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NCFU Promotes Non-Formal Education

Elena Sonina (Head of Department for Student Potential Promotion, NCFU) was invited to the Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio to tell about non-formal education developed in the largest university of the North Caucasus.

Elena Sonina (Head of Department for Student Potential Promotion, NCFU) was invited to the Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio to tell about non-formal education developed in the largest university of the North Caucasus.

Elona Ogadzhanova (Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio):

– What is non-formal education at NCFU? What difference does it feature from the traditional one? And what does it offer to students?

Elena Sonina:

– The situation now is that apart from classical education, which students receive at the university, they need a huge number of personal skills to help them find a job and then build a career, namely leadership, teamwork, the ability to speak well, emotional intelligence, critical thinking. Non-formal education is aimed at developing such skills through various courses, programs, master classes, and trainings. At the University, we pay great attention to making sure that the student has a chance to further master and develop personal competencies.

 

Elona Ogadzhanova (Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio):

– Do you mean you work with students, offering them some extra activities?

Elena Sonina:

– The major condition for non-formal education is that is must be voluntary. It is up to the students which program they choose to undergo as part of their extracurricular activity.

Elona Ogadzhanova (Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio):

Im a student. Now, what motivation do I need to join the courses?

Elena Sonina:

– We start it from the very first year – initial events, special activities for freshmen and schools. Students are told about what place they have joined and what options they have now, including through joining our trainings and master classes.

Elona Ogadzhanova (Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio):

– Is there a coach responsible for each student?

Elena Sonina:

– The available formats are diverse. We have also launched a tutoring program, which helps first-year students who have just come to the University to quickly adjust and join the University system. For other students we have a program where they get supervision from a University employee, coach or project Manager. Undergraduates who have certain achievements in a particular field help other students discover their talents and open up. And there is a tutoring program, where we involve employers thus promoting employment. However, in general we have free courses, where everyone can choose any field of study and get exactly the knowledge and skills that they find the most relevant.

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