Universities and technology transfer: Project 5-100 participants present their latest know-how at VUZPROMEXPODecember 20, 2016
Project 5-100 participants presented their innovative developments at the 4th national exhibition VUZPROMEXPO held at Expocenter on December 14 and 15. This annual forum is a platform for experience sharing and collaboration between universities, research institutes, industrial corporations and entrepreneurs.
Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian Vice Premier, and Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva took part in the opening ceremony.
5-100 University Research Parks: Management Experience and Development Strategies roundtable organized by the Project Office was held during the first day of the exhibition. Evgeny Golubev, Tyumen State (UT) University Vice-Rector for Industrial Partnerships, made an opening presentation about innovation agenda in university evolution. Mr. Golubev described UT’s industrial partnership strategy and emphasized the importance of training talent capable of generating new technologies, and therefore the importance of involving students in technological development as soon as possible. He noted UT Technopark’s role as an industrial technology provider and detailed the peculiarities of technology projects with cases of collaboration between university research/contract labs and technology centers on the one hand with project team labs and business incubator in the research park on the other hand.
The roundtable continued with a presentation of Mikhail Rayak, Director of SPbPU Polytekhnichesky Research Park, on the structure of future research parks exemplified by the units of Polytekhnichesky. A research park serves as a bridge between science, students, commercialization and prospective R&D, therefore Polytekhnichesky makes a special emphasis on engaging students and schoolchildren (starting from grade 5) in research, according to Mr. Rayak. He pointed out SPbPU’s efforts to keep spin-offs on the campus in order to develop an industrial cluster that would help attract investment in new startups. Deputy Head of ITMO Technopark Olesya Baranyuk provided a review of her park’s activities and capabilities, residents and their achievements, and partners that help them promote residents’ products and services internationally. Yury Gritsenko, Head of Innovation Department at Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, delivered the last report, in which he shared the history of the first research park in the Soviet Union established by TSU, TPU and TSUCSR in 1990. He presented the case of TSUCSR and compared its performance to that of Project 5-100 participants. Mr. Gritsenko also shared the experience of implementing a new education technology called ‘group project-based education’, wherein students are given one day a week to work on a group project which can later be implemented in the research park. The session was moderated by Alexander Podkovyrov, Head of Technological Processes and Education Programs Division at the Association of Clusters and Research Parks.
120 Russian universities showcased their achievements at VUZPROMEXPO this year thereby illustrating their successful cooperation in innovative technologies and readiness for a transformation required to become more competitive in domestic and international markets. In this respect, roll-out of Project 5-100 participants’ best practices to other Russian universities will play an important role.