Results of the MCU’s year work in the Priority 2030

From 23 to 25 November, within the framework of the Priority 2030 programme, teams of universities receiving the basic part of the grant and candidate universities delivered reports on the development programmes for the current year. The decision on the status of universities in the Priority 2030 programme and the distribution of grants will be made in December this year.

The final results of MCU were presented by: Rector Igor Remorenko, Vice-Rector Ruslan Suleymanov, Acting Vice-Rector Roman Komarov, Head of Yandex Education Kirill Barannikov, the Head of Digital Education Platforms Division in Sberbank Pavel Sergomanov.

In 2023, the development of the MCU was ahead of the curve under the Priority 2030 programme. Igor Remorenko explained why:

We took 2nd place among other Russian institutions in additional education programmes. In a number of indicators, we achieved figures that we planned to reach only by 2030: for example, the share of young teachers under the age of 39 reached almost 25% at MCU. The university was the 1st in Russia to establish rules for the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence by students. The 2+3 educational model once again showed an increase in the enrolment and average score in State Exams. Our best practices and research results were in demand in most regions of Russia and abroad. We also have a head start on three new strategic projects, which we will actively develop next year.

Summary of results in strategic projects

Urban Social and Humanitarian Practices

  • a monograph “What is an Urban University? Education. Research. Practices” was published, and it provides a detailed account of the urban university model and explores the methods to expand and replicate it in various cities and regions.;
  • two large Internet portals “Marketplace of Additional Education Programmes” and MCU’s expert scientific and educational portal  “Prizma” were launched as avenues for publishing research findings, recommendations, reviews on various topics, training lectures, and other relevant content.

Comprehensive System of Educational Outcomes Assessment

  • a comprehensive assessment system has been developed to ensure the development of essential skills while considering the needs of employers and the academic community. This year, 3 additional competency models have been incorporated into the pedagogical framework: leisure organiser in urban space, lawyer in education, and the model of communicative and cooperative competencies of an IT specialist;
  • experiments are being conducted to integrate simulators into the assessment process. One example is the use of simulators that replicate conflict situations in educational settings, specifically those commonly encountered in the general education system involving parents and other significant stakeholders in the educational process.

Digital Didactics

  • in collaboration with the publishing house Prosveshchenie, digital adaptive textbooks for Biology and Informatics for 5th-grade students have been developed within the framework of the Digital Didactics Consortium (digital adaptive textbooks for Physics and Chemistry are planned for next year);
  • in September 2023, a conference “Modern {Digital} Didactics” was arranged to address various aspects of digital education. The event was attended by 77 speakers and 656 registered listeners from 48 regions of the Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus. Additionally, the conference attracted over 5,000 online viewers through live broadcasts. The event received support from esteemed members of the Digital Didactics Consortium, the University Consortium of Big Data Researchers, as well as organisations like Innopolis University, 1C Lesson Portal, ArenaData, Maximum Education, GlobalLab, 01Mathematics Education, and Skillbox.

The MCU Grand Conference served as a fresh platform for interdisciplinary communication among researchers. This event brought together 1,813 participants and featured 557 presentations, providing a valuable opportunity for scholars to exchange ideas and insights.

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Photo: Sociocentre, MCU (Roman Komarov)