Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology Skoltech, SINT


Higher educational institution in the Skolkovo Innovation Center.

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Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech, SINT) is a private educational and research university located in Skolkovo (Russia, Moscow Region). An institution offering master's and PhD programs.

Established by the Skolkovo Foundation and the Massachusetts Skoltech Institute of Technology - part of the project initiated by Dmitry Medvedev in 2010 to create an innovative cluster in Skolkovo. Skoltech should focus on education and applied research.

According to information for May 2012, it is planned that 1200 students will study at the institute, and in the future - up to 1800 students, 200 professors will work. The institute, located in the central zone, near the technopark and transport terminal, should become the core of the innovative ecosystem, the main city-forming enterprise of Skolkovo.

In June 2012, it became known that Skoltech completed the first enrollment of students. The pilot group has 21 people from 14 Russian higher education institutions.

Initially, the institute plans five educational and research programs corresponding to the priority areas of work of Skolkovo, namely:

  • energy,
  • information,
  • biomedical technologies,
  • space science and technology,
  • and peaceful nuclear science and technology.

For each of these programs, it will be possible to obtain a master's or doctoral degree.



Dmitry Medvedev in Skoltech: There is no complete blockade and there will be no. Scientists continue to cooperate to circumvent official bans

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Skolkovo Foundation, held May 13 at Skoltech University of Technology, Deputy Head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dmitry Medvedev said in relation to international scientific cooperation against the backdrop of the situation with Ukraine that there is no and will not be a complete blockade here.

Now, for obvious reasons, contacts are limited, which, of course, is bad. But there is no complete blockade, it is simply impossible to imagine, and it will never be. Therefore, we need to continue to work with partners, look for those who are ready and want to work with us, "Medvedev said.

Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Skolkovo Foundation on May 13

Skoltech's example illustrates how sanctions pressure affected the interaction of Russian scientists with foreign colleagues. After the start of the special operation of Russia in Ukraine, 22 foreign scientific organizations informed Skoltech about the termination of cooperation. This was announced at the meeting by the rector of Skoltech Alexander Kuleshov.

The Skoltech website contains data on more than 50 concluded and planned agreements with foreign educational and scientific organizations, of which more than 30 are organizations from Europe and North America. In Skoltech, TAdviser clarified that these data have not yet been updated.

However, the notifications received from foreign organizations do not at all indicate that scientific contacts were interrupted, Kuleshov said.

There is a blow, but in no case can we say that international cooperation is interrupted, "said Rector Skoltech. - Yes, of course, they are "bursting," but nothing happens on a personal level: both they worked and they work.

As an example, he cited the University of Ulm (Ulm University), based in Bavaria, Germany. Skoltech works with him a lot. According to Kuleshov, the leadership of this university gathered its professors and said that it forbids them to work with Skoltech. However, the professors replied that at the institutional level, management can do what it wants, and they both worked with Skoltech and will work.

Alexander Kuleshov cited statistics that in recent years Skoltech has published articles together with professors from 1636 international universities and research centers around the world. And while cooperation continues at the level of professors from Europe and North America, partnerships are developing at the institutional level with scientific and research organizations in the Middle East (Israel, the UAE) and in the Asian region (China, India, Singapore).

Slide from the presentation of Alexander Kuleshov

In addition to contacts with professors based abroad, foreign scientists work at Skoltech University itself. At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Skolkovo Foundation, Alexander Kuleshov noted that Skolteh, for example, managed to assemble a team of top-class specialists around the world in the field of photonic integrated circuits and devices. Among them, Franko Küppers, who worked for 15 years at a photon center in Arizona, can be called "anchor." As a result, Skolkovo learned to design and test photon integrated circuits and devices. Now the question is in production.

In this regard, Alexander Kuleshov referred to the example of the USSR, when Stalin during the Great Depression recruited foreign engineers - mainly American, as well as a number of German ones, with the participation of which DneproHPP, Magnitogorsk (Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant) and a number of other facilities were designed. And in 1937, Stalin released them, because his own engineering school had already grown. And in Skoltech there was a similar situation in the field of photonic technologies: a group of Russian young children has already appeared, having received from foreign experts all the necessary competencies to do it themselves. This was the main goal, Kuleshov noted.

