Newsletter June 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Amazing things have happened in the last weeks – the Skoltech family has expanded with new, excited and passionate members. Every day we are feeling more like a university!

Here is some of what we have accomplished in April and May:

  • 21 outstanding students are set to enter the founding class after attending the first-ever Student Selection Weekend.
  • The first permanent faculty interviews have begun.
  • Six new Founding Faculty Fellows have joined our ranks, bringing with them extensive knowledge in fields ranging from biosensors to managing R&D investments.
  • We have hit another milestone in the development of our research centers as 13 research groups advanced to the final selection round.
  • The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is selecting five research groups who will receive innovation support.
  • An Industrial Cooperation and Governmental Relations office has been formed around recently hired Alexey Ponomarev to liaise with Russia’s corporations and public institutions.
  • We have signed an agreement with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, so that upon graduation, Skolkovo Tech students will receive diplomas from both outstanding institutions.

In the coming weeks, we will select the first permanent faculty member, host the second Research Center Proposers Conference and continue recruiting the world’s leading experts to craft this unique university around the triple helix model of integrated teaching, research and innovation.

We encourage you to share in the passion and excitement that is emerging from building a world-class university from the ground up.

Edward F. Crawley

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