TOMSK, May 14 – RIA Tomsk. The CESAER Association of
Leading European Universities in the field of engineering education and
research intends to expand cooperation with technical universities of Russia
thanks to the help of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), the secretary general
of CESAER David Bohmert told reporters, he visited TPU with a working visit on
As the TPU Vice-Rector for External Affairs Liliya Kiryanova explained to
journalists, CESAER unites 53 universities from 26 countries. TPU joined CESAER
in 2015 and still is the only Russian university participating in the
association. On Tuesday Bohmert discussed with the leadership of the university
the cooperation expansion of TPU and association .
"There are several more universities in Russia that we are interested in. We
have just started building relationships with them. The rector (acting rector
Petr Chubik – Ed.) of TPU today offered to help us in this communication so
that the university fulfills its historical role as a bridge between
territories and communities. Therefore, I very much hope that we will have more
Russian members", – Bohmert said.
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The Secretary General of CESAER David Bohmert
He noted that TPU is the leading in Russia in terms of engineering
innovation, which is reflected in international rankings. For CESAER Tomsk
Polytechnic University is interesting because it is geographically located east
of all the other members of the association and can act as an intermediary in
the cooperation of European and Asian technical universities.
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"We decided to change our model of presence in the association and
strengthen our role as we are the only Russian university (at CESAER).
<...> TPU is also a member of the association of leading technical
universities in Russia and China, therefore we launched an initiative that was
supported by the Secretary General of CESAER to make TPU a bridge between the
two associations", – Kiryanova told.
Details of the development of TPU and CESAER interaction in the new logic,
according to the university press service, will be the subject of further
discussions. Bohmert did not rule out that the next meeting of representatives
of universities participating in the association could be held in Tomsk.
Earlier it was reported that TPU was founded in 1896 by Emperor Nicholas II
as the Tomsk Practical Technological Institute. Since 2013, TPU has been
participating in the "5-100" global competitiveness improvement program, which
aims to ensure that by 2020 at least five universities of the Russian
Federation are included in the hundred best universities of the world.
Following the results of the last defense of the "road maps" in the fall of
2018, Tomsk Polytechnic University is in the second group of the project.