The Rector of South Ural State University Aleksandr Shestakov and Deputy Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Zvezda (Star) Multidisciplinary Engineering Olympiad coordinator Yulia Bolotina took part in a meeting of the regional office of OOO Russian Engineering Union (SoyuzMash Rossii).
The event was held online in the press centre of the Chelyabinsk Radio Plant Polet and attended by Oleg Bochkarev, Chairman of the Committee for the Defence Industry, Vice President of the League for Assistance to Defence Enterprises Association, Deputy Chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, Curator for OOO Russian Engineering Union; Pavel Ryzhiy, Minister of Industry, New Technologies, and Natural Resources of the Chelyabinsk Region; and Aleksandr Nesterov, General Director of Chelyabinsk Radio Factory Polyot AO. Anton Lobanov, chairman of OOO Russian Engineering Union and General Director of AO Zlatmash, acted as the event moderator.
During the meeting, the results of the 2019-2020 Zvezda Multidisciplinary Engineering Olympiad were announced, alongside the plans for further developing of the project.
"We are the operators of the major Olympiad of the Russian Rectors’ Union and work with almost 80 regions of the Russian Federation. This is, undoubtedly, the result of fruitful cooperation with our partners, the Russian Engineering Union. Zvezda is a unique project that helps us train the future talented scientists and engineering staff for our country. Today, changes have taken place in the field of education at the legislative level, and the set target is beginning to acquire new aspects. The majority of the winners and runners-up of the Olympiad enter universities to study in technical specialties. These students deserve to have an opportunity to obtain their education under the program of target recruitment from enterprises. I suggest that in the near future, we carry out systematic work in this direction at the level of our region, which can then be replicated throughout the country: the correct organization of selection of targeted training for engineering enterprises," SUSU Rector Alexander Shestakov said.
According to the Deputy Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Coordinator of Zvezda Multidisciplinary Engineering Olympiad Yulia Bolotina, the Olympiad is continuing to develop:
"Last year, given the interest of schoolchildren, teachers, and parents, the Olympiad gained another wing—the From Little Stars to Big Stars Olympiad for schoolchildren of the 1st–5th forms, which attracted 87 thousand participants. To date, on the first day of the Olympiad, more than 118 thousand children have already registered. We plan to continue our development by starting a new project to organize targeted recruitment and work on it with the Polet plant. We would also like to implement the idea that we voiced at the extended meeting of the organizing committee in Tula in September: to create a system of tutoring from the 10th form and to the moment of graduation for the participants, winners, and runners-up of the Zvezda Olympiad. We hope that the Russian Engineering Union will not just support us, but will execute it together with us."
At the end of the event, Aleksandr Shestakov and Yuliya Bolotina were awarded medals “For Valorous Work” from the Russian Engineering Union for their creation of a system of working with talented youth.
The Zvezda Multidisciplinary Engineering Olympiad is held by Russian universities under the auspices of the Russian Engineering Union. South Ural University organizes this Olympiad.
Zvezda is held with the goal of developing and stimulating the interest of schoolchildren in studying and research, as well as helping them choose their profession. The winners and runners-up of the Olympiad in the categories of Engineering and Technologies, and Natural Sciences, upon scoring 75 or more points on their subject exams, are able to enrol in Russian universities without taking the entrance exams.
On December 1st, 2020, the selection stage of the Zvezda Multidisciplinary Engineering Olympiad began in an online format. The tasks will be available for completion online December 1-30, 2020 on the profile page of registered participants.