The Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Project 5-100 Meets in TomskMarch 24, 2015
On 21 March a two-day meeting of the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of the Leading Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Education Centers chaired by Dmitry Livanov (Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation) took place in Tomsk. The university-participants in Project 5-100 presented their ‘excellence’ programs (roadmaps) for 2015-2016 to the Council. Each university had 40 minutes to convince the international experts of the attractiveness and feasibility of its “roadmap”. To this end, each was required to make a presentation, hear the response of an external referee (opponent), answer questions and consider the comments of the Council members. Happily, all 15 universities have kept their places in the Project.
The “roadmaps” of four particular universities received the highest praise: ITMO University, Higher School of Economics, Tomsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic.
These leaders are eligible for the largest amount of government aid from the federal budget possible within the framework of the Project 5-100. The amounts of financing granted to them will be announced following the issue of an official decree by the Russian Government.
The meeting continued with a tour of the university-participants in Project 5-100, which has become a tradition for the Council members. On 20 March the group visited TPU where they were introduced to the university’s cluster development, research projects and innovations, and had the opportunity to see the results of the four basic themes of the university’s initiative: “Resources of the planet”, “Safe Environment”, “Sustainable Energy” and “Medical Engineering”. In addition, these international experts were able to view how TPU’s innovations are implemented in reality by visiting Tomsk’s electromechanical plant – one of the main industrial partners of the “Safe Environment” cluster.
On the following day the delegation went to TSU, where it enjoyed a tour of the rare books department of the Academic Library and the Siberian Botanical Gardens. In the Gardens the guests planted a tree to symbolize the ongoing life of Project 5-100 in the leading Russian universities. Members of the Council met with management and employees of BioClimLand Center, the Lab for catalytic research, the Center for fundamental and mathematical physics and the Center for medicine and high technology, and examined the scientific results of these research departments. The visitors also talked with the students and lecturers and were active in two seminars held in the library.