THE RESULTS OF THE IV MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FAIR

On April 12-15, 2017, the Moscow International Education Fair 2017 organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on direction of the Russian Government took place at VDNH. This year, more than 400 exhibitors presented their educational technologies and solutions on the area of more than 25,000 square meters. The program included more than 640 events that involved 1256 speakers. In four days, the number of visitors totalled 56,500 people, and many of them revisited the Fair each day.

The MIEF 2017 has turned into a large-scale map of education with individual navigation for every participant. The best practices, projects, products and services of professional educational and business communities were presented both within the events and in the exhibition space.

The MIEF 2017 program was based on several sources: the events organized by the departments of the Russian Ministry of Education of Science and the Ministries of the members of the MIEF Organising Committee, applications from professional community representatives, and suggestions of the Expert Council members.

The program was clustered by 19 professional groups and communities¾educators, psychologists, heads of educational organizations, teaching methodology experts, parents, business representatives, etc. This year’s concept, “The New Educational Ecosystem,” was aimed at developing integration between various participants of the educational process.

This year, the MIEF was first held under the auspices of UNESCO. Since 2017, the Fair has officially contributed in the realization of strategic goals of UNESCO Education 2030 Program.

The MIEF 2017 saw the UNESCO Ministerial Forum “Education as the Base for Effective Policy of Forming Children’s and Youth Resistance to the Ideas of Radicalism, Extremism, and Violence.” The Ministers of Education and government officials of UNESCO member nations, and representatives of diplomatic missions in Russia took part in the forum. When summarizing the results, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets emphasized Russia’s commitment to interaction with educational systems of other countries in order to develop better conditions for affordable high-quality education. The Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva emphasized the importance and the need to form children’s resistance to the ideas of radicalism, extremism, and violence. UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang thanked the Russian party, and expressed a hope that the forum would be repeated next year. Tang also mentioned the important role of the MIEF in the development of education in Russia and worldwide.

The list of experts participating in the Fair included internationally renowned professionals, such as Regina Murray, Senior Director EMEA, Microsoft Education; Wassilios Fthenakis, President of Didacta Assosiation; Jean-Marc Roirant, Vice President of the French League of Education, etc. The MIEF 2017 set the stage for lots of productive communications, with some of them having resulted in signed agreements.

The signing of the Road Map document within the agreement on the Development of Citizens’ Financial Literacy has become one of the key events of the MIEF 2017. The Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva and the Head of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina signed the document that is timed until 2020, and provides for the development of a system of continuous financial education, starting from kindergartens and up to universities.

During the Fair, the negotiations took place between the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva, the Minister of Education of the Syrian Arab Republic Hazwan Al-Wazz, the Minister of Higher Education of the Syrian Arab Republic Atef Naddaf, and the ministers of education of Tadjikistan and Burkina Faso.

Representatives of academic community and politicians discussed the image of the future education within the presentation organized by the Center of Analysis under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Supplementary education was widely discussed during the Fair. Leadesa of the “Elevator to the Future” project, The Kazan University of Talents, and Kvantorium technopark chain discussed the opportunities for organizations of supplementary education, business incubators and accelerators to introduce project culture to school students. The MIEF participants discussed the issues of government control, the activities of learning clubs, the creation of the online School of Coaches, the development of a map of locations for supplementary and informal education and many other issues. Beyond that, the Fair saw the presentation of the priority project of the Russian Government titled “Affordable Supplementary Education for Children.” The forum titled “Non-Governmental Supplementary Education” also took place at the Fair, with experts explaining businessmen the ways to enter Russian educational market, to get licenses for their programs, and to cooperate with schools.

This year, the regional agenda of the Fair was significantly expanded. Participants from 80 Russian regions talked about the best practices of quality management and modernization of regional education. 33 regional universities took part in the Fair. Besides other things, regional university leaders see the MIEF as a platform for attracting applicants from Moscow and the Moscow Region. More than 100 Russian universities took part in “Higher Education” cluster. University leaders and educators discussed a number of topical issues, such as educational environment, engineer education strategy, the development of IT education, efficient campus organization, higher education institution ratings, innovations development, business incubators and endowments, core universities, etc.

As usual, the program of the Fair covered a large number of topics related to modern schools, and for the first time, a wide range of topics related to pre-school education. The agendas of both clusters shared the contents and developed the 2017 concept, “The New Educational Ecosystem.” Experts discussed the skills of the 21th century, the influence of digital environment on the contents and quality of education, the organization of project activities, and the evaluation of the results. They also explored the connections between pre-school, secondary, secondary vocational, and higher education. Within the program of Secondary Education cluster, the experts also analyzed the interconnections between children’s camps and schools.

