ANO eNano in partnership with the FIEP has held the CEE2020 online conference on engineering education

02 June 2020

The video of the conference is available on the ANO eNano YouTube channel. All materials and presentations of speakers will be published on the conference website shortly.

On May 28, the first Russian online Conference On Engineering Education 2020 (CEE) took place. The event was organized by ANO eNano and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of the RUSNANO Group. The event was supported by the NUST MISiS, EdCrunch, and the ITMO University.

The topic of the conference “Engineer 2020: at the Junction of Technology, Design, and Entrepreneurship” attracted more than 600 participants both from Russia and the CIS, and neighboring countries. 22 speakers, leaders of engineering education and technology business gathered on the same platform and talked about their experience of engineers training.

“We see that it is important for the employer and business that the university’s educational program on their order and, most importantly, the results thereof correspond to the request. Simply put, the business acquires competence from the university and for this purpose it is important to have fast and cheap process providing a guaranteed result. Therefore, first of all, employers focus on the format of short programs of additional education, and not on a full master’s or bachelor’s degree,” Stanislav Nisimov, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills of the FIEP, said in his speech.

Vitaly Genarov, the Head of the Project Education Center at the 20.35 University, spoke about the experience of creating a networked educational environment and about the transition of design and educational modules into an online format. “The current situation has shown that the future belongs to mixed formats. Online solutions will be in some ways the standard of work, but will not replace face-to-face programs,” he said at the end of the speech.

“It is impossible to form competences in engineering areas without being involved in project activities. Of course, online courses and programs can help here, but it is impossible without personal communication and study,” said Nurlan Kiiasov, Director of the EdCrunch University Center of the NUST MISiS, Founder and Program Director of the EdCrunch Conference.

As part of the panel discussion “Engineer 2020: An Image in Competence” concluding the online conference, the Dean of the Faculty of Technology Management and Innovation of the ITMO University Anton Gopka found out from representatives of the industry what competencies and skills were in demand by Russian innovative companies, whether universities were able to prepare for high-tech business, whether Russian developments could compete with foreign ones, and how they could be implemented in world markets. The panelists, which included engineering companies, venture capitalists, and contract businesses, shared their views on the style of teaching engineering in Russia and the main differences from the training of engineers in the U.S. and Europe, as well as discussed the issues of raising investments in technology business and online education opportunities in the current realities.

“Unfortunately, we see a lot of problems in terms of modern engineers training: while the research part is generally at a good level, the engineering part, that is building of something with one’s own hands, and developing it, is almost non-existent. These are the competences that are now most in demand in the market,” Oleg Lysak, Director of Contract Businesses at TechnoSpark from the FIEP investment network, said during the discussion.

“I had a chance to study in Russia and abroad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I can say that in terms of theoretical knowledge, we are on a par with, and maybe ahead of the United States, but when it comes to practice, the transfer of theory into real life, the commercialization of research results, Russian engineers are significantly behind in this regard,” said Dmitry Vasilyev, Co-Founder and Director for Development at Karfidov Lab.

“The education at the university alone is not enough to develop engineering competences. Educational programs certainly close some gaps, but not all. A full-fledged multidisciplinary engineering infrastructure is required from innovative companies, development institutions and regulators,” said Andrey Senyy, Vice President, CEO of OCSiAl Energy.

Summing up the first online conference on engineering education, Igor Valdman, CEO of ANO eNano said: “We see the need to create a system of professional support at the workplace. For a young specialist it is necessary to engage educational and information services that will quickly develop some skills and rapidly prepare him/her for professional activities in a certain environment. It is also important that for complex projects it is often about creating a multi-professional team, and not just about an individual specialist. In this regard, the online format can act as a kind of educational additive: adding it to face-to-face formats in the correct ‘proportions’ will allow us to create a rather strong engineering personnel development program. Already, some universities such as our partners the NUST MISiS and the Vyatka State University have started to move in this direction. Their findings and results suggest that even more attention is already given and will continue to be given to remote resources.”

Reference

The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Anatoly Chubais; the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund is Andrey Svinarenko.

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ANO eNANO is part of the RUSNANO Group. The company was established in 2013 by the decision of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure Educational Programs in order to implement the program for the e-Learning system development and to effectively solve the problems of training and retraining of engineering and management personnel for high-tech companies and enterprises, as well as to popularize natural science education and the foundations of nanotechnology among young people and schoolchildren. The company has a license to carry out educational activities in the field of vocational professional education (No. 038412 dated May 18, 2017, issued by the Moscow City Department of Education).

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