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1 Sep 2017

Belarus president talks about development of vocational education, electric cars

Belarus president talks about development of vocational education, electric carsMINSK, 1 September (BelTA) – The best professors of the Minsk State Auto-Mechanical College named after academician M.S. Vysotsky should be involved in the development of the Belarusian electric car. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions as he visited the college on 1 September, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko took part in the celebration of Knowledge Day in the college. After that the head of state was made familiar with the physical infrastructure and the way the education process in the college is organized. The president took a look at the resource center for training automobile mechanics.

Alexander Lukashenko was told that the network of Belarusian vocational schools is being optimized. At present vocational education is available from various institutions such as standalone colleges, colleges operating as part of a university, vocational lyceums, and other ones. There are plans to add vocational colleges to the system. The work to that effect proceeds in a systemic and consistent manner. Let’s do it properly, said the head of state as he approved of the idea.

Alexander Lukashenko also pointed out that it is necessary to make the practical part of the education process in vocational schools more prominent. “The guys and girls should see where and how they are going to work after graduation,” he said.

The participation of Belarusian specialists in WorldSkills championships was mentioned. Participation allows studying new technologies and assimilating them into education and manufacturing. The Belarusian team is now getting ready to participate in the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 championship, which will take place in October. Alexander Lukashenko noted he would like the team to win such competitions more frequently since blue-collar professions had been developed in the country for a long time. “I thought we easily win such competitions every time but it turns out things are different,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

While on a tour of the diagnostics lab where the students are supposed to study the design of popular electric cars, the president asked the college’s professors whether developing the electric car industry in Belarus was promising. He received a positive answer. Alexander Lukashenko talked to the professors to discuss in detail the operation principles of electric cars, their technical parameters, advantages and capabilities. After that he said he would like the best specialists of the college to take part in the development of the Belarusian electric car. The head of state said he would like the car to be reliable and safe without having to get it repaired every year. “You’ve convinced me that we should make a good electric car for people to drive in the city or go to the country house,” he said.

The president instructed heads of the relevant government agencies to step up efforts to develop this kind of transport. “Before the nuclear power plant goes online, we should have our consumers and definitely the infrastructure,” he stressed.

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