Newsletter May 2013

Read the entire May Newsletter here.

Welcome to Skoltech!

We are excited to share a few of the many new accomplishments that we’ve had across Skoltech in the past few months.

The biggest event in the Research Office is news that we have launched our first Center for Research, Education and Innovation (CREI). In Amsterdam, we signed a three-sided agreement with the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics (Russia) and University Medical Centre Groningen (Netherlands). The moment was topped off by the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Futte attended the signing ceremony. As the CREIs will form the heart of Skoltech’s research, education and innovation capacity, launching this first center is truly a momentous event for our university.

On April 11, we received acceptances from 47 excellent students into our M.Sc. programs in Biomedical, Energy, and Information Science and Technology. In March, the Student Affairs Office conducted two Selection Weekends, personally getting to know each student. We are very excited to welcome them into the Skoltech family.

Our Dean of Education Mats Hanson and a delegation from Skoltech presented our Master’s curricula before an international panel at École Polytechnique Fédéralen de Lausanne (Switzerland). The reviewers praised the work we’ve done and gave advice on how to continue improving the curricula before classes begin in September.

Finally, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation launched an initiative to form connections among innovative universities. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Center held one in a series of workshops, bringing together scholars from four different continents. They plan to build connections to improve innovation practices in and outside of the classroom on campuses around the world.

These are just a few highlights of many achievements throughout the last months that are bringing the vision to life. We have an exiting future ahead of us!

Edward Seidel
Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

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