The Forum will present the best youth projects that had been previously selected at regional forums.
While the first three national student forums were dedicated to discussing students' problems, the fourth forum, held in Barnaul, will focus on concrete projects, said Alexander Stradze, director of the Department of State Policy in the Sphere of Children and Young People's Upbringing of the Russian Ministry of Education.
Now, he said, to attend the forum a student candidate has to offer a project focusing on the solution of a particular problem. And the forum itself will no longer be a separate event; it will become an ongoing project, with participants selected first at regional and district levels, and then at the federal stage. The chosen applicants will represent the "best projects created in the student community."
Students will work at five project platforms. These platforms will focus on the nominations the applicants based their projects on at local and regional levels. The best of the projects will be selected to take part at the winning projects, Alexander Stradze said, were selected by the university community. The judges included teachers, students and "employers who are interested in implementing the projects." At the "Breakthrough in Science" project platform the students will present and defend research and innovative projects. The "New Competencies" project platform will focus on new skills the student community needs. The "Media Development" platform will present projects in the sphere of ICT. The "No Borders" platform will discuss projects in the sphere of international cooperation and harmonization of international relations.
Then at least two most interesting and promising projects from each of the platforms will be selected to the "Top League Platform." One best project in each nomination will receive a RUR 500,000 prize. 100 most active student participants will also get special prizes. Additionally, forum organizers intend to find a model to determine future prize winners in various federal programs for talented youth.
The motto of the forum - "On Equal Terms" - reflects the open discussion format of communication between students and administrators of leading universities and the staff of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Potential employers representing Rosatom, Rusnano, Vodokanal St. Petersburg and other companies and corporations were invited to take part in the Forum as well. They will "help students find their place in life and get a good job," Alexander Stradze said.
The Forum will be held in leading St. Petersburg universities - St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, National Research University of Precise Mechanics and Optics and the University of Mining Engineering. The event program includes more than just official events. Before the program ends, there will be a football match between the team of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and a team of students.