Collaboration with FIEP Has Enabled the STANKIN MSUT to Ramp Up Training for Specialists in High-Tech Companies in the Pandemic
The experience of organizing professional retraining and professional development with the participation of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has enabled the STANKIN Moscow State University of Technology (STANKIN MSUT) to continue training employees of high-tech companies under the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. Based on four educational programs created in cooperation with FIEP, eight new courses had been developed, in which 410 specialists from two dozen enterprises, including Shvabe JSC, NPO Energomash JSC, MMZ Avangard JSC, ODK-Saturn PJSC, and the military-industrial complex Military Industrial Corporation “NPO Mashinostroyenia”, were trained in 2020.
The forced transition to distance learning formats required universities to make rapid changes both in the form and in the content of education. The latter has had the greatest impact on the segment of commercial Further Vocational Education and Training (FVET) programs. The STANKIN MSUT has found a solution to the problem, taking advantage of the experience of working together with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.
Since 2013, four joint FVET programs have been developed at the STANKIN MSUT in the fields of mechanical and instrument engineering, metallurgy and metalworking, electronics, optoelectronics, and telecommunications. Their customers included CJSC “Plant of Experimental Mechanical Engineering” of the S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Almaz-Antey, and two RUSNANO portfolio companies: IRE-Polus and Microbor Composite Ltd. Specialists from these enterprises were trained in modern precision technologies in mechanical engineering, high-speed multi-coordinate machining for special properties of nanostructured surfaces, application of laser technologies, development and introduction into production of superhard polycrystalline diamond composite materials for the metalworking, oil and gas and mining industries. The materials of all programs have been incorporated into undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and are used for further education of specialists in other enterprises. By 2021, 3,615 trainees have been trained under the joint programs of the Fund and the STANKIN Moscow State University of Technology.
“With the full transition to distance learning, the principal features of the educational programs created with the participation of FIEP have become highly sought after. They rigorously aim at eliminating the qualification deficits that exist in a particular enterprise. The methodology developed at the Fund ensures that the company’s needs were accurately identified. All programs consist of modules designed for different target audiences. Consequently, some of the content can be easily transferred to other specialist training courses. In the pandemic, the most in-demand technology has been the creation of distance learning modules, which are also an indispensable part of the educational programs created with the FIEP support. The STANKIN MSUT has proved to be a pioneering university there: back in 2018, the professional retraining program for specialists at Microbor Composite Ltd. was taught in an experimental format—via a Telegram channel,” said Stanislav Nisimov, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Skills of the Fund.
Alevtina Mozharovskaya, Director of the Interindustry Institute for Development of Innovative Technologies at the STANKIN Moscow State University of Technology, in turn, shared her experience in implementing FVET programs in 2020: “Educational projects with the Fund differ from others primarily in their focus on innovation, on a breakthrough. They do not just produce an educational result, but create an environment for interaction and partnership between science, education, and industry, and enable innovative solutions to be developed and implemented in the course of training.”
The pandemic has made significant adjustments to further vocational education: the mobility of trainees and trainers has been restricted, training budgets for staff have been cut, and the need has emerged for an environment for sharing experience and knowledge. The limitations have only exacerbated the already existing needs for educational technology transformation. The gradual digitization of the economy has already led to a demand for IT specialists with competencies in organizing production processes. The university is therefore launching a new pool of programs with a focus on strategic challenges, the digital transformation of industrial manufacturing using machine learning and big data. All this is intended to contribute to the development of enterprises and increase their competitiveness.
At the end of 2020, the STANKIN MSUT employees developed an innovative additional professional development program “Digital Duals in Production”. The program is unique in its exploration of the tools and concepts of numerical modelling applied to the industrial enterprise. The program offers trainees a holistic perspective on transforming production or setting up a new digital factory.
Besides, the university has improved the quality of its distance learning modules by incorporating online counselling to support trainees. The practical exercises are accompanied by videos of identical examples in the workplace. In general, there are more practical tasks in the distance learning programs to improve theoretical material and practical skills. The practical orientation is achieved through a review of unique assignments that relate to the trainees’ current activities in the company.
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 Sergey Kulikov.