I realized that we can let foreigners go, like Stalin in the 37th year, "Dmitry Medvedev joked at the meeting. "But I think it's best to keep some.

In total, until recently, almost 30 foreign professors worked at Skoltech University[1]. About a month after the start of the operation in Ukraine, some of them announced plans to stay in Russia. For example, the first vice-rector for science Keith Stevenson (USA), vice-rector for academic work Clement Fortin (Canada), professors Henny Ouerdan (France) and Pavlos Lagoudakis (Greece) decided to continue working in Russia

Pavlos Lagudakis, in particular, previously noted that a number of countries stopped official cooperation, and his laboratory also touched this - one of the Russian-German projects.

However, informal cooperation, personal contacts - all this is still encouraged, because science knows no boundaries. I am not a politician, but if we talk about science, then people understand: behind the facade of politics there is international science in which progress is possible only with the contribution of all scientists. It is impossible to build walls in science: this will have negative consequences for scientists around the world.

Cooperation with Innopolis University for bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Computing

Innopolis University and Skoltech will begin to jointly teach bachelors in the field of computer science and computing. This was announced by the university on April 14, 2022. More details here.

Creating Antibacterial Textile Technology

Scientists at NITU "MISiS" together with colleagues from other Russian universities have created a technology for imparting antibacterial properties to nonwoven textile materials. This was reported to Zdrav.Expert on March 17, 2022 by representatives of MISiS. The work was also attended by employees of the Kazan National Research Technological University, the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology and the N.N. Blokhin National Research Center for Oncology. More details here.

Found a way to change the electronic properties of carbon nanotubes and adjust them for use in electronic devices

On February 10, 2022, representatives MIPT reported that, together with Skoltech scientists, they found a way to change the electronic properties of carbon nanotubes and adjust them for use electronic in devices. The work is published in the journal Carbon. More. here

2021: Presentation of 3D printing technology of magnetic alloys

In Russia, they created the technology of 3D printing of magnetic alloys. They told about their achievement at the end of October 2021 at the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology. Scientists were able to overcome the limitation of 3D printing when an object is made entirely of a homogeneous material or a homogeneous mixture. More details here.


Development and testing of polymer-based cathodic materials in lithium diionic batteries

Agreement with Sber on the creation of an ecosystem for the development of AI in healthcare in Russia

The group of companies Sber and the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology on December 28, 2020 announced the signing of an agreement to create an ecosystem for development artificial intelligence in. Russian Health Care The operator will be the company "" created in the summer of 2020. SberMedIya More. here

Participation in the establishment of the Open Network Technologies Association

November 30, 2020 Autonomous non-profit organization for assistance in the development of digital infrastructure "Consortium" Telecommunications Technologies " (ELN TT) reported that together with PJSC Mobile Telesystems (MTS), JSC "Scientific and Production Company" Kryptonit " and the autonomous non-profit educational organization of higher education" Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology " (Skoltech) established the Open Networking Association of Open Networking Organizations (Open Network Technologies Association) to develop advanced technologies in the telecommunications industry based on open international standards. More details here.

Skoltov went to the Conference of the Industrial Institute

Skoltech was included into Industrial Internet ConsortiumTM, IIC (Industrial Internet Consortium - IIC). The center of competences NTI on the basis of Skoltech on technologies of wireless communication and the Internet of things will take part in creation of the international technological standards on processing of industrial data and will get access to the certified platforms for testing and debugging of solutions of IIoT.

Through membership in the consortium, the Competence Center will be able to introduce approaches and methods of digitalization of enterprises at a new level, based on world experience. First of all, we are talking about international standards for industrial data processing, since their implementation allows you to build unified integrated solutions for intelligent information work at enterprises from components of different suppliers.

The Competence Center has extensive experience in this area, developing an unparalleled software platform for solving typical problems of the industrial Internet of Things (DATASKAI project). Currently, the STI Competence Center, together with Skoltech's technology partners, is creating test stands (testbed/testbed) to demonstrate and test solutions of the industrial Internet of Things in real conditions.

