How does the digitalization of global processes change education?

“Digital departments” are opening at the sites of 115 universities in the country. In September of this year, students of both technical and humanitarian areas will begin to acquire new digital competencies. Universities participating in the federal program of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science “Priority 2030” spoke about new educational programs.

According to the director of the Institute of Information Technologies and Intelligent Systems of Kazan Federal University (KFU) Mikhail Abramsky, the relevance of creating “digital departments” is primarily due to the fact that there is a big shortage of personnel in the IT field.

“Personnel shortages are also observed in other areas: medicine, chemistry, the oil and gas industry, the humanitarian sphere – where specialists need digital competencies with which they can improve their work. The “Digital Department” of KFU will be a subdivision that will include a set of additional education programs in IT. They will be aimed at building competencies in programming, software development, analytics and other stages of the development life cycle. It is planned that at the first stage these programs will master more than two thousand people. Companies from the real sector of the economy will take part in the evaluation of additional education programs at the “digital departments,” says Mikhail Abramsky.

A “digital department” has also been formed at the Russian University of Transport (MIIT). “Digitalization is one of the fundamental trends in the development of the country’s transport system until 2030. Therefore, obtaining by students of the general transport university, in essence, the second, “digital”, qualification is an everyday necessity. In our programs, students will be able to form and develop competencies in the development of IT solutions for topical industry-specific transport problems and learn how to use application programs for creating digital twins of transport infrastructure facilities,” says Vitaly Borshch, Vice-Rector of the Russian University of Transport (MIIT).

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Now students of socio-humanitarian faculties of Tomsk State University (TSU) will also be able to receive additional qualifications in data analytics and media marketing. Two programs in the field of digital competencies and social media were offered by the Graduate School of Journalism and the Center for Applied Big Data Analysis. The first retraining program in data analytics will equip students with the basic tools of data analytics and develop them into “digital researchers”. The second program – “Digital Journalism and Social Media” – will teach you to see the problematic field of online journalism, provide the basics of media marketing, content production skills in the main online formats, and more. According to Ilya Myasnikov, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism of TSU, in the future this course will be used as a mechanism for the formation of university and faculty SMM teams designed to ensure a live presence of the university in the digital space.

“The ability to work with big data is a critical skill for modern researchers. Previously, the big data program in interdisciplinary teams has already been tested within the framework of the Data Analysis School of Hogwarts. The educational results of the work of the “digital departments”, namely the competencies in the field of digital research, can later be integrated into faculty tracks,” notes Yulia Emer, TSU Vice-Rector for Information Policy and Digital Communications.

Information provided by the press service of the federal program of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science “Priority 2030”

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