— Thank you for the opportunity for this interview. Please tell us about the university 20.35. what is its uniqueness and what to expect from the university in the near future?
At the University at 20.35 new tools and solutions appear every day. The university is a combination of 3 entities: a startup with its own AI-based human development platform; development institute which implements state assignments to strengthen the growth of human potential in the country, the growth of competencies within the framework of NTI (National Technological Initiative); university in the full sense, because it is about a person and his education.
The university platform is both a tool and a separate product aimed at helping a person to develop as far as possible. In addition, the University 20.35 is a competence center for the Human Resources for the Digital Economy initiative. We also issue personal digital certificates for acquiring and improving qualifications in the field of digital economy.
A combination of incongruous accumulated in one entity. And in this entity, the team shares the logic and moves in a common goal-setting which corresponds to the higher education system as a whole and the logic of talent development for the National Technological Initiative. There is no such combination anywhere, so it is unique.
— Before our eyes, dramatic changes are taking place in all spheres of human activity. what does the future hold for the education system? How does university 20.35 allow a person to keep up with progress in their professional skills?
Definitely, changes occur unprecedentedly quickly. At the same time, the demand for education is growing steadily. According to the World Bank, there are over 200 million students in the world today which is twice as many as at the beginning of the millennium. Analysts predict a steady increase in the number of students in higher education at a rate of 4% per year, that is another double increase in demand in the next 15–20 years.
The University 20.35 educational products catalog includes hundreds of online courses from leading Russian and foreign universities which allow any Russian citizen to start in a new or advance in an already studied major. Our specialists create a taxonomy for passing the courses that helps to set up recommendation services for students. Tools for analyzing the digital footprint and creating competency models have already found demand among Russian business.
— How does university 20.35 work with universities? what are the successful cases?
One of the examples is the part-time education format using university tools with the help of the project-based educational intensives. The format has been delivered since 2018. It concerns the development of soft skills in a team mode based on specific cases. Overall about 600 teams and 4500 students took part in it already. Universities have integrated this format as a project activity, which obviously influenced their educational process. During the training the university gives the student an opportunity to try out different types of activities. Thus, we provide an increase in quality.
Another example is the NTI academic franchises in partnership with Russian universities and large technological centers. As part of this program, leading Russian universities provide online delivery of their academic content, their best practices, and methodologies to students. The partner university, whose students are enrolled in this program, provides offline support building a hybrid format which is now so much talked about and to which we all come. Such formats of interaction between advanced and developing universities, federal and regional universities are aimed at increasing the quality of human capital in Russian regions. A student of a regional university can study under the program of a federal university and get access to a content that is in demand in the markets of the future.