TAdviser interview with IT manager Nikolai Ledovsky

In September 2020 Nikolai Ledovsky , the manager of the information technology Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology answered questions. TAdviser More details here.

Scholars "Skoltech" and MIPT discovered a rule for predicting superconducting metal hydrides

On April 16, 2020, it became known that researchers Skoltech and MIPT and their colleagues discovered a rule that facilitates the search for high-temperature superconductors. Scientists managed to establish a connection between the position of the element in the Periodic Table and its ability to form a high-temperature superconducting hydride. The results of a study supported by the Russian Scientific Foundation are presented in an article in the journal Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science. More details here.

MTS and Skoltech launched an artificial intelligence laboratory

On March 2, 2020, MTS announced the launch of an artificial intelligence laboratory at the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). This project aims to create new algorithms for recognizing and understanding texts, which will allow the telecommunications operator to improve the quality of products and services, such as virtual assistants. More details here.

Skoltech asked for 27 billion rubles for the production of components for 6G networks

On February 6, 2020, it became known about the proposal of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) to create on its territory an infrastructure for the production in Russia of components for optoelectronics, which can be used, including in 6G networks. Investments in the project are estimated at 26.9 billion rubles (minimum production costs - 12.6 billion rubles), but the source of investment has yet to be found. More details here.

Creation of a laboratory on artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of things together with Softline

Softline and Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) created a joint laboratory "Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things Systems." This was announced by Softline on February 4, 2020. More details here.

Initiation of AI Algorithm Development for Lymph Node Metastasis Search Based on Cobrain-Analytics Mathematical Models

The Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology, together with the Federal State Budgetary Institution "Scientific Research Center for Coloproctology named after A.N. Ryzhikh of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation," began to develop algorithmastical intelligence to determine metastatically altered pelvic lymph nodes in patients with rectal cancer. This was reported in Skoltech on February 26, 2020.

The first version of the decision will be received in the first half of 2020. After development, she will go through clinical trials at the A.N. Ryzhikh National Medical Research Center for Coloproctology. The solution will be based on a dataset of depersonalized medical data and mathematical models developed together with specialists from one of the Skoltech laboratories Cobrain-Analytics.

One of the key competencies of Skoltech is data science. " The Institute both develops the theoretical foundations of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and creates applied solutions based on these technologies for various industries. Analysis of medical data, primarily MRI and CT images, as well as electroencephalography signals, is the focus of several Skoltech research groups that have developed a number of AI solutions for various neurology and neurosurgery tasks. Cooperation with the A.N. Ryzhikh National Medical Research Center for Coloproctology will expand the field of application of Skoltech AI technologies, "said Mikhail Belyaev, senior lecturer at Skoltech.

According to Skoltech, preoperative assessment of the state of lymph nodes is crucial not only for determining the tactics of treating patients with rectal cancer, but is also a significant predictive factor in the development of the tumor process, including the occurrence of local recurrences. Finding and identifying metastatically altered lymph nodes at any stage of the tumor process is the most difficult diagnostic task associated with the need to analyze a large amount of data in a short period of time.

Connecting to the analysis of medical images of artificial intelligence shows an increasing effectiveness around the world. The creation of trained artificial intelligence models that will detect metastatically altered regional lymph nodes from to data MRI images in patients with rectal cancer will help to radiologists more accurately and in a shorter time to stage a tumor according to the TNM system, which is of fundamental importance for choosing a treatment program for this category of patients, "explains Irina medical Gerzhnyuk, head of the radiation diagnostics department of the NMIC Coloproctology, Doctor of Sciences.


Agreement with Element and MTS on cooperation in the development of equipment for 5G networks in Open RAN standards

The companies "Element," MTS and Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) signed a tripartite cooperation agreement on the development and production in Russia of equipment for 5G networks in open international Open RAN standards. This was reported on December 10 in the Element.

Element and MTS intend to assist the Skoltech Research Center in the project to develop an end-to-end digital Open RAN solution for fifth-generation networks. The domestic component base of the Element will be used at all levels of planned cooperation: from the creation of test zones and laboratories to prototyping samples of localized and domestic radio access equipment.

