Wednesday 29.08.18, 11:00
Workforce and education for the digital economy (Conferences)

What specialists will be in demand in the new economy, and how do you properly train them? What skills will be required from workers in the digital era? And how will the education system change given new demands from the market? 










english with simultaneous translation into Russian

The second day of the discussion will be dedicated to two other basiс areas of the digital economy development program – 'Formation of research skills and Technological Headstarts' and 'Workforce and Education.' The main goals of these areas are to create the proper conditions for personnel training, to improve the educational system and labor market, and to support applicational research in the digital economy that ensures technical independence and national security.


Russia has a tremendous track record in creating mathematical and engineering models and implementing them in practice, and the country still boasts a high level of technical education. Given the international search for employees and technologies, it is important to keep a moderate protectionist policy in place and find new ways to support local talents and developments in order to create digital infrastructure in the country. During the discussion, Russian and international experts will define key trends in the development of education in today’s world, will try to explain whether Russia is part of this global trend, what challenges universities face, and how the digital economy affects the labor market.

Participants of the discussion:

  • Sergey Mardanov, Director for Relations with Universities, Mail.Ru Group
  • Andrey Shobanov, Deputy Director for Scientific and Methodological Work of RZD Corporate University
  • Dmitry Volkov, Director for Development of Educational Technologies, Sberbank Corporate University
  • Tamara Shatova, HR Director of MTS Moscow
  • Elena Pershina, Director of Functional Skills Block, Rosatom Corporate Academy
  • Igor Agamirzyan, Vice-President of the Higher School of Economics
  • Nadezhda Surova, Director of the Institute of Management and Socio-Economic Planning at Russian Plekhanov Academy, member of the Expert Council of the State Duma for Digital Economy and Block Technologies
  • Ilya Doronov, Managing Director of RBC TV Channel

  • Key discussion topics:
  • Personnel training for the digital economy: digitizing education, developing skills and digital literacy
  • Prospects for using AI for teaching and assessment of skills. Simulators, virtual reality, and other technologies that can improve the quality of personnel training
  • Accessibility and efficiency of online education and its inherence to the educational process
  • The labor market and popular skills in the digital age
  • The rate of economic transformation and the response of the educational system to the change
  • Why do large corporations need corporate universities and what knowledge gaps they are designed to fill?
  • What do universities need in order to train personnel that will be competitive in the international labor market?
  • Who should be teachers and what should they teach?


    So-called 'end-to-end technologies' radically change the situations of existing markets and even create new ones. These technologies now include, for example, neuro- and quantum technologies, robotics and sensory technologies, wireless communication, and augmented reality. This discussion will be devoted to the search for solutions, the establishment of a system for determining the needs of various sectors of the economy for end-to-end or unique technologies, and the formation of efficient partnerships involving leading scientific and educational organizations and the business community. Experts will try to formulate the infrastructure that is required to conduct advanced research and foster unique Russian pilot projects.

    Participants of the discussion:

  • Arsen Gareev, Head of the Regional Ecosystem Development Group, Russian Venture Company
  • Evgeny Osochenko, Director of Digital Transformation of the Industry program, Head of Project Office, Rosatom State Corporation
  • Silje Bareksten, head of Smart City, Oslo Business Region
  • Tina Berezhnaya, Academic Supervisor of the Data Journalism educational program at the Higher School of Economics, Adviser to Director General of RT on information technologies

  • Key discussion topics:
  • International cooperation and integration into the global academic landscape as an important factor in the development of Russia's digital economy
  • Creation of end-to-end digital technologies based on Russian pilot projects
  • What support and incentive mechanisms are important for R&D organizations?
  • How can innovative enterprises and projects with high commercial potential become leaders in global markets?
  • Educational programs and the need to establish end-to-end technology departments at leading universities, and the role of businesses in designing such programs

  • The conference is held within the framework of the support of Data Economy Russia 2024 state program and is part of Binary District x Strelka summer program. The programme involves a series of educational events about digital technologies and innovations, featuring international business owners and scientists, as well as civil and political leaders.

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