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MEPhI team wins first National Intercollegiate Championship WorldSkills Russia

04.12.2017

Winners of the first National Intercollegiate Championship "Young professionals" (WorldSkills Russia) have been awarded in Moscow. The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI became the leader of the medal standings of WorldSkills Russia finals. The team of the University won three gold, three silver and one bronze medals.

"Despite the fact that higher education institutions have joined the WorldSkills movement this year, the final of the first championship brought together more than 430 students from around the country and 120 of them presented capital's universities. I wanted to ask guys not only to use achieved here experience, but to motivate our next championships at their home institutions. Such continuity is very important", said the General Director of the Union "Young professionals (WorldSkills Russia)" Robert Urazov.

The second place is shared by the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the Russian British Institute of Management.

The medal standings of the Intercollegiate Championship includes higher education institutions from 24 regions of Russia. 27 medals were won by the students of the Moscow universities, 13 – Chelyabinsk region, and the Republic of Tatarstan and Tyumen region won 7 medals each.

The Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia Lyudmila Ogorodova congratulated the Union “Young professionals WorldSkills Russia” and Moscow Government on the success of the first championship of professional skills.

“There is not any analogue of this competition anywhere in the world yet! I want to say thanks to the guys who were not afraid to come here and show their skills to the experts,” said the Deputy Minister. “Now each of you knows his strengths and weaknesses and can simulate his career. That’s how new modern educational mechanisms are emerging!”

The ceremony was attended by more than 430 participants and the same number of experts who judged the professional skills of students from 83 Russian universities in 36 competencies for two days.

The Deputy of the State Duma, Deputy Chairman of Committee on economic policy, industry, innovative development and entrepreneurship Denis Kravchenko came to congratulate the winners at the closing of the Intercollegiate Championship: "Our country is waiting for a new industrial and technological breakthrough, which is impossible without professionals. You're young, but you are already experts in your fields. We need to work together to make our country better and stronger."

University competitions in professional skills are the third championship’s direction that WorldSkills Russia develops. Besides that our country holds the competition in the traditional branches – among students of colleges and vocational schools (at the age of 16-22 years). There is also a branch of sectoral championships. The largest of them – WorldSkills Hi-Tech – is held annually in Yekaterinburg and gathers young workers from 18 to 28 years who won the corporate competitions which takes place at the production sites of the largest Russian companies throughout the year. Two other championships – DigitalSkills and AgroSkills – focus on the IT sector and agribusiness.

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