The final sessions of the Russian Creative Week International Festival were held in Gorky Park, in the Science and Technology pavilion. Among other things, the experts discussed how to develop e-sports in the context of higher education. Stanislav Alekseevich Kudzh, Rector of MIREA – Russian Technological University acted as speaker of the section. In the course of the discussion, he shared with the colleagues participating in the event the expertise of how to develop the creative environment at the University and introduced the RTU MIREA Cybersport Center – one of the fastest growing cybersport centers in Russia.
“The center provides an opportunity to develop practical skills that will come in handy further in life. This is especially appealing to students in such promising areas as game design and game development,” said Stanislav Kudzh.
The discussion participants also spoke about the psychological aspects associated with the preoccupation of young people with e-sports. In particular, they talked about how young people who are fascinated by computer games can find a common language with the older generation. The participants also noted the need of integrating e-sports and the higher education system, opening up new areas for training specialists and developing standards for such educational programs jointly with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the relevant ministries and departments.
At the end of the meeting, the audience was informed about the Interuniversity Cyber Tournament dedicated to the 800th anniversary of Prince Alexander Nevsky. The “Successors of the Great Commander” tournament will be held in September by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Russian State University named after A.N. Kosygin in online format. Players who have successfully passed the qualifying rounds will compete at the final stage for the Champions Cup in Moscow at the e-sports arena.
It is noteworthy that some time ago RTU MIREA was recognized as the Best Cybersport University at the Russian National Student of the Year award ceremony. This year RTU MIREA was one of the first to announce recruitment for training in the areas of game design and computer graphics. About 200 applicants were enrolled for the programs on development and design of computer games, multimedia applications and computer design.