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On the eve of the coming New Year, the staff of the university received an unusual congratulation. The initiator of it, the organizer and the ideological inspirer became the teacher of the Department of Foreign Languages G. Potapov with the support of the department and, of course, the students.
As part of the department of food biotechnology, the Center for Advanced Technologies of Protein Use (CATPU) was opened at Kaliningrad State Technical University. It is located on the basement floor of the university building number 1 on Prof.Baranov Street. The ceremony began in the assembly hall of KSTU. V.Volkogon moderated the presentation of the new scientific center. First, he gave the floor to the head of the department of food biotechnology, professor O.Ya. Mezenova.
Following the results of the graduation paper presentations by the master students of "Electrical Power Engineering and Electrical Technology", held last summer for the first time in JSC "Yantarenergo", two students were advised to embark on postgraduate studies, and their papers were sent to the All-Russia competition of qualifying papers of technical universities graduates on electric power and electrotechnical subjects. The work of Igor Beklemshev, dedicated to the implementation of the first Russian pilot project of the "smart networks" concept in distribution networks of 15 kV, was among those two.
From October 14 to October 22, 2017, Russia hosted the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. It has brought together over 20,000 young people from more than 150 countries. They are representatives of public organizations, those who have excelled in science, creativity, sport, pedagogy, IT, politics and other spheres. Sochi became the capital of this festival. However, Kaliningrad took part in the festival as well. Therefore, needless to say that KSTU has become one of the festival venues. In addition, a large group of KSTU representatives have left for Sochi.
On September 20- 22, 2017, the International Youth Scientific Forum "Youth and Science of the 21st Century" was held at Ulyanovsk State Agrarian University named after P.Stolypin. It gathered representatives of scientific youth from different regions of Russia and foreign countries, including students, graduate students and young scientists from different universities. Items of the agenda were topical issues related to setting the stage for realization of the country's intellectual potential.
On October 2, 2017, a cooperation agreement was signed between Kaliningrad State Technical University and the regional branch of the Sberbank of Russia. According to the signed agreement, a new department for training banking experts will be opened in the Institute of Industry-based Economics and Management. On the part of KSTU the agreement was signed by the rector V.Volkogon whereas on the part of Sberbank- by S.Shamkov.
On September 21 our university held a blood drive. It was confined to the All-Russian campaign “Russian Federation young donor’s day”. By 9 o'clock in the morning, room №108 traditionally made available for this event was ready to receive donors. There was already a line of people willing to share their blood at the door. Someone did this not for the first time, but someone joined the community of donors for the first time. Traditionally, among the donors were teachers and staff of the university.
Kaliningrad State Technical University was represented by the following students Alexey Filatov, Tatiana Knyazeva, Dmitriy Gnezdilov. The students were instructed by the professor of the Department of Shipbuilding Aleksey Pritykin. The students had started to prepare themselves for the competition since early last year, showing great diligence and developing non-standard thinking.
During the voyage, the cadets and the crew rose above themselves and thousands of nautical miles. They visited six foreign ports and took part in an international regatta. The sailing ship's call at the home port took place in accordance with the schedule in the morning of August 18th. Having completed the mooring procedures, everyone exhaled with relief: "Finally at home!" But the official end of each voyage is still announced during a ceremonial parade.
Admission committee of KSTU has completed reception of applications from entrants for the full-time bachelor and specialist degree programmes (on a free of charge basis). In some training programmes, the number of state-funded places this year has been increased. For example, 55 people were enlisted for "Shipbuilding, ocean engineering and system engineering of marine infrastructure objects" programme. The admission campaign ended successfully, all state-funded places found their owners. It is worth mentioning that the key performance indicator of the admission committee - the average score for the Unified State Exam- has increased. This year it is almost 61.7, which is much higher than last year.
For the first time ever Kaliningrad became a host city for the "Solar Regatta" - the first engineering competitions in Russia, during which teams develop, design and demonstrate the capabilities of solar-powered vessels built by them. The "Solar Regatta" is held within the framework of the "Engineering Competitions and Contests" project of the MariNet Roadmap of the National Technological Initiative, which is implemented with the support of the Strategic Initiatives Agency and RVC. In 2017, Kaliningrad State Technical University (KSTU) became a partner in the organization of the engineering competitions.
