On 15 January, an opening ceremony of the laboratory of mobile application programming was held at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics: Surf sponsored the redecoration of the room and updated computer and multimedia equipment. Alexander Shashkin, the Dean of the faculty, thanked Surf on behalf of students and teachers and expressed his hope for further cooperation.
Surf, a Voronezh company, is among top ten mobile developers in the country. It makes applications for the largest federal brands. Most of its employees are located in Voronezh.
“Nearly all employees in our Voronezh office have graduated from VSU, half of them are graduates of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics. We will use the laboratory to teach mobile technologies to our students and do even more work. As for VSU, the cooperation with commercial organisations will help it be in the know and interesting for prospect students. That’s why I would like to thank you, too,” said Vladimir Makeyev, the Head of Surf.
Rector Dmitry Endovitsky pointed out that such islands of integration with business contribute to the competitive edge of the university. He also encouraged other companies to take up the lead: “We have been mostly collaborating with western companies, and you are our first Russian company. You contribute to the business development in the region and remember your Alma Mater. You are a good role model for the young. It means a lot when an employer with the university background, comes back to its university and invests into equipment which will allow students to develop new knowledge and skills. It is very important for me as a rector. It is wonderful that specialists from this well-known IT company will teach in the laboratory. I want to wish you to keep on going!”
The bridges between businesses and academics have been formed by Konstantin Fedutinov, the Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics. He recalled that several years ago Surf initiated the collaboration between business and academia. They were among the first to create Android, iOS, machine learning and data analysis schools, to support lecturers and contribute to mass training of students from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics.
The requirements are driven by the market: IT-business depends on frequent technology updates and has a growing demand for new human resources. The basics of programming are now taught in the first year and a master’s programme “Mobile application programming” has existed for a number of years.
In February, Surf will start introductory lectures dedicated to the creation of iOS and Android applications. During the year, evening courses are planned to be held for future mobile developers and test engineers. According to Dean Alexander Shashkin, “today, by the end of their programme, graduates of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics already know what they will do in the future, how they will do it, and sometimes even where they will work.” If Surf’s intention is to make students interested in mobile technologies, then the flourishing of Voronezh, IT, and VSU is our common goal.