Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science has approved the number of scholarships for IT programs available for the 2015-2016 academic year, according to a statement by Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media. The number of scholarships available as a whole increased by 34 percent, while support for graduate programs in computer science has increased by 74 percent.
A Western-style coding school has been opened by the Russian entrepreneurs Kirill Zhvalov and Vadim Rezvyi in partnership with Dream Industries’ DI Telegraph project.
According to the founders, Moscow Coding School (MCS) offers a “unique environment in which developers from successful Russian and Western start-ups, and media and Internet companies use topical courses to involve those who are interested in the world of web coding and mobile development by helping both newcomers and professionals deepen their knowledge through the implementation of real projects.”
Russia’s Initiative Group, which includes representatives of the National Association of Innovation and Development of Information Technology (NAIRIT), the National University of Science and Technology (MISA) and a range of academic and business organizations began discussions with the leadership of Harvard University over the regulations for a competition between student teams from MISA and Harvard in the field of creative thinking, reports Digit.ru.
“The number of specialists the Russian IT industry needs is expected to double in the next five years, which means we need to promote this sector starting in secondary school,” said the head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov, Digit.ru reports.
The winners of the first League of Junior ITSM contest, sponsored by itSMF, were announced at the Russian IT Service Management forum, reports Digit.ru. ItSMF Russia is a non-profit organization established to promote best practices in the field of IT services management.
Applicants were required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the field of IT management services. The competition brought together graduates from various regions in occupations related to ITSM, including Applied Computer Science and Information Management.
A prototype of a 3D laser scanner is among the top three finalists at the Elevator to the Future scientific research and educational summer school, according to Systema, reports Digit.ru.
The technology for the remote scanning of a bas-relief surface using a laser rangefinder was developed by Daniel Velovatyn and Maxim Hivintsev two 16-year–old high school students from Novosibirsk. The laser scans spatial data that is then imported using software the students developed to create an accurate three-dimensional image.
It is common wisdom that Russian programmers are among the best in the world. What may be less obvious is that this doesn’t apply only to professional programmers working for international companies but extends to students who may or may not eventually take up a position in the field. A reasonable indicator of Russian students’ potential for high-end programming work and the quality of the Russian educational system is the country’s continued dominance at the Association of Computer Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contests (ACM IPCP).
Implementation of the Samara – 2013 Forward program, in which digital literacy training initiatives will be combined with the donation of Google electronic products to educational institutions is to start in November, according to the government of Samara Oblast, reports RIA Novosti.
The program will be implemented as a public private partnership between the Regional Department of Information Technology and Communications and Google.
Two Russian ministries are expected to jointly create and help fund a network of IT-focused scientific and research centers at Russia’s leading universities, industry portal ComNews.ru reported last week.
The Ministry of Education and Science will lead the effort, while the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications will back the move by liaising with the national IT expert community.
Cisco and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have agreed to pool their efforts in improving the training of Russian innovation managers and doing joint R&D, according to a source at Cisco Systems Russia.
The cooperation was formally agreed upon in the wake of a meeting held on April 24 by the Innovation Working Group of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission in Washington, DC.