In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 30.04.2019 No. 537 “Regarding the state support for world-class research and education centres, based on the integration of educational institutions of higher education and research organizations and their cooperation with organizations operating in the real sector of the economy”, the Government of the Voronezh Region decided to create a research and education centre of the Voronezh region, which will bring together leading universities of the city: Voronezh State University, Voronezh State Technical University, Voronezh State University of Engineering Technologies, Voronezh State Forest Engineering University, Voronezh State Medical Academy, Voronezh State Agricultural University, and Voronezh State Pedagogical University.
The Voronezh Region has actively prepared to participate in the competition for the creation of a REC in the framework of the federal project “Development of Scientific and Research-Industry Cooperation” of the national project “Science” in 2020. To create the Research and Education Centre of the Voronezh Region, a roadmap for the establishment of the REC was developed in cooperation with the Council of Rectors of Voronezh and the Voronezh Region universities.
Voronezh State University designed a draft activity program for the Research and Education Centre, taking into account the latest comments, including those from the visit of the Vice Chair of the Government of the Russian Federation Tatiana Golikova and the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotyukov to the region in October 2019.
The Government of the Voronezh Region and the governor Alexander Gusev are working quickly and are well-organised, taking into account the important aspects of federal documents, solving the task of creating world-class scientific development centres set by the president. For many years leading regional universities and partner enterprises from various regions of the country have been actively forming a productive community that will implement the educational, scientific, and innovative potential of the region. In this important project for the region, VSU will serve as an integrator. “Working groups have already been created for the whole spectrum of the centre’s activities,” said VSU Rector Dmitry Endovitsky.
The core of the new REC will be based on mathematics and information technologies, which correlate with the agro-industrial complex, mechanical engineering, genetics, and postgenomic studies, biotechnologies, nanomaterials. These are the areas where the region has significant competitive advantages. Key research teams working with industrial partners have also been formed.
The REC will not be a legal entity. It will be open for state educational institutions of higher education, research organisations, and companies from the real sector of the economy to join in.