China, Russia to jointly cultivate aviation talents
Updated: 2017-11-06

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Lin Zhongqin, president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Mikhail Pogosyan, rector of Russia's Moscow Aviation Institute, unveil an aviation research institute jointly established by the two schools on Oct 26. [Photo by Liu Ying/Xinhua]

A research institute co-developed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Russia's Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) to jointly cultivate aeronautical and astronautical talents opened at the Chinese campus on Oct 26.

The institute, which was a fruitful result of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Russia cooperation in wide-body passenger planes, has undergone intense preparation work since the two schools reached an agreement in early April.

At the opening ceremony on Oct 26, officials from the two schools, as well as the first group of 52 students, who will pursue three double-master's degrees on aerospace composite structures, aircraft engines, and life cycle management of aviation products, were in attendance.

The 29 Russian and 23 Chinese students chorused the golden oldies of I Love You, China and Katyusha, reflecting their patriotic feelings and expectations for further studies.

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Chinese and Russian students attend the opening ceremony of an aviation research institute on Oct 26. [Photo by Liu Ying/Xinhua]

They will spend their first year at SJTU taking basic professional courses and clarifying their research goals. Their second year will be completed at MAI with further academic studies and scientific research. They will be required to pass MAI's oral graduation test after the second semester. They will then return to SJTU for the third year. After finishing SJTU's thesis defense, they will be granted a master's degree jointly issued by the two schools.

Mikhail Pogosyan, rector of MAI, was excited to see the two schools' carrying out cooperation at a deeper level. He looked forward to opening up a series of joint aviation programs in the future, establishing valuable communication links among enterprises, and striving hard to meet the diverse R & D demands.

According to a short-term plan, the two schools will set up a new joint program for bachelor's degree students. The enrollment will start in 2018, targeting students interested in aerospace engineering. The reasonably charged program will invite students to spend their first two years at SJTU and the next two years at MAI. With an English immersive environment, the program aims to cultivate professionals with a global vision.

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Chinese and Russian chorus the golden oldies of I Love You, China and Katyusha. [Photo by Liu Ying/Xinhua]

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