MAI Rector Held a Meeting with Russian students of MAI-SJTU Joint Institute
On September 5, before leaving for study in People’s Republic of China, Russian students of MAI-SJTU joint educational programs met with MAI Rector Mikhail Pogosyan.
The joint institute of Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University was founded on April 8, 2017. Already in October of the same year, three double-degree master’s training programs were launched: “Design of Composite Structures”, “Technologies of Product Lifecycle Management” and “Engine Design”.
On August 26, 2018, in the framework of Russian-Chinese Institute a joint double-degree undergraduate program was created with three training specializations: “Aeronautical Engineering”, “Engines Engineering” and “Rocket Engineering”. On May 30, 2019, two additional master's programs were launched: “Aircraft Equipment Systems” and “Space Systems Design”.
By the fall of 2019, the third student intake of master's double degree programs and the first student intake of undergraduate double degree programs were recruited, and the graduate students, the discoverers of MAI-SJTU joint institute, successfully defended their theses in MAI. 71 Russian students of MAI-SJTU joint institute, including first 16 undergraduate and 55 graduate students, go to the People's Republic of China to start or continue their studies.
Traditionally, on the eve of the departure to Shanghai, Rector of Moscow Aviation Institute Mikhail Aslanovich Pogosoyan met with students to wish them good luck. Mikhail Aslanovich also shared with students the achievements of Moscow Aviation Institute over the past few years, including a threefold increase in the number of international students, an increase in the volume of scientific research, the entrance of Moscow Aviation Institute into the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world's leading universities, opening new digital educational programs, etc.
During the meeting, students of the previous intakes, who already had been living in Shanghai, shared their experience of studying in China with freshmen, taught them several words in Chinese.
In total, 278 students study at the MAI-SJTU Joint Institute. The joint master's program is targeted and paid by representatives of aerospace industry, and the undergraduate program is based on a grant system implemented by the government of the People's Republic of China. When selecting students for MAI-SJTU double diploma programs, English skills and academic performance are taken into account.
“I have been studying English for a long time, I think that I have a good level, and when we were offered to enter a double-degree program, I thought it was a great opportunity to connect the profession that I chose when I entered the university (“Aircraft Engineering”) and my knowledge of English. I think that after graduation from the program we will have enough offers in terms of employment, and we will continue to work on aviation,” said Julia Ivanova, student of MAI-SJTU undergraduate program.
At the end of the program, students receive two diplomas of two universities: Moscow Aviation Institute and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Bachelor’s students have to spend one and a half year in China, master’s students of the third intake a year, and six months to master’s students of the first intake.