Skoltech and OBORONPROM sign contract

As part of the international Open Innovations forum in Moscow, the president of the Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology Edward Crowley and OBORONPROM corporation general director DmitryLelikov have signed a contract on cooperation on education, science, and technological developments.

The agreement between Skoltech and OBORONPROM, part of Russian Technologies, envisages joint development of new potential materials and constructions with high operational characteristics, as well as scientific research and design work in the field of machine-building. In addition, the parties agreed on joint creation of educational programs aimed at preparing international-level specialists.

The agreement was the result of work by consulting groups with representatives from Skoltech and Oboronpromwhich defined priority areas of scientific research and educational projects.

“For our corporation, bringing together Russian helicopter and engine building, working with Skoltech is based first of all on our interest in expanding research centers for programs that are fundamentally significant to preserve and develop the competitiveness of our products,” said OBORONPROM general director DmitryLelikov.

According to Lelikov, such programs include research on creating next-generation materials, the development of light and reliable constructions that offer a competitive advantage, research on new energy technologies, and so on. They are all reflected in Oboronprom’s Program for Innovative Development and are an important part of the corporation’s development strategy.

“We believe that the research centers already functioning at Skoltech, with simultaneous development of academic education and the chance for students to further develop their talents and research activities will allow us to create a world-class international research university in Moscow within a short period of time,” added Lelikov.

In turn, Skoltech president Edward Crowley emphasized that the very notion of creating an institute offers active cooperation with industry.

“Business interests are formulated in the process of working of consultant groups specialized in various types of industry, and are taken into account in the formation of research and educational programs. For our part we are ready to offer industry access to leading scientific specialists from around the world and the latest achievements in science and technology in developed research areas that are a priority for Skoltech,” said Crowley.

He noted that the main areas for cooperation between Skoltech and Oboronprom would be the successful market launch of the results of this research, and preparation of competent specialists for industrial companies.

The Skolkovsky Institute of Science and Technology is a non-governmental educational-research institute that is located in Skolkovo (Moscow Region, Russia). It was founded in 2011 with the participation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Skoltech’s aim is to prepare a new generation of researchers and entrepreneurs, to promote scientific knowledge, and to participate in technological innovation with the goal of solving the biggest problems facing Russia and the world in the new millennium. The institute is building up its own work, drawing from the best traditions of Russian and international educational and research practice, with special emphasis on entrepreneurialism and innovation.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (UEC).

Russian Technologies is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations.Seventeen holdings are now being created of those companies, 12 of which are in the military-industrial complex, and five of which are in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. The corporation’s general director is SergeyViktorovichChemezov.Its clear profit was 1.55 billion rubles in 2011, and its tax contributions to budgets at all levels reached 100 billion rubles.

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