UNESCO IITE at the Second International Congress SMART RUSSIA 2015

The Second International Congress SMART RUSSIA (SMART RUSSIA 2015) took place at the Financial University by the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow on April 23-24, 2015. The event was organized by the Financial University by the Government of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE), Russian Union of Chief Information Officers (SoDIT), Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics (MESI), Eurasian Open Institute (EOI), and Deutsche Messe RUS. The congress was devoted to the discussion of the most topical issues related to the development of SMART education and knowledge-based economy, including massive open online courses, electronic interactive books, virtual courses, smart classroom systems, digital world in youth education, use of crowdsourcing and expert systems in management, Big Data technologies, e-health, SMART-city, Internet of Things, etc. The event was attended by Russian and foreign scientists and specialists concerned with SMART Education and Knowledge-Based Economy, representatives of educational institutions and organizations involved in the implementation of innovative technologies as well as companies – developers of solutions for intelligent economy.

UNESCO ITTE’s representatives took an active part in the plenary meeting and panel discussions. The Officer-In-Charge for UNESCO IITE Alexander Khoroshilov read the Welcome Letter of Mr. Getachew Engida, UNESCO Deputy Director-General, and presented the paper “UNESCO IITE on the way towards an inclusive knowledge-based society” at the plenary meeting. During the panel discussion “Technological platforms for online education and open education courses”, the Chief of the Section of Digital Pedagogy and Learning Materials Svetlana Knyazeva made the presentation “Open” educational resources and courses in Russia and intellectual property rights”, as well as moderated the panel discussion “E-books and e-content”. Senior Specialist Anton Shulzhenko was a moderator for the panel discussion “SMART school: from technology to creativity and intellect”. Information about the main activities of UNESCO IITE and its publications, demonstrated at the booth of the institute during the congress, were distributed to its participants.

The congress was concluded with the official Closing Ceremony, at which Mr. Getachew Engida, UNESCO Deputy Director-General, made a report and answered questions of participants. The congress became the first joint event of UNESCO IITE and the Financial University by the Government of the Russian Federation, that will serve as a solid basis for signing a Memorandum on Cooperation between the institute and the university.

The next International Congress SMART RUSSIA will be held in April 2016.

More information is available at the website: www.smartcongress.ru.