9 november 2016

Pyotr Schedrovitsky: «New Technology Revolution Brings New Demands for Competencies of Graduates»

On November 8, 2017 Pyotr Schedrovitsky, member of the Expert Council of the Government of the Russian Federation , gave a lecture “On the structure of engineering education and the new industrial revolution” at St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation. The event was conducted within the framework of the series of public lectures organized by the Center for Strategic Research "North-West" Foundation.

The speech emphasized two main themes:

  • Changes in the industry and economy shaping the demand for new competencies that higher education graduates face.
  • Activities of modern educational institutions in this regard: pedagogics  and didactic basis of engineering skills training

 In the two hours of his lecture Mr. Schedrovitsky described what the new industrial revolution brought and how it differed from the previous revolutions, what role the division of labor and technology of thinking played in it, what challenges the modern university should  respond to in modernizing engineering training. Answering the question on how a university should adapt to the new reality, the expert identified possible types of interaction between the engineering university and business. He also spoke about the "competency ladder"  that a student should climb in the process of education, as well as the education models and technology necessary for implementation in a modern engineering university

Selection of SUAI as the venue for the lecture was not a random choice.  With the support of the CSR "North-West" Foundation the University has set a task to update the model of engineering education with due regard to requirements of the digital economy and the new industrial revolution. 

The lecture was attended by representatives of administrative and academic staff of SUAI with their students, as well as employees and partners of the Center for Strategic Research "North-West", including representatives of ITMO University, SPbPU, Lengiprogor Institute, North-West Technology Transfer Center and Leningrad Oblast Administration.