On September 7, on the basis of the TSU Institute of Economics and Management, the Center for Entrepreneurship has been opened. The University was about two years to open the Center: a new structure was created as part of the development of the university’s entrepreneurial track. The introduction of new educational practices will allow students to gain world-class competencies in business and to protect a startup diploma.
At the opening ceremony, TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinskiy noted that today the fact of a new round of the industrial revolution has become obvious. The first implied a massive training of engineers, the second needs scientists. Today we need scientific centers of the new format. Modern, so-called cross-cutting technologies (artificial intelligence, big data, and others) radically change business models and the economic well-being of entire states. The global trend is that universities become centers of entrepreneurship.
- Today, during the global transformation of business models and economic technologies, the welfare of the state depends on entrepreneurs who are ready to make innovative and efficient products in large quantities, - said Eduard Galazhinskiy. - This is a new economics of knowledge. Our task is to meet students with such opportunities and support those who want to choose this life path.
TSU is trying to develop in this strategy: new thinking, new skills and competencies, and new educational approaches - all this will be adaptive for different specialties and faculties. Entrepreneurs appear in many different environments, and in modern reality, they must think innovatively.
The TSU Rector also expressed great gratitude to Dr. Hein Roelfsema, Professor of Utrecht University; Director, Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship, Chairman of the Dutch Center for Entrepreneurship, a member of the IEM Supervisory Board for helping to organize the center and for familiarizing with best international practices:
- When we analyzed global trends, we realized that a new culture should be installed in a research university and a new type of people should be brought up. Hein Roelfsema helped us a lot in understanding how to do it. I am also grateful to Alexey Repik, Co-Chairman of Business Association “Business Russia”, who advised me: “teach difficult, strong, and independent people”. I realized that I would have been looking for people who are prone to entrepreneurship. And now I realized that entrepreneurship is a difficult choice of strong and responsible people, who are willing to take risks, to build a new life on new technologies, to make mistakes, and to bear responsibility. And we must offer strong people such a choice. I see the task of the center in this.
Konstantin Belyakov, TSU Vice-Rector for Innovation supported the idea of the rector about how important it is to give everyone the opportunity to try on the experience of entrepreneurship:
- The basic principles of entrepreneurship need to be given to everyone, - he said. - The entrepreneurs are those who can take responsibility for the team, say “I can and I will do it”, who can in public say about their idea and correctly formulate it, and who know how to work in a team.
Ivan Kamaev, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship spoke about the practical implementation of the project. According to him, today there are several courses on entrepreneurship, which involve the participation of regional structures and business partners. The programs cover 12 faculties and assume adaptability depending on the direction of study. At this stage, about 600 students with tutors will join the work. The student club of entrepreneurs has also started its work.
- We collaborate with the entrepreneurship development fund and with the business community. They will also be involved in the defense of student projects and give feedback. We are preparing complex specialists who are not afraid of risks, are forming a new culture and a new way of thinking, - said Ivan Kamaev.