The Russian agrarian spring was marked by a world-wide event - prominent scientists, leading Russian and foreign agricultural producers, gathered at the Samara State Agricultural Academy. The subject of discussion was, among other things, the issues of staff shortages, the lack of qualified specialists who are able to work in new conditions, using new equipment, master innovative approaches and introduce modern technologies.
World Agribusiness Center ... in Samara
At the end of March, the Samara region, without undue modesty, could call itself the "center of world agribusiness." From March 24 to March 28, dozens of Russian and foreign companies working in the agricultural sector gathered in one place - on the territory of the Samara agricultural university. And the initiator was the new leadership of the agricultural academy - a team that set itself the task of creating an innovative platform for the exchange of experience and improve the quality of education.
Open lectures, presentations, round tables and informal communication within the framework of the Agribusiness Club have become the main highlight of the Week. Senior students and graduates of the academy could talk with potential employers, submit their resumes and immediately pass an interview.
AGRICULTURE OF SAMARA REGION
today has good potential. The region, one of the few in the country, has high growth rates in the agricultural sector. At the end of 2013, gross grain harvest increased by 30%, the region became the only region in the Volga Federal District, where the number of cows increased. The foundations of industries capable of making worthy competition in the WTO conditions have been laid.
The main scourge - lack of personnel
“The lack of qualified personnel is truly a global problem,” said Alexander Schumann, head of the eastern department of GRIMME (Germany). “Therefore, I gladly accepted the offer of the Samara Agricultural Academy to participate in the week of world agribusiness.”
A long-standing friendship connects the university with the GRIMME plant, an enterprise with 150 years of history, recognized as a world leader in the production of specialized equipment for potato cultivation.
“We care not only about improving our technology, but also train people who will work with these machines,” said Alexander Schumann. - A few years ago, the Academy staff turned to the plant management with the initiative to create an agricultural training fund for potato growers. We actively cooperated, and this paid off: almost all the participants of the training fund project are working today in the potato business. ”
One of the Samara potato growers, a graduate of the agricultural academy, director of OOO Chistoe Pole
Vasily Brezhnev recalls how he bit by bit accumulated his knowledge already in practice:
“After graduating from college, I realized how much theory lagged behind practice. What we taught from textbooks was far from reality. I had to master everything on my own. Events such as World Agribusiness Week offer the opportunity for dialogue between students, teachers and farmers - people who are learning new technologies in practice. ”
It is in the format of open communication that he sees the solution to the personnel problem in the agro-industrial complex and the leadership of the university. Rector of Samara State Agricultural Academy
“We understand that education is the system that today should be as dynamic and flexible as possible. - Everything changes very quickly. Through such events, we can update the knowledge of not only our students, but also fellow teachers. Graduates and employers saw where and with whom they would have to work. We, in turn, have identified and outlined the main areas of educational activity, oriented mainly towards practice. Having graduated from a university, our specialists should be as quickly and efficiently included in the field of activity. ”
The personnel problem is very acute even in the best farms of the industry, and what can we say about the situation in everyone else.
Samara State Agricultural Academy is ready to go beyond ordinary lectures and practical classes and create an innovative training scheme for the tasks of leading agricultural enterprises of the Russian Federation.
The presence in the Samara region of a powerful potato cluster, the confidence in the success of the educational project of such well-known figures in the potato business as the chairman of the Samara Potato Union, the general director of the Solana-Agro-Service enterprise Vladimir Molyanov and the vice-rector for development of the Samara State Agricultural Academy Aleksey Brumin - all this allows you to count on getting real results.
Seminars, special courses and practices, including on the basis of farms in Russia, Germany and the Netherlands, distance learning for residents of other regions of Russia, are all only part of the strategic development of the academy, which is undergoing a stage of reloading and changing formats. “We achieved the main thing - we drew attention to the problem and together we found ways to solve it,” the rector of the academy explains.
The fact that the need for a dialogue with agricultural producers has matured, no one doubts. There is a desire (and it is mutual), there is a platform, there is something to work with and with whom. Well, new educational projects will be given strength by a goal that is quite real and achievable, and a personal example of people who have achieved great success in the agricultural business.