Inclusive Education traditionally became the cross-cutting topic of the Fair. Educators, psychologists, leaders of educational organizations, and special education experts discussed the practices of education, socialization, rehabilitation, and employment assistance for children, teenagers and youth with limited health capacities. The Inclusion Cluster 2017 was the first to introduce projects supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The MIEF 2017 also saw the grand opening of the Inclusive Schools Association initiated by the representatives of Moscow integrated educational institutions.

This year’s program paid special attention to educators’ advanced training. This topic was covered within the Lifelong Learning Cluster. The representatives of pedagogical community learned about the resources of legal support, and the new online professional development programs.

Within the MIEF 2017 special project “International Education,” the representatives of Russian and international educational communities could share experience, discuss the issues of international collaboration between universities on double-degree programs, academic exchange, and collaborative research projects. Russian universities, members of “5-100” project, presented their programs for foreign students.

The last day of the Fair was devoted to the City Festival for children and parents titled “Saturday at Education Fair.” The program was designed for families and divided into several topics, i.e. “About Children”, “About Parents”, “About Education.” Overall, 40 events took place, including open lectures and discussions devoted to various topics. The visitors learned how to keep the child’s self-esteem at school, how to help children become more successful, how to develop emotional intellect and find common ground with a teenager. They also discussed many other topics that were a subject of concern for today’s responsible parents.

Throughout its existence, the MIEF has become a major platform for career guidance. “Career Guidance” special project provided school students with an opportunity to test their knowledge and define interests, learn about the main professions of the future and the promising trends of labor market. More than 9,500 school students and 397 school groups took part in career guidance events.

The exhibition space of the Moscow International Education Fair 2017 has been expanded and totaled 25,000 square meters. Thus, the Fair has confirmed its status of Russia’s largest and most prestigious platform presenting advanced technologies, infrastructural and intellectual solutions for education. Leaders of major Russian companies took part in discussions devoted to personnel training for innovative economy. In four days, participants of the MIEF 2017 could share professional experience, find partners and investors for promising educational projects and get familiar with best technologies of education and training.

On April 12-15, 2017, the Moscow International Education Fair 2017 organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on direction of the Russian Government took place at VDNH. This year, more than 400 exhibitors presented their educational technologies and solutions on the area of more than 25,000 square meters. The program included more than 640 events that involved 1256 speakers. In four days, the number of visitors totalled 56,500 people, and many of them revisited the Fair each day.

The MIEF 2017 has turned into a large-scale map of education with individual navigation for every participant. The best practices, projects, products and services of professional educational and business communities were presented both within the events and in the exhibition space.

The MIEF 2017 program was based on several sources: the events organized by the departments of the Russian Ministry of Education of Science and the Ministries of the members of the MIEF Organising Committee, applications from professional community representatives, and suggestions of the Expert Council members.

The program was clustered by 19 professional groups and communities¾educators, psychologists, heads of educational organizations, teaching methodology experts, parents, business representatives, etc. This year’s concept, “The New Educational Ecosystem,” was aimed at developing integration between various participants of the educational process.

This year, the MIEF was first held under the auspices of UNESCO. Since 2017, the Fair has officially contributed in the realization of strategic goals of UNESCO Education 2030 Program.

The MIEF 2017 saw the UNESCO Ministerial Forum “Education as the Base for Effective Policy of Forming Children’s and Youth Resistance to the Ideas of Radicalism, Extremism, and Violence.” The Ministers of Education and government officials of UNESCO member nations, and representatives of diplomatic missions in Russia took part in the forum. When summarizing the results, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets emphasized Russia’s commitment to interaction with educational systems of other countries in order to develop better conditions for affordable high-quality education. The Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva emphasized the importance and the need to form children’s resistance to the ideas of radicalism, extremism, and violence. UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang thanked the Russian party, and expressed a hope that the forum would be repeated next year. Tang also mentioned the important role of the MIEF in the development of education in Russia and worldwide.

The list of experts participating in the Fair included internationally renowned professionals, such as Regina Murray, Senior Director EMEA, Microsoft Education; Wassilios Fthenakis, President of Didacta Assosiation; Jean-Marc Roirant, Vice President of the French League of Education, etc. The MIEF 2017 set the stage for lots of productive communications, with some of them having resulted in signed agreements.

