MPEI hosts Forum of Open Education for foreigners
From 28 November to 1 December, 2022, MPEI was the ground for the
International Open Education Forum that gathered more than 1000 people form 34
countries, including 30 speakers from Russia and foreign countries. The target
social groups for the Forum were students, young specialists, entrepreneurs and
teachers from BRICS countries, CIS and ASEAN.
The Forum was carried out both in-person and remotely
on the basis of an online-platform created by the Ministry of Enlightenment of
Russia for the foreign students.
The Forum events were aimed at sharing the best
Russian practices of teaching in the fields of technical specialties, as well
as expanding cultural, humanities, scientific and educational cooperation with
the countries abroad.
The MPEI Rector Nikolay Rogalev gave a welcoming
speech at the opening of the forum, noting MPEI victory in the contest for the
implementation of the Federal Education Development
Program: “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the competition
to support the Russian language, since universities are in many ways the
drivers for promoting the Russian language abroad”.
Nikolay Rogalev added that MPEI has large experience
in teaching the Russian language for foreign students: «We have been teaching
Russian as a foreign language for a long time - 70 years ago a section of the
Russian language was created at the Department of Foreign Languages, and in
1955 a separate Russian Language Department was created which is now
transformed into the Center for the Study of the Russian Language. Since 1991,
there has been a Preparatory Department where students from other countries
study the Russian language, attend survey lectures, seminars, and so are
implemented in the educational process and cultural environment of our country».
MSLU Rector Irina Kraeva mentioned that MPEI and MSLU
had signed a cooperation agreement and expressed their common hope that the
project would make it possible to most fruitfully implement the joint work of
both universities in the field of teaching Russian as a foreign language.
From the first day, forum participants were getting
acquainted with the digital educational platform www.digiteducation.ru,
learning about the prerequisites for its creation and capabilities, the
structure of educational materials and their characteristics, as well as
mastering its interface, personal accounts, track progress in learning, and
The Head of the project, Maksim Silaev, pointed out
the main advantage of the digital platform: “Together with outstanding
representatives of the professional community, we are ready to provide each of
the students, regardless of their level of training, with the opportunity to
deepen their professional knowledge in an exciting format and use innovative
methods and technologies of learning Russian.”
The Forum involved leading Russian and foreign
scientists and teachers, representatives of the Embassy of Uzbekistan, as well
as universities in Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Myanmar. Among other things, they
spoke about the role of the Russian language in the formation of a single
educational space and the demand for Russian education abroad.
Alexander Tarasov, Vice-Rector on International
Relations, noted the long-term work of MPEI in the international space and
spoke about the experience of the university's participation in educational
projects in Russian, such as the Centers for Targeted Training in Cuba and
Kazakhstan, the branches of MPEI in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and many others.
The implementation of the advanced digital education
platform was supported by the invited guests, who shared the use of distance
learning resources in their environment and expressed their willingness to take
part in the platform development within the framework of the round table. In
particular, the contribution to the content of the Forum program was made by
representatives of the State Institute of the Russian Language named Alexander
Pushkin, Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University,
Novosibirsk State Medical University, International Institute of Hanoi State
University, Moscow Polytechnic University, Moscow State Linguistic University,
National Research Technological University "MISiS", Kazan National
Research Technological University and MPEI as well.
Turatbek Duyshenaliyev - Doctor of Science, Professor
of the Department
of Robotics, Mechatronics, Dynamics and Machine Strength at MPEI, MPEI Honorary Doctor, laureate of the State Prize of the
Kyrgyz Republic in the field of science and technology. He spoke at the Forum
about the Digital Transformation of Higher education in Central Asia.
Valeriy Ochkov - Doctor of Science, Professor of the Department
Bases of Heat Engineering named after Mikhail Vukalovich. He shared his experience of using bilingual textbooks and bilingual
lecture courses to work with foreign students using STEM technology.
Vladimir Tulsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director
Electrical Power Engineering Institute
of MPEI, spoke about the digital platform for open education courses in Russian
as part of the continuous training system.
Mahsud Sultanov, Director of MPEI Volzhsky branch,
spoke about the experience of developing and implementing mass online
educational courses using digital simulation, analytical and remote
technologies at MPEI branch.
As part of the practical part of the forum, master
classes, practical exercises and workshops on robotics, electric power and
electrical engineering were held. The classes resonated with the audience which
agreed that with a visual presentation of educational information, the learning
process is more exciting, and the material is easier to remember.
The Forum program included an analysis of business
communications cases on the topics of pedagogical skills, speaking techniques
in front of an audience, the art of making presentations and the peculiarities
of organizing training sessions in various forms. Employees of MPEI Center for
Russian as a Foreign Language demonstrated the functionality of the digital
educational platform in creating open courses in the Russian language.
During all days of the Forum, the platform developers
and members of the working group received feedback from the participants of the
events: there was a chat for participants who chose the remote form of
connection, where everyone could ask a question or leave a comment; lively
discussions took place during and outside the events. At the end, a number of
experts in the field of education from the Mordovian State University named
Nikolay Ogaryov, MSTU STANKIN, NSMU, MGSU, MADI, Kazan National Research Technological
University, as well as students from Uzbekistan, Paraguay, Colombia, Tajikistan
and other countries shared their opinion on functioning and development
prospects of the www.digiteducation.ru platform.
“Our team is
inspired by the fact that education should be open. We wish you all successful
learning on our digital educational platform in the future,” - spoke Maxim Silaev, the Head of the project.