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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Yekaterinburg – Sapporo

Together with its partners – Ural University and Hokkaido University – Sakhalin State University has conducted an online seminar called “Peculiarities of regional education and scientific psychological and pedagogical research in the current context in the examples of Japan and Russia”.

During the online seminar, Japanese colleagues could share their experience in regional education. Professor Ohno presented about online education in middle schools, located in remote rural areas in the north of Hokkaido. Associate Professor Yoshihiro Sakita showed an exercise program for developing physical and motor skills of students in elementary schools in Sapporo. Professor Miyazaki made a presentation on Review of Hokkaido Educational Consortium’s Plan”.

Professor from Ural State Pedagogical University Natalya Vasyagina, Ph.D. in Psychology made a presentation on Current Trends of Psychological Service Activities in Education System of Sverdlovsk Region”. Professor Evgenia Kazaeva, Ph.D. in Pedagogy, told about the experience of the region in training of specialists for working with children, having special educational needs. Professor Roman Porozov, Ph.D. in Culturology, presented about reviewing international cultural and educational projects in Ural State Pedagogical University.

Elena Afanasenkova, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology in Sakhalin State University, Ph.D. in Psychology, offered to study the problem of professional training and self-realization in the work of educationalists and educational psychologists jointly. Svetlana Pronkina, Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Culture and Sport in Sakhalin State University, Ph.D. in Pedagogy, took the initiative of holding cross-cultural research of psychophysical peculiarities of child development (at ages 10–11) in one of Sapporo’s schools and School №6 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to compare the results afterwards. Lyudmila Rumyantseva, Associate Professor in Sakhalin State University, Ph.D. in Pedagogy, offered to conduct a research on pedagogical health, saving resources on educational process support, jointly with colleagues.

Such jointly conducted research examples can allow more room for studying the influence of developing and educational methods on self-development and social awareness of students, their physical health; defining the professional growth factors for pedagogical workers in the field of education and comparing the results of cross-cultural research in order to find general trends and differences.

Trilateral cooperation of the universities with the help of holding an online seminar started due to similar problems in the field of psychological and pedagogical education considering regional peculiarities. This in particular refers to remoteness from central part of Russia (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) and Japan (Sapporo), lengthy regional center and its remoteness from regional center’s subjects (Yekaterinburg – Sverdlovsk Region) and a need of active development of distance learning-based educational forms. Joint and active debate has resulted in finalizing a preliminary plan of further interaction between Hokkaido, Sakhalin and Ural universities.

At this stage of cooperation, universities are discussing further interactions between each other. Joint efforts are put into improvement of technical communication quality for holding more online-seminars on exchanges of experience in psychological and pedagogical research. Inviting professors from the universities for holding lectures and seminars is planned as well.

Successful cooperation of Sakhalin State University with Hokkaido University in the field of student exchange-related educational programs is due to Office of International Affairs with Viktor Korsunov (Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Pedagogy) in charge. Cooperation agreement with Ural University was initiated by Elena Afanasenkova, who is the inspirator and organizer of trilateral online seminar as well.

– On March 28, 2019 I organized a meeting for Japanese colleagues – Assistant Professor Otani Kazuhiro and Professor Jun Moriya from Hokkaido University – in the Institute of Psychology and Pedagogy within their seminar on motivation for education, where we shared ideas and contacts. Later in June Natalya Vasyagina and I went to Sapporo (Japan) where we had the same meeting, initiated by Professor Keiko Ikeda, with Japanese colleagues in Hokkaido University about possible cooperation. After that we had intensive trilateral correspondence, and the first online seminar within the new project is the main result. – Elena Afanasenkova said. – We hope that this first sample of trilateral cooperation will result in fruitful and long-term cooperation between our universities!

A Tour in the Future

Two tours were organized for school students – participants of the “Job of the Future” festival –in Technical Institute of Oil and Gas, Sakhalin State University.

Geology lab, where you can touch various minerals, rock samples and look at them under a microscope, became the starting point for acquaintance with future jobs. Ammonium, found during the students’ expedition, raised particular interest of school students.

Drilling lab was the next point. Under the leadership of Denis Novik, Head of the Laboratory, potential college applicants learnt about oil production process. Together with Denis Novik they launched the hole drilling process on the training imitator.

