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Role of the President’s Program of Training Engineers in Improvement of the Research University Educational Activity

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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Track 2 - Session 1

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Faculty Development

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20.35.1 - 20.35.6



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Svetlana Vasilievna Barabanova Kazan National Research Technological University

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Vasiliy Ivanov Kazan National Research Technological University

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Mansur Galikhanov Kazan National research Technological University

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Alina Guzhova Kazan National Reserch Technological University

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Role of the President’s Program of Training Engineers in Improvement of the Research University Educational ActivityIn 2011 number of engineers in Russia reached 6 million people or 40% of all higher educationprofessionals with 8 per cent of professional engineers working in industry as blue-collars. Overthe last 15 years their number increased six fold. The majority of engineers (75%) work in theirspecialization after graduating the university. However, during professional advancement only athird of engineers continue to work in their specialization. Manufacturing productivity in Russiais 10 times lower compared to developed countries. Advances in technology are inefficientlyadopted by Russian manufacturing and manufacturers are pushed from the high technologymarket.This situation motivated President of the Russian Federation in 2012 to set up President’sProgram of Training Engineers for 2012-2014 (hereinafter Program). ______________ wasselected through a competition to join the Program in 2013. Along with federal budget fundingspecific programs are co-funded by corporate customers (30% of program costs). A typicalprogram includes lectures and practical classes (72 hours and more), training in Russia (up to 50per cent of trainees), training abroad (up to 30 per cent of trainees).This paper describes conditions, opportunities and challenges for the implementation ofprofessional training programs for the employees of the Tatarstan and Russian industrialenterprises within the Program. Content of the programs was analyzed in the context ofprofessional competence development and new qualifications. Their correlation with subjectoriented higher education programs of the _______ was studied.Program implementation experience has shown that the majority of university teaching staff feelsthe need of advanced professional training to meet the requirements of modern science,education and industry. That’s why university funded training of the staff involved in trainingprograms for engineers at the world leading scientific and educational centers and enterprises.Subsequently teaching staff developed lectures and practical classes based on updatedpedagogical approaches including distance education.Trainees’ survey showed: all participants were interested in studying; the Program is useful andshould be continued. Majority of trainees pointed out importance of the Program for theirpromotion and for interest attraction to the systematic training. In groups consisted of differententerprises' employees trainees found it important and useful to exchange views with thecolleagues. Trainees from the Kazan Helicopter Plant were impressed by on-line lectures givenby the ___________ scientists. That is why training for the plant employees was performedafterwards at this university.Employers also highly evaluated the Program. Their feedback is available at the Program web-site Effectiveness of the work done by the ________ is confirmed bythe number of orders from partner-enterprises for 2014.

Barabanova, S. V., & Ivanov, V., & Galikhanov, M., & Guzhova, A. (2014, June), Role of the President’s Program of Training Engineers in Improvement of the Research University Educational Activity Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17198

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