Between 12 and 15 April, Voronezh State University participated in the Moscow International Education Salon that took place in the 75th exhibition showroom of the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy. This was the second time we took part in the event, and, like last year, showed very good results. The event was organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Over 1,000 experts and 400 exhibitors participated in the Moscow International Education Salon. This year, the exhibition area was extended to 25,000 m2, and was visited by 60,000 people. The theme of the Moscow International Education Salon – 2017 was “New education ecosystem”.
In 2017 the salon took place for the fourth time and was supported by UNESCO, as it officially contributes to the implementation of the strategic goals of various UNESCO programmes. Veniamin Kaganov, deputy minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, said that this year’s education salon demonstrated new trends in education and served as a platform for education development in Russia and in the world.
Olga Vasiljeva, minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, took part in the opening ceremony. She visited the exhibition and had several meetings with leaders and senior officers of the education sector from other countries.
The second day of the salon included a UNESCO forum “Education as the basis for effective policy aimed at developing immunity against the ideas of radicalism, extremism, and violence in children and young people” initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The forum was attended by Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Being the largest exhibition of modern education technologies and innovation projects, the salon was divided into eight sections, according to the level or area of education. Voronezh State University participated in the “Higher Education” section, which discussed the following issues: higher education institutions as innovation centres; developing the structure of modern universities; collaboration between universities in Russia and in other countries.
During the four days of the salon, Voronezh State University worked actively with school children of various age and their parents. The idea of our team was to make VSU’s stand interactive. VSU representatives actively interacted with the guests who showed interest in our stand. All the visitors of the exhibition had an opportunity to do an express-test in order to determine the choice of profession. They were also consulted by a career counselling psychologist – Lyudmila Samokhvalova, head of the Department of Pre-university Education of VSU.
A team of young scholars from Voronezh State University called Creative Science presented a show of scientific experiments, offered the visitors to taste innovative corn curls, and held a number of master classes called “Entertaining Science”. Although the entertaining and educational programmes were targeted mainly at school children, a lot of people gathered near VSU’s stand. The most amusing part, as usual, was the experiment with liquid nitrogen.
Our stand also presented projects by the students of the Experimental Technical School – a laser engraver, a 3D printer, a smart car, an airport robot, etc. VSU's representatives told the guests about the academic programmes implemented at VSU, as well as about our achievements in science and international cooperation. All the participants of career guidance tests and a quiz held by Creative Science were presented with souvenirs with symbols of Voronezh State University’s centenary. Among the visitors there were also VSU graduates, who remembered with fondness their alma mater.
Our performance at the salon was highly praised, and VSU received a medal for “Contribution to the development of education”. This year, the organisers of the salon chose not to use traditional metal medals, but rather made them out of an environmentally friendly material - cedar wood. The medals were designed under the supervision of Veniamin Kaganov, deputy minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. He personally awarded the VSU delegation with the prize.
The rector of VSU, Dmitry Endovitsky, pointed out the importance of participating in one of the largest events in the education area in Russia and emphasised the effectiveness of VSU's performance at the salon in 2016:
“Last year’s results were very inspiring. Following the exhibition, several dozen pupils from Moscow and the Moscow region filed their applications to VSU. For us it was a real breakthrough, as we had had very few applicants from Moscow before. This is why, being the educational leader of the Black Earth region, we decided to take part in the salon once more. VSU can now successfully compete with the universities in Moscow, as the education fees in our university are much lower, while the education quality and the academic reputation both in Russia and worldwide are comparable with those of Moscow universities. We were glad to see a lot of people coming to our exhibition stand. And these people were not only school children and their parents, but also university rectors, vice governors, and heads of education departments. Everyone wanted to show their appreciation for our work. If this year’s admission campaign yields similar results, we will definitely take part in the salon again next year.”
Moscow International Education Salon is held annually by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and serves as a platform for exchanging experience and opinions on the current issues concerning education in Russia. The salon views our country as a key member of the international academic community with sufficient intellectual resources and developed infrastructure to provide high quality education services both in Russia and abroad.