Siberian Federal University (SibFU), since its foundation in 2006, has been attracting international students and researchers. Talented graduates are headhunted by leading businesses, which create joint chairs with the University and offer internships to students and researchers. Industry experts and business gurus willingly train students employing practice-oriented approaches. Synergy of state-of-the-art University equipment and highly-qualified training practitioners inspire development of hi-tech products with great commercial potential.
Only few Russia’s higher-education institutions in tops of world university rankings are commonly accounted for the fact that science and research in the country are still behind the ‘iron curtain’. Generally, Russian scientists face more problems in promoting their research products; nevertheless, international scientists and researchers choose to go to Russia: they come to lead or join research projects, to join project teams in order to bid for grants.
Here at SibFU we are sure that Russia’s science has a considerable potential in gaining higher positions in world rankings. The University has welcomed more than 2,500 international researchers within the last 5 years, among them world-renowned scientists and young researchers starting their careers.
Siberian Federal University offers a unique ‘SibFU Post-doc’ support programme. A post-doc is a relatively new phenomenon for the Russian tertiary level; only a few universities run such programmes. SibFU started the programme in 2015. Since then a group of young promising researchers from India, Spain and the Czech Republic have been developing their projects under the guidance of leading University supervisors.
The selection procedure for applicants was tough; they had to face an intense competition. The requirements were to have the articles published in Web of Science or Scopus journals (world largest citation index services which include only quality peer-reviewed publications), to have experience of successful participation in research projects. Winning in the competition was worth it; the University provided the selected post-docs with modern on-campus accommodation, good salary and the possibility to work on the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment in projects at the cutting-edge of modern science under the leadership of eminent Russian scientists.
Post-doc research projects at SibFU are practice-oriented. For example, an Indian post-doc Venugopal Nakkala is researching materials which improve solar batteries efficiency. His country mate Baker Syed, who is a researcher at Laboratory of biotechnology of new materials, is working on possibilities of exploiting microorganisms — endophytes — in treating cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Spanish Alberto Arzac considered that possibilities provided by Siberian Federal University in working on his favourite dendrochronological projects are outstanding, applied for the programme grant and succeeded.
Currently the University has announced about a second intake to the post-doc programme; young researchers under 35 are encouraged to apply. The University plans are to welcome from 50 to 100 international post-docs annually.
One more unique academic project of the University is a rare for Russia possibility to obtain a PhD degree, PhD SibFU. This degree is very well-known on the global academic market; but in Russia a common doctoral degree is a Candidate of Science, which needs recognition outside Russia and may pose certain inconveniences for its holder. SibFU has become a fourth university among more than 1000 higher-ed institutions in the Russian Federation which was granted a ministerial approval to award PhD degrees. Today the University offers 15 PhD SibFU doctoral programmes, among them “Optics and Quantum Chemistry”, “Biology”, “Urban Design and Planning”, and others. The demands for a PhD dissertation defence in these programmes are more stringent than those for Candidate of Science dissertations because they are aimed at an international level.
SibFU Vice-Rector in Academic Affairs Dr Maxim Rumyantsev shared that University expert team first studied the international experience in developing and awarding PhD degrees. As a result we decided to adopt an approach common for European and USA universities. Dr Rumyantsev commented:“Following the adopted approach a SibFU PhD dissertation is presented to an international Board of Examiners which includes 5 local and 2 international experts in the field of research. Before the defence, the dissertation has to be posted in English on the University site. A degree seeker has to possess a functional level of English-language proficiency which allows them not only to go through a viva but also to publish their articles in leading journals which are included into Scopus or Web of Science lists. Till now the University has awarded 5 PhD SibFU degrees.
In 2016 the University enrolled students on a double degree PhD SibFU jointly with Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Our colleagues from other Russia’s universities are eager to learn this experience from us. This may be taken as a success indicator of our project which can be disseminated”.
Today Siberian Federal University is developing 12 projects whose aim and ambition are to increase the quality of training; we’d like to briefly introduce some of them. Firstly it is a project developed at a Master’s level “Special Engineering Training”, commonly referred to as “elite Master’s”. It is carried out jointly with such national and international industry leaders as ‘Radiosvyaz’ Company (Radio Connection), Information Satellite Systems — Reshetnev Company, RUSAL (Russian Aluminium). The graduates of this programme will never hear reproaches in having gaps in practical training from their co-professionals and bosses. They receive a huge amount of input and training exactly from these people.
Another project is developed at a Bachelor’s level; it’s closely connected with CDIO approach to training engineers where CDIO stays for Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate. The name itself illustrates the approach: focus on creativity and ability to find unconventional solutions to problems. The core of their training is a project approach. Already in the first year of study the students have to develop a mini-project; for example, they have to make a functioning scale-model of wind turbine, which requires knowing theory, skills in making a design and using for the purpose specialist software; then they have to have handcraft skills to use suitable equipment to make the model itself and to make it function. CDIO global movement has been joined by only a few Russia’s universities because it requires certain investment into faculty training and curricula development; yet SibFU believes the project is worth investment.
A pool of University strategic academic projects include large-scale internal and smaller ones focused at solving more specific tasks. With a few projects SibFU pioneered on Russia’s market of higher education, namely, we were the first to start all-Russia internet contest for SibFU prospective students. Smaller projects might be less visible but all together they contribute to bringing positive changes to a tertiary level education in the country, breaking stereotypes about an excessively-fundamental focus of education in Russia, ultimately, to raising its quality and making it more attractive internationally.
