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6:02 PM  January 15, 2021

VEB: Tomsk campus become an example of PPP for other regions of Russia

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийVEB: Tomsk campus become an example of PPP for other regions of Russia

TOMSK, Jan 15 – RIA Tomsk. The construction of an inter-university campus in Tomsk can become a good example of public-private partnership (PPP) that could be replicated in other regions of Russia, Senior Vice-President of the State Development Corporation VEB.RF Mikhail Alashkevich said during the Gaidar Forum on Friday.

Earlier it was reported that in 2019 the regional administration, VEB.RF and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education agreed on the implementation in Tomsk of a pilot project for the construction of an inter-university campus within the framework of the "Education" national project using the PPP mechanism. The campus will be able to accept 20 thousand students and will become a joint facility of the universities of the "Big University" of Tomsk.

The Gaidar Forum, which has a reputation as a "Russian Davos", has been held since 2010 in Moscow at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Experts, government officials, public and political figures, entrepreneurs from different countries of the world gather on its site. In 2021, the forum is held on January 14 and 15 under the theme "Russia and the World after the Pandemic".

Both "public" and "private"...

"The campus in Tomsk can become an example of good interagency cooperation. And (there should be) federal co-financing, which everyone expects, (financing) at the regional level, private investors. If there is a PPP, then there must be both "public" and "private". The state part is the funds provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the development of educational and scientific infrastructure", – he said.

Alashkevich discussed the Tomsk campus during the forum at the meeting with Governor Sergey Zhvachkin and Rector of Tomsk State University Eduard Galazhinsky. As Zhvachkin noted during the discussion, the region is taking concrete steps to implement the campus project.

"We have included 600 million rubles into the budget of the Tomsk region for the implementation of this project. Now we are waiting for a reciprocal step from VEB" , – he said.

Entry and development point

As RIA Tomsk previously reported, the campus can be built on the left bank of the Tom – the authorities plan to buy 52 hectares of land from the "Karyeroupravlenie" ("Quarry Management") group of companies in 2021.

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Zhvachkin told the forum participants that it would not be just a set of dormitories: "We must build dormitories, classrooms, joint laboratories in which the scientific and educational complex, academic institutes, IT companies, and state corporations that are on the territory will participate".

Alashkevich added that VEB, using the example of the Tomsk region, is working with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on a comprehensive project for the development of inter-university university campuses in other territories. " I think that by joint efforts we will come to some good result" , – the expert emphasized.

The rector of TSU Galazhinsky added, in turn, that the inter-university campus of the "Big University" is an instrument for implementing the policy in the field of PPP. "We negotiate between universities and research institutes on integration at the level of strategy and services. And it turns out that for companies there are not twelve points of entry into the region, let's say, but one. The campus is an environment that concentrates people and creates the necessary capital that is interesting for companies".

As previously reported, the "Big University" project was launched in Tomsk in 2019 (it is supervised by the Tomsk Consortium of Universities and Scientific Organizations). All universities and research institutes participate in it, while preserving autonomy and legal independence.

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