T&L Project: Round table discussions lead to new prospects in transport education

On 3 - 4 October Round Table Discussions were held in Pskov Agricultural College (Pskov, Russia) and Malnava College (Malnava, Latvia) within the project "Improvement of higher vocational education in the field of transport and logistics" (T&L). More than 30 participants from Latvia and Russia took part in Round Tables representing rather wide academic, business and regional development community.

During Round Tables new trends and prospects for transport vocational training were identified. As the market and technologies in the field of transport and logistics are developing rapidly, the experience and expertise from the respective business sector was of great importance. Round Table participants, among them A. Zadontcev, director of Pskov Agricultural College, J. Bozovics, director of Malnava College, Prof. I. Kabaskins, Chair of Board of Academic Park, N. Timofejevs, Member of Board of Latvian National Association of Haulers agreed that knowledge and skills of transport students can be improved in latest technologies ( "IT on wheels" - logistics, customs, topography, dispatching, GPS routing software), vehicle maintenance and exploitation (economic driving, winter driving issues, road safety), operational management (proper and efficient cargo handling, passengers transportation).

Another important topic discussed was the need for marketing of education on regional, national and international level.  The participants of the event emphasized that access to vocational training should become more competitive via distance learning tools and multilingual approach.

The project partners - Malnava College (Latgale Region, Latvia), Pskov Agricultural College (Pskov Region, Russia) and Acedemic Park (Latgale Region, Latvia) - committed themselves to use the results of Round Tables for improvement of Transport vocational training program, elaboration of a new study module “Logistics”, development of distance learning tool.

The participants also visited the laboratories and training facilities of the colleges, met with students.

Memorable moments of the Round Tables and visits:



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