The agreement involves the work of participants on the study of new principles and architectures for building mobile networks of the next generations; analysis of the component base of products in order to form a localization strategy; assessment of the possibilities of creating domestic equipment with characteristics comparable to foreign analogues based on the ECB of Element enterprises.

We are confident that combining our competencies with MTS and Skoltech will accelerate the introduction of 5G technologies in Russia on the basis of the domestic ECB. Synergy between project participants will become a driver in expanding the range of 5G solutions and the availability of digital economy services, "the project director of Element Yury Halif commented on the agreement. - The development of the domestic market for Russian telecom equipment and the emergence of competitive products will have a strong positive effect. It is important that this partnership will benefit, first of all, consumers of end-user mobile communication services and the Internet of things.

We hope that the cooperation of telecom operators, elemental base manufacturers, system integrators, scientific centers and startups in Russia will result in the creation of a wide ecosystem of equipment and software suppliers due to the localization of promising radio access solutions. Developers and manufacturers will receive an impetus in innovative development, and telecom operators will be able to reduce costs, reduce the time for bringing new technologies to the market, and be flexible in creating castomized solutions, including using elements of their own development, "said Alexey Maslyankin, head of digital technology development at RAN MTS.

Development of non-invasive AI-based mapping technology with the Burdenko Neurosurgery Center

On November 17, 2019, it became known that artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can begin to be widely used in the planning and conduct of neurosurgical operations as early as 2021. The corresponding joint project is being developed by specialists of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Center for Neurosurgery named after Academician N.N. Burdenko, head of the neurosurgical department of the Center named after Burdenko Professor, Doctor of Medical Sciences David Pitskhelauri and Professor Skoltech, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Alexander Bernstein.

When planning and conducting neurosurgical operations in areas of the brain lying near critically significant functional zones (motor, speech, visual, etc.), accurate knowledge of their individual localization (mapping) in the patient is necessary. Together with scholars of Skoltech, we developed the technology of preoperative non-invasive mapping using functional resting MRI data, based on the synergy of MR diagnostics technologies and artificial intelligence technologies, which allows localizing the functional zones of the brain on MRI images with sufficient accuracy for neurosurgical operations and eliminating a number of significant shortcomings inherent in the used mapping methods. As of November 2019, the technology is used in the neurorentgenological and clinical departments of the Burdenko Center for the planning of surgical interventions in intracerebral tumors, a comparison of the technology with standard MRI mapping methods is being made. In the future, it is planned to introduce this technology into mass clinical practice,
said Professor David Pizhelauri

{{quote 'author = added Professor Pizhelauri' The next task we set for Skoltech scientists is to clarify the on-line position of these zones and their dynamics according to intraperational mapping using electrostimulation during neurosurgical surgery. Further, the created algorithms and models are planned to be included in the software of neuronavigation equipment }}

The development of this technology required the development of other analytical methods for analyzing data that take into account the specificity of functional MRI. As of November 2019, Skoltech is developing various mathematical models of intraperational mapping using machine learning methods using data obtained at the Burdenko Center during operations,
supplemented by Professor Bernstein

This work is part of the research carried out in Skoltech in the field of the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for biomedical applications, which, together with Alexander Bernstein, are led by Professor Yevgeny Burnaev and researcher Maxim Sharaev with the involvement of postdocs, graduate students and students of Skoltech.

The technological base of research is CoBrain-Analytics platform created by Skoltech specialists as part of the Neuronet Strategic Initiative for the development of AI technologies in medicine. The Design Rooms created on this platform allow developers to store anonymized biomedical data in them and build on their basis, using a wide range of artificial intelligence algorithms and procedures stored on the platform, problem-oriented mathematical models and algorithms available to specialists in subject areas for use in clinical practice[2].

Scientists were able to synthesize superconducting material - thorium decahydride

Scientists led by Professor Skoltech and MIPT Artem Oganov and Ivan Troyan from the Institute of Crystallography of the Russian Academy of Sciences were able to synthesize superconducting material ‒ thorium decahydride (ThH10) with a very high critical temperature of 161 K (-112C). This was reported on November 7, 2019 at MIPT, Skoltech and the Russian Scientific Fund (RNF). More details here.

