SUSU Polytechnic Institute Implements Practice Oriented Education

In 2018 enrollees were accepted to the Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s programs of the Polytechnic Institute under 42 fields of training. The Polytechnic Institute offers over 1,000 state-funded places, as well as more than 500 places on fee-paying basis under intramural and extramural forms of studies.

The Polytechnic Institute is one of the biggest subdivisions of South Ural State University comprising 6 faculties: Automobile and Tractor Engineering Faculty, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Mechanics and Technology, Power Engineering Faculty, Faculty of Material Science and Metallurgical Technologies, as well as Extramural Faculty. In 2018 SUSU approved strategic fields of development for all the Polytechnic Institute faculties (AeroNet, AutoNet, EnergyNet), in compliance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on scientific-engineering development of our country.

“Within the next 10-15 years students of the Polytechnic Institute will be oriented at studying such key for Russia fields as digital, smart production technologies, robotic systems, creation of new materials and methods of engineering, creation of big data processing systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence,” shares Director of SUSU Polytechnic Institute Sergey Vaulin. “Special focus will be made on studying the methods of environmentally friendly and energy-saving power engineering; improving the efficiency of production and high refining of raw hydrocarbons; forming of new sources, ways of transportation and storing of energy. We will be training specialists capable of solving global tasks of production and implementation of smart transportation and telecommunication systems, and international transportation-and-logistical systems. That is, specialists who will have all the skills required for development and using of space and mid-air of the World’s oceans and seas, of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.”

The future engineering elite of our country are trained in cooperation with the major industrial partners of the Polytechnic Institute, at unique research-and-education centers and laboratories. These include: Aerospace Technology REC of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering; Energy- and Resource Efficient Technologies in Diesel Engine Manufacturing REC, Laboratory of Triboengineering and Fuel Supply Systems of the Automobile and Tractor Engineering Faculty; Experimental Mechanical Engineering Research Institute for the Faculty of Mechanics and Technology; Unique Laboratory for Laser and Additive Technologies, and Nanotechnologies REC for the Faculty of Material Science and Metallurgical Technologies; gas-turbine and gas-engine generator plants, wind-driven installation, solar batteries and their monitoring systems of the Power Engineering Faculty, and much more.

“A huge part of our attention is paid to project education for students, which would not be possible without tight interdisciplinary ties between the programs,” notes Deputy Director of the Polytechnic Institute Irina Kiessh. “Starting from the first year of studies our students learn to work individually and in teams on real projects, which are as a rule initiated by big industrial enterprises at the regional or international level. Among such companies are: SMS Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of metallurgical equipment; Academician V.P. Makeyev State Rocket Centre; KAMAZ, major Russian heavy trucks manufacturer; RusHydro power generation holding; and others. Our industrial partners set complex tasks before our students, in the process of solving which they have to master not only engineering disciplines, but often programming, economics, material science, and others as well. That is, students by participating in such interdisciplinary work gain not just diverse knowledge and skills, but also guaranteed job positions provided they successfully defend their projects before the top management of the customer enterprise.”

In the nearest future the Polytechnic Institute is planning on implementing a know-how – practice oriented Master’s program, according to which only 30% of the curriculum disciplines will be “streamline” disciplines, and the remaining 70% of the academic program will be formed depending on a certain project chosen by a student. This will allow the graduates, by the time they complete their studies at the university, become not armchair wizards, but almost fully skilled specialists ready to solve relevant production problems.

“Another key advantage of the Polytechnic Institute is the elite engineering training zone,” continues Irina Kiessh. “The so-called “A-students’ School” under which an advanced studying of all engineering specialities, as well as of foreign languages is organized. Students of the elite training groups actively participate academic projects held by the Polytechnic Institute jointly with our region’s leading enterprises: Metran industrial group being part of Emerson Process Management transnational company; and Instrumentation Manufacture Engineering company. These projects are being fulfilled at each faculty of the SUSU Polytechnic Institute.”

Also, in order to improve competitiveness of young people in the labour market, provide them with more opportunities of finding jobs, gaining work skills and adapting, students of the Polytechnic Institute acquire working specialities in various fields while still taking summer internships at enterprises.

All the required conditions are created at the SUSU Polytechnic Institute so that the best enrollees and students could fulfill their intellectual potential to the fullest.

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Oksana Kuvakina
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