In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, Sergey Kochuguev, Head of Datagrav LLC, shared information on how to recognize the smartest student, and shed light on the features of Russian-style programming.
Some time ago, a Russian programmer was a unique employee in the global job market; he occupied his unique niche. Everyone knew that "a Russian programmer is able to solve complex problems in a fast, low cost and the most effective way".
Now all these reputational properties like "fast", "low cost" and "effective" are snatched by our Asian colleagues. And this apparently is an objective process.
The Chinese and Indians seize this niche for a variety of reasons that are difficult to contest: first, the population in these Asian countries is much larger, and second, they master English more rapidly and actively. Thirdly, the world is becoming generally smaller, the possibilities of remote job access are expanding, and therefore employees from Asian countries no longer seem so distant to their European colleagues.
And so far, we retain a niche for programmers who are ready to tackle complex tasks, which are incomprehensible to approach, the tasks that have not yet been solved by anyone in a quality manner.
In this regard, we encourage colleagues to think and carefully assess their partnership programs which they implement in schools and universities. We admit that these programs are often based on simple competitive criteria. Yes, they may select specialists able to solve issues in a fast and efficient way. But these issues arise on a short-term basis. This is definitely important, but the tasks of the highest complexity, the tasks that no one else can solve should not be excluded.
The programs of pointing out the most intelligent students, implemented in universities and schools, should be aimed at finding those who are capable of independent research work. It is an independent research work that requires a person to set the task, a rather lengthy process of thinking and wrapping the results of his thoughts in the form of a scientific article.