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30 October 2017

The Open qualifying WorldSkills championship began at the Moscow Poly

October 30 the first day of the Open qualifying WorldSkills championship took place at the Moscow Poly. Its participants are the students, young specialists and experts of various universities of Russia. The winners will get to the finals of the National Intercollegiate Championship of the WorldSkills, where they will fight for medals in professional skills in 30 specialties.

As Director for Corporate Relations George Shchelkanov told the audience at the inauguration ceremony, nine specialized centers were equipped for the competences: “Web development”, “IT solutions for business on the platform “1C: Enterprise 8”, “CAD engineering design”, “Entrepreneurship”, “Internet of Things”, “Mobile robotics”, “Industrial robotics”, “Refrigeration equipment and air-conditioning systems” and “Industrial design”. Subsequently the centers will be used for implementation of educational programs and holding the demonstration exams.

First Deputy General Director of the Union “Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia)” Igor Superekin congratulated the participants on the start of the Championship and wished them to represent their universities in the best way not only at the Moscow Poly, but, as well, at the Intercollegiate competitions to be held in Moscow at the VDNKh exhibition in late November. Head of direction of the firm “1C”, Manager of the competence “IT solutions for business on the platform “1C: Enterprise 8” Maria Pravdina made a welcome address as well. She mentioned that the tasks to be solved by the Championship participants are a dress rehearsal of what they will have to do when working at real enterprises.

For the participants the first day is a preparatory one: they are tuning and testing the equipment, setting up for themselves the workplace. Afterwards they are expected to begin implementation of the contest tasks in 9 competences. Rivals of the Moscow Poly students are participants from the Technology University of the Moscow region, the Moscow Technology University, the Orenburg State University, the Sochi State University, the KEU named after V. G. Timiriasov and the Snezhinsk Physics and Technique Institute. The results of the Championship will be announced November 2 at the closing ceremony.

In parallel to the competitions there was a business program. At the round table “Technologies of competences evaluation” the experts discussed modern approaches to evaluation of education results and prospects for their development with regard to demands of employers. Olga Dymarskaya from the Innovations Agency of the Moscow City informed the attendees that over a half of graduates did not manage to pass a volunteer qualifying exam, arranged by the Agency in a test regime together with the Rosobrnadzor, universities and employers this summer. An opinion was stated that currently we are watching a competition of evaluation tools – if earlier a graduate, when applying for a job, had just to submit a diploma in an official form, nowadays more and more employees ask for certificates, results of qualifying exams, etc. Dean of the IT faculty Andrey Filippovich shared experience of introduction of the demonstration exam at the Moscow Poly. The moderator of the round table was Head of the Moscow Poly Center for Development of Professional Education Aleksey Ovchinnikov. He drew attention of the audience to the fact that the WorldSkills standards were initially worked out for competitions with a few thousand participants. According to him, development of special technologies for evaluation, using successfully the WorldSkills standards, for application to the mass system of HR training is a really nontrivial task.

The Moscow Poly was one of the first universities to support the WorldSkills movement in Russia. In 2014 the IT faculty of the university developed a method to evaluate results of training on the basis of the WorldSkills standards and held an experimental exam during the winter session. Simultaneously 90 first-year students, studying at the IT direction, were taking it. The tasks were similar to the tasks of the competence “Web design and development”. In 2016 the Union “Agency of development of professional communities and workforce “WorldSkills Russia”, jointly with the Moscow Poly and supported by the Education Ministry of Russia held the first Intercollegiate WorldSkills Championship. In April 2016 a cooperation agreement was signed between the university and the “WorldSkills Russia”. It stipulates that the parties join efforts to provide the Russian economy with high-skilled HR and to develop professional education according to the “WorldSkills International” standards. In October of 2017 two Moscow Poly students at once represented Russia at the WorldSkills-2017 Championship in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The Master of the IT faculty Anna Derbeneva won a golden medal in the competence “IT solutions for business”, while a first-year student of the engineering faculty Viktor Ryzhov won a medallion for professionalism in the competence “Teamwork at production site”.









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