The International Scientific and Methodological Center in the field of mathematics, computer science and digital technologies will appear at St. Petersburg University. A grant for its creation in the amount of 339 million rubles was received by the Graduate School of Management and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The Center will be engaged in the training and advanced training of Russian and foreign university faculty and specialists in the field of mathematics, computer science and digital technologies. Its financing is provided within the federal project "Personnel for the Digital Economy" of the national program "Digital Economy in the Russian Federation".
“The Graduate School of Management has extensive experience in creating programs of the level of additional professional education, and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has the highest expertise in its field. Together, they create a vivid synergistic effect, and experts from leading Russian and international companies will be involved in the center’s work and will bring educational and research programs to a level that meets the challenges of the future. It is at the intersection of sciences and in cross-disciplinary teams that the most progressive ideas can appear’’, commented Olga Dergunova, Director of GSOM SPbU.
“In the modern world, almost everyone needs high-quality mathematical skills, without it it is impossible to imagine a successful scientist or engineer. Technology is now changing so fast that a deep understanding of basic things becomes critical. Higher education should form thinking, develop the ability to quickly learn new complex ideas. The creation of the Center will make it possible to extend the experience gained in teaching mathematics and computer sciences at St. Petersburg University to other universities in the country, improve educational programs and raise the level of teaching mathematics and programming in them’’, says Stanislav Smirnov, winner of the Fields Prize and Head of the Laboratory named after P. L. Chebyshev of St. Petersburg University.
The structure of the Scientific and Methodological Center will include the Educational Center, the Laboratory of the University of the Future, the Center for Pedagogical Innovations and the Reference and Methodological Center. The educational center will develop and implement programs for training, retraining and advanced training of higher education personnel in such fields and areas as mathematics, computer science, digital technologies, digitalization of the educational management process and others.
The goal of the Laboratory of the Future University will be to study the best practices of Russian and international higher education, as well as the formation of the current agenda of the International Scientific and Methodological Center. The Center for Pedagogical Innovations will organize research and pedagogical internships for employees of Russian higher institutions in both Russian and international universities, as well as in digital economy companies. The Reference and Methodological Center involves the creation of a repository of materials on relevant and effective teaching tools, as well as the organization of professional events and the creation of an information space for international interdisciplinary dialogue on current research.
As part of the International Center for digital technologies, in particular, training programs will be developed and implemented in such areas as “Software Development and Data Analysis”, “Mathematical Education”, “Artificial Intelligence”, “Analysis and Interpretation of Big Data”, “ Conducting practical and seminar classes in mathematics and programming. ” In addition, the monograph Education for the Digital Economy will be published and more than 30 interactive educational modules based on online platforms will be launched. An international summer school in mathematics and computer science, as well as an international conference, are planned for 2020-2021. It is estimated that more than 1,200 people will be studied on the Center's programs.