Representatives of development institutions, corporations and businesses discussed the necessary steps to effectively transform the interaction between universities and businesses during the panel discussion "Leading Companies and Universities: Tasks and Ideas for Technological Breakthrough", which took place on January 16 as part of Gaidar Forum 2018: "Russia and the World: Goals and Values."
Andrey Volkov, a scientific leader of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, acted as discussion moderator. The persons as follows took part in the discussion: Elena Bunina, General Director of Yandex, Pavel Ershov, Operations Director at Microsoft Russia, Alexander Povalko, General Director of RVC, Dmitry Pumpyansky, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Pipe Metallurgical Company and Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.
By opening the discussion, Andrey Volkov noted that due to a rapid transformation of Russian universities, they are now, from the training paradigm, trying to become research and R & D entities, carrying out the three missions of the university: development, research and training of specialists with advanced skills.
General Director of Yandex Elena Bunina said that the company has already gained a lot of positive experience while cooperating with universities.
Pavel Ershov, Microsoft Russia's Chief Operating Officer, noted that Microsoft, being a global company, does not perceive any particular university as a partner for one task since the company making an IT platform must cooperate with the education system and develop the market on the whole.
According to Dmitry Pumpyansky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pipe Metallurgical Company, if we are talking about engineering education for traditional industries, then the specialists of Russian technical universities today meet the challenges that industry set for them. Another situation in the field of scientific and technical cooperation, where universities are now lagging behind in terms of commercialisation and in the field of market approach to their developments.
In his speech, General Director of RVC Alexander Povalko told about the program of creation and development of NTI Centres on the basis of universities and scientific organizations, the operator of which is RVC. At the end of 2017, as a result of competitive selection, the first six centres were identified, which will be allocated funds for integrated research, development, design and experimental projects.
Rector of the Higher School of Economics, Yaroslav Kuzminov, in his speech highlighted several models of interaction between a university and a corporate customer: the first one is an order model, the second one is an exclusive partnership, and the third one is cooperation in solving industry-wide issues.
The Gaidar Forum annually acts as a unique intellectual platform, uniting theorists and practitioners, leading world scientists and politicians, representatives of higher financial circles and global business elite. The Forum was organized by the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, the Institute for Economic Policy named after E.T. Gaidar and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR). Partner of the event is RVC.