Sberbank Becomes a Founding Member of Skoltech


Photo (left to right): Skoltech President Alexander Kuleshov, President and Chairman of the Board of Sberbank Hermann Gref, Chairman of the Skoltech Board of Trustees Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Board of Directors Victor Vekselberg. Image by Timur Sabirov.

On December 11, 2019 Sberbank became a founding member of Skoltech – a seminal event marking a new milestone in the strategic partnership between Skoltech and Sberbank. The parties are now ready to discuss the format of their relationship and further steps in cooperation.

Skoltech President Alexander Kuleshov noted the significance of the event:

Today, Sberbank is without doubt Russia’s most technologically advanced company with ambitious and viable development plans. As we continue to work with and for Sberbank, it is only natural for Sberbank to join Skoltech’s founding members. The most valuable aspect of our partnership is that Sberbank acts as an anchor employer for a large part of our graduates who will shape the future scientific and technological elite of Russia.”

Russia’s undisputed leader in innovative thinking, Sberbank underscores the importance of its partnership with Skoltech:

Russia’s future will be determined by the quality of its human resources capable of sustaining acute competition in the technology sector. The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology is one of the few educational institutions that we can count on as a source of top-notch professionals. As a technology-oriented company, Sberbank puts a high value on the cooperation with Skoltech,” Herman Gref, President and Chairman of the Board of Sberbank.

The joint educational and research projects are the cornerstone of the strategic partnership agreement signed in May 2019.

The partners set high hopes on a joint applied research laboratory and a joint accelerator focusing on areas such as artificial intelligence, biometrics, IoT & NFC, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and gamification, to name a few.

The scope of cooperation will include new training courses on advanced topics such as emotional intelligence and design thinking for Skoltech’s MSc and PhD students. Skoltech students and faculty will benefit from the opportunity to participate in Sberbank’s applied research projects and use the educational online content of Sberbank and the Sberbank Corporate University on agreed-on access terms. Sberbank will also found a scholarship for Skoltech’s best students.

Contact information:
Skoltech Communications
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