The defense of Bachelor’s degree theses of the first graduation group of the Higher School of Creative Industry & Design of the SPbPU Institute of Machinery, Materials, and Transport (HSCI&D IMM&T) was held in a remote format. For the first time, the defense of graduation theses in the Industrial Design area got an international status: along with our students, students from the People’s Republic of China presented their projects to the State Examination Commission.
It should be noted that this was the first Bachelor’s degree graduation team in the field of “Industrial Design” released under the cooperation agreement between SPbPU and Jiangsu University. Teachers of the HSCI&D have repeatedly visited their colleagues in China, participated in training and qualifying exams for Chinese students.
With the transfer to online mode of study, little has changed, except for the environment in which the defense took place: instead of presenting their works in an auditorium, students met with the SEC at Microsoft Teams, which made it possible to present his work even to a student who is now in Wuhan. Of the nine design projects submitted by Chinese students, eight received an “excellent” mark.
Most graduate theses are socially oriented. This includes the project of the home sports simulator by student Hua Zhenyang (supervisor: Associate Professor Yu.A. Aksarin), and the design project of the child transforming chair by student Liu Yingzheng (supervisor: Associate Professor A.G. Zubov). The most interesting project, according to the members of the SEC, was the thesis of student Shen Jiyang named “Crutches for people with limited mobility”, carried out under the scientific supervision of Associate Professor A.A. Aslyamov. Student A.S. Kochkina devoted her thesis to an original solution to the transport problem of SPbPU students, teachers and employees: “Design project of automatic station for renting kick scooters” (supervisor: Associate Professor A.G. Zubov).