The coronavirus pandemic has affected both the global economy and the new challenges that have emerged in the fields of education, science and international cooperation. However, the crisis can also be considered as a condition encouraging the search for and implementation of the new opportunities. Realizing the importance of developing international cooperation, Reshetnev University and our long-standing partner, the University of Maribor (Maribor, Slovenia), organized a joint distance professional development course for students and teachers. Thus, students and staff of the University had an opportunity to listen to a distance course of lectures "Management and Control in Logistics, Transport, and Supply Chain Management: Models, Methods, and Applications" of Dejan Dragan, a Professor of the Department of Quantitative Modeling in Logistics of the Faculty of Logistics of University of Maribor within a month.

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Dejan Dragan,  Professor of the Department of Quantitative Modeling in Logistics of the Faculty of Logistics of University of Maribor

 After listening to lectures, completing individual tasks and passing the exam, participants will receive new modern knowledge and skills, and at the same time a certificate of professional development upon completion of the courses. Furthermore, parties agreed in doing a joint research work on "Self-Adapted Meta-heuristics for automated generation of machine learning tools for modeling of complex dependencies and forecasting: Applications in the real and public sector considering the COVID-19 pandemic shocks".

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Eugene S. Semenkin, Professor of the Department of System Analysis and Operations Research, a scientific supervisor of the Siberian Institute of Applied System Analysis named after A.N. Antamoshkin

"...Our universities have been cooperating for more than ten years, and this cooperation keeps growing. It has become a tradition for professors of the University of Maribor to visit us giving the lectures to students and conducting professional development courses for teachers. During the last 5 years we have been cooperating most closely in the field of cyber-physical systems and the Internet of things. Beside the academic activities, 3 joint research projects have already been completed and two more are currently being implemented with the support of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and grants of the President of the Russian Federation. The visit of Slovenian colleagues is not yet possible at the present but we are using new options. The expanded research and academic activities to such an interesting area as the management of global logistics systems opens up the new opportunities for the development of cooperation between our universities. Our Slovenian colleagues are experts in mathematical modeling of such systems, including their optimization. They are interested in applying modern powerful optimization and intelligent (Machine Learning) technologies in this area. However, this usually requires experts in the relevant fields, which significantly hinders research. For our part, we develop and apply self-adjusting technologies of such a kind that greatly facilitates their use by scientists without the appropriate expert knowledge since algorithms automatically adapt to the task being solved without human participation. This results in a synergistic effect. The cooperation between the universities continues and develops ".