In the context of the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, students all over the world have switched to distance learning. For the successful implementation of educational programmes using e-learning, a working group was created at South Ural State University under the guidance of the SUSU Rector Aleksandr Shestakov, which included representatives of the Rector's Office, directors of schools and institutes, and heads of departments.
South Ural State University is a university of digital transformations where innovative research is being conducted on most of the priority areas for the development of science and technology. In accordance with the strategies of scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, the university is focused on the development of large scientific interdisciplinary projects in the field of IT, materials science and ecology. In the framework of these areas, metallurgy, engineering, energy, utilities, safe space and civil engineering are investigated.
The KSTATI annual science festival, organized by the network of Nuclear Energy Information Centres, is to be held online for the first time.
Lectures, workshops, meetings with scientists and experts, who will show that discussing science can be easy, fun and “delicious”, are to take place non-stop within the framework of the festival April 23rd through April 25th.
The SUSU University Boiling Point Co-working Space invites you to participate in online courses which will teach how to put together the documentation needed for the UMNIK contest. At this time, applications are open for the UMNIK — DIGITAL RUSSIA contest, which has a prize pool of 500 thousand roubles for two years; applications will be accepted until May 11, 2020 (https://umnik.fasie.ru/dataeconomy/).
In quarantine some people “lose their minds” because of idleness, but others tend to spend their time with benefit. Indeed, it is a great opportunity to do something what you have always wanted to, but never had the time for: self-education. Now, there are plenty of educational courses of all kinds! With the help of these courses you can improve your qualification and even change your whole career, and this is what the citizens of Chelyabinsk are making use of.
Even students have faced with the financial problems resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. In some families, the monthly income declined sharply, so students and their parents faced dire financial straits. South Ural State University monitors this situation online to provide social assistance to every student who qualifies to apply for it. The university also collects vacancies from city enterprises, so that everyone can find a job.
The development of the aviation, space, motor vehicle industries today is difficult to imagine without the use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics. These composite materials are widely used due to their unique properties. However, in practice, the materials are inferior to other composites in crack resistance. A scientist from South Ural State University together with Belgian colleagues demonstrated a material that is crack resistant. The research represents a recent step in solving the problem of creating crack-resistant pseudo-plastic composites.
The Campus of South Ural State University is one of the university's subdivisions that keeps functioning in the context of the current difficult epidemiological situation. Among the university's priority tasks is to help the students and staff members living and working in the dormitories to stay healthy.
It is worth noting that sixty percent of students went home for the sake of safety. It is mostly international students who have stayed on Campus.
It seems that an unplanned vacation is a perfect opportunity to relax, get oneself together and try something new. In fact, self-isolation at home can be really depressing. But it is no time to worry! There are many simple and effective ways to distract oneself and to start doing something actually useful.
The South Ural Association of International Students at South Ural State University is active in social media. It helps to maintain friendly relations and corporate spirit in this difficult time for the whole world.
Scientists at the SUSU School of Economics and Management, together with foreign colleagues, have analyzed the roles of various groups of commodities in a traditional portfolio of equities. In their work, economists examined the hedging and diversification ability of 21 commodities for 49 international stock markets belonging to countries at different stages of economic development. The results of this work will help investors minimize risks in stock markets transactions. They were published in the highly ranked journal Resources Policy (Q1).
From the very first day of the quarantine related to the spread of the COVID-19 coronovirus infection South Ural State University has moved to the distant format of work. The SUSU electronic system as a digital twin of the university made it possible to restructure and organize the educational process on the Internet. Both teachers and students have their personal digital accounts and are able to work and study on a schedule while staying at home. At the same time, many of them have enough free time to read books, watch movies, get supplementary education, train, cook, and much more.
For the first time, student training camp in sports programming was held at South Ural State University. In addition to students from Chelyabinsk universities, teams from Irkutsk and Yekaterinburg took part in the training camps.
The regional venue for the student camp was organized by the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in collaboration with the SUSU Centre for Olympiad Programming and the Boiling Point Co-working Centre.
Globalization creates a new worldview, where the migration process plays a key role. Historians from South Ural State University made a comprehensive study of migration flows from China to our country in the early twentieth century in order to identify the specific features of these processes. The results of the study were published in the interdisciplinary scientific and theoretical journal "Recent History of Russia", which is included in the scientometric database Scopus and Web of Science.
We are living in an era of rapid changes, which is why online learning has come to replace the common “offline” format. Today, South Ural State University is actively demonstrating to the society its solutions and capability to provide education in a new format, for which the university has the necessary tools and skills.
Barium hexagonal ferrites are one of the most typical materials based on iron oxide. Due to the fact that scientists continue to replace the parameters of hexaferrite, experimenting with the characteristics of the material, its practical potential is constantly growing. For example, researchers from South Ural State University synthesized hexaferrite, iron ions in which are replaced by titanium ions. Previously, the possibility of obtaining single-phase materials in this way has not been proven.
Due to the complex epidemiological situation, the Medical Centre of South Ural State University has given a number of recommendations for students and staff members. These recommendations are aimed at reducing and, subsequently, eliminating the spread of the new infection, as well as other seasonal diseases. Olga Veselova, Director of the SUSU Medical Centre, spoke on how to avoid the disease and contribute to stopping the pandemic.
Why was the sanitary-epidemiological regime reinforced?
Within the framework of the 5-100 Project, South Ural State University invites young and promising researchers from different countries. The purpose of the program is to exchange experience between scientists, which allows the University to conduct relevant research in various fields. Scientists from India, Croatia, China, Tajikistan, and Tunisia are at present working at South Ural State University.
Despite the worldwide isolation and crises around the globe caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, the Laboratory of Experimental Archaeology of the SUSU Eurasian Studies Research and Education Centre headed by Ivan Semyan continues to actively work on the local and international projects of archaeological reconstruction. Modern online formats allow to keep up fruitful activity remotely.
The week of March 30th through April 4th was announced as a holiday week for students. The Institute of Linguistics and International Communications (ILIC) prepared various interesting events for our university’s international students so that they could spend this time fruitfully.
The Sociocultural Adaptation Centre (SAC) continued its active partnership with international students by offering daily meetings of the Conversation Club, Cinema Club, and 2 cooking master classes.
Industrial production and welding is really important, since the level of technology in metallurgy, engineering and construction depends on the degree of its development. However, the rapid development of technology requires improving the quality of welding, automating its processes and creating new materials. Therefore, the Department of Equipment and Technology for Welding of South Ural State University finds new areas of research. A scientist from China is studying the use of digital technology to predict the quality of welding.
Every year, South Ural State University becomes the centre for celebrating the Arab Culture Day. Arab students introduce the architecture and art of their countries, show presentations with the most famous sights and ancient cities. This year, the students will celebrate the national holiday in a new format.