A new model to train workforce for the production sector is being introduced in Belarus
A new model to train workforce for the production sector
is being introduced in Belarus
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The Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR) trains university-degree specialists in 34 first-degree specialties and 30 second-degree specialties in all the areas of modern informatics and radioelectronics, which the market needs at present. To optimize the
the innovation-driven development of the country and the aim to build a knowledge society require modifications of the educational process, research and development procedures, and the competence of lecturers in Belarusian universities. With this in mind, work is in progress to enable close cooperation of the universities and the production sector for labor training.
time required to train universitydegree specialists, the university also provides accelerated training in ten specialties to people who have had vocational training.
In November 2005 the CIS Heads of State Council granted the BSUIR the status of the CIS basic institution of higher education in the area of informatics and radioelectronics.
In 2010 the university introduced an education quality man- agement system compliant with the standards STB ISO 9001-2009 and DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.
It is worth mentioning that the business community of Belarus puts considerable efforts to help improve The BSUIR’S education practices via analyzing and providing advice on curricula and educational plans.
The academic programs are constantly updated to meet recom-
mendations of production sector enterprises and the best performing businesses in the area of information sciences and radioelectronics.
In view of the demand of the production sector for new specialists, the university worked together with the High-tech Park (HTP) administration and the association of IT companies Infopark in the 2010-2011 academic year to analyze university education standards to accommodate new job classifications and qualification requirements for specialists involved in designing, introducing and providing support for information systems and technologies. The efforts have produced educational standards and standard curricula for such specialties as information systems and technologies for logistics and information systems and technologies for industrial safety. A lot has been done to renew standards and methods, to prepare the physical infrastructure to introduce the new specialties “Informatics and programming technologies”, “Laser-powered information and measuring systems” as from September 2011.
Cooperation between the university and the organizations interested in the BSUIR graduates relies on:
• creating branches of the universities’ chairs at enterprises and research institutions;
• creating practical training labs at the university;
• involvement of future employers in the monitoring of educational standards and the adjustment of training practices;
• long-ter m cooperation agreements with production sector enterprises;
• arrangement of career enhancement courses for specific enterprises;
• use of the physical infrastructure of future employers to provide hands-on experience to the BSUIR students;
• competitions of R&D projects of students, academic excellence competitions, scientific and practical conferences;
• grants and scholarships for the best students;
• inclusion of top lecturers of universities in supervisory boards of enterprises;
• keeping Belarusian companies informed about the professions and qualification of the BSUIR graduates on an annual basis.
In the last three years the university has created 25 branches of its chairs. Leading specialists of Belarusian enterprises use them to read lectures, help perform lab projects tuned for real economy situations, provide hands-on training to students, help students accomplish course projects and diploma projects in the areas the industry needs today.
The university has set up 27 joint training-research-production laboratories.
The projects carried out together with the business community help improve the qualifications of specialists.
The companies collaborating with the university often hire students. Even first-year students have a chance to get a place at a laboratory. The investments put in this field pay off handsomely. The companies have an opportunity to employ the best graduates and minimize the training and adaptation time, because the graduates have learnt everything while working there as students.
The following training sessions were carried out for the students in the 2010-2011 academic year:
• Java technologies and software testing at the joint innovative laboratory operated together with SAM Solutions;
• Java technologies and software testing at the joint laboratories operated together with EPAM Systems, Intransition.
• Software development at the joint laboratories operated together with EPAM Systems, and IBA.
The BSUIR teachers take part in seminars organized by the administration of the High-tech Park.
