Alexander Povalko Commends Role of Project 5-100 in University Transformation during St. Petersburg VisitJune 19, 2015
On 18 June, Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russian Federation) and Edward Crawley (member of Project 5-100 International Council, founder and President of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) visited Peter the Great Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Povalko’s visit included a tour of the Russian-German Center for Laser Technologies and of a new research building in the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, where the construction of a new supercomputer, one of the 100 most powerful petascale computers in the world, is about to be completed. The main topic of the meeting between the Deputy Minister and Andrei Rudskoy (Rector of St. Petersburg Polytechnic) was the research and scientific activity of the university within the framework of Project 5-100.
In his interview to a reporter of the Media Center of St. Petersburg Polytechnic, Mr. Povalko said that Project 5-100 had triggered important changes in the universities’ self-concept: “They are turning into much more dynamic modern structures. We have found more economical ways of directing the various stages of the universities’ “roadmaps.” Speaking of the results of the Project, Mr. Povalko emphasized that “There are certain successes, especially in the area of subject rankings. They are useful indicators, but we need to focus on the specific and decisive element of actual change.”
As for Mr. Crawley, this esteemed member of the Project 5-100 Council was given a tour of the Center for Computer Engineering. He visited the Laser Center as well. Mr. Crawley spoke highly of the results achieved by the universities, calling what he had seen in St. Petersburg Polytechnic “world-class results”. In his interview with the Media Center, Crawley emphasized the importance of Project 5-100, which is facilitating the development of a sustainable and progressive economy in Russia. “The first most important steps have been taken. The universities have managed to define their roles in the scientific and academic community, to understand the primary contributions they can make towards the development of this community, and to realize how they can use their resources in the best possible way”.