During the practice class, students were told about oil and gas industry in Sakhalin and majors, offered by Technical Institute of Oil and Gas.

In the force aggregator lab students got to know about the «Maintenance of Surface Transport» major, covering almost all kinds of transport except for aviation and railroad. Here students during the practice classes construct, dismantle and repair generators and other mechanisms. Apart from that, a lot was told about additional opportunities of such a job. For example, on the 2nd year students of the Institute receive the auto worker license and get a chance to additionally learn skills of operating an excavator, front-end loader and bulldozer in the evening time for obtaining the corresponding license. For classes special training devices, completely imitating the work process, are used. The final point of the tour was the chemistry lab.

– It was very interesting and enlightening for our students. They asked the laboratory heads a lot of questions, and I assume that they got interested in the oil and gas industry a lot. If it wasn’t for the festival, they wouldn’t have come here themselves. – Elena Teryokhina, head teacher from School №5, said.

The festival, uniting job of the present and future, gathered more than 200 school students from 8 grades of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. For two days they have been getting acquainted with the most prospective jobs of the region. Such a vocational event for middle school students is held for the first time. In total, 9 master-classes and 18 tours around the regional center’s plants are conducted within the festival.

An unforgettable internship

The internship in Japan, in which a group of future petroleum geologists participated with assistance from “SODECO” company, was one of the most special events of the passing year.

SODECO” company – a participant in the shelf project Sakhalin‑1” – was traditionally given the host party role. Within the memorandum of cooperation in the education field, signed by SODECO”, Sakhalin State University and regional government, student exchange program has been implemented since 2016. In two years, the company has accepted more than 10 students from Sakhalin State University, majority of which are majoring in geology and oil and gas. This annual event has been held for third time.

We got to visit four Japanese cities: Tokyo, Nagaoka, Niigata and Kyoto, – Alina Nurlanova, a student of Technical Institute of Oil and Gas, Sakhalin State University, tells. – During the visit we covered an intensive course, aiming to broaden the knowledge about oil and gas industry in Japan and its culture.

To celebrate the arrival of students from Sakhalin, the festive evening was organized in the head office of the company, where students got to know some of the SODECO”’s staff members in a relaxed atmosphere.

The first production site visited by students was a regasification plant of Tokyo Gas company, which is getting liquified natural gas (LNG) from the Sakhalin‑2” project. Here technologies allow to use the cryogenic energy of LNG rationally and store LNG in the biggest tanks of the world. With the help of startling hands-on experiments, staff members of the company showed students the nature of liquified gases. 

In a research center JOGMEC-RTC specializing in studying the properties of core samples and creating hydrodynamic seam models, students were shown hydrodynamic models of offshore fields in Japan, as well as equipment which is used for conducting the research on filtration properties of the core. Methods of increasing the oil recovery with the help of CO2-injections were of high interest as well.

The most important part for interns was the visit to Katagai gas field in the city of Nagaoka and offshore oil and gas field Iwafune-oki. In Sakhalin, getting to the real oil and gas platform is hard even for experienced industry members. The first flight ever in a lifetime on a helicopter was impressive as well.

In Niigata University students listened to Professor Kurita Hiroshi’s lecture dedicated to geological structure of Japan and Niigata Prefecture. Together with Professor Kurita students visited the places with the occurrence of natural petroleum seeps. A search expedition to various places was organized for students, where they could feel themselves as real paleontologists studying the organic remnants and remains of living organisms, extracting” the petroleum.

In Waseda University interns had a chance to listen to lectures about basics of seismic testing and increasing the hydrocarbon production. Every lecture, students conducted practical tasks together with Japanese students.

The last production site visited was the Kawasaki petroleum refinery complex, where largest part of equipment has been working correctly for more than 50 years already at extremely high temperatures up to 700°C. Apart from that, students got to witness an interesting invention in this plant – a working prototype of a hydrogen car.

Culture program was also an important part of the trip to Japan. Students visited Asakusa Temple, saw the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto, Rock Garden, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Tenryu-ji Temple and the National Museum.

– We will remember friendliness and hospitality of Japanese people for a long time and in the future, we will definitely come back to feel the atmosphere of Japan again, – Alina Nurlanova says with confidence.

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