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8:44 PM  December 3, 2020

Education by new rules: what experts discuss at the forum at TSU

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийEducation by new rules: what experts discuss at the forum at TSU

TOMSK, Dec 3 – RIA Tomsk. University city of the digital era, digital education technologies and creation of an urban environment necessary for the development of sought-after professionals – these topics have become leading at the International Forum of University Cities, which is taking place these days on the online platform of Tomsk State University (TSU).

Earlier it was reported that TSU opened on Wednesday, December 2, the Fifth International Forum of University Cities, dedicated to the challenges that digital transformation poses for modern education and science. The organizers, in addition to TSU, are the regional administration, the French Embassy in Russia and the Consulate General of Germany in Novosibirsk.

The topic of the 2020 forum is "University City: Digital vs Real Communities and Spaces". About 300 experts from Russia, England, Germany, France, Spain, India, the USA and other countries participate in it. One can visit the event sites using the links specified in the program.

Why TSU became the initiator of the forum at one time and what is the importance of interaction with the urban environment for universities, RIA Tomsk was told by Head of the TSU Information Policy Department Julia Emer.

© РИА Томск. Таисия Воронцова
Head of the TSU Information Policy Department Julia Emer

About the environment in and around universities

- Five years ago, TSU initiated the forum, because for us, the development of a university city is probably one of the most important and basic.

Tomsk is a special city, where the scientific and educational complex is considered a city-forming one. The need for such a platform was dictated by the global challenges faced by the city-university, the internal need of the university to reflect on the experience and build a development trajectory for the future.

© РИА Томск. Павел Стефанский
The topic of the 2020 forum is dictated by new realities. A pandemic has emerged that has put cities and universities in the face of the fact that we will not live as before. Everything is changing: values, economics, education. Yes, the education system can be changed while maintaining the quality, but what should be the environment in a hybrid reality, which has a tremendous impact on the formation of a person, his worldview?

The participants of the current forum are foreign and Russian universities, organizations and experts who are not indifferent to the topic of the development of cities and universities in the new conditions. We are looking for answers to questions: how can a person live in an era of turbulence, how to act in urban and university communities, how to organize space in order not just to survive, but to develop.

About "digit" and reality

- The topic of the forum sounds like "University City: Digital vs Real Communities and Spaces". This is currently one of the main challenges to humanity: a person who exists at the junction of reality, a new environment and a new education. We are not talking about opposition – both in education and in the environment it is necessary to combine these things.

Today we already know and understand what mixed education is: from infrastructure to management of the educational process using AI, we know how to work with communities in new conditions, and so on.

We – participants and organizers of the forum, representatives of university cities – unite to discuss and find solutions to the identified issues, realizing that looking for answers and implementing solutions can only be done by joining forces, understanding who has what strong competencies.

The Forum of University Cities is really that communication venue, that platform that brings together speakers to discuss questions that have not yet been answered. And the participation of such a large number of foreign and domestic universities just shows that we have raised important issues that concern the community as a whole, without dividing into countries.

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