TUSUR University is striving to become the core of a regional innovation cluster and the first entrepreneurial university in Russia. Its traditional mission evolved from education to include research and knowledge commercialization. The university has legal control over its academic resources and intellectual property emanating from its academic research, it dedicates 41% of its budget to research, and it is capable to transfer its technology through patenting, licensing, and incubation. The university grants all intellectual rights to the inventor. Team projects and «learning by doing» teaching methods, independent study plans, and access to innovation infrastructure complement the traditional engineering education at the university. Students are encouraged to become entrepreneurs in advanced areas of science and technology and are offered opportunities to incubate their technological projects. The university encourages interdisciplinary research, promotes entrepreneurial education, and collaborates with industry to establish joint research funding. It has a developed innovation infrastructure, scientific collaboration and joint R&D projects with industry, and a cluster of firms closely associated with the university.
TUSUR University is a top Russian University of Technology in applied research with developed innovation infrastructure. It is a public university known for its programs in nanotechnology, telecommunication, electronics, and entrepreneurship education. It is a member of the Russian Association of Entrepreneurial Universities ranked in the top-ten universities in Russia in terms of innovative technologies and entrepreneurship indicators. On the road towards becoming an entrepreneurial university, TUSUR University is one of the first Russian universities to undertake reorganization as a whole institution and modify its mission to promote entrepreneurship education, innovation in technology, and knowledge commercialization. The university has an extensive infrastructure to ease the transition from an idea, to product development and the first product sales. The infrastructure includes a student business incubator, technological incubator, science park, knowledge commercialization office, patent office, marketing department, start-up consultation services, and an association of spin-off firms.
The association of spin-off firms, "UNIC", is a high-tech innovation and technology cluster. It is a geographic concentration of the university as the core and the interconnected high-tech firms. "UNIC" is an interface between university research and its industrial application. The firms have R&D capabilities, innovative products, and complete production cycles, and get engaged in collaborative research projects with the university. In 2011, "UNIC" accounted for 80% of hi-tech revenues in the region, invested $14 million in TUSUR University, and earned $506 million in total revenues.
"UNIC" is a result of bottom up initiatives by TUSUR University's leadership. Since 1999 to 2005, the university actively modernized its mission and stimulated the development of innovation infrastructure. The government's initiatives followed up to assist the university's vision and funded the establishment of its innovation infrastructure. In 2005, a science park, Tomsk Economic Zone, was established to assist innovation and product development in telecommunication, electronics, material science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and medical technology.
Tomsk State University
Total official nomination: National Research Tomsk State University, TSU
TSU is the oldest university in the Russian Asia, in Siberia, that was founded in 1878 in Tomsk, Russia.
It was the First Siberian Imperial University.
In TSU old and new traditions go hand in hand. However, the main mission of the university has remained the same since the time of its foundation: to be a classical educational university of research renowned for its education system that builds the academic process on the latest research results and enhances personal growth in the cultural and intellectual development.
For the past 135 years of its existence the university has become a center, which attracts creative and talented people, that generates advancement in science and exemplifies the best practices in Russian higher education. For many bright young people entry to TSU was a dream that came true, a dream that enabled them to get high-quality education. It will assure their career development and success in the future. From this perspective, we are well aware of our responsibility for the future of Russia.
The University staff and students greatly appreciate the university, its traditions, its unique atmosphere of collaboration and the creativity of professors and students.
- 17,000 students
- In TSU studied and worked about 100 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academy of Medical Sciences and the CIS states , more than 150 State Prize winners, two Nobel Prize winner
- The University has more than 500 doctors and 1000 candidates of sciences, 51 State Prize Laureate in the field of science and technology
- During the last 10 years 4 TSU scientists teams were awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology, the RF Government Prize in Science and Technology , Russian President Award in the field of education
- 43 academic schools entered the presidential list of Russian leading scientific schools
- TSU is a winner of the competition for the «National Research University» status (2010).
- Tomsk State Universities is included in the State Code of Special Valuable Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Russian Federation
- In 2013, TSU became one of the TOP 15 Russian leading universities to receive the state support for entering the TOP 100 world university rankings.
Triple Helix Association
The Triple Helix Association (THA) is a not-forprofit, non-governmental association with scientific purpose and a global reach. It was founded in 2009 by leading international scholars in innovation and entrepreneurship to promote the study of the interactions among academia, industry and government.
Its main scope is to advance the scientific knowledge and practical achievements related to academy-industry-government interactions (Triple Helix) to foster research, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
The Triple Helix Association is open to both individual members (students, public policymakers, researchers, & practitioners) and organizational members (universities and affiliated units, research institutions, incubators, science parks, TTOs and Technopoles, governmental institutions and private consulting firms).
Association of Russian Entrepreneurial Universities
The Association of Russian Entrepreneurial Universities (AREU) was founded in 2011 by leading Russian universities: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Skolkovo Fund, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National Research Nuclear University, Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR), National Research Technological University. In 2011 National Research University Higher School of Economics and National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University joined the Association.
Under plans, the Association is to assist in formation of state politics, promotion of advanced Russian experience, active involvement into processes of technologies transfer and commercialization of intellectual activities results, as well as efficient partnership between government and business under the Triple Helix model.
Global Shapers Community (World Economic Forum)
globalshapesThe Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
The Global Shapers Community will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future – integrating the personal, community and global dimension. Through the unparalleled convening power of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is diverse in demographics, geographical areas and sectors. However, it is united by a common desire to channel the members' tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.
- Professor Alexander Uvarov, vice-rector of TUSUR University, Tomsk, Russia
- Liana Kobzeva, Director of the Center of Corporate Development, Institute for Innovation, TUSUR University, Tomsk, Russia
- Dr. Evgeniy Perevodchikov, Associate Professor, Institute for Innovation, TUSUR University, Tomsk, Russia