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The Conference was organised to discuss objectives, tools and methods to improve technology and organisation of engineering education in Russia in the New Industrialization in line with the keynote speech of V. Putin to the Congress of “Business Russia” on 21 December, 2012.
The Conference organisers are Association for Engineering Education of Russia, Association of Technical Universities of Russia, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Administration of Tomsk Oblast, Administration of Novosibirsk Oblast, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology with the support of RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry, State Duma Committee on Education, State Duma Committee on Science and High Technology, Federation Council Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Information Policy, Plenipotentiary Representative of the RF President in the Siberian Federal District V.A. Tolokonsky.
As President of Association for Engineering Education of Russia Yury Pokholkov noted, accumulated problems in the field of engineering education as well as demands that employers impose to the quality of engineering training in Russian universities became the impulse to held this Conference.
More than 200 people participated in the Conference, including representatives from:
Geography of the Conference participants was presented by such cities as Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Belgorod, Saratov, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Arkhangelsk, Omsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yakutsk and others.
Welcoming speeches were given by:
According to Rector of National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University Petr Chubik "All-Russian team of engineers - all those who are present in this room – must, speaking the language of our students, "brain hack" in order to answer the question of what we need to do to have qualified engineers going out of the walls of not only the leading universities of the country, but all the higher schools?".
As evidence of acute topicality of the Conference was very active and often heated discussion by participants already in the course of the plenary session, for example, on the report of Academician A.S. Sigov, Rector of Moscow State Technical University MIREA, and A. Y. Shurygin, Rector of Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radio Electronics. Also the presentation by the industry representative R.Y. Khismatulin, Head of Design Institute of Research-and-Production Enterprise "Tomsk Electronic Company" Ltd., in which he clearly stated requirements for the competences of graduates, and also indicated the gaps in their training, was of special interest.
It is worth to note the participation in the Conference of Andrew Wo, one of the world's leading experts in the field of public and professional accreditation of educational programmes in engineering and technology, Deputy Chairman of the Washington Accord, Professor of National Taiwan University, whose presentation focused on the international requirements to engineering educational programmes to develop professional competences.
Discussion actively continued at round tables where the various aspects of engineering education and engineering in Russia were addressed:
At the final plenary session moderators of the round tables reported on the results of the round tables. Also, the Conference participants were presented a draft of Recommendation prepared by the commission composed of V.M. Kutuzov, Rector of Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, V.G. Zakharevich, Adviser to Rectorate of Southern Federal University, Y.P. Pokholkov, President of Association for Engineering Education of Russia, V.S. Sheynbaum, Director of Institute of problems of human resources development for the fuel and energy complex, Adviser to Rector of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and S.I. Gerasimov, Director of Accreditation Centre of Association for Engineering Education of Russia, Professor of Siberian State Transportation University. The text of the Recommendations was discussed and approved at the Conference summing-up.