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The loners’ time has passed: why does Tomsk need the "Big University"

© РИА Томск. Таисия ВоронцоваThe loners’ time has passed: why does Tomsk need the Big University

TOMSK, Nov 28 – RIA Tomsk. "Big University" project which will combine Tomsk universities and institutes into a single scientific and educational center allow scientists to implement projects that can’t be completed by "single organizations". It strengthen region as leader in education and technologies export, say Tomsk and federal experts. Details – in RIA Tomsk material.

As it was previously reported, the "Big University" project is planned to be launched in Tomsk by 2020. It will involve all universities and research institutes with the preservation of autonomy and legal independence. The appearance of the "Big University" is necessary to win the competition for the creation of a world-class research and educational center center (REC).

It was previously reported that by 2024 at least 15 world-class research and educational centers (RECs) should be created in the Russian Federation based on the integration of universities, scientific organizations and enterprises in the real sector of the economy. The Government of the Russian Federation included Tomsk among the 20 cities where the conditions for the formation of the REC were formed. Tomsk did not get to the number of "pilots" of the project, along with other applicants it will have to go through competitive selection in 2020.

Mature industries and technologies of the future

The rector of Tomsk State University Eduard Galazhinsky told RIA Tomsk about the transformations which the organization of the "Big University" will lead to. He recalled that the very idea of the "Big University" has been discussed in Tomsk for a long time – for about 20 years.

"Yury Pokholkov (the rector of Tomsk Polytechnic from 1990 to 2008) was the first to talk about it. It seems to me that the reset of the "INO Tomsk" project strategy and the work initiated by the governor Sergey Zhvachkin to determine the region’s new industrial specialization raised this issue to a new level.

We timely rethought how we will develop further and build regional development based on science and technology. The key question we ask ourselves when discussing the concept of the "Big University" – is "Why?". There are several answers.

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The rector of TSU Eduard Galazhinsky and the governor of the Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin at a meeting with the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev

The first is – to ensure the necessary transformation of mature industries. Today, leadership companies, for example, Gazpromneft, pose enormous technical challenges for science, but not a single university can solve them. This cannot be done alone. In early December, a strategic session will be held in Tomsk with representatives of companies and universities, where, in fact, we will get acquainted with new projects from the industry.

The second key task – is the formation of new technological solutions in the future market in the logic of the industrial revolution. And again, this is a task for a university association – not for a single player.

As an example. Many companies make investment bets on new technological solutions. One of them has patented access to the vision of another person and plans to launch a product in five years and build a business around relevant technological solutions. Developments of the future – is a challenge that we must concentrate on.

The third answer – is visibility and the ability to be competitive at another level. If we think of ourselves on a scale of 20-30 thousand world scientific centers, then, of course, the "Big University" allows us to be visible. In addition, such a project will become an important entry point in Tomsk for large domestic and international companies – to work in large research interdisciplinary projects that can be implemented only together".

Among the strongest

The "Big University" project was discussed in Tomsk by regional authorities and the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev, who visited our city on a working visit at the beginning of the week.

So, the governor Sergey Zhvachkin said at a meeting with the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences that the "INO Tomsk" project allowed to overcome the disunity of the government, science and the real sector of the economy.

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The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev, the governor of the Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin and the rector of TSU Eduard Galazhinsky (from right to left)

"Together we connect our main ambitions with science and education. According to the "Science" national project, we are creating a world-class research and educational center in the Tomsk region – the "Big University". We will build the largest inter-university multifunctional student campus in Russia with 20 thousand places", – Zhvachkin said.

He added that "INO Tomsk" is developing along with these new directions.

"Our "INO Tomsk" – is not a museum exhibit, it does not stand still, but moves forward. The successes of the Tomsk scientific education complex, the prospects of the president’s national projects pushed us to develop Tomsk as a university city, to tightly integrate the scientific and educational complex", – head of the region stressed.

As the deputy governor for economy Andrey Antonov said at the meeting, the association of university, business and government resources in the "INO Tomsk" allowed to use all federal tools in the Tomsk region to achieve one goal.

"The goal – is the creation of advanced industries, a new technological base within the boundaries of the Tomsk agglomeration to attract and retain talent, improve the quality of life. We implemented "INO Tomsk" on 50 federal instruments. All this allows us to remain one of the strongest innovative regions of the country", – he said.

Antonov reminded that the Tomsk region ranks the fourth in the ranking of innovation activity of the regions – it is part of a group of strong innovators.

In turn, the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergeev added that Tomsk is really in high positions.

"We must now build interaction with science so that it is on a regular basis, adequate to the resources that the state allocates. So that we can set an example of such development. Together we will move on", – Sergeev summed up.

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The president of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev

"Big Tomsk"

According to Galazhinsky, the "Big University" management schemes will be discussed at a strategic session with the participation of rectors and vice-rectors of Tomsk universities.

"The key message – is the preservation of legal entities and autonomies. This is a necessary condition for the development of a completely new type of cooperation, under which we need to put a new federal law. We should design this scheme in the process of work in December.

The "Big University" should form a new innovative game in the Tomsk region and transform the urban environment. Much has been said about this. For example, the special envoy of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called Tomsk as "Big Tomsk", discussing the upcoming project.

This means that due to the logic of the ecosystem, we are not aiming at attracting a million people, but at attracting such a quality of human capital and building up of ecosystem that will allow us to make Tomsk a backbone of the "Siberian metropolis" and affirm our ambitions as a global scientific and technological center with leadership in the export of technologies and education".

It is meant that due to the logic of the ecosystem we are not looking at attracting a million people, but at attracting such quality of human capital and folding of the ecosystem, which will allow us to make Tomsk a systemic element of the Siberian metropolitan area and to assert our ambitions as a global scientific and technological center with leadership in the export of technologies and education".

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Meeting of the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev with the authorities of the Tomsk region and TSU scientists

About the "Science" national project

Currently the "Science" national project is being implemented in the Russian Federation. Its key goals – are to ensure the presence of the Russian Federation among the five leading countries of the world engaged in research and development in areas defined by the priorities of the scientific and technological revolution, ensure the attractiveness of work in the Russian Federation for leading Russian and foreign scientists, increase domestic spending on research and development.

It includes three projects: "Development of scientific and research and production cooperation", "Development of advanced infrastructure for research and development in the Russian Federation" and "Development of human resources in the field of research and development".

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