TOMSK, Nov 10 – RIA Tomsk. Participation
of Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics
(TUSUR) in the state program Priority 2030 for increasing the
competitiveness of universities will make it possible to create in Tomsk
a new microelectronics research center in the format of a "training
factory". Rector Victor Rulevsky talked about the university's
development strategy, what the university plans to use the 626 million
rubles grant for and his vision of filling the campus under construction
on the left bank in an interview with RIA Tomsk.
TUSUR in Priority
– Priority 2030 is an important and landmark project for TUSUR. Why did
you decide to participate? And most importantly, why, in your opinion,
did you win?
– For 15 years, the university
has been trying to enter such a global program that will determine its
development in the next ten years. Prior to that, TUSUR had taken part
in the competitive selection of the 5-100 project – then we did not make
it to the final and became participants. But we understood that we have
a good reserve in the field of science and education, which can ensure
our high competitiveness not only in Russia, but also in the world.
the conditions of the new competition Priority 2030 became known, which
is focused not only on the national research leadership, but also on
the industry and technology leadership, TUSUR immediately determined its
track. Our university was created 60 years ago precisely to develop new
industries and technologies, train personnel, develop new communication
and radar systems, automation elements and instrumentation base for the
electronics and rocket and space industries.
that we have chosen the right focus, identifying the following strategic
areas for ourselves: microelectronics and next generation communication
systems, IT and information security, space science and engineering, as
well as an entirely new area of technical medicine.
are very proud to be part of Priority 2030. If you add up the funds
received by Tomsk universities under this program, it turns out that
five universities once attracted several billion rubles to the Tomsk
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Tomsk universities that participated in the second stage of the Priority 2030 program will receive grants: TSU and TPU will each receive nearly 1 billion rubles, TUSUR will receive 626 million, SSMU will receive 342 million, and TSUAB as a candidate for the program will receive 50 million.
– Let's get back to the defence. How did it go?
– This program was very different from the previous one (we are talking
about the 5-100 program – Ed.), it had a two-stage defence system. In
September, the first stage took place, when the top 100 universities
were selected for the basic part of the grant. Initially there were over
560 eligible universities, but only 187 applications made it through.
Of these, 106 universities have already been selected.
the first stage, the university team was supported at the defence by
Lyudmila Mikhailovna Ogorodova – Deputy Governor for Scientific and
Educational Complex, Kirill Germanovich Okhotkin – Deputy General
Director for Research of Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information
Satellite Systems and Nikita Sergeevich Garshin – Deputy Director of
Micran. On behalf of the university were myself and Alexander
Alexandrovich Shelupanov, President of TUSUR.
stage was more focused on strategic projects and new technologies, their
implementation, interaction with industrial partners.
TUSUR team was supported by Igor Nikolaevich Shaturny, Deputy Governor
for Industrial Policy. He spoke about the projects that we implement
together with the enterprises with the support of the administration,
for example, about the first experimental 5G landfill beyond the Urals.
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at this stage, we were supported by the General Director of Academician
M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, Nikolay Alexeyevich
Testoyedov, and a representative of Micran.
At the second stage, the commission was interested in how we would ensure a high extrabudgetary component.
application has quite big ambitions: we assume that by 2030 the
university's budget will be tripled with a share of extrabudgetary
component of about 60%. We all understand that these are ambitious
goals, and it is impossible without the support of industrial partners. I
would like to note that TUSUR has already doubled its budget since
2010. Today, the share of TUSUR's extrabudgetary component is 45-48%.
– In their programs submitted for the Priority 2030 competition, four
Tomsk universities mention joint work within the framework of the Big
University. What does TUSUR plan to implement together with its
– Yes, this is a really
important strategic project for us – joint work of the Big University of
Tomsk. It is aimed at balanced and harmonized interaction with
universities and scientific and educational organizations in the city to
create a model of the Big University of Tomsk.
that it is the interaction between universities that made a big
contribution to winning this program. This is a distinctive feature of
our universities. Within the framework of the Big University, we are
united not legally, but through scientific and educational projects. It
is Tomsk that has the most Priority winning participants among
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As part of the Big University
strategy, TUSUR is responsible for the development of inter-university
technological entrepreneurship; we are talking about creating an
inter-university business incubator on the basis of the future campus.
It will be an environment for generating knowledge-intensive business
entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized innovative companies.
is known that about 10 thousand hours of work are required for a team
to confidently enter the market, and universities can take
responsibility for the first five thousand hours. Further development of
the team is possible in Tomsk Special Economic Zone. Already now there
are arrangements with the administration of the Tomsk region to provide
"settling in" and support for the teams after passing the
inter-university student business incubator.
project for which TUSUR is responsible is the export of education,
creating a unified strategy for attracting foreign youth and retaining
them in Tomsk. Construction of the new campus imposes a responsibility
on us – by 2030 we have to attract 15 thousand foreign students to the
To attract applicants from different countries,
we, together with our colleagues from the Big University, created the
website "Study in Tomsk", so far in two languages: Russian and English.
