Inter RAO—Electric Power Plants actively engages students in formulating the agenda of the energy of the future

The finals of “I’m a Professional” All-Russian student Olympiad in the area of Power Engineering took place at the end of April with more than 4,000 applications submitted this season.

“I’m a Professional” is a new format large-scale educational Olympiad for Russian graduate students, implemented with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. The Olympiad is held by: I’m a Professional Student Olympiads Organizers Association, Inter RAO—Electric Power Plants as a representative of the Inter RAO Group, Yandex, Sberbank, VTB, Rosatom State Corporation, Russia—Land of Opportunity ANO, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (an All-Russian employers association) among others.

The main objective of the project is to help talented students from various fields to prove themselves, to receive an invitation to continue their studies at the leading universities of the country and to start a career in a big company.

37 participants from different Russian universities, who presented their solutions for optimizing the distribution of loads between power stations and individual units, projections of the loads for power plants, measures to reduce the negative impact of renewable energy sources, and other issues, passed to the final stage of the Olympiad in the area of Power Engineering. Experts from the National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute” and employees of the Chief Engineer Service of Inter RAO—Electric Power Plants jointly compiled tasks for the Olympiad. This approach made it possible to make truly practice-oriented tasks.

Anna Zhirokhova, HR and Organizational Development Director at Inter RAO—Electric Power Plants, noted: “Today technologies are rapidly developing and changing. Our power plants are constantly striving to improve in a significant way the level of their efficiency, reliability and sustainability, use modern technologies and equipment, and attract highly talented and professional employees. It is vital for students to receive practical and relevant knowledge with regard to the current structure and development of our industry, while they are still studying in universities.”

The evaluating experts note that the participants show a very high level of preparation, propose highly elaborated solutions and that the knowledge of the finalists goes beyond the university curriculum and shows novelty. Vladimir Zamolodchikov, first Vice-Rector of the National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute”, drew attention to the importance of such projects for students, because I'm a Professional is not just a test of knowledge and a competition, it is a social lift that helps young people to build a career, and the employers to find employees interested in career development.

The winners of the final stage in the area of Power Engineering will be determined in May. Their names will be posted on the official website of the Olympiad.

In addition to cash prizes and additional credits that will allow the winners of the Olympiad to move to a higher level of education, they will be also given an opportunity to get an internship at Inter RAO—Electric Power Plants.