World-class Training Centers
The university has opened training centers of the world’s leading companies. They include:
• a training center National Instruments dealing with computer measuring technologies. Since September 2010, the center has been holding advanced training classes for everyone. The successful graduates receive a certificate of National Instruments;
• a branch of the network academy Cisco. It teaches students modern network and communication technologies, as well as design, tuning, error recovery and network security technologies. It also provides advanced training for teachers and professors and offers classes in Cisco network and communication technologies using the CCNA Exploration program. The successful graduates receive a certificate of the company;
• a SAP competence center. In November 2009, a memorandum of cooperation was signed by the BSUIR, SAP CIS and Intransition to teach students and university staff SAP technologies and solutions. The BSUIR joined the program SAP University Alliance. The program is designed to promote efficient personnel training. About 800 universities are members of the alliance. In March 2010 an agreement was signed with the SAP Academic Competence Center, a specific configuration was selected. Since December 2010, the SAP center at the BSUIR launched SAP courses for students and the faculty members;
• a Microsoft competence center. The center installs legal Microsoft software at classrooms and laboratories of the university, including administrative, applied and operational software. The BSUIR professors and students also take part in Microsoft educational projects;
• a joint creative laboratory operated together with System Analysis. The laboratory became the ground for Belarus’ first student business incubator. Its pur- pose is to promote IT education in general, bring up the intellectual elite, and create a professional community. The laboratory is expected to become a place where the most ambitious and bold ideas come to fruition. The center provides support for students at all the stages of work – from generating an idea to finding a partner to realize it.
State-run and private companies take an active part in internship programs. As a result, the number of graduation papers dealing with the real production sector has more than doubled over the past seven years; the number of students having their internship training at manufacturing companies has reached 86%, those undergoing internship in technology 96%.
The number of students who receive salary for the period of internship is increasing year to year. These students become part of a team (there were 22% of such students in 2010-2011).
Over the past three years, the number of graduates who have received diplomas with honors has increased from 90 people (4.4% of all graduates in 2008/2009 academic year) up to 120 (5% of all graduates in 2010/2011 academic year). Some 42% of graduates defended graduation papers with flying colors in 2011.
The BSUIR cooperates with about 400 enterprises of Belarus in on-the-job training of its students.
The university gives special attention to information technologies. In September 2009, with the assistance of Priorbank the university commissioned an information and training center of electronic resources and services equipped with 32 workstations and 22 workplaces with WI-FI access to the university network and the Internet.
The local network of more than 3,800 computers with WI-FI access is available in all educational buildings of the university. Economic, financial and administrative man-
agement activities are based on the “1C: Enterprise” platform.
To expand the use of information technologies in the educational process the BSUIR has done the following:
• in addition to 46 classes of departmental affiliation, 15 computer classes have been set up. They all are connected to the universitywide computer network;
• the number of classrooms fitted with multimedia equipment increased from 13 to 25 in the 2010/2011 academic year;
• the university professors work on electronic education-methodical complexes for methodological support of educational disciplines. In 2005-2010 the university library was supplied with 707 such complexes;
• the university has designed an automated library and information system MARC-SQL. The university library has developed 18 thematic bibliographic databases;
• the Department of Telecom Networks and Devices has implemented an educational project to provide next-generation telecommunications services and integrate new and future telecommunications equipment of the Department;
In 2010 the university launched a unique educational project to introduce new educational services based on the corporate videoconferencing network (CVN). With assistance from the MTS mobile phone operator, the university built a transport network for the CVN system that will allow holding fullscale broadcasts to all lecture halls and deploying an administrative videoconferencing system.
There was further development of the system of e-learning at the school of continuing and distance education. In the spring of 2010, the school started deploying a Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 e-system of distance learning Sharepointlms for monitoring the educational process. The equipment has been designed by the Belarusian company Belitsoft.
The centralized testing registration system developed by the BSUIR earned the highest praise in the country. The system “National databases of CE participants” has automated all stages of centralized testing. In 2010, this registra- tion system was used in all Minsk and regional registration offices. In 2011, it will be distributed throughout the country.
To Everybody’s Advantage
Cooperation between the business community and the BSUIR benefits both parties. In particular, manufacturing companies involved in the education process are making a labor reserve for themselves and thereby minimizing time needed for young professionals to adapt to a new working environment. The BSUIR, in turn, updates the training facilities, accesses the latest information technology to teach students,
receives financial and material support for its events (sports, recreational, subject Olympiads), and has a possibility to encourage the young staff to stay with the university (involving the High-tech Park resident companies, implementing research contracts).
The new model of the university as a teaching, research and innovation complex, encompassing education, fundamental and applied training and high-tech innovative structures, is an effective element of the innovative development of the country.
A joint laboratory operated together with the Sitek company and SIS Engineering, partners of SIEMENS AG (Germany)
A joint laboratory operated together
with Mobile Telesystems
A joint laboratory operated together with System Analysis C, representative of OMRON (Japan)
Educational services based on videoconferencing