This is a single site where all universities and training areas are
represented, and we also plan to translate materials into eight
languages, including French, German, Chinese, and others.
– Is the Big University about working together on the basis of the
existing infrastructure or is it about building new laboratories?
– It means creating joint laboratories, synchronising research
activities, providing access to unique equipment for experiments, and
creating a common instrument base.
As I said, we are
looking forward to the new campus, because it will be possible to create
joint laboratories, IT centers to implement large-scale projects
involving international students and leading scientists. But, of course,
waiting until 2023-2024 makes no sense, and already now each university
will allocate the necessary resources, sites, instrumentation base that
will make it possible to implement joint projects.
The new building behind TUSUR's main building
– Speaking of facilities. What is new for TUSUR in the coming years?
– Of course, there are ongoing repairs, infrastructure development and
creation of comfortable environment both on campus and in university
dormitories. Renovation work is going on in the fifth dormitory (on
Fyodor Lytkin, 18). Just last year the fourth dormitory (on Fyodor
Lytkin, 10) was completely renovated.
In addition to this
work, we have ambitious goals and tasks related to the creation and
construction of a single multifunctional center for microelectronic
systems. The first strategic project in our program is Next Generation
Microelectronics and Communication Systems, which involves the
construction of the center. This will be a training factory for training
specialists in radio photonics, microelectronics, nanoelectronics, as
well as the development of new technological solutions.
essence, it will be 10 thousand square metres, equipped with the latest
devices. And we hope that this equipment will be funded by the grant we
won. We are planning to build the center by 2024-2025. We have chosen
the backyard of the university's main building as the site for the
construction. We have now received permission to demolish the
dilapidated buildings in that area.
Next year we also plan
to repair the wing of the IT-Cube (Lenin Ave., 46, the building belongs
to TUSUR), on the right side. All dismantling work has been done there,
it is about 600 square metres. We have plans for the next year to put
this area in order.
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Tomsk's first children's digital center IT Cube opened in the former Passage shopping centre in 2020. The grant for its creation was won by the Tomsk Hobby Center. More than 400 children study modern digital disciplines at the new center every year.
We can see that the IT-Cube and areas
related to programming and virtual reality are in demand today. Parents
are already beginning to realise how important it is to ensure that
children are involved in this area from an early age and to determine
their development trajectory.
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Of course, we do not forget
about the sports complex (In 2021 TUSUR obtained a building permit for a
new sports complex on Vershinina Street, 47 – Ed.). Now we are actively
negotiating with our industrial partner Micran. If everything goes
well, the sports complex may appear next year, when TUSUR celebrates its
60th anniversary. As colleagues and builders promise, it is possible to
erect the complex without internal equipment in nine months.
now we do not have our own sports ground, and, of course, this is the
primary goal for us. After all, the university life does not stop at
education and science, there must also be other areas: sports, creative,
which bring together students and staff of the university.
hope that by January 1, we will launch the assembly hall, which to date
has been fully renovated with funds from our alumni and the support of
Sberbank. It is a shining example to us and to the students that there
are alumni who have achieved good results and are willing to support the
In addition, we have a great desire to put in
order the facade of the main university building by the jubilee year.
(The main building of TUSUR is a cultural monument of regional
significance. – Ed.).
5G, space and implants
– What projects is TUSUR implementing today? Including with industrial partners?
– We work on the so-called "triple helix": university, business and
government. And within the framework of this work, we have focused on
the following areas: microelectronics and next generation communication
systems, IT and information security, space science and engineering and
We already have a head start in the
integrated science and technology program for Academician M.F. Reshetnev
Information Satellite Systems. This is the development of new
technologies and devices for the rocket and space industry. We plan to
create new digital on-board power supply systems and "smart" coatings
for small spacecraft.
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In 2021 TUSUR began to cooperate in the field of educational robotics with Rostec's subsidiary, CRI Electronics, and the industrial cluster Consortium of Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems, and plans to create children's robotics construction sets, which are not currently made in Russia.
In addition, we are actively working
with Micran. Our joint project to diversify the instrumentation base
and train personnel won a tender of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
also have probably the brightest project planned with Micran. We will
make the elements from which gadgets and devices are built. First and
foremost, small base stations of the fifth generation of 5G. For us, the
key point is the creation of a station on a domestic device base.
the structure of the stations will be open: if today Russia does not
have a certain part or chip and so far uses an imported one, then in the
future any Russian company can join the project and produce a Russian
analogue to replace it. As early as next year the first field tests of
the station are planned.
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There are projects within the Big
University as well. TSU has announced a project on engineering biology,
and at least three universities are involved in this project: State
University, Medical University, and us. Within this area, we are
responsible for creating a genetic printer that will be used to print
I believe that such projects are extremely important.
In particular, from the point of view of promoting our city and the
region as a region of knowledge generation, where new technologies are
created and important issues related to education, science, and
innovation are solved. This will also help retain talented young people
in Tomsk. And our city has its own brand thanks to students and a strong
scientific and educational complex.