For over forty years VSTU has carried out additional training for applicants at the preparatory courses. Eventually the university admission requirements became more strict. And secondary schools couldn't provide the required level of knowledge. This made the university's administration look for new teaching methods and forms of preparatory training.
To improve the system of continuous education "secondary school - university", in 1993 a preparatory faculty was founded at VSTU. Associate professor L.N. Rygalov was appointed the dean of the faculty.
The main objective of the faculty is to create appropriate learning conditions for secondary students who are keen on natural and technical sciences, so as to encourage them to improve their knowledge and skills, expand their horizons, develop their ability to deal with the most difficult tasks.
The main directions of the faculty's activities are:
- cooperation with secondary technical schools;
- school "INTENSIV";
- lyceum at VSTU;
- economic school "Economics Plus";
- rehearsal admission exams;
- organization and conducting of competitions in school subjects;
- vocational guidance.
The faculty tries to solve one the main problems of continuous education - connection between secondary school and institutions of higher education which grows into the problem of training and self-education. Quality of knowledge, ability of school students to learn in class and on their own become a criteria of school-leavers' preparedness for studying at university.
The preparatory faculty has agreements on joint activities with 27 secondary technical schools of Volgograd and the Volgograd region.
Organization and improvement of preparatory training are entrusted to a special teaching board headed by the first vice-rector professor Yu.V. Popov. The principals of all the 27 secondary technical schools are the members of this board. One of the important tasks solved by the board in the recent years is development and introduction of through programs for continuous training of senior school students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, Russian and technical drawing. On the board's advice foreign languages were included in the primary school program.
Address: 400131, Russia, Volgograd, Lenin avenue 28, VSTU, Preparatory faculty
Tel.: (8442) 24-84-21
Dean: S. V. Moskvichev