RUDN enforces interaction of HEIs and business in the frame of Capacity Building EU project

RUDN enforces interaction of HEIs and business in the frame of Capacity Building EU project

Peoples’ friendship university of Russia within a large international educational consortium won a grant of Capacity Building EU project. The project has been initiated and elaborated with RUDN participation 

Peoples’ friendship university of Russia within a large international educational consortium won a grant of Capacity Building EU project. The project has been initiated and elaborated with RUDN participation and is aimed at substantial strengthening of interaction of HEIs and employers through new teaching technologies and introduction of European teaching technologies to Russian education. In RUDN the project is coordinated by the team of the Faculty of Economics. E.Degtyareva, executive manager of the project talks about the prospects. 

- Please tell us more about the project - what are the time limits?

- The project is three years of intensive work. We are planning to formalize the system of interaction between business circles and HEIs, elaborate recommendations on improving legislation in the field of practice-oriented education. We hope that the research will be very down-to-earth and applied in real practice of education. Experts of the European commission assessed it as a project with high potential with big positive influence on the Russian system of education.

- What modern technologies are going to be used for strategic enforcement of HEI – business interaction?

- OnthisstageIamsuretosaythatwewillbeusingalotofIT. We will be trying to adapt online platforms for companies – universities joint work on projects and introduce virtual simulation models.

- What modern teaching technologies are you planning to introduce to the Russian education?

- the first part of the project is research – we are going to analyze the experience of European HEIs in coordinating employers’ requests and student training. We will start correcting and adjusting  curricula communicating with employers, re-consider student internships and increase students’ motivation.

- What is the role of employers in this process?

- We will work in close cooperation with business representatives – large companies and holdings. We really need their feedback for success of the project.

- How will you select employers?

- These will be large and middle businesses from different branches of economy we will select on the basis of several criteria. The project is not only research but more customized training of students. A lot of attention will be paid to students’ internships.

- What fields of economy are most interesting for you?

- First of all we will concentrate on retail and consumer goods manufacturing. Later we are planning to involve processing industry companies. We will be dealing with manufacturers’ associations of various branches of economy from different Russan regions as well.

- What countries participate in the consortium?

- The Consortium unites 12 universities and associations from Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Greece, Hungary and Spain and is headed by Al-Farabi Kazakh National university, which is in Top-400 of QS Ranking.

- What  events are planned during the three years of the project?

- Among key events:

  • Studying teaching and methodological technologies of European HEIs in the sphere of their interaction with employers;
  • Selecting and adjusting the chosen technologies;
  • Forming systems of student training using these technologies and their testing;
  • Forming a viable version of the system and its introduction to the curricula of universities-partners;
  • Elaboration of recommendations for changing legislation for the Ministry of education.
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