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IAITE international strategy embraces the activities for wide promotion of IT education. So in line with it became the visit of the official delegation of International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER), to SSTU on April 4-6, 2011. The delegation was formed by:

  • prof. Tomas Chermak, iNEER Chair, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic;
  • prof. Olli Mertanen, Vice Rector, Turku University, Finland;
  • prof. Radim Farana, Dean, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

SSTU and iNEER are in close partnership, that is dating back to 2003 and 2004. The main goal of this visit was the promotion of IAITE-iNEER relations and the discussion of possibilities for hosting an international conference in Saratov in summer 2012.

The IAITE higher management – Chair Alexander Sytnik, Secretary General Olga Dolinina, SSTU professors, – presented our ideas on conference content and hosting. Discussions and consultations have resulted in agreement outlining the future event, that was signed together by Alexander Sytnik and Tomas Chermak.

The conference will be held together by iNEER and IAITE under the title "International Conference on Information Technologies – 2012: Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Manufacturing and Research (ICIT-2012)". The dates June 6-9 2012 were set.

The emphasis will be the development and globalization of IT education and research, along with innovations and networking, active learning, university-industry collaboration, ICT for sustainable development and technological change, global challenges for ICT education and development etc. The potential participants will be academics from different ICT disciplines, ICT educators, ICT practitioners from business and industry, representatives of ministries on education.

The wide international participation is planned. Call for abstracts (English only) will be released on July 1, 2011 and will be closed on November 1, 2011. The received abstracts will be reviewed together by Russian and international experts. Authors of selected abstracts will provide full papers for publishing in the conference electronic journal. Some papers will also be included in the iNNER annual "Innovations 2012".

The ICIT-2012 organization committee is to be formed by iNEER active members, who have hosted similar events at their universities in USA, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Poland, Taiwan, Canada, Spain, Finland. SSTU Rector Igor Pleve was elected as a Chair, members from iNEER and SSTU are Alexander Sytnik, Olga Dolinina, Natalia Lovtsova, Alexander Bolshakov, Alexander Gorokhovsky, Leonid Melnikov and others. The general opinion is that ICIT-2012 will be a great event for wide promotion and globalization of IT education and help the global integration of academic community. The discussions have resulted in an agreement for joint conference hosting, signed by Alexander Sytnik and Tomas Chermak.

IAITE organization tasks are the information support and promotion of forthcoming conference among its members in Russia and internationally. We are sure that such collaborative event will help to strengthen the links between IAITE and world academic community.

"SSTU was chosen as a host for this conference because it is famous for strong international strategy and good reputation, and also because of its leading role in IAITE", said prof. Tomas Chermak, iNEER Chair.