IGUMO EDUCATING NEW GENERATION
The new time creates new challenges. One generation succeeds another. The education system has to be as relevant as possible to teach the young the qualities and build the skills they will need in the modern world. Marina Volynkina, the rector of the Institute for the Humanities and IT (IGUMO), shared her approach to the new generation.
On 2 April, IGUMO celebrated its 25th birthday. For all those years, many real professionals graduated from it. Acknowledgement of their skills is the fact the institute actualises large-scale projects. Among them are the news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community and the all-Russian Global Talents web-portal. No wonder they are the parts of the educational process: the notions of woman, child, and education are closely connected.
The chain starts with a woman giving birth to her child. Their development mostly depends on her. It often happens that mother is the person to choose, where her children will study and what education they will get. Moreover, she is a prime example for them. Thus, it is essential for a woman to be well educated, and able to help her children choose the right values, and acquire useful knowledge and skills.
Everyone knows now, what an experimental school is. However, there is no such notion as experimental institute yet. IGUMO is a one-of-a-kind educational institution actualising experimental educational technologies. Scientists tell us that in the modern world knowledge gets old quickly. Thus, it is essential to both teach students while developing their professional skills and let them develop working relationships, find and analyse information, and put it into practice. IGUMO projects are those, which help one develop such skills.
As a rector and head of the EWC and Global Talents projects, Marina Volynkina highlighted five key points of educating new generation, which were worked out by the institute team while creating educational space.
Teacher is an example. In every sphere, practice-oriented approaches of education are no less important than theory is. One cannot teach a person how to swim only by telling them how to act in water. The same goes to the activity of journalists, designers, translators, PR professionals, photographers, psychologists, etc. However, one of the features of IGUMO’s education process is that lecturers both help their students acquire practice-oriented skills and work alongside them. They take interviews, participate in exhibitions, edit articles, visit various events, and all that together with the students. Thus, our lecturers are role models.
Ownership. Marina is sure every student needs to understand their ownership of what they do. Only after realising the project is theirs, that one contributes much to its actualisation, they start to immerse into activity while fulfilling their potential. That is why lecturers have to both motivate students and create such conditions, under which they have the opportunity of expressing opinions and suggesting ideas. In such a case, the young feel satisfied and begin to respect themselves seeing the results of their work. That, in turn, motivates them to develop further. Students of IGUMO Psychology Faculty, among other things, study the topic of children’s giftedness, which helps us work at Global Talents.
Self-development. One has to study hard. And that works both for students and professors. A lecturer has to develop constantly, master their skills, and acquire new knowledge. According to Marina Volynkina, “A student is a professor’s reflection. The more the professor knows, the more his students know. Thus, one has to develop and study for one’s whole life”. That happens in IGUMO as well. Professors always visit workshops and trainings alongside their students and even learn new professions joyfully. For example, Marina herself, being a Doctor of Law, chaired the news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community. She learned the new profession quickly and often acts as a journalist, interviewing representatives from different spheres alongside her students. The dean of IGUMO Journalism Faculty Tatyana Vorozhtsova considers Marina Volynkina one of her best students.
Respect. A teacher should in no case have the sense of superiority over their student. Professor is an associate, a mentor, a person, who is ready to share all the knowledge and experience they have. One can build most effective kind of communication only with mutual respect and understanding. To achieve that, a teacher needs to become a senior friend for their students. That is the only way for students to feel comfortable and free, be open to communicate, and be ready to share their ideas, even the boldest ones (which turn out to be brilliant quite often). That is how the creative works, that qualitative so as to be presented alongside famous painters and photographers’ ones, appear. This is the principle, according to which our annual Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) festival works.
The efficiency of the approach is also seen in the activity of the Global Talents portal, where moderators always talk to young users on equals. The children themselves mentioned that it is essential for them to be treated seriously. That gives one the sense of their self-worth and inspires one to act.
Creative approach. One is not able to fulfil their potential without creating. It is important in all spheres. Art allows one to both find interesting solutions of any problem and identify in oneself and one’s students such skills that will make the world much more interesting.
IGUMO’s creative atmosphere is boundless. Professors always tend to provide their students with such tasks that require fantasy, imagination, and creative. Moreover, students often participate in recitals, put on plays, hold various holidays, shoot videos and even short films, design auditoriums, etc.
Any higher education institution possessing these five features is able to educate talented, cultured, and socially active youth with professional experience. IGUMO professor do not stop enjoying their students’ and graduates’ success. They ask their questions throughout the conference with Vladimir Putin, work in the leading companies, interview top officials, participate in covering international events, etc. They are focused, vibrant, and positive.
Marina Volynkina is sure that student’s success is directly proportional to his lecturer’s level. A talented mentor can see and develop any student’s talent. That is why the key component here is professor’s energy and the desire to make our world a better place. The most important here is motivate one’s students to do what they need to and inspire them with knowledge and progress. That is a real talent.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov