Bright insights and teamwork for technological breakthrough and transformation of higher education

Bright insights and teamwork for technological breakthrough and transformation of higher education

Eleven young leaders of ETU “LETI” developed a project for the transformation of the university and entered several partnership agreements as part of the Ostrov 10-22 intensive course.

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From July 10 to 22, the Ostrov 10-22 intensive course organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, University 20.35, National Technology Initiative Platform, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Skolkovo Foundation, Russian Venture Company, Digital Economy organization, and EdCrunch global conference on digital innovation in education took place at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow).

The purpose of the forum is to create and develop teams of regional universities that will implement systemic changes in the field of training for technological development.

More than 1,500 representatives of 137 universities from 72 regions of Russia, members of government bodies, entrepreneurs, researchers, talented schoolchildren, members of the research and educational centers, as well as delegations of universities in Serbia and Kazakhstan, became participants in the intensiveness. The program included more than two thousand educational and business events.

“Without a major modernization of educational programs, without reconfiguring research projects, it is quite difficult to achieve the ambitious goals of national development. The legacy of Ostrov 10-22 is 300 practical projects for the development of educational and research components, for improving management systems prepared by university teams. They will be implemented already in the new academic year, and we hope that they will make a serious contribution to achieving the goals set in national projects.”

Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation

Based on the results of the competitive selection conducted by the organizers of Ostrov 10-22, the ETU "LETI" team was formed consisting of 11 young leaders of the First Electrotechnical: Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Taras Kustov, Vice-Rector for Additional Education, Denis Butusov, Director of the Youth Research Institute, Alexander Timofeev, Director of the Center for New Educational Technologies and Distance Learning, Nikolai Tokarev, Director of the Institute for Continuing Education, Aleksey Safonov, Head of Website Management, Natalya Pantyukhova, Head of the Analytical Center, Andrei Drozdovsky, Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Electronics and Technology, Arthur Karimov, Engineer of the Youth Research Institute, Anastasiya Stotskaya, Deputy Head of the Department of Automatic Control Systems, and Sergey Galunin, Head of the Department of Electrical Technology and Converter Engineering.

Each participant from ETU "LETI" followed his educational trajectory following the role defined on the first day. The daily intensive work on the Ostrov began in the early morning with fitness disciplines such as jogging, CrossFit, Nordic walking, aerobics, dancing, table tennis, yoga, stretching, and training to work with resource conditions of the human body. Participants could take part in classes of ballet, acrobatics, and drill training.

During the day, participants attended workshops and lectures from politicians, leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors from Russia, the USA, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, South Korea, Israel, Denmark, and Belgium. The subjects of the sections covered changes in the field of education, the modernization of the university infrastructure, the place of the campus in urban infrastructure, data-driven management, data acquisition and processing, the development of online education, and other problems and challenges facing universities today. In the evening, ETU "LETI" representatives gathered together to exchange and analyze information received in the classroom and to prepare a project for the transformation of the university.

“Intensive turned out to be a very energy-intensive event. According to the statistics of organizers, the average length of daily sleep of the participant was just over five and a half hours. But for me, this was not particularly difficult, because thanks to morning training and classes on managing resource conditions, I received a charge of vivacity for the whole day. The only thing that caused the difficulty for me personally was the inability to be at several workshops at the same time.”

Alexander Timofeev, Director of the Center for New Educational Technologies and Distance Learning

One of the tasks of the Ostrov 10-22 participants was the conclusion of agreements with regional universities. As part of the intensive program, more than 100 universities have signed an agreement on interaction with each other and with the University 20.35 in the field of educational programs on artificial intelligence.

Participants from ETU "LETI" introduced their colleagues to the developments of the Youth Research Institute and achievements in the field of online education. The success of ETU "LETI" in science and innovation, distance learning technologies aroused great interest from colleagues, which resulted in the signing of cooperation agreements in various fields with the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Petrozavodsk State University, Chuvash State University, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Bryansk State Technical University, Samara Agrarian University, and other Russian universities.

The result of the work of the ETU "LETI" team at Ostrov was a project for the transformation of the university in various areas, the presentation of which took place on the final day of work of the intensive course. In it, young university leaders formulated the so-called bids - the key areas of the university for the next 10 years: Next Step Electronics and Intelligent Acquisition and Processing.

Experts from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, and the winners of the National Technology Initiative school olympiads evaluated the presentation of the project. “We were urged, according to the concept of Ostrov, to look at all the changes from the future, and this is extremely difficult in the conditions of a rapidly changing present, but something worked out, and even the most strict judges - the children - appreciated or work!”, says Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of ETU “LETI”

"That was great! My thick notebook is full of interesting thoughts and insights. On Ostrov, one could talk with representatives of the ministry and people, many of whom I knew only from YouTube videos - this “no tie” atmosphere was amazing. The team worked smoothly, we did a very good job of creating a university development strategy. Moreover, colleagues who were at LETI helped us a lot. We need to develop this teamwork experience. The more people involved in the management and investing intellectual potential in the future of the university, the better - this is our common cause, our common place of work, our home."

Denis Butusov, Director of the Youth Research Institute

As part of the section for university leaders, Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, took part in the preparation of proposals to the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation on changes in the regulatory framework in the field of education, science and innovation, modernization of the management system, and infrastructure.

“We made reasonable bets that we plan to apply for the development of the university, we offered online-courses, including those on artificial intelligence, international programs that interested colleagues from other universities. The main conclusion that the team came to based on the results of the Ostrov is "everything around us is changing intensively, but, first of all, all the changes need to start with ourselves.”

Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of ETU “LETI”

Upon returning from Ostrov, participants presented the analysis of publication activity, scientific work, and other areas, as well as recommendations outlined in the project to the university administration. The work made during the intensive course is planned to be used in the development of the university, starting from the new academic year.