In late October, faculty and staff from MIT joined leaders from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and partnering institutions in Moscow, Russia, to reflect on one year of collaborative activities. Skoltech, as the university is known, was also celebrating its first anniversary.
The university was founded in October 2011 as a private graduate research university, aiming to catalyze research, teaching, and innovation around pressing global issues. A pillar of Moscow’s Skolkovo innovation district, Skoltech focuses on biomedicine, energy, IT, nuclear science, and space, with a cross-cutting emphasis on entrepreneurship.
In his remarks to the gathered community, Skoltech president Edward F. Crawley thanked attendees for their commitment and hard work. He pointed to a series of milestones that had been achieved over the course of twelve months, ranging from early research capacity to community building, underlining the matriculation of the first class and the selection of the first 10 faculty members.
Crawley highlighted the institute’s global ties as one piece of Skoltech’s vision for connecting Russia with international innovation. The pilot student cohort, and several faculty, are embedded at leading institutions around the world as part of what Crawley calls “a globally distributed campus.” The first course on innovation was also piloted remotely, taking place on MIT’s campus in August.
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