MCU hosts the All-Russian Marathon of digital departments

On April 17, students from 14 universities in the Central Federal District will gather at Moscow City University for the full-time stage of the Marathon event. This event is specifically for participants from digital departments who will showcase their successful IT projects implemented throughout the academic year. The heads of digital departments will also discuss the most sought-after specialties in the job market and present potential directions for graduate internships, along with representatives from the IT industry. Teachers will provide insights into the competencies acquired by students in the eight programmes offered by the digital department at MCU. This event also allows students to ask questions about the projects and choose their course of study for the upcoming year.

Each university will select three participants to present their programmes, including a project manager, an experienced teacher, and a student with the most promising IT project. The event will be broadcasted, and the winning team will be determined through online voting, where anyone can evaluate the “utility coefficient” of each project.

At Moscow City University, students can gain additional IT competencies through eight retraining programmes. These programmes cover various areas such as:

  • digital design
  • digital marketing
  • data analytics
  • programming
  • multimedia content development
  • linguistic and educational data analysis
  • IT project management
  • digital management in an educational organisation

The digital department runs for nine academic months, from October to July, with a total of 252 hours of classes and three assessments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in practical training with partner IT companies, providing real-world experience.

Elena Vydrina, a fourth-year student aspiring to become a special education teacher, highlights the significance of IT training for students at a pedagogical university:

Being a speech pathologist, it is crucial for me to incorporate modern approaches and digital tools into my work to enhance its effectiveness. Advanced technologies make it possible to improve the educational and rehabilitation processes for individuals with disabilities. For instance, computer programmes can be employed to teach reading and writing, benefiting children with speech disorders. I can already envision the potential of using my knowledge in 1C programming to create a comprehensive system for tracking and analysing the developmental progress of children with disabilities. This system would assist speech pathologists in identifying each child’s specific needs and tailoring their training programmes accordingly. My plan is to develop this system from scratch, using the full range of tools and technologies learned through the Digital Departments project, specifically focusing on the 1C: Enterprise 8.3 platform.

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