Joint development of digital models of AI-based fields with Gazprom Neft STC

On February 12, 2019, Gazprom Neft reported that experts from the Gazprom Neft Scientific and Technical Center and Skoltech scientists launched the next stage of a joint project to create digital geological and hydrodynamic models based on artificial intelligence technologies. More details here.

Open University of Skolkovo (OTUS)

The Skolkovo Foundation program to attract, involve and develop talented young people with scientific, technological and entrepreneurial competencies in the innovative ecosystem of Russia. For 2019, OTUS is part of the ecosystem of the Skolkovo Innovation Center. This is a source of applicants (masters and graduate students) for the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), a source of interns for Skolkovo partner companies, a source of projects for Skolkovo.


The opening of the new East Ring campus with an area of ​ ​ 136,000 square meters.

On September 1, 2018, the new Skoltech campus, the Eastern Ring, opened the doors. The total area of ​ ​ the building, designed by the architectural bureau HERZOG&DE MEURON, was 136,000 square meters. The new campus has four levels, its circumference is 880 m.

Collaboration with Philips in R&D

Philips and the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of research work on June 7, 2018. Within the framework of the partnership, it is planned to involve the best young scientists of Skoltech in the projects of the Philips research laboratory in Skolkovo. The corresponding agreement was signed between Maxim Kuznetsov, Director General of Philips in Russia and the CIS, and Alexander Kuleshov, Rector of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology.

Thanks to the collaboration, the best students of Skoltech will have the opportunity to undergo a 1.5-year paid internship at the Philips laboratory in Skolkovo, part of the Philips Research global research network. Students will be able to gain practical experience in the Philips scientific ecosystem and apply the accumulated knowledge to solve current problems in the field of health. The scientific work of the laboratory focuses on conducting research in the following areas in healthcare: machine learning, analysis and processing of data of various nature, predictive analytics, recommendation systems. As part of their thesis, they will have the opportunity to engage in such projects as the development of deep learning algorithms for segmentation of tissue histopathology images, segmentation of medical images using neural networks, reconstruction of CT images in MRI, etc. The results of research projects will be the basis of the thesis of students.

Skoltech is an innovative international research university, in which optimal conditions for scientific development are created in parallel with learning about innovation. The projects of our employees, graduate students and students have tremendous potential for solving key scientific and technological problems both in Russia and around the world. Our partnership will allow Skoltech students to gain practical experience in working on projects in the field of health care and contribute to the development of advanced medical technologies, "said Maxim Fedorov, professor, director of the Skoltech Center for Scientific and Engineering Computing Technologies for tasks with large data sets.

Scientific cooperation and development of digital healthcare in Russia is one of the priorities in the activities of Philips. That is why we want to attract the best minds of Skoltech to the projects of our research laboratory in Skolkovo, "said Maxim Kuznetsov, general director of Philips in Russia CIS. - Partnership with Skoltech, a world-class research university, gives serious impetus to the development of innovations in the healthcare sector in Russia. We expect that our cooperation will help attract, form and retain young talents and will allow us to increase achievements in the field of medicine and health care.


Establishment of a laboratory for applied AI research

In October 2017, as part of the Open Innovations forum at Skolkovo, the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the company Numa, which specializes in the development of artificial intelligence technologies for industry and healthcare, signed an agreement on the creation of a joint laboratory in the field of intellectual production and the industrial Internet of things.

The laboratory is being created as an international university competence center aimed at research and development of artificial intelligence technologies for capital-intensive industries, in particular, industry.

The base of the Laboratory is the Center for Computational large data arrays and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) [3] Skoltech, while, if necessary, resources of other Skoltech units, as well as external expert resources, will be attracted.

According to recent analysts, the use of AI (artificial intelligence) in industry will increase avalanche in the coming years, catching up with such advanced industries as FMSG and banks.

According to Alexei Ponomarev, vice president for strategy and industries of Skoltech, the laboratory will accumulate Russian and foreign expertise in the field of intellectualization of production, develop partnerships with the international academic environment and develop approaches and methodologies in accordance with global trends.

