The University will send proposals for collaboration to Chinese companies and universities following the event Internet + Training for People with Disabilities held by APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), which took place in China at the end of December. Mikhail Pozhidaev, Associate Professor of the Department of Theoretical Foundations of Informatics, lecturer at the TSU Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and Elena Teplykh, a junior researcher at the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research, took part in it at the invitation of the organizers.
Mikhail Pozhidaev received the invitation because he created a software product for visually impaired and blind people that can be used in educational programs. Having learned about this development, the representatives of APEC decided to include him among the Russian participants of the forum.
Tomsk State University is now preparing a series of official letters with a proposal for collaboration, which will be sent to several organizations of the PRC - for example, to the Can You Group alliance. It includes a company that develops assistive technologies; the division that attracts people with disabilities to perform various work of a commercial nature; and the Accessibility Research Institute. Mikhail Pozhidaev met and talked with the head of Can You Group during his trip.
In the course of communication, it turned out that in China there is no mass learning of such a profession as programmer among visually impaired and blind people. Tomsk State University has experience in this, and the University can help this educational program to spread to other countries. In particular, it will be offered to the University of Guangzhou.