On July 21 the regional conference of the MariNet Working Group took place in the city of Kaliningrad. The purpose of the regional conference of the MariNet working group is to popularize the direction of NTI, expand the participants and attract new projects at the expense of the representatives of the Kaliningrad region. Over 40 representatives of leading companies, scientific centers and the Kaliningrad marine research institute, as well as state bodies and development institutions took part in the conference.
From June 30 to July 3 the final tournament of the First Group of the National Student Football League (NSFL) was held in Moscow at the "Moskovskiy" stadium. Ten teams of the Russian universities from Novosibirsk to Kaliningrad took part in it. If the team VRSAPCST (Kazan) through the winning streak of the Championship was able to secure the 1st place before the final tournament, the fight for the 2nd place to the last kept a suspense and left real chances to become silver medalists to the teams of KSTU (Kaliningrad ), DSTU (Rostov-on-Don), MPSU and GRSUOG (Moscow), PGSPPU (St. Petersburg).
On June 28 at the Center for Pre-University Training of KSTU hold yet another graduation. During the past academic year, 35 people from 17 countries were studying Russian at our university. They are mainly representatives of the countries of the African continent, Middle East, Vietnam, China, former Soviet republics, Sweden and even Panama. Most of the current graduates of the Pre-University Training Center will continue their studies at the faculties of KSTU and BFFSA, but some will also go to other Russian universities.
On May 15 Ekaterina Levchenko, 1st year master student of the Food Biotechnology department (degree programme 19.04.01 "Biotechnology" in "Food biotechnology"), started her scientific internship in Germany, in the scientific consulting laboratory (UBF - Untersuchung, Beratung, Forschung) of Altlandsberg (Berlin). In 2014 our university signed a cooperation agreement with this institution. The laboratoty is mainly concerned with the analysis of the quality and safety of food raw materials, food products, cosmetics, as well as with various scientific researches in the food industry.
The Serbian city of Kragujevac hosted an international conference on tribology. It was held under the aegis of the Tribological Society of Serbia and represented tribological societies of the Balkan countries. At the conference, Kaliningrad State Technical University was represented by a report by Professor S.V. Fedorov on the topic "Nanostructural standard of wear." Simultaneously, within the framework of this conference, prof.Fedorov managed the work of one of the sections devoted to fundamental problems of tribology. At the end of the conference a solid collection of works was published.
On June 1, a press conference for representatives of federal and regional mass media took place in the hall of the Academic Council of the BFFSA, where the senior management of KSTU, BFFSA and Sedov sailing ship told about the forthcoming plans. The Kaliningrad media got interested in the barque Sedov already in April, when it was reported that the sailing ship would be handed over from Murmansk State Technical University to  Kaliningrad State Technical University. By the order of the Federal Agency for State Property Management of April 14, 2017, barque Sedov was assigned on the basis of operational management to KSTU with the consent of the legal successor.
Now we have 44 representatives of this continent. They are students from Angola, Algeria, Ghana, Guinea and Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Cameroon, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Tunisia. This day the university became Africa in miniature. Students, teachers and employees of the International department wearing bright national costumes met all those who came to the celebration. There were wild rhythms and vigorous dances performed by students from Zambia and Angola (Joshua Mfune and Dioclesio Tito).
V International Baltic Maritime Forum started on May 22 in the assembly hall of KSTU. The forum is organized by Kaliningrad State Technical University and Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy. It is with good reason that this annual forum is known as one of the most significant events of the year in the scientific life of our region, marine and fisheries industry. It was opened by the traditional blow at the bell by the rector of KSTU V.A.Volkogon. The participants of the forum were greeted by the acting head of the West-Baltic Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fisheries A.G. Zhukov and the head of the Fisheries Agency of the Kaliningrad region A.G. Mikhalevich.
A traditional bike ride "KSTU - Planeta Sport" took place on Sunday May 14. The day before the beginning of the event, over one thousand participants were registered. However, the excellent sunny weather attracted attention of much more people who decided to register at the start. At 08-30 in the parking near "Yantarniy" sports palace, the first participants were gradually coming. At the start, all the registered bicyclists were given packed lunches and provided technical assistance. Volunteers actively participated in the process of registration.