Programming and robotics: IT classes to open in the upcoming academic year in Moscow

June 11

From 1 September, IT classes are to open in 34 schools of Moscow in the upcoming academic year. Educational institutions have been chosen so that children from different parts of Moscow could have an opportunity to receive high level information technology education.

"We want our graduates to acquire IT competencies necessary for their future occupation. Market analysis has shown that IT is one of the most promising fields, and our task is to train experts to respond to these market challenges. At the same time, we have been establishing a trilateral partnership between the educational system, universities and high-tech companies. This will provide an opportunity for future experts to get a promising profession, and for Moscow to develop," said Deputy Head of the Department of Education and Science Tatyana Vasilyeva. 

To  qualify for IT classes, ninth formers have to pass a multi-stage selection. Skills obtained are to help the children learn the basics of the most popular professions before entering a university. Schools to have IT classes have been chosen based on the opinion of relevant companies and partner universities.

Hardware and software

Each school will have an IT ground, a large space for programming, prototyping, robotics, modelling, network administration and other disciplines, with school students provided state-of-the-art equipment.

Top-rank Russian IT companies and major Russian universities, such as Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Higher School of Economics National Research University and Moscow Polytechnic University are to be project partners and software developers.

Career guidance in education

To develop skills and abilities needed to obtain a future profession, 'Integration of Different Education Levels to Achieve High Educational Results' mega-project has been launched.

Within this project, 103 Moscow schools have now engineering classes, and 195 schools have opened cadet classes. 69 educational institutions have medical classes, 13 of them offer scientific and technological classes with 29,300 school students trained.

65,000 students study at the Kurchatov Centre of Continuous Convergent Inter-Disciplinary Education, with another 5,000 students studying at the Moscow Pre-University.


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