The XI Eurasian Economic Youth Forum took place from April 20 to 23 at the Ural State University of Economics (USUE). This year’s Forum, "Russia and the Regions of the World: The Embodiment of Ideas and the Economy of Opportunities", was dedicated to discussing current trends in the national and world economy with a focus on Eurasian integration. Students from 64 countries participated together with ambassadors from 19 countries.
NSU initiated the development of a delegation from several universities in Novosibirsk to represent the region at the Forum. To be selected for the finals, participants had to send their work to competition coordinators at USUE for consideration. Two 1st year foreign students at NSU won third place in the "City: Open the Future" competition. Fawzi Adristi, a student at the Economics Department from Indonesia, and Alagiyavanna Avishka, a student at the Geology and Geophysics Department from Sri Lanka, won with their project, "Surabaya: Five Steps to a Smart City ". Larisa Melnikova, Associate Professor at the Economics Management Section at the NSU Economics Department, was their scientific supervisor. The goal of the NSU students' work was to find ways to improve the infrastructure, ecological situation, and urban environment using modern technologies with the city of Surabaya in Indonesia as their focus.
Adristi talked about their work,
We were inspired by the reality that I faced when I was in my country. Surabaya is a beautiful and populous city with many opportunities to develop as a smart city. We prepared the project in a very short time frame (2-3 weeks including the final presentation) due to our busy University schedule. I really want to thank our advisor, without her I don't think we would have succeeded. The competition was awesome! We met many new friends and had an opportunity to walk around Yekaterinburg! I would like to participate in other competitions in the future and do my best.
The winners received certificates as well as cash prizes.