The "Prospects of Information Technologies" school was founded for students of IT fields at South Ural State University. Elena Bunova, Associate Professor of the Department of Information Technology in Economics of the SUSU School of Economics and Management spoke about the formation and future plans of the “Prospects of Information Technologies” school.
– How did the “Prospects of Information Technologies” school come to be?
– A few years ago, many students did not see any prospects of working in IT in Chelyabinsk and seriously considered moving to Moscow or St. Petersburg after graduation. To attract the interest of our students, I worked with senior teacher of the Information Technology in Economics Department Vadim Kosterin to begin to organize master classes for future IT specialists at the SUSU Science recreation camp with the support of the Director of the School of Economics and Management Irina Saveleva and Head of Information Technology in Economics Department Boris Sukhovilov.
One of the first events was a conference entitled “IT Professions: a Look from the Inside”, to which we invited business partners of our department. The informal setting and conversation with practicing IT specialists of leading regional companies allowed fifty students to change their mind on working in IT in Chelyabinsk. With time, this concept of informal conversation with representatives of employers within the region grew into a full-sized project for teaching modern information technologies.
On September 17, 2019, we held the opening ceremony for the Promises of Information Technology school. This project is made possible by the support of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs Rosmolodezh. A student group who presented their story of success to participants of the event, from concept to realization, won a Rosmolodezh grant to run the school. Right now, there are more than 100 students in the school’s team.
– What are the main tasks of the “Prospects of Information Technologies” school?
– One of the main tasks that the school sets before itself is to teach students to master new instruments for software development. At our master classes, partner companies try to teach students that in the real world, they will work with more than just their programmer colleagues. Working on a project involves work in a team with designers, analysts, programmers, front-end developers, and many other specialists. It is the combined work of a team of interested individuals which makes it possible to create a complex, multifaceted product which will be of interest to consumers. I want to note that participation in the SUSU’s “Prospects of Information Technologies” school is completely free for students.
– How is the school evolving?
I also had the idea of brining in our young IT specialists from other economic and technical fields of study. They are working on projects together and will present them to IT companies. Potential employers are impressed by the students’ work and often offer future cooperation.
– What are the prospects for development for the IT school?
Those who wish to enrol in the “Prospects of Information Technologies” school can speak with Elena Bunova via email: bunovaev[at]susu[dot]ru.