Pri­or­i­tiz­ing In­no­va­tions

A new model to train work­force for the pro­duc­tion sec­tor is be­ing in­tro­duced in Be­larus

Economy of Belarus - - CONTENTS - Mikhail BATURA, Elena ZHIVITSKAYA

A new model to train work­force for the pro­duc­tion sec­tor

is be­ing in­tro­duced in Be­larus

Ex­pe­ri­ence In­deed Avail­able

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.

In­tern­ship

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.

Univer­sity Trade­mark

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

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