Cooperation with Skoltech will allow Zifre to gain access to advanced scientific knowledge and artificial intelligence technologies. We, in turn, will introduce these technologies into real production, ensuring a transfer between science and the needs of the industrial sector, "said Igor Bogachev, General Director of Numa, for his part.

Opening of the PLM laboratory with the assistance of Lanit

In early July 2017, a PLM laboratory (product lifecycle management/product lifecycle management technologies) was opened at the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology. The project was implemented with the assistance of the Lanit Department of Computer-Aided Design Systems and LANIT-Integration (part of the Lanit group). The laboratory introduced technologies for creating complex engineering products. The first joint event in the life of the laboratory was the seminar "Simcenter 3D - a new platform for engineering analysis tasks," organized jointly with the software and services provider for product lifecycle management Siemens PLM Software.

As explained in Lanite, the PLM laboratory was created primarily to solve industrial problems related to the use of end-to-end design and product lifecycle management methods. At the same time, the laboratory is a universal platform for the development of educational programs in the field of digital design. The head of the PLM laboratory is Professor Igor Konstantinovich Uzhinsky, who has 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry.

"As part of the Introduction to PLM course, students had to master several software products for numerical modeling, engineering analysis and optimization in a short time. Working in teams, the guys model a transport aircraft, calculate it for strength and aerodynamics, design a production line for the manufacture of the wing, "said Sergey Nikolaev, head of Modeling and Engineering Analysis at Skoltech

The joint seminar was devoted to the developing direction of engineering analysis (building complex finite-element models and improving their quality, interdisciplinary interaction, creating a fully calculated digital double, conducting digital tests, etc.). Technologies for modeling interdisciplinary processes have become a topic for a conversation between representatives of key universities from Kazan, Samara, Perm, Chelyabinsk and Moscow. In particular, the teachers of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University shared their experience in using technologies and software packages to solve various engineering problems in the educational process. A round table on the training of competent personnel for the digital economy was concluded.

As noted, the opening of the PLM-laboratory in Skolkovo is the second initiative implemented by Lanit in the field of training personnel in the field of technologies for complex engineering. Since 2016 MSTU , students named after N.E. Bauman have the opportunity to take a course in the field of product lifecycle management (PLM), for which methodological materials and a special educational program have been developed. Since 2017, Bauman Racing Team, a student team that independently designs a racing car and participates in international competitions, has received the support of specialists.

For two months, students get an idea of ​ ​ what product lifecycle management is and try on the role of designers, calculators and technologists as part of teamwork on a complex project.

Gazprom Neft will develop digital technologies together with Skoltech

The Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) concluded a cooperation agreement with Gazprom Neft in June 2017. The document was signed by Rector of Skoltech Alexander Kuleshov and First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Gazprom Neft Vadim Yakovlev in the new laboratory of the Skoltech Hydrocarbon Production Center in the Renova Lab building. The signing ceremony took place as part of the international conference Startup Village 2017 in Skolkovo.

The agreement is aimed at forming long-term partnerships between the company and the scientific and educational institution, which will contribute to the development of promising projects and the identification of new opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

The parties are considering the possibility of joint work to study the prospects for the use of cognitive technologies for the exploration and development of oil and gas fields, including the field of drilling and completion of wells. In addition, Skoltech and Gazprom Neft are interested in expanding research related to the predictive analysis of large amounts of information (big data) and the development of technologies for collecting, storing, modeling and visualizing data from geological and technological processes, as well as data from oil transportation and processing processes.

Within the framework of the partnership, the parties plan to organize an independent examination of existing technological solutions, develop and implement new projects, as well as conduct research and development (R&D). Another area of ​ ​ cooperation agreed by the agreement is the training of employees, the organization of internships and the exchange of scientific and technical information.

2015: Head of Government of the Russian Federation D. Medvedev presents diplomas to the first graduates

In June 2015, the Prime Minister Russia Dmitry Medvedev presented diplomas of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology to the first graduates.


V. Putin cancels D. Medvedeva order on contributions of state-owned companies to the Skoltech endowment fund

In January 2012, the presidential modernization commission decided that Skoltech would be financed through an endowment fund. Medvedev ordered state-owned companies to transfer 1% of innovative development programs to the fund within three years, or 0.5-3% of net profit over the past year, it was planned to collect 30 billion rubles, officials did not rule out that state-owned companies would continue to contribute funds further. In 2012, state-owned companies transferred only 4 billion rubles, in 2013 there were no deductions, a federal official knows.

