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300 Indonesian Students to Study Railways in Russia



It has been announced that the East Kalimantan plans to send 300 university students from across the province to a Russian university - Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) in accordance with the contract with Russian Railways. Indoneasian students will study Railway Engineering.


Governor Awang Faroek Ishak believes this project to be very beneficial. He noted “We want to give the youth of East Kalimantan, who are committed to the country’s development, the opportunity to study in Russia.”


The Governor has signed a memorandum of understanding with the MIIT rector, Boris A. Levin, and the director of Kalimantan Railways, Andre Shigaey.


Russian Railways had previously stated its commitment to build a railway that will span 191 kilometers across Indonesia’s richest province.Awang said that in sending the province’s best students to Russia, East Kalimantan would be preparing the human resources and technical knowledge needed to operate three railways in East Kalimantan: from West Kutai to Balikpapan; Muara Wahau to Lubuk Tutung; and Tabang to Lubuk Tutung.


Awang also said that MIIT had promised that the Indonesian students would be provided with all the necessary facilities during their studies. The selected students will need to take an intensive Russian language course before departure.


Djauhari Oratmangun, the Indonesian ambassador to Russia, said during a visit last week to Samarinda, the East Kalimantan capital, that Russia was the right partner in the railway industry.


Denis Muratov, an adviser to the president of Russian Railways, said the company was investing $1.7 billion in a railway stretching from West Kutai district to Balikpapan, the country’s respective coal and oil hubs.


Kalimantan Rail signed a memorandum of understanding with the East Kalimantan administration in February 2012 and since then it has done a thorough study for the project, including legal and land acquisition concerns.


The railway will be integrated with the port in Balikpapan and will have the annual capacity to carry up to 40 million metric tons of coal.


Established in September 2003, Russian Railways, a vertically integrated company, became one of the three largest transport companies in the world in 2012 and focuses on both freight and passenger services.


The collaboration between Russian and Indoneasian railways is believed to be very fruitful and greatly benefit both sides.





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