St. Petersburg, Russia—President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) Edward Crawley and St. Petersburg State University (SPbU) Rector Nikolay Kropachev signed a five-year collaboration agreement at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
The oldest Russian university is now teaming up with the youngest (founded in 2011 in collaboration with MIT) to develop and implement joint educational programs, professional development programs for faculty, and research projects. More so, the agreement foresees creating temporary laboratory spaces, research teams, and analytical and consulting centers in various scientific fields.
The two sides also agreed on the opportunity to work together developing new technologies in the fields: Biomedical Science and Technology, Energy Science and Technology, Information Science and Technology, Nuclear Science and Technology, Space Science and Technology, nanotechnology and materials sciences, environmental sustainability, and technology management.
This partnership will enable Skoltech and SPbU to improve the long-term quality of education within both universities.
The agreement is also more than a declaration of intentions as Skoltech and SPbU are already creating joint laboratories at SPbU. Skoltech Founding Faculty Fellow and SPbU lead investigator Stanislav Smirnov will oversee a laboratory in mathematics and Skoltech and SPbU professor Raul Gainetdinov will lead a laboratory focused on bio-pharmacology.
St. Petersburg State University
Founded in 1724, St. Petersburg State University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia. During the 285 years of its existence, the university secured the right to be acknowledged as one of the best institutions of higher education in Russia: its rich history, modern large-scale research activities, development and innovations make the university ahead of the curve in the field of Russian science.
At present, there are more than 30,000 students in University, receiving education in in 24 faculties. The university’s staff comprises over 13,000 people, including nearly 6,000 teachers (1,500 Doctors of Science, almost 3,000 Candidates of Science, and over 40 Academicians of state academies). The university has developed partnerships with over 230 institutions of higher education from 60 countries.
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology