ETU & University of Waterloo: Understanding Is Reached
St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" and the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo will develop scientific cooperation in the field of information technology.
“Due to the fact that the sanctions did not affect the sphere of education and science, we have the opportunity to cooperate with foreign universities, which allowed us to organize this meeting. We hope that this is only the first stage of our interaction. The Memorandum of Understanding will define the areas of cooperation in which we would like to work.”
Stephen Watt headed the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo four years ago. According to him, one of his tasks is to include ETU in the list of partner universities. A professor of mathematics told his Petersburg colleagues about his university and the unique features of teaching in it.
“Our students combine lectures and workshops with work during their studies. When they get a diploma, they already have two years of experience. Our admission requirements are high, so our students are the best. I am grateful that you invited me to your university. Our university will be happy to work with ETU,” Stephen Watt said.
Mikhail Kupriyanov, Director of the Department of Education, Head of the Computer Engineering Department, who took part in the signing, told the guest about the new Department of Algorithmic Mathematics, which was established at ETU in 2018. He noted that at the Faculty of Computer Science and Technology students' training is based on a combination of computer technology and mathematics. Prominent scientist Bruno Buchberger, Professor of Computational Mathematics at the University of Johann Kepler (Linz, Austria), who visited ETU in 2015, highly appreciated the technical equipment of the laboratory of mathematical statistics at the faculty.
“We recently opened the department of algorithmic mathematics, and now the laboratory and the department are working for each other's needs: computer technologies for mathematics, and mathematics for computer technologies. We are sure that without this combination it is hard to develop in the field of computer science. I hope that the memorandum that we have prepared today will enable us to identify areas of cooperation in favor of the development of computational mathematics.”
“Science agreement is significant for us at the University of Waterloo and in particular in the Faculty of Mathematics, because mathematics and computer science form the basis of so many things in society today. There is almost no topic that is not fundamentally affected by these subjects whether it is banking, global positioning, finance or industry.”
Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding, there will be joint research and exchange of lecturers and staff between two universities. Parties envisage cooperation in distance learning, which is considered a strategic direction at the University of Waterloo. In the near future, universities will develop specific written agreements that will provide the basis for mutually beneficial cooperation. According to the ETU guest, he will be glad to any opportunity to visit Saint Petersburg once again.
“I do not know if there would be enough time to explore Petersburg properly in my entire life. There is so much to see. A few days is not enough. I have already enjoyed some beautiful cultural events. I am happy to see around every corner of your city with my own eyes!” Stephen Watt shared his impressions.