The Novosibirsk International Summer School "Smart Cities: Today and Tomorrow" was held at Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU) on July 01-05, 2019. This Summer School was carried out in full compliance with the Project, aimed at developing and implementing new joint educational programs in the direction of “Smart City Technology and the Internet of Things”.
The summer school was attended by lecturers and responsible leaders from universities in Greece, Germany, Latvia, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia and Italy. In this case, the lecturer from Italy was a guest in connection with the cooperation between NSTU and the University of Barry (Italy). Also, within the framework of this event, a coordination meeting of responsible persons was held with discussion of the most important issues and taking decisions on all the issues discussed.
The participants noted the excellent organization of the summer school prepared by the Faculty of Automation and Computer Engineering (the Automation department is responsible for the implementation of the Program at NSTU, the staff of other departments of the faculty also participate in this Program).
Joint educational programs are implemented in order to provide students with the opportunity to more effectively integrate into the global system of higher education, science, technology and technology. It consists in the fact that during the usual period of study (for a master’s - two years) a student can master not only one program of study at the university where he enrolled, but successfully master two programs of different universities, the second of which is a prestigious European university. This requires that these programs are related and "synchronized." Upon graduation, subject to successful protection of the final qualifying work, the student will receive diplomas from both universities.
Synchronization of educational programs can be two-way or one-way. About two-way synchronization said in earlier articles. In this case, each of the partner universities makes changes and additions to the educational program it implements. This path is the easiest, although it also has its difficulties due to the fact that different educational standards are in place in different countries. In case of one-sided synchronization, only one university makes changes, in order for the educational program it implements to coincide with the educational program of another partner university, in this case European. In fact, the first university creates a new educational program. This is the path assumed by the Project.
All participants have noted that the School was held at a high level and that it will solve all the tasks. The lecturers familiarized the students with the achievements of their universities in the field of implementing technologies of the city and the Internet of things. Speakers from Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan spoke about the level of addressing these issues in their universities, in their cities, and highlighted the problems in the development of these areas. Lecturers from European universities familiarized the students with the curricula implemented at their universities, shared their concerns about the possibilities of implementing the proposed double degree programs in the terms that are assumed under the Project. However, all difficulties can be overcome, which can already be said with complete confidence. It is also planned to write eighteen textbooks for teaching students on the joint educational programs being opened.
In addition, NSTU will be responsible for creating a hybrid educational space. By the end of the current year, this post-office should be created, and in January the indicated eighteen textbooks will be loaded into it.
“There is a lot of work,” says Galina Frantsuzova, a professor at the Department of Automatics, “and it’s not even very clear where to take the time to complete it, but as we have already said, “If something is necessary, it means it’s really necessary". Of course, we will do everything”.
“And this is an understated assessment,” confirms Vadim Zhmud, the head of the Automation department, “There is not just a lot of it, it is new enough for us in many aspects, and this is despite the fact that we already have experience in implementing such a project under the TEMPUS-MPAM program , but there are many specific differences that make this project more complex, and therefore the experience previously gained is insufficient. We are counting on the help of the dean, the international service, the recotorat. By the way, all these instances already actively help us, although the issues with the site remain very acute”.
In the following years, two more summer schools will be held with the same participants - in Kazakhstan and in Mongolia. But summer schools are not an end in themselves, but a means for closer and effective communication between partners. The ultimate goal of the project, of course, is that the educational programs created subsequently live their lives. This means that although under the terms of the project, six universities should send their students to study at European universities only once, the project assumes that this experience will continue for a long time. This aftereffect of the project is subsequently verified by the Erasmus+ offices. We wish good luck to the project and its performers.