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00 PARTICIPATION OF JEAN MONNET CENTER IN BOILING POINTIn late September the opening of a large-scale and promising platform for initiative citizens – “Boiling Point” took place in the capital of the Republic of Mari El. The project coordinator is Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) of Russia, which aims to create opportunities for self-realization of young, ambitious leaders who want to bring the country to the forefront in the world. Yoshkar-Ola joined 16 cities where the project is already working. In a list: Moscow, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Chita, Khabarovsk and others. The Head of the Republic of Mari El A. Evstifeev, Rector of Volga State University of Technology V. Shebashev, coordinators from ASI M. Dolgikh and L. Kirienko visited the opening ceremony of “Boiling point – Yoshkar-Ola”.

On 20 and 21 September, in the framework of the “Boiling Point” project, scientists, entrepreneurs and educational workers attended trainings and seminars from leading experts from Russia and the Mari El Republic. The topics of the first day were robotics, panel discussions on investment attractiveness, development of high-tech production and entrepreneurship in Mari El. Head of Jean Monnet Center of Volga State University of Technology, Professor Eldar Kurbanov made a report on the activities of the center and REBUS Erasmus+ project to the participants of panel "development of high-tech production in the region" of this event. Directors of the leading enterprises of the Republic of Mari El, managers, business representatives, students and teachers of universities of the Republic were among the participants. The main achievements of the Center in scientific and educational activities, new master's programs, mobility of students of Volga Tech to the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) for practical training, new developed electronic courses within the framework of Rebus project and entrepreneurial projects of students in the field of forestry and nature management were presented to the audience. The report aroused considerable interest among the participants of the round table, which resulted in the decision to develop new joint projects and master's programs between universities and business of the Republic of Mari El.