In June 2013, it became known that President Vladimir Putin canceled the order of his predecessor, President Dmitry Medvedev, that state-owned companies should contribute funds to the endowment fund of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), an employee of the federal department told Vedomosti and confirmed a senior government official. This order of Putin has the heading "for official use," so it is not known about it, says one of the interlocutors of Vedomosti.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that state-owned companies can finance Skolkovo voluntarily. Medvedev's spokeswoman Natalya Timakova declined to comment.

A federal official explains that Skoltech will be completely dependent on budget funding, which is available until 2015, and private orders. "The goal of the endowment was to avoid this, but it was necessary to collect at least 15 billion rubles," he complains.

The initiative to cancel deductions to Putin was applied by the heads of several state-owned companies, a federal official notes, but does not name which ones. State-owned companies did not want to pay, because they did not receive any rights in managing the project, for example, they could not order Skoltech research or training specialists, explains the top manager of one of the state-owned companies:

"Therefore, everyone wanted to develop innovation on their own. The contributions to 'Skoltech' were like tribute, not investment. "

Rosneft is creating its own research center in Skolkovo and considers this a sufficient contribution to the project, an employee of the company notes. His colleague from Gazprom says that the monopoly considers it more effective to finance research into industry institutions. Inter RAO also wants to finance industry developments, the company sends funds to the Energy Without Borders fund, its representative says. Rostec by law does not have the opportunity to engage in charity work, explains an employee of the state corporation. The representative of Russian Railways could not communicate the position of the company.

Funding has been suspended, the project is not as effective as planned, a senior government official admits:

"First you need to build infrastructure, then talk about research. So far, one building has been built in a clean field[4]

Putin considers the project artificial and has always distanced himself from it, for example, he has never visited a construction site, a federal official says, financial irregularities that the Investigative Committee investigates in 2013 could push the president to make a decision:

"In addition, after the dismissal of Vladislav Surkov, 'Skolkovo' lost an influential curator who could convince the president not to make hasty conclusions."

Putin's team once again defeated Medvedev's team, it seems that Skolkovo will be closed soon, said Igor Yurgens, vice president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs:

"It will be a mistake, venture capital investment cannot produce a result so soon."

If Skolkovo has financial violations, it is necessary to open cases and bring them to the end, while no one's guilt has been proven, Yurgens notes.

"At the start of the project, everyone understood the political risks. Unfortunately, they were implemented, "admits the top manager of Skolkovo.

Graduation plan for at least 1000 students by 2020

The number of graduates of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology by 2020 should be at least 1000 people, and the specific number of publications per 100 researchers should be in the range from 75 to 85.


Recruitment of the first group of students

In June 2012, it became known that the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) completed the first enrollment of students. The pilot group has 21 people from 14 Russian higher education institutions. Students will study in an interdisciplinary master's program, the uniqueness of which is the integration of education, research and entrepreneurial activities.

The training course is designed for three years and implies the active participation of students in scientific research together with leading scientists from around the world. Students will get acquainted with international entrepreneurship technologies, which will give them invaluable experience and allow them to further realize their boldest ideas in the field of innovation.

"Attracting the right people is the main challenge we need to address if we want to build a world-class institution," said Edward Crowley, president of Skoltech. - Looking at the first group of students, I feel that the idea of creating a university is becoming a reality. I am sure that with the development of research centers and with the effective work of the center of entrepreneurship and innovation, our students will have every opportunity to make Skoltech a successful university. "

In order to join the first group, applicants had to undergo a rigorous selection, which assessed their academic abilities, leadership qualities and potential. Applications were sent to the competition by students from all over Russia with a bachelor's degree in information technology or energy. From the first pool of candidates, more than 40 people were selected, who were invited to Skoltech to participate in the final round. For two days, a commission consisting of professors and the Skoltech administration, graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) evaluated students based on group assignments and individual interviews. Applicants were also required to pass the TOEFL English exam. As a result, the selection committee led by President Skoltech Edward Crowley decided on the final composition of the first group of students.

