The 4th Annual International Symposium Education and City: Day 1

At the opening of the Symposium, MCU Rector Igor Remorenko welcomed the participants emphasizing that all the issues scheduled for discussion (Education Quality, Educational Urbanism, Educational Assessment, Education and Urban Environments) have a high potential for future cooperation.

The program featured three plenary sessions and a panel discussion with Russian and international speakers: Igor Ryzhov (Russia), Roman Kupriyanov (Russia), Elena Alekseycheva (Russia), Elizaveta Martynova (Russia), Joe O’Hara (Ireland), Monika Maini (India), Tsung-Teng Wang (Taiwan), Sahra Hosseini (Finland), Brendan Maxcy (The U.S.), Samantha Scribner (The U.S.), Thu Suong Nguyen (The U.S.), David Nguyen (The U.S.).

Within the framework of the first plenary session international speakers spoke of the role of the university in the city and the significance of student activism.

Professor Joe O’Hara, president of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), Professor at DCU discussed the phenomenon of a city university, its role in the development of the urban socio-cultural environment.

Monika Maini, Doctoral Research Student at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) presented a report concerning student activism. She spoke of the place of student activism in universities and the effectiveness of student activism in bringing social transformation. Igor Shiyan was moderating the first plenary session.

The keynote speakers of the second plenary session were Tsung-Teng Wang (Taiwan) who discussed the intergenerational learning activities while Sahra Hosseini (Finland) presented a new model to explain the ways in which technology can help prepare, organize and present content in both educational and non-educational fields in modern society. Daria Milyaeva was moderating the second plenary session.

The third plenary session included the reports:

  • “Urban mobility and school education: from daily mobile practices to data analysis” by Elena Nekhorosheva (MCU, Russia), Ekaterina Enchikova (University of Porto, Portugal), Roman Kupriyanov (MCU, Russia), Elena Alekseycheva (MCU, Russia);
  • “Quality education in a city: a parent’s perspective, a developer’s perspective” by Elizaveta Martynova (Russia), founder and CEO of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital Assets through Developers’ Projects Trend Hunter Russia;
  • “Assessment and development of school students’ motivated behavior in an urban context: a case of developing and applying an interactive mobile app” by Igor Ryzhov (Russia).

In the reports, the speakers paid attention to the parents’ impact in the school infrastructure and location, the real territorial accessibility of an educational organization in the context of urban planning. They also spoke of the benefit of mobile apps in the development of school students’ motivation and the phenomenon of a high-quality educational institution.

At the panel discussion “Educational Urbanism: The Energy of a New Concept”, experts from MCU and the School of Education of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI, Indiana, USA) discussed Urban Education. The discussion touched upon the issues of mapping the concept of urban education and role of urban community and leadership in the design of the school’s educational environment. The keynote speakers included Brendan Maxcy (The USA), Samantha Scribner (The USA), Thu Suong Nguyen (The USA) and David Nguyen (The USA).

Maksim Bulanov was moderating the discussion.

Full programme of the Symposium’s is available here.