“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.
Russia’s Tirnet is one of 30 companies in the world that will receive funding this year as part of the Google RISE Award 2013, which supports education initiatives. RISE, which stands for Roots in Science and Engineering, provides funding and support to organizations internationally that are working on education in science and technology. The grant will be used by Tirnet to develop an English language version its product and to promote it to the international education community.
Intel has announced it will open an updated training and research laboratory at the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics (CMC) at Moscow State University (MSU). The expanded cooperation between the industry leader and the university will allow students and faculty to develop new courses and solve research problems relevant to the industry in conjunction with leading experts from Intel.
According to a report from online news portal Lenta.ru quoting BBC News, the Russian education system is ranked 20th in the world according to a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit. First place is held by Finland, with the remaining top five positions being held by South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
Britain ranked sixth, followed by the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada. The U.S. took 17th place in the ratings, just above Hungary and Slovakia which are in 18th and 19th place respectively.