From Students to Employees in Düsseldorf: SUSU Graduates Invited to Work at SMS Group

The Applied Computer Science graduates of the SUSU School of Economics and Management Evgeny Gorvits and Gulnara Ibragimova took internship at SMS Group transnational corporation and have successfully defended their Master’s theses on “Developing the Communications Service for the System of Monitoring the Equipment Status” and on “Developing a Web-service for Diagnostics of Temperature Sensors”. The results of the research conducted by the Master’s students during their internship have already been implemented at SMS Group company, and their authors received job offers in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The growing demand for qualified IT specialists is registered in all sphered of real economy sector today. For Russia to achieve the leading positions in digitalization, a Digital Economy national project is being fulfilled. According to the strategy of developing the Russian Federation IT sector for 2019-2025, the fulfilment of the set tasks requires a significant increase in the number of IT specialists in the shortest time possible. Today, they constitute a little over 1 mln (1.2%) of the total number of employees, meanwhile the same parameter in European countries equals 2-3.4%. Information Technologies specialists are becoming an essential resource for the development of Russia.

“Information technologies are the driving force for the engineering, economic and scientific development of a country. Today, not a single research can do without IT. That is why all the programmes of our Department are in extremely high demand: Applied Computer Science; Information Systems and Technologies; as well as Business Informatics. Their vector of development is directed towards the practical use in economics. Since economics is a very broad notion, the range of the educational and scientific tasks being solved at our Department is also very wide: from the tasks on common programming, creating PC applications, databases, and 1C-based systems, and to creating systems for Big Data analysing and artificial intelligence,” shares Boris Sukhovilov, Head of the Department of Information Technology in Economics of the SUSU School of Economics and Management.

The Information Systems and Technologies is among the priority programmes, according to Regulation of the Russian Federation No.7-р “On Approving the List of Specialities and Training Programmes within Higher Education, which Comply with the Priority Fields of Modernization and Technological Development of the Russian Federation Economy” as of January 6, 2015, and that means that students, who are successfully mastering this programme, could become candidates for the Presidential Scholarships of Scholarships by the Russian Federation Government.

“Our task is to train specialists who will be able to competently select an information system for a business. A corporate-level information system is quite expensive, and at the same time it has a classical fault – it gets outdated pretty fast, that is it stops meeting the demands of the times. The task of our graduates is to try and slow this process of outdating down and improve the adaptability of the information system architecture to the changes in the architecture of business and its business processes within a company. They can work at any stage of the information system’s life cycle: predevelopment research and design, development, testing, implementation and operation,” notes Gennady Sheptalin, Associate Professor of the Department of Information Technology in Economics, and curator of the Information Systems and Technologies programme.

The Business Informatics programme deals with developing methods of machine learning and solving of purely practical tasks. Meanwhile, as the experts note, the most severe mistakes made during the development of IT projects occur due to incorrect setting of the tasks.

Vladimir Mokeev, Professor of the Department of Information Technology in Economics, and curator of the Business Informatics programme: “Originally Business Informatics aims namely at studying the problem of a business and wording the task, and after that, judging from that task, correctly selecting the information technologies for solving it.”

Students and scientists from the Department of Information Technology in Economics are actively conducting scientific and research work. Among the most significant and practically relevant for business are the following projects: “Developing Mathematical Models for Estimating the Testing Time of Automobile Assemblies, Case Study of Mercedes Company”; “Developing a Mathematical Model and Service of Loan Scoring to Analyse a Bank’s Clients’ Ability to Meet Payments”; “Developing the Subsystems for Monitoring the Ecological Status of Residential Areas”; and more. It has been suggested to keep developing a project of a team of scientists on “High-accuracy Photogrammetric System to Measure the Geometry of Large Three-dimensional Objects” as part of project-based learning at Ural Engineering Centre high-technology company.

For a long time, the Department of Information Technology in Economics of the SUSU School of Economics and Management has been collaborating with SMS Group transnational corporation, a world leader in metallurgy mechanical engineering, manufacturing the equipment for pipes, forged products, non-ferrous metals, and heating equipment. Among the Department’s partners and employers KPMG, an international auditing company from the Netherlands; LANIT Group of Companies; Ural Engineering Centre; ChelPipe; Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press Plant; Mechel Group of Companies; PAO Sberbank; Chelindbank; Chelyabinvestbank; “Pervyi Bit”; OOO Infinnity; and many other enterprises and companies. Over the 30 years of its work, the Department of Information Technology in Economics has released more than 1,500 high-class IT specialists, among whom are the leading employees and top managers of the IT fields of activity in various sectors of economy: from industry, banking sphere, and to automobile manufacturing and service businesses.  

Oksana Kuvakina; photo by: Viktoria Matveichuk
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