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ITMO Fellow Balamuralithara Balakrishnan on Creativity and Developing Products Using Design Thinking
According to a recent study by LinkedIn, creative thinking is still among the most sought-after skills in business. However, it is no longer enough to “simply” come up with creative ideas – now they have to be developed with ethical norms in mind, as well as benefit the society, economy, and environment. Can we measure creativity? What is design thinking and how can we use it to make truly necessary products? In this article, we turn to an ITMO Fellow, the Malaysian researcher Balamuralithara Balakrishnan, for answers.
This spring ITMO hosted the first national Mega Contest, winners of which can enroll into the university’s Master’s programs without entrance exams. A total of 1,348 participants, Bachelor’s graduates of years 2020 and 2021 from various Russian cities, competed in 13 tracks, with only 41 of them making it to the top. The winners received travel grants to get to the Mega Forum, where they got to know the university, advanced their skills at workshops, and participated in a hackathon.
Not only lecturers, but also students at ITMO can create and teach their own optional courses. This April, first winners of the contest for original courses and participants of the ITMO.Mentors initiative launched their own courses at the university. Maria Tsyplyaeva, a first-year Master’s student at the Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations, is one of the new lecturers with her course Practices in Management, where she will talk about building systems for daily management tasks based on her three years of experience as a project manager. What is it like to make your own course from the ground up? And why should students attend lectures by their peers? Read on to find out.
Not only the university’s lecturers but also students can now share their knowledge and experience with others thanks to the Students for Students initiative. The idea for this project was born last fall. The project participants have spent two and a half months developing their own courses under the guidance of experienced mentors and held their first classes already in April. ITMO.NEWS talked to the participants to learn more about their projects, how they were created, and why they can be beneficial for both students and lecturers.
ITMO University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), the Ural Federal University, Tomsk State University, and University of Tyumen created the Consortium of Universities for the Development of Universal Competencies. Together, this new team will focus their efforts on developing soft skills at universities and ensuring that they become a rightful part of higher education in Russia.
Today, students of Russian universities receive a combination of professional and “soft” skills. But both are still taught in the conventional format of lectures and practical classes. But what if you could learn programming by working with a Boston Dynamics robot – and time management by playing a mobile game? That’s how it’s done at ITMO. We spoke to Alexandr Kapitonov, the dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies; Anastasia Prichislenko and Marina Kazantseva, lecturers at the Personal Efficiency course; and Roman Makhmutov, the developer of the app Timeflow, about diversifying university education.
This year, Antonina Fedorova, a practicing psychologist and soft skills lecturer, received an award for achievements in education. Read on to learn how the winner of the EduStars contest manages to build trust with her students, why professional deformation isn’t always a bad thing, and what makes a successful speech.
In another interview of the ITMO.EduLeaders series, we talked to Valeria Limonova, a lecturer in soft skills, about the ways a humanities student can fit in with physicists, how to cope with the impostor syndrome, and the need to always prepare for public speeches.
In the second part of this two-part series, ITMO.NEWS continues to speak about summer schools for school students. Held under the aegis of ITMO.START, the intensive courses help prospective students find their niche and acquire new competencies.
Hypothetical trains, ballistic missiles, and social elevators – these were some of the concepts at play during the panel discussion Live and Learn: Educational Trajectories of Young Professionals and Skills of the Future held as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2021). Among the participants was Alexandr Kapitonov, dean of ITMO University’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies. We wrote down the most intriguing snippets, opinions, and learning points of the meeting.