Big City University

Big City University

The First Electrotechnical will hold a dialogue between representatives of education, business, and authorities about practices and opportunities for integrating the university into the urban fabric.

23.09.2021 575

On October 13 at 16:00, LETI will hold a discussion "Big City University" in the videoconference hall of Building 5. During the event, representatives of businesses, authorities, and international universities will share institutional and business solutions for the university's integration into city life to meet challenges and drive social and economic changes in the university and the city.

The currently-practiced solution for an ambitious technical university is to move to a new vacant place outside the city to satisfy its growing demand on modern infrastructure, space, life, and learning styles. LETI looks for other productive ways and practices for intensive development.

A university surrounded by a densely built commercial and residential property must be in dialogue with its urban environment. A campus should not be active only during work hours but offer reasons and facilities for students, educators, and researchers to stay for other pastimes. It should encourage citizens to pass security gates to visit its historical campus and enjoy its atmosphere. Participants of the discussion, moderated by Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of LETI, will discuss development strategies and solutions to meet these challenges.




Vice Rector for International Relations, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI)

  • Moderator


Carl Peersman
Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg

  • Opening the discussion with a greeting speech


Dmitry Panov
A member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg of the new convocation and a chair of the St. Petersburg regional branch of "Business Russia"




Deputy director, the "Center for Strategic Research" Foundation, partner and head of the main office

  • Keynote speech. Campus in the big city: development goals and ways of integration into the urban environment.


Elena Bodrova
Executive Director of the Russian Guild of Managers and Developers

  • University development and business




Director of Investment Group PBM Capital, chair of the Committee for Investment in the Russian Guild of Property Managers and Developers

  • Discussion of the possibilities of public-private partnership when investing in a university campus




Urban designer and leader of projects on the transformation of the Eindhoven Technical University campus, the Netherlands

  • City as A Lab. Experience of the 20-year university transformation projects. Stages and results of the campus buildings and infrastructure renovation




Partner, the Mangera Yvars Architects (MYAA), Great Britain

  • Cities of Knowledge: global experience in the university campus design. Research & education projects Education City and Quatar Foundation Research Facility in the UAE.




Director for the Semrén & Månsson business development in Russia.
"LETI – Future Academic Spaces" Jury Member

  • Live and learn: the KTH Rocks project - LIVE-IN-LAB – integrated into the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (КТН) in Stockholm.


Elena Belova
Development Director of Intiled – lighting design, projects and complex solutions for facades, bridges, transport infrastructure

  • Influence of façade lighting on the on the integration of knowledge and education centers into the urban environment.




Senior architect, Atelier PRO, guest teacher at Technical University Delft (the Netherlands).
"LETI – Future Academic Spaces" Jury Member

  • New learning centers in the Netherlands and Russia

    Pascal Leistra will talk about her projects and open the awards ceremony for the transformation of the four iconic spaces of LETI's campus.


The event will be held both offline and online in Russian and English with simultaneous translation.