Dmitri, good afternoon. Let's talk about the university. In 2022, BMSTU will celebrate its 192nd anniversary. In the 19th century it was a craft educational institution, and today it is the flagship of technical education. It is one of the oldest universities in the country. Bauman Moscow State Technical University is a leading technical university not only in Russia, it has a very high rating among universities not only in our country, but also in the world. How does "Baumanka" manage to hold such positions for almost two centuries?
Bauman Moscow State Technical University was founded in 1830. Training at the MSTU is conducted at 18 faculties (105 departments) and at the technical school in Moscow, as well as in the branches in Kaluga and Mytishchi. Graduates and professors of BMSTU have done a lot for the development of world engineering science. Civil and military aircraft of A. Tupolev and P. Sukhoi are known all over the world. N. Dollezhal created the world's first nuclear power plant; S. Lebedev created the first computer in Europe (and the USSR), S. Korolev led the development programs of the world's first Earth satellite, the first space flight of Yuri Gagarin, laid the foundations for the creation of the first space orbital station and flights to the Moon and Mars. For the entire global history, 564 people have become cosmonauts who have made an orbital space flight, and 12 of them are graduates of BMSTU.
In 2009, MSTU was awarded the "National Research University" category, and in 2010 the university became a co-founder and partner of the Skolkovo Innovation Center.
From 2010 to 2020, the university intensively increased its potential a nd its p erformance indicators, a nd strengthened its international reputation. Bauman Moscow State Technical University successfully completed the development program of the National Research University and managed to rise in the OS World University Rankings (hereinafter OS) from 379th place in 2010 to 281st place in 2020. In the OS subject ranking, the university ranks 174th in the world in engineering, and 123rd in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. Bauman Moscow State Technical University traditionally occupies the first position in the OS WUR ranking among Russian technical universities in the category of graduates' demand among employers.
The mission of the University is formulated based on the 190‑year history of the university: "Realizing its historical role in the creation and development of the Russian engineering school and paying tribute to the talent and skill of teachers, and the perseverance of students, Moscow State Technical University sees its mission in the formation of an engineering elite ready to serve the Motherland, relying on will, work, dedication and camaraderie, professional culture, creativity and responsibility."
First of all, it is clear that engineering education is extremely in demand all over the world, it is in demand in the country, and this is evident from the competitions in technical universities and this dynamic is becoming more visible every year. It is very important not to lose our identity and competitive advantage here. For many years there has been a myth that the Soviet school is the best in the world, since it provides a broad education, while the Western one is aimed at highly specialized areas. However, new enginery cannot be build by one person alone; theory can be written by oneself, but a complex engineering device cannot be created without previous experience. At our university, it is believed that education is based on three parts: training, attitude development and preparation. Learning is knowledge. Attitude development is about values: result orientation, group work, mutual assistance, patriotism — loyalty to both your country and your specialty. Preparation is about readiness for all kinds of situations that graduates may face when they start working. They need to understand how an organization functions, what kind of relationships there are, how they are built. The results of the training are the fastest to be forgotten. That is why it is said that in our time it is impossible to acquire knowledge once and for a lifetime. Education is built in, like a code, at the beginning of life, and remains forever. Preparation is necessary so that a young specialist can immediately get involved in work, without wasting time at the start of their career. It is possible to maintain leadership positions in all three aspects only under the condition of constant development. In 2021, BMSTU won the university academic leadership program "Priority 2030", ranking 1st and thus getting classified as one of the strongest universities in Russia. The university has again (as has happened more than once in its history) set an incredible scale goal: in the next decade we are going to transform BMSTU into an advanced educational institution capable of competing with the best technological universities in the world. Basically, we are quite fine as a university today, but it is necessary to identify and implement the best practices and examples of the organization of science and education, to make BMSTU more open, to find and apply technologies for the growth of youth creativity within not only narrow professional spheres, but also creative industries, which include artistic creativity, design, architecture, etc. All this works for the image of the engineer of the future. Not only the amount of knowledge growing exponentially, but also the mastery of methodology, intellectual emancipation, the ability to discover the best sides and talents in oneself — these are the main features of the representatives of the new engineering corps. This is the guarantee that our graduate will be successful anywhere.