On November 27th, in Moscow, within the National University of Science and Technology – “MISiS”, the first university in Russia that received the status of National University of Science and Technology, the meeting of the Public Council was held, organized with the participation of the Association of Technical Universities from CIS countries, addressing important topics in the age of technologies: Engineering and priority areas of cooperation of higher education institutions.
The event started with a greeting message from Alevtina Chernikova, rector of NUST “MISiS”, president of the Public Council of the CIS member states, who mentioned that at present, due to the dynamic development of information industries and technologies, engineering qualifications become the basis of technical creation.
Chernikova presented the projects implemented by MISiS in the engineering fields, the creative processes organized by FabLab, but also the activities carried out by the university in the field of research. This referred to the fact that under the current conditions of rapid change in all areas, universities must offer quality studies, adapted to current demands, giving young people the opportunity to suit the necessities of the labor market. It is important to adjust our educational offer and study programs to the demands of the labor market.
The Technical University of Moldova is the only higher education institution in the Republic of Moldova present at this forum, represented by Dinu Ţurcanu, vice-rector of informatization, partnerships, institutional image and communication. He mentioned that the priorities of the contemporary education system are unimaginable without the formation of engineering skills and digital skills. Even if we are a small country, we must keep pace, improve scientifically and be very creative and inventive, UTM being a beautiful example in this regard, mentioning the numerous awards obtained by the university in the exhibition INFOINVENT-2019, recently held in Moldova, and other international forums.
The UTM Vice-Rector reconfirmed that a modern society needs innovation, a dedicated and privileged attitude towards those who create the future, and the future looks bright when those who create have the necessary conditions and can create original modern products here, in the Republic Moldova. In this regard, the contribution of USAID external donors and the Government of Sweden was mentioned, as well as of the National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC) who participated in the creation of the Tekwill ICT Center of Excellence and Training – a platform designed to build a unique atmosphere for innovation enthusiasts, of FabLab Chișinău, one of the largest prototyping and production workshops in Eastern Europe, the ZipHouse Center etc.
The contribution of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure was also highlighted for promoting the legislation favoring digital creativity, in particular, the Law on IT parks. Attending the event, numerous rectors and vice-rectors of the technical universities of the CIS member states, as well as over 10 ambassadors of the diplomatic missions, accepted the initiatives presented by the vice-rector Dinu Ţurcanu, expressing the hope of intensifying the collaboration between the UTM and the Public Council of the CIS member states.