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7 February 2018

Undergraduates of the National Research University Higher School of Economics studied the experience of the project-based education introduction at the Moscow Poly

The Moscow Poly Institute of New Educational Programs and Technologies, together with the Institute of Education of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, arranged a round table “Modern university practices of the project-based learning: the Moscow Poly” for the HSE undergraduates, who study on the program “Management in the higher education”.

February 2 more than thirty undergraduates of the RU HSE arrived at the premises in the B. Semenovskaya St, with an academic supervisor of the program “Management in the higher education” Kirill Zinkovskiy and an informal leader of that course graduates Larisa Taradina. A guided tour to laboratories “FDR Moscow” and “Smart Moto Challenge” was arranged for the guests. Every year students and employees of laboratories design a new electric bike and a racing car, which then take part in international competitions and even take prize places. This is a prime example of project-based learning, when students of different training directions get together in interdisciplinary teams and solve practical tasks during the academic year. As a result of this, a new product appears – a real bike or a racing car, responding to the preset requirements and capable of winning a race.

After the guided tour a round table was held on the topic “Modern university practices of the project-based learning: the Moscow Poly”. Its moderator was Director of the Institute of New Educational Programs and Technologies Sergey Pilipenko. Acting Rector Vladimir Miklushevskiy delivered a welcome address, where he mentioned that bikes and racing cars are not the only projects, implemented by the Moscow Poly students. At the university an effort is made to embrace with the project activity as many training directions as possible, including both technical ones and humanitarian and even artistic directions. For example, at the Institute of Graphics named after Favorsky of the Higher School of Printing and Media Industry a graduation work consists of preparation of a book to publishing.

Academic Head of the Master Course at the National Research University Higher School of Economics “Management in the higher education” Kirill Zinkovskiy called MAMI the first university to start in 2014 introducing the project activity in real terms, and not in words, with an impressing scale of involving about a thousand students at once. He emphasized that the students received a budget for their projects, because they were supposed to result in an operating technical object, and not just a design documentation. A new cohort of people appeared at the university, willing “to spend their time to help students”. According to Kirill Zinkovskiy, at the time when young people tend to develop disregard to higher education, MAMI managed to reverse the trend – and the university began acquiring a positive reputation.

Two reports were delivered. At first Head of the Center for Project Activity (CPA) Ilia Lepeshkin told the audience about experience of introduction of project learning at the Moscow Poly, about the role of a head of an educational program and how the direction of educational programs was built in the traditional institute scheme with division by Departments. In 2017/2018 academic year already over 4 000 students of four courses participate in project activity, and they can choose out of more than 130 projects, offered for development by customers from the industry or the university.

And then Deputy Head of the CPA Anastasiya Ilyina made a presentation about competitions “The engineering start” and “The project start” (for the students of humanitarian training directions). A device, which the first-year students have to design during the first academic semester, must be operating – drive, fly, measure air consumption or generate energy from wind – and the fact of its workability is a criterium to put a positive mark to a student in his first session or not to put. In addition, the university invites to take part in “The engineering start” the senior schoolchildren from engineering classes as well, and that promotes an early professional orientation of young men.

The reports provoked a lively discussion, in which Vladimir Miklushevskiy, Gyuzel Sharipzianova, Sergey Pilipenko, Ilia Lepeshkin, Kirill Zinkovskiy and others took part. The Moscow Poly guests were especially interested to learn how the teachers for the CPA are selected and how they are trained to lead the student projects. Also, there was discussion of the issue about interdisciplinary character of student teams, without which it would be impossible to reach the final project result. Once again, a question was brought to examination about the range of topics for student projects – the Moscow Poly representatives assured the audience that it goes far beyond racing cars and bikes, and they invited the guests to visit other university sites in the future in order to see themselves the projects in the area of chemical and biological technologies faculty, and the cryogen equipment, book publishing and printing.

It is worth mentioning that among Master Course students of the RU HSE there are also senior teachers and vice rectors of regional universities. Every year the on-site guided tours to companies and universities, offering the best educational practices, are arranged for the students of the program “Management in the higher education”, and therefore the visit to the Moscow Poly is a kind of recognition of the leadership of the university in the sphere of introduction of the project-based learning.









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