From October 6 to 8, the Crocus Expo site was hosting the Moscow International Education Fair-2021 (MIEF-2021) dedicated to new educational challenges and new spaces created during the pandemic: “Borders of a new reality. Confidence. Dialogue. Platform”.
Rector of MIREA – Russian Technological University took part in the MIEF panel discussion “The second package of government measures to support the IT industry – new digital opportunities for Russian universities”. He spoke specifically on the development of e-sports in higher education.
“The government program is an important step in promoting the idea that e-sports is a real serious industry, with many relevant professions: team managers, event organizers, commentators, journalists, analysts, trainers, coaches, judges, psychologists, costume designers and virtual environments. Even lawyers, financiers and accountants, but only in an updated formation.
We need our own graduates and students to fill in these vacancies, not the young people arriving from abroad; and for the purpose the industry will need a systematic approach and government support,” said Stanislav Alekseevich Kudzh.
Aleksey Goreslavsky, Director General of ANO Dialogue, Yulia Goryachkina, Deputy Director for Personnel for the Digital Economy ANO Digital Economy, Alexey Lokontsev, Founder of the COLIZEUM brand, Elena Kudryashova, Rector of NARFU, Anatoly Nikolaev, Rector of North-Eastern Federal University, Konstantin Markelov, Rector of Astrakhan State University also participated in the discussion.
We would like to recall that on September 14, 2021, the Government of the Russian Federation approved an action plan (the “road map”) to create additional conditions for the development of the information technology industry – the second package of support measures, which included 62 events.
They provide for both general measures to level off the conditions for doing business in Russia, and more narrowly targeted steps to stimulate the development and implementation of Russian projects in specific segments. These are, in particular, business solutions, electronic educational services, digital medical services, office software and operating systems, data processing and cloud services, solutions in the field of artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of things, production of computer games and professional video content, solutions in the field of information security.
In the field of education, these measures, in particular, contributed to the provision of educational organizations with verified digital content, professional development of the teaching staff in using distance education methods, simplified the procedure of getting a license for online education, helped to get compensation those organizations which use advanced training and additional education of employees in digital competencies.
In addition, by the end of 2022, the Government of the Russian Federation plans to supplement the existing educational programs of universities with e-sports disciplines and introduce courses in data analysis, computer game development, and the use of technology in the creation of educational content.