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6:08 PM  June 10, 2021

Deputy head of Minobrnauki appreciated Tomsk Big University project

© РИА Томск. Андрей СоколовDeputy head of Minobrnauki appreciated Tomsk Big University project

TOMSK, Jun 10 – RIA Tomsk. Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Dmitry Afanasiev praised the "Big University" project; according to him, the association of local universities and research institutes within the framework of the Big University will allow Tomsk to claim global leadership in science and training, reports RIA Tomsk.

It was reported earlier that Dmitry Afanasiev, Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, would visit three Tomsk universities - Tomsk State University (TSU), Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR) - on Thursday and familiarize himself with the projects of Big University and international campus.

"We see the idea of a Big Tomsk University as a model, a prototype, and at the same time an opportunity to achieve great, world-class results. The project is not developing without problems, as always, but it is important that there is a common vision of tasks and understanding, and even unity of approach (to the implementation of the project) among all its participants. It may ensure its great future," said Afanasiev at the meeting with the heads of higher school and research institutes.

According to him, the founders of the Big University will have to overcome a number of problems - organizational, legal, distribution and financial management issues. Tomsk universities can be helped in solving a number of issues by participating in the new Program of Strategic Academic Leadership (PSAL) Priority 2030, but the Big University exceeds it in scale.

"The goal of the Priority 2030 program is to create a world-class network of research universities in Russia. And in this matter Tomsk universities have a huge potential, both in cooperation and individually. And the idea of the Big Tomsk University is a bid for global leadership," Afanasyev emphasized.

Campus as a good feeling

During the meeting, the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education evaluated, in particular, the construction project of the inter-university campus on the left bank of the Tom River.

"Developing the campus project, we are designing a fundamentally new innovative quarter. The campus itself is 54 hectares, and around it another 400 hectares are development projects aimed at creating a new attractive environment that will surround this technological core and create an environment attractive to young researchers and entrepreneurs," TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky emphasized.

According to him, today there are 86 campuses of such scale in the world that create a new type of environment favorable for scientific discoveries and high-tech business development. Tomsk developers are guided by these projects; the task of creating such an environment is at the core of the terms of reference for designers and architects, the TSU rector emphasized.


Earlier it was reported that the scientific and educational complex of the Tomsk region is the key one in the strategy of social and economic development of the region. One of the first steps in achieving this goal was the creation of the Big University, which will unite six universities and all Tomsk research institutes while preserving their legal independence.

It was also reported that in 2021, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation launched a new program to increase the competitiveness of universities - Program of Strategic Academic Leadership (PSAL) Priority 2030. At the first stage, 120 universities will be selected to participate. The members of the Tomsk Consortium of Universities and Scientific Organizations declared their intention to participate in the competition for inclusion in the program.

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