Director of Student Relations Bram Kaplan noted: "Students who applied for the first year showed themselves great; their technical knowledge, creativity and sincere desire to make the world a better place are striking. It is very important that they understand the uniqueness of the opportunities that our institute provides and are ready to use them to implement their own scientific projects in the future. "

In August 2012, the first pilot group will undergo a 4-week training course at MIT, where they will be able to better learn each other and adapt to work in the international scientific environment, as well as take a short course on commercialization of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In September 2012, students will begin their studies in the main master's program. They will spend the first year at one of the world's four leading research institutes: Imperial College London (ICL), Swiss Higher Technical School in Zurich (ETHZ), Hong Kong Institute of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Anastasia Uryasheva, about her decision to become a student of Skoltech: "I really liked the atmosphere that reigned during the qualifying rounds. It is important for me to get a high level of knowledge, but this can be done at many universities in the world. It is more interesting to study in Skoltech because everyone here is open to new ideas. The culture of innovation, new technologies, entrepreneurship unites everyone who works here. "

Creating the architectural concept of the Skoltech campus

The SINT concept was created, among other things, based on the experience of Skolkovo's partner, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Architects, in addition to the standard requirement to meet the optimal ratio of audiences, laboratories, libraries, dormitories, make them convenient and beautiful, were tasked with creating a space suitable for design work and, at the same time, integrated with the urban environment.

The layout of the institute does not imply the existence of a rigid structure based on faculties, which is an innovation for Russia. Students and teachers will be able to step directly from the audience to Central Boulevard - the busiest street in the city or enjoy the rest of quiet courtyards. A well-designed system of pedestrian connections will allow you to move around the institute with minimal time loss.

The design of the campus of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology involved the star architectural bureau Herzog & de Meuron Architekten (Basel, Switzerland). It is known for such projects as the Tate Modern Gallery, which brought the founders of the bureau the Pritzker Prize for achievements in the field of architecture, the library-media center of Brandenburg University in Cottbus, and the National Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

The campus area will be about 60 hectares. The construction is planned to be carried out in two stages. The first should be commissioned in May 2014 in order to open the doors of SINT for students in September of that year.

Plan for the establishment of 15 research centres and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology will have fifteen associated research centers supporting academic programs. These centers will be distributed - created with the participation of leading Russian and international research institutes and universities.

According to the plans for May 2012, the first research centers of the institute will begin work in 2012, the pilot educational program will start in 2013, and a full-fledged training and research program will be launched in 2014.

According to the plans for 2012, the university will have a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which will be responsible for communication with the commercial sector and provide various services, including licensing support.

2011: Vekselberg announces plans to create Skoltech

On April 25, 2011, Viktor Feliksovich Vekselberg, at a meeting of the Modernization Commission, spoke about plans to create the Skolkovsky Technological Institute[5]

So, I would like to stop and say a few words about the University of Technology, the working title Skolkovsky Institute of Technology. This institution, as we see it (and the concept in which it should be created and work, we have already prepared, we have begun detailed consultations both within the framework of the scientific advisory council and with our foreign partners), should comply with the following principles. It should be a non-governmental, necessarily international, technological and entrepreneurial university. Responding to these basic parameters, we hope that we will be able to ensure the process of training those specialists, again those new high-quality specialists that we need so much.

One of the key conditions is that the university should be international, its expert community and, first of all, the faculty community should be formed from the best scientists and specialists in each industry.

The basic, key center of such a university should be research centers. In accordance with our plans, we should create about 15-20 research centers of 3-4 for each of our basic areas. And within each research center there will be 3-4 laboratories. It is planned that the topics, specialization of these research centers will be discussed in detail within the framework of our research council.

First of all, we plan to launch the university in 2013, and by this time the first stage of the campus should be synchronously prepared and launched, where they will provide the opportunity to live and train specialists. An important, extremely important element of the university's activities will be the creation of endowments, because the university in fact in the future should live not only with public funds, but also with funds related to the provision of third-party services, as well as donations, which, we hope, will be carried out by interested both individuals and legal entities.


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