Tomsk State University was the first to put into practice a new form of cooperation of higher educational institutions with enterprises and companies – the Council of Industry Partners. The first meeting of the Council, Development of the innovation ecosystem of the University and high technologies, was held today.
The Council consists of TSU’s partners who are representatives of regional and Russian industrial enterprises, including the company PJSC KAMAZ, JSC Transneft - Central Siberia, CJSC EleSy, GC Farmkontrakt, JSC Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, and others. TSU already prepares personnel for many of them, organizes training courses, solves technological production problems, and acts as a partner in the creation of innovations. Establishment of the Council of Industry Partners will bring the collaboration to a new level.
- The University today is implementing its programme to improve competitiveness, and its main goal is the transformation of the basic processes for building a world-class university - said Eduard Galazhinsky, Rector of TSU, in his opening speech. - One of the objectives of a research university is to influence the economy of Russia, the region, and the world. And for the next few years we set ourselves the task to formulate the so-called innovation ecosystem. And you are those people who, despite all the difficulties, manage to build and develop their companies and to create high-tech, innovative business. You are our strategic partners and colleagues, the main consumers of our graduates and our innovations, so one of our goals is to reconfigure scientific and educational processes to fit your needs.
The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce again the scientific and educational possibilities that the University has , what experimental base it has, what resources it could offer to the partners.
- The University has a wide variety of resources - said Galina Mozhayeva, director of the Institute of Distance Education. – It has specialists in different fields of knowledge. In addition, we are able to find and invite experts from outside, including from abroad. And all these can benefit our partners. We will be happy to invite your employees as teachers to work together for creating new programmes.
New innovative technologies, interesting developments, modern, unique equipment, target training and retraining of staff – these are what the University can offer its industrial partners. They in turn can help in the formation of innovation policy and incorporation in the market process.
- We would like the Council to become an authority of influence on university policy, innovation, research, and education. We do not have competence in how to promote and sell our products, but we can gain new knowledge and bring it to the technology with your help - said the Rector.