Tomsk. December 2nd. SIBERIA – The transformation of engineering education in Russia should take place taking into account global trends that are set by both industrial companies and society, said the acting director. Rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) Dmitry Sednev at the opening of the final session of the international conference “Synergy”, which began in Tomsk.
“The demands of the world force us to be more flexible in approaching education. Maybe it’s time for us to apply an engineering approach to the educational process itself and move on to programming it, set input parameters, starting from students, and build a trajectory taking into account their position,” Sednev said.
He noted that it is important for the learning community to find a balance so that engineers have not only narrowly focused scientific knowledge, but also have system skills.
According to the President of the Association for Engineering Education of the Russian Federation, Professor of TPU Yuri Pokholkov, it will not be possible to satisfy the requirements of all parties in the transformation of the educational process.
“Today we need to think more about the diversification of education and targeted intensive training of specialists. We need to prepare specialists for solving specific problems. And when we talk about interdisciplinarity, we need to understand that it will be effective than when disciplinarity is at a high level,” Pokholkov emphasized …
The conference is held in a hybrid format. In addition to the problems of engineering education, the experts intend to discuss the cooperation of universities with high-tech companies, as well as the training of teachers.
Experts from Russia, Portugal, and the USA are taking part in the conference.
Tomsk Polytechnic University was founded in 1896 and is the first technical university in Siberia. TPU ranks eighth in the 2021 National University Rankings prepared by the Interfax International Information Group.
The university was selected for the new federal program “Priority 2030” and received the maximum grant for the “Research Leadership” track. One of the university’s strategic projects within the program is dedicated to the transformation of engineering education.