Moscow State University puts together science and technology cluster
6 Dec '13
A sizable science and technology cluster called “Vorobyevy Gory” will open on the premises of Moscow Lomonosov State University. The project was endorsed this past Tuesday at a meeting of MSU’s Board of Trustees presided over by President Vladimir Putin of Russia, the Nanotechnology Society of Russia website reported.
“For the first time in Russia, we as a university are undertaking to establish a cluster to develop fundamental science, its experimental applications and, of course, education,” MSU rector Viktor Sadovnichiy said at the meeting.
At the Vorobyevy Gory cluster, named after the historical city district where the university is located, students and young scientists may expect to be able to develop projects aimed at space study, the application of bio- and nanotechnologies, robotics, etc.
The project initiators emphasized that nobody was pursuing a goal of setting up an alternative to the Skolkovo innovation center which is being developed outside the Russian capital.
To develop MSU as a leading Russian university and research hub a large-scale $850m program has been approved. The government is reported to be only kicking in $150m, with the rest expected from sources other than government coffers.
With the program funding, MSU’s National Multiple Access Center has been launched, enabling users to do very complex computing. The university has also opened its Medical Scientific and Educational Center equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic and diagnostic equipment. At its branch in the Northern Caucasus, the Caucasian mountain observatory has been completed; it has Russia’s second most powerful telescope.
“Between 2010 and 2012, we saw the tripling of a quotation rate for research results originating from MSU,” said President Putin, adding that last year, sales generated by the university’s innovation spin-offs exceeded $165m.