A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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29 July 2019
Vitaliy Milke

Vitaliy Milke on Continuous Education for Adults in Context of AI Technology in Russia

Éducation permanente is the French for ‘continuing education’. This concept was developed by French researchers in the 1960s inspired by ideas of cosmopolitanism, universal humanism, and the notion of a New Man.

Technology comes and evolves very quickly. Today, you can’t get one higher education and make use of it for the rest of your life. Many aspects of éducation permanente are associated with adult education that provides an opportunity to grow along with a rapidly changing world.

How can you change a field of studies and what is the potential of Russian professionals? Russia can boast great tradition of teaching physics and mathematics. However, it doesn’t mean that the industry of AI only needs professional physicists, technicians or mathematicians. There’s a huge gap between developers and users of the technology. There’s also a huge gap among those who develop the technology: coders vs. entrepreneurs. People who can act as a bridge between developers and consumers, between coders and entrepreneurs or clients.

There’s another important thing — how society sees an adult person being a student. A 35-year old post-graduate student looks strange to people. In the UK, the age of PhD students varies in a vast range from 25 to 70 years. We should change the attitude of society to a mature person in University classroom! People who want to do studies at the age of 35 and up to 60–65 must be encouraged in every possible way.

Vitaliy Milke,
Advisor to the President for Economy and Finance, JSC Business Alliance
PhD reseacher in Computer Science & Machine Learning

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