Skoltech is an internationally competitive institute whose goal is to accelerate scientific and technological capital into innovation impact. This is achieved by educating graduate students to be leaders in translating knowledge from science to innovation and by establishing a community among Russian and international talent and industry.
It is crucial that students have real hands-on work experience in an industrial sector and develop the knowledge and skills for making an impact through engineering and innovation. All Masters’ students are required to participate in a professional project (12 ECTS), also called an industrial immersion project, during their two-year program. Students normally work on professional projects during the summer term of the first year of studies.
Industrial immersions imply working in a company/organization, not in a laboratory in an educational institution. Students not only apply and expand their technical knowledge and skills and gain expertise, but also learn about the business context of the sector and particular enterprise: its culture, stakeholders, strategy and its operations and technical products and systems of the company.
Industrial immersion – key features:
- Conceptually, the Skoltech student group is like a small engineering consulting company within an organization. 3-10 students attend each industrial immersion project as a team;
- Duration – 8 weeks (full-time), 12 ECTS; graded as Pass/Fail. Credits awarded are Sector credits in the degree requirements.
- Work is highly organized and planned, objectives are clearly defined;
- Although the daily work of the students is primarily supervised by a company representative, there is also the critical involvement of a Skoltech faculty member or researcher. He/she is responsible for setting the technical task with the company, being a resource for students and assisting in the monitoring of students’ work.
- Projects focus on short-term development, manufacturing or operations challenges rather than long-term research problems;
- Students take the lead to define the tasks in details and organize their work, in collaboration with the company supervisor; projects focus on short-term development, manufacturing or operations challenges rather than long-term research problems;
- Results stay inside the host company;
- Designed for high output and impact in parallel with a great learning experience.
Please see these videos about industrial immersion projects.