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HSE University and Neimark IT Campus Sign an Agreement on Launching an AI Network Programme

HSE University and Neimark IT Campus Sign an Agreement on Launching an AI Network Programme

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HSE University, together with the world-class Neimark IT campus, is preparing a unique professional environment for future IT specialists: to this end, an IT school will be created in the Nizhny Novgorod region, and on September 1st, the first network degree programme ‘Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Technologies’ will be launched at HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod.

The agreement on implementing the programme was signed in Nizhny Novgorod at a presentation on the complex development of an IT hub in the Nizhny Novgorod region which was delivered to the heads of federal IT corporations with the participation of the Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Maksut Shadaev, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Gleb Nikitin and HSE University Rector Nikita Anisimov.

The agreement on the implementation of the first network programme of higher education ‘Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Technologies’ was signed by Anna Blyakhman, Director of HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod, and Valery Cherepennikov, Director of the Project Office of the Neimark IT Campus.

Students on the programme will study methods, models and concepts of artificial intelligence, acquire skills in the practical use of neural networks, image recognition and speech, and learn how to use data analysis and machine learning technologies throught the experiences of leading IT companies.

Gleb Nikitin

‘Artificial intelligence has become one of the key areas of training on the IT campus for a very good reason. Our region has accumulated serious experience in this area. Yuri Neimark stood at the origins of artificial intelligence in Gorky about half a century ago, and the OpenCV computer vision library, which Nizhny Novgorod engineers worked on, became a unique example of such products and features of IT in Nizhny Novgorod,’ says Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region.

Admissions to the programme will open this year. Applicants must pass the Unified State Exam in mathematics, computer science and Russian language.

HSE University Rector Nikita Anisimov empahsised that the joint programme with the IT campus is unique in both its content and learning technology.

‘The programme combines the best teachers from HSE with experts from leading companies in the industry, who will jointly help students acquire skills on real projects. As a result, we will have highly qualified graduates with both the modern practical experience and soft skills necessary to solve problems of the future of the digital data economy,’ says HSE Rector.

Valery Cherepennikov

‘The programme is designed to give graduates a strong fundamental mathematical knowledge that provides the basis for intelligent solutions, and multiple practice-oriented courses that form skills in developing and implementing machine learning algorithms, as well as applying neural networks and deep learning to solve real problems. Industrial expertise and in-depth specialisation in these areas will be provided by the Neimark IT Campus. Throughout their study, students will participate in project activities, attend specialised courses from partners, workshops, and take part in special events. Thus, after graduation, we will have exceptional employees in great demand on the market,’ explaines Valery Cherepennikov.

‘For HSE University, the programme ‘Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Technologies’ is a natural step in the ongoing creation of an ecosystem for talented students who are passionate about IT technologies in Nizhny Novgorod. During their studies, students will be able to gain full-fledged developer experience, receive a number of additional certificates confirming their qualifications, and a ready-made portfolio of completed projects,’ adds Anna Blyakhman, Director of the HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod.

The projects for the development of the IT campus education system include creating a new educational space for future IT specialists, organised by the Neimark IT Campus and HSE University.

‘The project is unique not only due to its location within walking distance from the IT campus facilities, but also due to the concept of the educational process. We plan to enrol up to 1,600 school students into full-time studies. About a thousand more children from all over Russia will be able to study here remotely with modules in an offline format. The programme content will also be uniquel. It considers IT as a cross-cutting specialisation for all professional areas: from fintech and biotech to linguistics and urban studies,’ adds Gleb Nikitin.

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