Between September 3rd and 6th, VSU students and employees took part in the National Students Forum 2015, held in Rostov-on-Don by the Southern Federal University. The goal of the Forum is to design a development strategy for student communities that will help to create a new environment for professional, artistic and social development of students.
The 15 sections of the Forum discussed the most urgent problems and contemporary issues. Experts in the area of education and science, leading political analysts, historians and government representatives delivered their lectures and speeches. On September 5th, a 14-kilometre race took place, with Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, running together with students.
Alexander Khvan, Head of the VSU innovative business incubator, represented our University at the "Youth Entrepreneurship" section. Together with other participants, he actively discussed the idea of establishing an all-Russian public organization "Association of student business incubators, young businessmen and scientists of Russia". Such an organisation will enhance collaboration between higher education institutions, business support agencies, and young scientists on one side, and young businessmen on the other.
The three days of the Forum resulted in new business contacts and meetings with the heads of business incubators of the leading Russian universities and government representatives. Our team had several meetings with the representatives of Moscow State University, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Saint-Petersburg University of Economics, ITMO University, Orel State Technical University, and Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering discussing joint projects and measures that can be taken to encourage entrepreneurial activity in universities.
Dmitry Kayuda, PhD student at the Faculty of Physics, took part in the section "Science and innovations". During the first two days, participants worked in teams – monitored today's tendencies in science, education and business, determined the priority areas, and developed their own projects. On the third day the projects were examined by the jury based on the following criteria - originality, availability, and organizational characteristics. The experts also presented a Federal Project "SRS 2.0. New Student Research Society" aimed at coordinating the work of student research societies all over the country and promoting collaboration of the state, business community, and students. Everyone could take part in discussing the regulations, structure and functioning of the new student research societies.
The programme of the section also included a meeting of the Science and Innovation Committee of the Board for Youth of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. One of the projects within the section was the Tournament of Three Sciences. Our team invited the other participants to take part in developing the projects and to hold the 2016 Tournament in their Federal District. It is possible that the next Tournament will be held in three districts with the Final taking place in Voronezh.
Nikolay Sereda, PhD student at the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology represented VSU at the section "Student Self-Governance Development". He participated in heated discussions of questions concerning student organisations, various master classes, meetings with experts, specifically with the members of the Russian Students Centre coordinating the activities of student organisations in universities and development of student self-governance.
Nikolay Sereda also attended the section "Social standards", which discussed scholarships and social standards in Russia. For VSU the section resulted in a meeting with the chairman of the Trade Union Committee of Volgograd State Pedagogical University and the possibility of collaboration within the Russian Student Marathon 2016.
Alexandra Yudina, a student at the Faculty of Philology, represented VSU at the section "Ambassadors of the Russian language".