Skoltech’s Academic Year Opening Ceremony

Edward Crawley, Skoltech's president (right), Mats Hanson, Skoltech's dean of education and students attend the Academic Year Opening Ceremony in 2013

Edward Crawley, Skoltech’s president (right), Mats Hanson, Skoltech’s dean of education and students attend the Academic Year Opening Ceremony in 2013

On September 1, Skoltech opens its doors for the new batch of  Russian and international students.

The official opening ceremony of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) new academic year will be held on September 1, 2014 at 9 am at the Hypercube building. The university invites all to join us at the ‘Ringing the Bell’ event, which is by now a tradition (after being held for the first time last year).

More than 150 students from around the world will begin their studies at the university – or return to school. This year five educational programs of the University are officially open. Students will be studying in the following “tracks”: Energy, Space, IT, Biomedicine and Manufacturing.

As always, the institute will focus on  world class education. Professors from MIT (USA), University of Cambridge (UK), University of Illinois (USA), University of California, Los Angeles (USA) and other leading institutions will teach at Skoltech As for the students, they all hold bachelor and specialist degrees from leading Russian universities such as MIPT, MSU, Bauman MSTU, St. Petersburg State University, and others.  A number of students are graduates of foreign universities with an outstanding reputation – University of Pennsylvania (USA), Vienna University of Technology (Austria) and others.

Currently, the total number of Skoltech master and PhD graduates is 176. More than a third of the students are women, and 18% are international students hailing from 15 countries: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Vietnam, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Thailand, India and Kazakhstan. In total, more than 100 new students join Skoltech this year.

As part of the program, a special award ceremony will take place at Hypercube on September 1 to mark the achievements by outstanding students. The opening ceremony will start at 9 am at the Hypercube (Skolkovo Innovation Center).

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and foster new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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