For the third time, Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) have received funding under the FIRST + program of the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI). The VAMK-Siberia-First Network - 3 joint project scored the highest points of all applications, approved by EDUFI in 2020.
FIRST+ is Finnish–Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Program based on network collaboration between universities. Besides student exchange, the programme promotes teacher mobility to give lectures at partner universities, as well as intensive courses.
In 2018-2019, three international scientific schools were organized under the program. Two of them were dedicated to big data technologies for smart city and were held at TPU. The schools involved expert masterclasses on big data analysis, circular economy, and urban infrastructure development.
“Smart City Transport – Innovating Sustainable Solutions Using Big Data was an interdisciplinary international workshop geared for innovative sustainable solutions for a modern city. The topic is conceived to be relevant both for Siberian and European cities.
The students gained experience in solving practical issues in the development of city transport infrastructure using modern technologies and get to know student life of TPU ”
Veronika Sokolova, organizer of the School, associate professor of the TPU School of Computer Science & Robotics, says.
As part of academic mobility programs, Maxim Gubin, a leading programmer of the TPU Division for Information Technology gave a series of lectures on big data technology at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Two TPU students completed exchange training at the Finnish university and three Finnish students at TPU.
“Studying abroad provides an opportunity to meet many people from other countries, an unforgettable experience, and improve English,”
Dmitry Kopasov, an undergraduate student of the TPU School of Computer Science & Robotics, says.
In 2021, as part of the VAMK-Siberia-First Network project - 3, TPU students will take part in an interdisciplinary Finnish-Russian school. This is a joint seminar dedicated to the development and application of innovative solutions for creating integrated systems for processing, storage and disposal of waste for tourist destinations. Teachers and students of universities, participating in the project, will receive financial support for mobility and the organization of intensive courses for the next two years.
Detailed information on the academic mobility program and international competitions can be found on the website.