an amazing collaboration between North Seattle Community College and Amur State University. This summer, a rocket launch is expected, designed by students of both universities in a collaborative enterprise. The rocket will contain a prototype payload, which can later be used to deploy a net to hold space debris - a growing threat due to a potential collision with satellites and other spacecraft.

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