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Future technologies and higher education prospects presented at Summer Campus

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25.07.2014 15:00

Future technologies and higher education prospects presented at Summer Campus

On July 25 at the international educational forum “Summer Campus of Presidential Academy” the students were told about the future technologies, higher education prospects, cross-cultural management, intelligence, thinking, knowledge and career prospects in Tatarstan.

The Vice Rector of the RANEPA Sergei Myasoedov presented the report called “Differences between societies” that was devoted to cross-cultural management, the skill of managing people belonging to different societies. The Professor underlined that the necessity to adjust to environment is an important principle of cross-cultural management: “Cultural competences grant significant competitive advantages.” Sergei Myasoedov thinks that it is quite possible to study culture; however, understanding does not presuppose intuitive perception.

The main idea of cross-cultural management is to facilitate possibilities for studying cultures. At times a person does not know how to behave in an alien environment (the so-called cross-cultural shock), and it takes up to 3-5 years of adaptation for this condition to pass. “Developing the ability to not only listen, but to hear, is vital. What is good in one culture, may be bad in another. Culture defines our understanding of right and wrong as we do not have it inherently,” the Vice Rector noted.

The RANEPA Professor Sam Potolicchio provided the hints on how to successfully deliver a public speech and make an efficient presentation. “You have to show audience that you are smart, because some of the listeners might be skeptical about it,” Sam Potolicchio said to those present. “While making a speech you might encounter questions that, in the opinion of the others, you are not competent enough to reply to, that is why you have to be prepared beforehand.” The most important thing for the speaker is to be familiar with the material, the most important goal is to understand how audience reacts, and whether these people trust you or not is insignificant,” Sam Potolicchio thinks.

The presentation headlined “Life and Career in Tatarstan: pros and cons” was presented by the Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and Head of the Department for Internal Policies of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Aleksandr Terentyev, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan Midkhat Shagiakhmetov, specialist of the Leontief Center Leonid Limonov, AV Group Senior Partner, Candidate of Economic Sciences Alexey Krylovskiy. There also was a presentation of the strategy for finding and supporting talented youth. There are few development dimensions regarding human capital: supporting capable young people within the framework of the strategy of general and professional education as well as attracting young people into the field of innovations, determining the capabilities and conditions for accumulating human capital.

The Professor of the RANEPA Vladimir Spiridonov held a lecture called “Is it possible to teach a person how to think?” He suggested students to reflect on human capabilities, whether everyone is capable of obtaining higher education or not. “The bigger your capabilities are, the less effort we spend and the more pleasure we get while achieving the result.” Besides, the participants discussed issues of intelligence and thinking.

Cristian Schopper, President of Creditinstall Investment Bank, in his speech before the participants expanded on the “Knowledge as Business” topic, underlining the significance of international communication. The expert thinks that conducting the Summer Campus is a very good idea as it gathers representatives from different countries that engage into intercultural interaction, just the way it happens during the MBA program.

The report on the future of higher education in Russia and abroad was presented by the Practice Professor of “Skolkovo” Moscow School of Management. In his opinion, the prospects of education are highly dependent on the way we understand it. There is a possibility of implementing new practices and improving already existing ones. “International culture underwent serious development and integration into global processes,” the Professor noted. “The Google company has a very high degree of integration into global environment.” There is a world tendency of online education being more and more popular. The expert thinks that, “Merely attending lectures is insufficient, it is important to develop your personality.”

The lecture by Kirill Ignatyev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russian Investments Group of Companies, who spoke of the future technologies. The lector said that humanity will soon face the introduction of molecular transistors and flexible displays. He also added that all the devices containing microchips will go down in price. Virtual walls will be created using these microchips, DNA chips will appear and speech synthesis technologies along with the quantum-level microchips will get additional development. The materials used will drastically change as well.

Kirill Ignatyev described the further development of energy industry, transportation and medicine. A deep processing of natural resources will be implemented instead of simply burning them; natural sources of energy, nuclear energy and technological magnetism will be widely used. The expert reminded that today there are all the required conditions for establishing pilotless transportation; hydrogen-based cars and low-altitude transport will be used. Transportation is the most conservative sphere all around the world and this fact has to be considered. Medical infrastructure will also change as there will be no diagnostics and all the work will be performed by computer. Personal genome cards will appear and the development of genetic engineering will intensify.

“All the aforementioned things result in the development of the integration theory,” the expert noted. The key issue of the world economy is a role of the state, as the state is currently the main unit of economy. The present tendencies, however, lead to the global market becoming the main unit, all the conditions for that, will be created, which will diminish the influence of the state, namely: a united currency zone, solutions for overcoming language barrier, emergence of efficient global institutions and world budget. The state will mostly be engaged in fundamental research, countering cosmic threats, global climate issues and other. The attitude to the majority of professions will change; a lot of them will become obsolete and eventually die out. In conclusion, Kirill Ignatyev addressed the students: “I plead you to think of the new ideas and be successful.”

The “Miss Summer Campus 2014” event, where female participants could demonstrate their talent in the form of their choice, concluded the fifth day of the Summer Campus. 

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