St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" starts new projects in the field of research

New projects in research

St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University "LETI" announces about its intention to start cooperation with IBM in the field of research projects.

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St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University "LETI" announces about its intention to start cooperation with IBM in the field of research projects. Cooperation will focus on conducting joint projects in the field of nanotechnology and information security as well as pursuing research and academic activities including training for teachers and students.

Cooperation of the ETU and IBM is the first project of this kind in which IBM intends to assist Russian educational institutions in order to increase their competitiveness in the world in accordance to state priorities in the field of education.

At the present time there is active competition among the educational institutions all over the world to attract the best students and teachers, conducting interesting research projects as well as construction of modern campuses. Their efforts are aimed not only at preservation of positions in international rankings of top universities but also to ensure the leading position. Governments of many countries, oriented on creation of economic model based on knowledge, recognize that maintenance of high educational standards is state priority. On August 26, 2013 the government of the Russian Federation signed a decree on state support of Russian leading universities in order to improve their competitiveness among the world's leading research and education centers. It is intended that as a result of realization of this project five Russian universities will be included in the list of top educational institutions in the world by 2020.

"The interaction between science and business is one of the core ingredients on the way to improve education. Due to the collaboration with IBM we get access to the latest technology, research and skills. On that score cooperation with IBM is priority. It is also interesting for our students and for scientists since it contributes their involvement in innovation processes. The university will participate in joint research as well as in exchange of trainees and scientists,"- said the rector of the ETU Professor Vladimir Kutuzov, D.Sc.

About ten years ago IBM launched the "Academic Initiative", a global program for encouraging cooperation between IBM and teachers, in order to teach students skills in information technology that they need to be competitive and keep up with the times. With the help of “Academic Initiative” IBM helps students all over the world to prepare for their future profession by providing free access to technology and knowledge to assist them in developing the skills required in the XXI century. And the ETU "LETI" was among the first universities that have joined that initiative in 2004.

                                                                                                                       Press Service of the ETU