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RVC Plans to Introduce a Technology Entrepreneurship Course in Schools

Source: RIA Novosti

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Russian Venture Company (RVC) plans to introduce a technology entrepreneurship course in Russian schools in the fall of 2020. The company sent a letter of invitation to the Russian Ministry of Education, RVC said.

“RVC sent to the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation proposals on introducing entrepreneurial programs for children in the educational process in fulfillment of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin's instructions. The proposals are based on the experience of RVC in introducing a specialized course on technological entrepreneurship in universities. Since 2018, training on a course developed by RVC in conjunction with Lomonosov Moscow State University and NRU ITMO, over 16 thousand students passed in more than 50 universities across Russia,” the document says.

The letter was sent on April 30.

It is proposed to focus pilot programs on technological entrepreneurship on students in grades 10 and 11, and it is separately planned to develop programs on “entrepreneurial literacy” for students in grades seven and nine.

“The preliminary development of teaching materials is planned to be completed by August. Particular attention will be paid to the possibilities of using distance education formats, including the integration of existing online resources for training entrepreneurship,” the report said.

For school teachers, it is planned to conduct training activities that will allow them to acquire skills in teaching the basics of technological entrepreneurship. The plan also provides for the development of a separate course, “Teaching Technological Entrepreneurship,” for senior students of pedagogical universities. RVC intends to involve partner universities in the development and implementation of the program, which already today are implementing initiative-based training programs for schoolchildren in technological entrepreneurship: Lomonosov Moscow State University, MIPT, NRU ITMO, FEFU, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Irkutsk National Research Technical University, and others.

“Of course, we do not expect that students will immediately become successful start-ups at the end of such courses. But they will be involved with great enthusiasm in entrepreneurial projects at the next stage of their education — at universities. Therefore, to develop school courses on entrepreneurship, we propose combining the expertise and resources of several partner universities of RVC. For several years, they have been successfully implementing similar programs for future applicants,” commented Mikhail Antonov, Deputy General Director, Director for Development of Innovative Infrastructure of RVC.

In mid-April, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Ministry of Education to submit proposals by September 1 to introduce additional entrepreneurial-oriented extensive education programs for children in the tutorial process.

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