Project 5-100 to Create Conditions for Active Cooperation between Universities and Private FoundationsMay 20, 2015
On 18-19 May, representatives of Project Office 5-100 took part in the international conference “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Universities: Today and Tomorrow” which was held in Bauman Moscow Technical University. The event was organized by Bauman MTU and USRF Foundation.
The opening of the conference featured the following speakers: Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia), Igor Agamirzyan (General Director of OJSC Russian Venture Company, member of Project 5-100 International Council), Member of Russian Academy of Sciences Evgeniy Velikhov, Anatoly Alexandrov (Rector of Bauman MTU) and Alexander Shokhin (President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs).
Georgy Rudnitsky (Executive Director of Project Office 5-100) and his deputy Elena Chernyshkova used the master-class “Government and private forms of support for higher education” to hit home with their points on this issue, which became the main topic of the discussion.
Chernyshkova provided this lengthy summary of her position: “Thanks to the fact that both government and private foundation representatives as well as representatives of special non-commercial organizations, on the one hand, and representatives of universities and Project Office 5-100, on the other hand, took part in the session, the participants in the discussion were able to thoroughly examine and discuss the current problems and priorities of cooperation. For example, it was discovered that foundations with long-term experience in student aid programs, scholarships and university projects are interested in expanding institutional cooperation with universities and with such “development agencies” as Project Office 5-100. The universities, in turn, require a more thorough analysis of opportunities proposed by such foundations and need to understand at which stage of the Project they can effectively combine government and private resources.”
Management of the Project Office expressed their interest in the expertise of the foundations involved in the development and realization of various projects. They were optimistic about the prospect of seeing the universities actively expand their cooperation with charitable foundations, thus attracting non-budgetary resources for their strategic goals.
For the purpose of creating favorable conditions for expansion of the cooperation between educational institutions and private foundations, the Project Office is planning to set up an informal expert body – a Project 5-100 Donor Council. It is proposed that the Council will become the center for expertise and information for universities with regard to private funding of higher education.
The program of the conference also included a series of round tables and master-classes, some of which were initiated by Project 5-100 universities: ITMO, Lobachevski Nizhny Novgorod State University, Ural Federal University and Higher School of Economics. A total of 20 representatives of Russian and seven representatives of foreign universities attended the event.
During the two days, experts from Russia, the USA, Japan, Israel, Finland, Canada and other countries discussed cooperation models for industry, innovative business and universities, commercialization and technology transfer in the domestic and international markets. Organizers believe that the conference should be held in Russia annually.