The signing of the Road Map document within the agreement on the Development of Citizens’ Financial Literacy has become one of the key events of the MIEF 2017. The Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva and the Head of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina signed the document that is timed until 2020, and provides for the development of a system of continuous financial education, starting from kindergartens and up to universities.

During the Fair, the negotiations took place between the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva, the Minister of Education of the Syrian Arab Republic Hazwan Al-Wazz, the Minister of Higher Education of the Syrian Arab Republic Atef Naddaf, and the ministers of education of Tadjikistan and Burkina Faso.

Representatives of academic community and politicians discussed the image of the future education within the presentation organized by the Center of Analysis under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Supplementary education was widely discussed during the Fair. Leadesa of the “Elevator to the Future” project, The Kazan University of Talents, and Kvantorium technopark chain discussed the opportunities for organizations of supplementary education, business incubators and accelerators to introduce project culture to school students. The MIEF participants discussed the issues of government control, the activities of learning clubs, the creation of the online School of Coaches, the development of a map of locations for supplementary and informal education and many other issues. Beyond that, the Fair saw the presentation of the priority project of the Russian Government titled “Affordable Supplementary Education for Children.” The forum titled “Non-Governmental Supplementary Education” also took place at the Fair, with experts explaining businessmen the ways to enter Russian educational market, to get licenses for their programs, and to cooperate with schools.

This year, the regional agenda of the Fair was significantly expanded. Participants from 80 Russian regions talked about the best practices of quality management and modernization of regional education. 33 regional universities took part in the Fair. Besides other things, regional university leaders see the MIEF as a platform for attracting applicants from Moscow and the Moscow Region. More than 100 Russian universities took part in “Higher Education” cluster. University leaders and educators discussed a number of topical issues, such as educational environment, engineer education strategy, the development of IT education, efficient campus organization, higher education institution ratings, innovations development, business incubators and endowments, core universities, etc.

As usual, the program of the Fair covered a large number of topics related to modern schools, and for the first time, a wide range of topics related to pre-school education. The agendas of both clusters shared the contents and developed the 2017 concept, “The New Educational Ecosystem.” Experts discussed the skills of the 21th century, the influence of digital environment on the contents and quality of education, the organization of project activities, and the evaluation of the results. They also explored the connections between pre-school, secondary, secondary vocational, and higher education. Within the program of Secondary Education cluster, the experts also analyzed the interconnections between children’s camps and schools.

Inclusive Education traditionally became the cross-cutting topic of the Fair. Educators, psychologists, leaders of educational organizations, and special education experts discussed the practices of education, socialization, rehabilitation, and employment assistance for children, teenagers and youth with limited health capacities. The Inclusion Cluster 2017 was the first to introduce projects supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The MIEF 2017 also saw the grand opening of the Inclusive Schools Association initiated by the representatives of Moscow integrated educational institutions.

This year’s program paid special attention to educators’ advanced training. This topic was covered within the Lifelong Learning Cluster. The representatives of pedagogical community learned about the resources of legal support, and the new online professional development programs.

Within the MIEF 2017 special project “International Education,” the representatives of Russian and international educational communities could share experience, discuss the issues of international collaboration between universities on double-degree programs, academic exchange, and collaborative research projects. Russian universities, members of “5-100” project, presented their programs for foreign students.

The last day of the Fair was devoted to the City Festival for children and parents titled “Saturday at Education Fair.” The program was designed for families and divided into several topics, i.e. “About Children”, “About Parents”, “About Education.” Overall, 40 events took place, including open lectures and discussions devoted to various topics. The visitors learned how to keep the child’s self-esteem at school, how to help children become more successful, how to develop emotional intellect and find common ground with a teenager. They also discussed many other topics that were a subject of concern for today’s responsible parents.

Throughout its existence, the MIEF has become a major platform for career guidance. “Career Guidance” special project provided school students with an opportunity to test their knowledge and define interests, learn about the main professions of the future and the promising trends of labor market. More than 9,500 school students and 397 school groups took part in career guidance events.

The exhibition space of the Moscow International Education Fair 2017 has been expanded and totaled 25,000 square meters. Thus, the Fair has confirmed its status of Russia’s largest and most prestigious platform presenting advanced technologies, infrastructural and intellectual solutions for education. Leaders of major Russian companies took part in discussions devoted to personnel training for innovative economy. In four days, participants of the MIEF 2017 could share professional experience, find partners and investors for promising educational projects and get familiar with best technologies of education and training.


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