Professor Phillip Sanger of Purdue University (USA) has concluded his series of lectures in project management at NArFU Higher School of Economics and Management. The subject was taught in three sessions — for teachers, students and the industry.
Among the participants were 19 Bachelor’s and Master’s students from the Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Institute of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Higher School of Economics and Management, Institute of Energy and Transport, Institute of Natural Sciences and Technology, Institute of Mathematics, Information and Space Technologies.
The first lecture took place in late February. Over the next 10 weeks the students studied the theory of project activities, learnt to work in a team and implement project plans.
The first session finished on 4 March. The students choose topics for their projects, and four working groups were formed. Within the following month via the Internet the students discussed the implementation of their ideas with the professor. The results were presented at the final lesson on 18 April.
One of the student groups came up with the project «International Cuisine at NArFU»: a community for NArFU international students in the social network «Vkontakte» where they can publish their favourite ethnic recipes. The participants even managed to involve Phillip Sanger in cooking one of the dishes.
Another project relates to teaching of the younger generation about energy efficiency. An interdisciplinary team of students created a hilarious video about the easiest ways to save energy and reduce its consumption costs without damage to health and the environment. The video was later presented to the pupils of one of the city schools.
Another initiative — a comic book for schoolchildren about the problem of environment pollution and the possibility of waste recycling — called «How a Bear Changed the Forest». The students developed the publication layout and managed to release 30 copies of the first edition. This project gave birth to the idea of a comic magazine for disabled children. However, due to the project’s complexity the initiative eventually failed.
A group of NArFU employees presented their project — a film about the life of the university teachers, which is now available to current and prospective students of NArFU.
During his April visit to NArFU Phillip Sanger also had several meetings with the university administration to discuss the possibility of further cooperation and joint projects with representatives of the Institute of Energy and Transport and the Higher School of Economics and Management.