SibFU in International Associations
- University of Arctic (UArctic)
The University of the Arctic is cooperative network of universities, colleges and other organizations, working in the sphere of higher education and exploratory activity in the North. Members of UArctic share resources, opportunities and experience for creating educational programs of higher education, which are suitable and accessible for students in the North. The objective of the UArctic is creating stable and constantly developing subpolar region by forming favorable conditions for northerners and Northern nationalities through education and knowledge sharing.
- University of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
University of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is an Asian analogue project of the system of The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) launched (including Russian initiative) along with the Bologna Process. The main mission of the SCO University is the implementation of joint training of highly qualified human resources through concerted innovative educational programs in the priority fields for the economic and social development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
- Eurasian Association of Universities
The Euroasian Universities Association (EUA) was established as the Universities Association of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) at the Constituent Congress in 1989, on the initiative of Lomonosov Moscow State University, supported by the twenty largest universities of the USSR. Today the EUA is the reputable international organization of universities which includes the national universities of the whole Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), leading regional universities and higher educational institutions of the Eurasian region.
- Association of Sino-Russian Economic Universities (in russian)
Russian-Chinese Association of Economic Universities was established in November 23, 2013 in Beijing. From the Russian part the Association includes fourteen largest higher education institutions, in China – University of International Business and Economics, Central University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Harbin Business University, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and other universities. The Association became the third union of Russian and Chinese universities, continuing policy of rapprochement of our educational environments, including contributing to the improvement of the legal framework in the field of education.
- Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities
Russia and China, being the world powers in the field of technical education, reinforce collaboration between leading polytechnic universities of the two countries and, at the same time, provide solid foundation for sharing experience. Increase of the state’s capability to innovations mostly promotes higher engineering education in these two countries, and in its turn, it plays a significant role in developing both the structure of the world industrial complex and the system of resource allocation in the world.
Strategic partners of the SibFU
- National Instruments
“National Instruments” (USA) is a leader in the development and production of hardware and software for the automation of measurement, experiment, diagnostics, control over a wide range of applications. “National Instruments” produces measuring components and systems of PXI standard, modules of signal balancing, computer vision system and motion control system.
- Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Academy of Science was founded on 28 January in 1724. It is reconstructed by the decree of the president of Russian Federation on 21 November in 1991 as the supreme research institution in Russia. Cooperation agreement is concluded of the complete integration in the fields of research, human resources, information, consulting and innovation.
- Ministry of Education and Science
November 26, 2010 Siberian Federal University and the Ministry of Education and Science signed an agreement on the procedure and conditions for granting subsidies to financial support for the implementation of the Development program of the Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education "Siberian Federal University."
- State corporation “Rosatom”
June 27, 1954 in Obninsk (Kaluga region) the first nuclear power plant in the world was launched. Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and SibFU signed a cooperation agreement aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of using personnel, resources and scientific and technical potential of the organizations of the nuclear industry with the involvement of the achievements in the field of education and science.
- JSC "MMC" Norilsk Nickel
Joint stock company "Mining and Metallurgical Company" "Norilsk Nickel" and "Siberian Federal University" concluded an agreement on strategic partnership on 27 August in 2010.
- JSC "RusHydro"
Siberian Federal University and Joint Stock Company "RusHydro" concluded an agreement on strategic partnership.
- PLC "Vankorneft"
Siberian Federal University and PLC "Vankorneft" concluded an agreement on strategic partnership.
- JSC "Polyus Gold"
The official date of establishment of the JSC "Polyus Gold" is March 17, 2006 – the date of company's official registration. The agreement on collaboration was signed.
- JSC "SUEK"
November 16, 2011 Siberian Federal University and JSC "SUEK" signed an agreement of intent to December 31, 2016.
- The State Russian Museum
It is the largest in Russia museum of Russian fine art and modern art (along with the Tretyakov Gallery). It was established in 1895 and opened in 1898 in the Mikhailovsky Palace. On the 14th of May in 2010 the agreement with The State Russian Museum on the formation of the Informational and Educational Centre (IEC) "The Russian Museum: virtual branch" on the basis of the School for the Humanities of the Siberian Federal University and the Scientific Library of the Siberian Federal university was signed.
- Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation
Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation was established in 2004. Since 2006, the Fund's activities have extended to the largest Siberian region - Krasnoyarsk territory.
Foundation for Cultural Initiatives of Mikhail Prokhorov collaborates with the SibFU in the implementation of educational projects, organization and holding of conferences.
- Delcam International Company
Delcam is one of the world's leading suppliers of advanced CADCAM solutions for the manufacturing industry. Delcam's range of design, manufacturing and inspection software provides complete, automated CADCAM solutions, to take complex-shaped products from concept to reality.
- GexCon Corporation
Siberian Federal University and GexCon Corporation signed an agreement on strategic partnership on 31 January in 2012.
- East Siberian Branch of Sberbank of Russia
The Savings Bank of Russia was founded on February 2, 1867.
- The East-Siberian branch of RosBank, Inc.
The East-Siberian branch of RosBank Inc. has been working since November 29, 2004. Nowadays RosBank is one of the major general strategic partner of the SibFU.
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