Interdisciplinary Engineering Education For Sustainable Development Of Russian Petrochemical Cluster


Sustainable development of Russian industrial clusters is a key element of the national economy. The sustainable operation of process facilities aims at stimulating innovations for providing the efficiency and environmental safety of industries. However, the sustainable development of industrial clusters is impossible without a new generation of engineers who are able to solve complex tasks. Therefore, engineering education content focused on the development of integrated skills of students for sustainable development is required. These skills include the abilities and knowledge which are required for engineers to carry out complex digital, technological and ecological tasks. The article presents the interdisciplinary approach to training students majoring in Petrochemical Engineering at Kazan National Research Technological University and analyzes its efficiency. The content of engineering education was created according to the analysis of modern trends of sustainable development of Russian petrochemical clusters. The authors propose the interdisciplinary approach which aims at training future engineers to solve professional problems using the combination of skills such as predictive and technological, design and digital, environmental and technological. The main elements for implementing this approach to the educational process are regular analysis of cluster development trends and prospects, analysis of professional standards, cooperation of university and industry, professional development of university professors and improvement of teaching materials and methods. It is shown that the interdisciplinary training forms the ability of engineers to implement innovations aimed at increasing the sustainability of industrial facilities; predict possible consequences; provide technological, design, environmental and economic support; work in a team.

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