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More than 90 students of ITMO University have been named winners of the national competition I Am a Professional, 19 of them receiving the top prize as medal winners. All of the students will not only gain renown, but also significant advantages when enrolling in Master’s and PhD programs of the competition’s partner universities, an opportunity to do an internship at some of Russia’s top companies, and a monetary prize of 100,000 to 300,000 rubles. ITMO.NEWS met with some of this year’s winners to find out what brought them to the competition, how difficult they found the final tasks, and what opportunities they’ve discovered through this experience.
Last week, results were announced of the latest, third run of the national competition for students “I Am a Professional”. ITMO retained its position in the ranking of the universities with the highest number of winners: 94 of its students made it to the finals this year, with 10 winning bronze, six – silver, and four – gold medals. Most of the winners emerged in the nominations traditional to ITMO: Robotics, Programming and Software Engineering, Information and Cyber Security. More on the competition’s results – in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Living Paintings, Eco-Friendly Education and Compact Robots: The Results of “It’s Your Call!” Winter School
The winter school "It’s Your Call!" 2020, jointly organized by ITMO University and Sberbank is over. Five days of lectures, workshops and teamwork under the leadership of a mentor allowed each of the eighteen teams to complete their own project and defend it as a short presentation. Top six projects made it to the finals, while the winning team received not only the opportunity to enter ITMO University without having to pass the entrance exam, but also valuable gifts – electric scooters.
This year, ITMO University hosted the third winter school “It’s Your Call!” for participants of the “I am a Professional” student competition. Sberbank served as the general partner of the school that annually brings together students from all over Russia. The school consists of workshops, lectures and tours of major companies and research institutions. Last week, the participants went to Laser Systems, a high-tech company based in Strelna. There, they discovered how lasers can help make flights safer and detect the level of someone’s alcohol intoxication and saw a 3D printer working with metal powders.
Throughout last week, ITMO hosted the events of the “I am a Professional” competition’s Winter School. 180 students from 43 Russian regions came to this educational program that was organized by ITMO in collaboration with Sberbank. On its first day, Grigory Bakunov, director of technology distribution at Yandex, gave a lecture on trends that will affect business and technologies in the near future.
Over the course of five days, students from all over Russia will be attending lectures, taking part in workshops and preparing team projects. The winners will get the opportunity to enroll in ITMO’s Master’s and PhD studies without entrance examinations. The event’s general partner is Sberbank of Russia.
The official opening ceremony of the “I am a Professional” international student competition took place in Moscow on October 2. The third season of one of the key projects of the “Russia – the country of opportunities” platform was launched by last year’s winners in collaboration with First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russia Sergey Kiriyenko. The contest is supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.
This year, the competition was held for the second time in a row. ITMO organized one of the winter schools and a number of educational tracks. The winners got the opportunity to be enrolled in Master's and Bachelor's programs of leading Russian universities without any additional exams. Those who had ITMO as their university of choice told us about the reasons behind it as well as the benefits of such student contests.
Just recently, the award ceremony of the “I am a Professional” competition took place in Moscow. This year, 3,472 of over 500,000 students became prize winners. Over 100 participants received gold medals, including four ITMO students and one graduate. Apart from cash prizes, the winners got benefits for applying for Master’s and PhD programs as well as an opportunity to do internships at major companies. We spoke to the winners to learn why they participated in the competition, what helped them win, and how they plan to use their prizes.
The results of the 2019 national student competition “I am a Professional” have just been announced. From a total of 500,000 students from all over Russia participating in this year’s competition, 3,472 became prize winners. This roll call of participants with the best results includes 80 ITMO University students, five of whom were even awarded gold medals. Diplomates of “I am a Professional” get admission perks when applying to Master’s and PhD programs at Russia’s leading universities, as well as an opportunity to partake in an internship at major companies.