Student activity is an engine for development and creativity
Student life in MUCTR doesn’t come down to learning only. There exists a vast multilevel system of student assistance and follow-up, where the important role belongs to student societies, career guidance, and optimisation of student support system.
THE COUNCIL OF EDUCATED MINDS
For almost 30 years the University has been a home for the United Council of Young Researchers, Students and Specialists. One of the main tasks for the Council is organisation and coordination of the annual MUCTR United Congress of Chemical Technology of Youth. This Congress brings together over 1000 students, postgraduates and junior researchers from the leading higher education institutions of Russia and neighbouring states. Congress materials are published as collected papers in “Advances in Chemistry and Chemical Technology” series, which is included in Russian Science Citation Index. Students get an opportunity to participate in scientific competitions like the All-Russian Contest of Innovation Research Projects UMNIK-Chemistry, the International Dmitry Mendeleev Contest of Young Researchers Projects in Chemistry and Chemical Technology, the Contest for Young Innovators – the All-Russian Business-Forum of Youth, etc.
The University maintains a system of selection and financial support for young scientists. Scholarships are provided by the Fund for Assistance in Development of Small Businesses in Science and Technology, and the “Participant of Scientific Innovation Contest of Youth” (UMNIK) programme. The financial support is granted to more than 50 candidates each year. The School of Youth Mission (Prizvanie) is another source of financial support that is annually granted to 35 candidates aged up to 35 years. The University also organises Olympiads under the guise of the Dmirty Mendeleev Heritage Charity Foundation.
The University actively promotes the programme for youth innovation business support in the following areas – chemistry, chemical technology and modern materials. The key role here belongs to the Student Transfer Agency for Research and Technology (START).
START delivers training for students and postgraduates in design of compelling and socially minded innovation projects, stimulates creativity, and provides assistance to small business entities.
The Agency has managed to get support from different organisations, the list of its partners includes the Fund for Assistance in Development of Small Businesses in Science and Technology, the Moscow City Centre for Innovation and High-End Technologies, the Youth Business-Incubator in the Northern Administrative District of Moscow, the All-Russian NGO Young Innovative Russia, JSCs BINAKOR-CT, AQUATEC-CT, RPC INCHEMTEC, the Zvorykin Project, the Council of Young Researchers, the MUCTR Technopark, and the Russian Union of Innovation Technology Centres. The primary event of START is the annual Youth International School “Innovative Chemical Technologies. Innovation Planning”. The participants have obtained about 7 million roubles in subsidies.
Marketing of applied research products is possible through the powerful innovation potential of the University strengthened by the chain of small innovation enterprises (SIE). In MUCTR there exist and successfully grow 17 SIEs with student participation: JSC BINAKOR-CT, JSC CyberPharm, JSC Membranica, JSC WESTEOS, JSC Small Innovation Enterprise INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES, JSC Small Innovation Enterprise INPHARMTEC, JSC RPE ProTec, etc. This activity is coordinated by the MUCTR Youth Innovation Centre, which is a part of the R&D Department of the University.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO FIND A JOB?
Today the skill for seeking a job is a necessity for making a career.
The Career Support Service of the Institute for Professional Development provides career guidance, assists employment and career growth of the graduates. Each year large companies make their presentations at the University, a job vacancies database is continuously maintained for the University graduates in various profiles. The Career Support Service helps the future employees with their CVs, possible career paths, basic negotiation training, and provides information on up-to-date state of chemical engineers labour market.
THE WEB OF LAWS AND RULES
Often the everyday life of a student throws in some really hard questions. This may be a consequence of poor understanding of the University’s methods of operation, rules and regulations. Primary trainee union helps to resolve these issues, to improve living standards of the students. Today the union comprises the most part of the student body. The variety of problems facing the union both at the University level and nation-wise is really impressive. The key objective of the student union is advocacy of social rights and interests of the students.
ACTIVISTS IN WELCOME DEVELOPMENT
Since 2005 the University has formed the Youth Policy Department. This Department on annual basis participates in large-scale city events, in memorial activities to the Great Victory heroes, takes a hand in Cleanup Days, organises visits of the student activists to the Kremlin museums. Together with the Intellectual All-Round Centre the Department coordinates the “What? Where? When?” tournament, provides roundtables, conferences and other events for student active education.
The key project of the Department is the Dmirty Mendeleev University Activist School – a training programme aimed at the integrated solution to the problems of the youth upbringing and education, at providing the environment for student self-realisation, improving their creativity and leadership skills.
THE STUDENT COUNCIL – the main student government entity
The Student Council provides a diversified assistance and support for the students, which is mostly focused on cultural and popular science activities. There exist tight connections with theatres; visits to orphanages are organised on a regular basis, the Historical Search Division has been formed. The Student Council coordinates a variety of tours, for example free topical tours to the Kubinka Tank Museum and the Central Armed Forces Museum, gives out free tickets to various sports events. The traditional events of the Council include “The Mendeleev Uni Maze”, The New Years Student Ball, and photo-shows. The University historical museum gives tours to applicants, first-year students, and guests of the University.
THE CREATIVE LAB
The particular highlight of the University is its long cultural traditions. The MUCTR Club is a place where creative minds were born and brought up, who later got nation wide fame. For example, the MICTM graduate, film director Vadim Abdrashitov made his early steps in cinematography at the amateur cinema studio “MICT-film”. The laureate for international and domestic contests, the soloist in opera theatres of Germany and Sweden Vladimir Baikov graduated from the MUCTR IT Faculty. The broadcaster, composer, script writer and the Club of the Funny and Inventive (CFI, KVN in Russian) team captain Michail Marfin started in the Faculty of Inorganic Substances propaganda team.
The Great auditorium scene keeps memories of great actors, singers, composers, artists, poets, whose appearances turned into unforgettable events: Vladimir Vysotskiy, Artur Eisen, Evgeniy Evtushenko, Bella Akhmadulina, Robert Rozhdestvenskiy, Igor Kvasha, Andrey Mironov and Lyudmila Gurchenko.
The Borodin Hall became the birthplace of the Irina Arkhipova Musical Salon, where guests and disciples of the great singer performed.
The University also has the Students Creativity Centre. In line with the best traditions of the University the Centre uncovers new talents, carries out numerous concerts, contests, KVN games, conventional student festivals “The Mendeleev Spring”, “The First-Years Day”, “Miss MUCTR”, “Mister MUCTR”, plays of the MUCTR Theatre. In the University there exists the Student Theatre, an amateur voluntary association of students that is a predecessor for the Moscow Russian Drama Theatre “The Chamber Stage”.