The concept of creating a world-class institution requires an active co-operation with industry, and that is why Skoltech sets as one of its main goals the interests of business in the formation of its research and educational programmes. Most of the research projects and educational programmes of Skoltech will be focused on the acquisition and development of major knowledge, critically important for Russian companies. Moreover, they will be focused on the development of the skills and technologies to prepare qualified specialists, ready to face the needs of the 21st century.
The primary objective of Skoltech in this direction is to understand the priorities of Russian Industry and to influence them, being based on global science and technology trends. At the moment, lists of priorities have been made, according to the opinions of Russian companies, scientific research directions have been determined in the key sectors of the Russian economy, as well as the list of their application areas. These priorities are reflected in the activities of Skoltech’s research centres (Science, Innovation and Education Centres, SIEC) by starting projects in the areas of industrial interests.
Currently Skoltech is cooperating with the major Russian companies aiming at establishing the requirements for personnel training programmes and targeted staff training programmes for companies; attracting specific foreign researchers and representatives from scientific and technological schools; the use of independent technology research project expertise with the help of leading world experts.
These activities are carried out within Skoltech’s industrial Advisory Groups, responsible for the key areas of research and development in various sectors of industry, which represent Skoltech’s key instrument in its interaction with the industry. The representatives of the following companies form the Advisory Groups: Gazprom Neft OJSC, TNK-BP OJSC, Lukoil OJSC, Salym Petroleum Development OJSC, Schlumberger Technological Company LLC, Rosatom GC, Russian Roads GC, Russian Railways OJSC, RusHydro OJSC, Rostelecom OJSC, Basic Element LLC, United Aircraft Corporation OJSC, United Engine Corporation OJSC, RSC Energia OJSC, System Operator of the Unified Energy System OJSC, Federal Grid Company OJSC, and others.
On the basis of the focus on breakthrough cutting-edge research areas, Skoltech is seen as skills development industry’s “elite” institution, able to train employees of the companies in the most up-to-date areas. An important field of cooperation is the development of educational programmes and the training of qualified professionals who do not only have great fundamental engineering knowledge, but also practical research projects skills. It is this regular reserve that the Russian and Western companies, investing in technological development, need. In addition, taking into consideration Skoltech’s serious potential in international cooperation, Skoltech is of interest for the Industry as a point of access to advanced scientific research teams from around the world.