Project-based learning: studying the experience of leading universities

Designing as a way of integrating educational and practical activities helps a person to develop professional competencies that cannot be taught using instructions or textbooks. The University has been developing students' project activities for more than four years. Every year, more than 100 students create in-demand products in close co-operation with partners. Since 2021, the discipline ‘Fundamentals of Project Activities’ has been in the curricula as a pilot project. Since 2023, all students study the discipline ‘Project Activities’, which is a nuclear component of bachelor's degree programmes.

In 2022 for the first time students studying under secondary vocational education programmes are included in the project activity of the University.

The university staff underwent a professional development programme ‘Organisation of project activity at the University’ on the basis of Moscow Polytechnic University in order to better understand the organization of project activity at the university. During the training period our team developed their project ‘Improving the organization of project activities at Sholom Aleichem PSU’.

At Tyumen State University, our colleagues learnt  the experience of transforming the educational space based on the idea of individual educational trajectories. The students of Tyumen State University are involved in project activities from the first year and become participants of at least six project teams.

‘We managed to understand the principles of project work in the educational process studying cases. The most interesting were the cases on the organization of the project showcase,’ shares Ludmila Lukyanova, Vice-Rector for Secondary Vocational Education and Director of the Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education, ’I would like to note that the opportunity to attend such training allows us to objectively review the situation in which we find ourselves and to reconstruct the educational activities with a better quality. We will apply the results of our work on our own project at our university.’

‘It was interesting to see the experience of involving not only university employees, but also external stakeholders among employers in the project activities. The tools for developing regulatory and legal support for project work in the educational process were very important. In order to improve the quality of education, it is important to constantly improve our competencies, which is what we do at our university thanks to our participation in the Strategic Academic Leadership Programme ‘Priority 2030’, - says Marina Afanasyeva, Head of Educational and Methodological Department.