Creation of resorts to develop education in North Caucasus.

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MOSCOW, July 21 (Itar-Tass) – The creation of alpine skiing resorts in the North Caucasus will contribute to developing education in the region, Alexei Nevskiy, the general director of the North Caucasus Resorts Company, told the Ekho Moskvy radio in a live interview on Wednesday.

He said that a concept for securing human resources for the mountainous cluster was being worked out. A list of most wanted professions and occupations will be submitted to the Russian government in a special program in the next six months. Hotel and restaurant business, the professions of alpine skiing instructors and mountain guides require certain education, Nevskiy noted.

“That will make it necessary to adjust the curricula in educational establishments in the North Caucasus. It’s possible that new paid programs will be opened. That will give the educational establishments in the region an opportunity to develop,” Nevskiy went on to say.

He believes that these new educational programs can be developed and implemented jointly with foreign institutions of high learning. “Of course, some state support will be needed,” Nevskiy said.

He added that the project of creating a tourist cluster in the North Caucasus would increase the demand for service personnel and managers so much that the region would have to attract human resources from other parts of Russia.

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