RVC and TPU will train staff for ‘future markets’


The rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Pyotr Chubik and RVC General CEO Alexander Povalko signed an agreement to implement the road map which is set to organize new educational programs in the field of technological entrepreneurship from 2018 to 2020. The agreement was signed at the 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The first step to implement the road map is to include the course ‘Innovative Economy and Technological Entrepreneurship’, developed by the RVC, in the TPU curriculum. The goal of the course is to teach students how to develop high-tech products or services, create start-ups and implement commercial R & D.

The agreement stipulates that the parties have agreed to implement a comprehensive program of educational and research initiatives to meet, among other things, the objectives of the National Technological Initiative, to open master's programs in ‘markets for the future’ areas, to carry out scientific researches on the premises of 8 engineering and research schools of TPU; launch a personal pre-accelerator under the business incubator TPU’s polygon of engineering business; create science-focused interdisciplinary laboratories (for example, laboratories with medical research and computer equipment to make research on artificial intelligence); provide venture financing for the university’s innovative developments and others.

‘In order to develop the road map, we had to first integrate ideas of technological entrepreneurship into educational programs and to support innovative infrastructure of the university. These activities will help to stimulate students and university researchers to create breakthrough technologies,’ said Alexander Povalko, CEO of the RVC.

Individually, the cooperation agreement treats the Atlas of the Future Professions, a vocational guidance program for schoolchildren. The program will introduce school-children to such professions as IT-medic, genetic consultant, ‘smart home’ designer, remote security coordinator, aircraft designer and others.

‘TPU was one of the first national universities to train future engineering entrepreneurs. The School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, established in the university, is designed to train specialists capable of creating and developing a successful business based on innovative engineering solutions. In this sense, RVC is an ideal partner for us, because it has vast experience supporting projects and initiatives in the field of technological entrepreneurship. Already this year we are joining efforts with RVC to launch a new network Master Program Technological Brokerage, to significantly elaborate the course ‘Engineering Entrepreneurship’ and to realize many other interesting projects, said TPU Rector, Pyotr Chubik when commenting on the signing of the agreement.


About RVC

RVC JSC is a governmental fund of funds, the Institute of Development of the Russia's venture investment industry. The main objectives of RVC JSC: promote creation of Russia's own venture capital industry and execute functions of the Project Office of the National Technology Initiative (NTI). The authorized capital of RVC JSC is more than 30 billion roubles. One hundred per cent of the RVC capital is owned by the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for Management of State Property of the Russian Federation (Rosimushchestvo). The total number of funds formed by RVC JSC has reached 26, their total size is 35.7 billion roubles. The share of RVC JSC is 22.7 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds has reached 223. The total amount of monetary funds approved for investment is 18.2 billion roubles.

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