Russian astronauts earn degrees from RANEPA
Three Roscosmos cosmonauts, heroes of the Russian Federation Alexei Ovchinin, Alexander Samokutyayev and Andrei Borisenko have defended their degree qualification works at the Vladimir branch of RANEPA.
The close cooperation between the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and the Vladimir branch of RANEPA began with the Academy inviting astronauts to attend student events dedicated to Cosmonautics Day. Since then, 14 space pilots have earned university degrees at the Vladimir branch of the Academy as well as more than 70 employees of the Gagarin Center.
The astronauts working on their higher education programs at RANEPA are serious enough about the learning process. “Students of this level do not just add prestige to any university, but also show recognition of the level of training and education that our faculty provides,” says Vyacheslav Kartukhin, Director of the Vladimir branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
The astronauts are not just studying – they also actively share their own expertise with students. Every time they arrive at the school, they hold meetings that arouse keen interest among the students.
According to Kartukhin, the reason they chose the Vladimir branch of RANEPA is the level of education the school provides, its reputation, prices, transport accessibility and the teaching staff’s considerate attention to students. “Today I attended these students’ graduate project defense and I realized that their projects were really interesting. I am sure they will help them in their future work in management positions. Among our graduates there are State Duma deputies who successfully apply their knowledge in their work at such a high level,” he added.
After defending their graduation projects, the astronauts showed what they eat during the missions, spoke about their flights and the difficulties they face when working in space.