IASP and SPbSUT collaborate

Science parks and areas of innovation play an important role in translating and implementing European policies and ideas in our different cities and regions. As intermediary organisations, science and technology parks (STPs) network and interact with clusters and business incubators to multiply the efficiency of these policies on a local and national level.


These were some of the crucial issues addressed at the European Innovation Ecosystems conference on ‘Good governance and effective support for smart specialisation’ organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, which took place in Brussels on January 26. The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP),of which The Bonch-Bruevich St. Petersburg State University of  Telecommunications  (SPbSUT)  is a member, was an official collaborator.


The event saw participants exchange knowledge on the effectiveness of support to innovative entrepreneurship at a territorial level, in the context of implementation of smart specialisation strategies. This included an exploration of intra-regional governance of successful European innovation ecosystems, as well as the quality and effectiveness of business support service providers.


Collaboration between science parks and clusters

IASP International President Jean-François Balducchi (Atlanpole, France) joined an interactive panel discussion on regional governance models in changing economic conditions, while IASP led a special session focusing on the benefits of interaction between science & technology parks and clusters.

 

Panellists discussed how interaction between clusters and STPs stimulates growth, encourages the flow of knowledge between universities and companies, and enhances a culture of creativity and innovation. Participants highlighted how this interaction can improve competitiveness and facilitate the internationalisation of SMEs by providing access to global networks.

 

With IASP Director General Luis Sanz and Marc Pattinson of the European Cluster Collaboration Observatory setting the scene, IASP members from across Europe shared best practices on the panel alongside representatives from several clusters. The important role of STPs and their capacity to improve cluster efficiency and orient their strategies was broadly recognised and highlighted.

 

IASP speakers included Catherine Johns, (NETPark, UK), Josep Piqué, (La Salle Technova, Spain), and Jari Lauronen, (Joensuu Science Park, Finland).

 

Other official participants in the event included the European Business Network (EBN), the European Cluster Collaboration Observatory and the European Association of Research and Technology Associations (EARTO).

 

The conference heard from several high-level EU representatives, including the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas; the President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula; the Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Yoomi Renström; the Vice-President of the European Parliament Ramón Luis Valcarcel Siso; and the Head of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Regional and Urban Development Nicola De Michelis.

 

About the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)

IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation, founded in 1984. With 400 members in 74 countries, IASP connects professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation from across the globe, and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for members.

 

IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs in their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.

IASP is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation (WAINOVA).

For further information about IASP, please visit www.iasp.ws.  

IASP’s mission

To be the global network for science and technology parks, and other areas of innovation, driving growth, internationalisation and effectiveness for our members.

 

Main facts and figures

Founded: 1984

Members: 399

Companies: >143,000

Countries: 74

Regional divisions: 6

  • African Division

  • European Division

  • North American Division

  • Asia-Pacific Division

  • Latin American Division

  • WANA (West Asia North  Africa) Division

 

Offices:

  • World Headquarters: Malaga, Spain

  • Branch office: Beijing, China

World Conferences to date: 32

Upcoming World Conference: 19th – 22nd  September, 2016  in Moscow, Russia

Website: www.IASP2016moscow.com

Russian Mobile School (RMS) at SPbSUT: Finnish week

3At the end of 2015 within the special project "Finnish Week" The first Russian Mobile School (RMS) presented about education in Finland, student's life, admission requirements, and also about advantages and disadvantages of such education.

In this story we will stop on highlights from materials of the School. All articles within the project are available at RMS group in VKontakte by tag  #Финская_неделя.

Some words about the School.

Russian Mobile School (RMS) is a unique project carried by the scientific and educational center "Wireless Infotelecommunications Networks" at SPbSUT and by specialists enthusiasts from the IT area and telecommunications. The main goals of RMS are to show students from industry-oriented higher education institutions the branch from the inside, to teach to carry out practical engineering tasks, and, above all, to help young specialists to decide on their professional future.

Once a year, usually in October, within the School a large conference takes place with participation of experts and heads of the Russian and international enterprises. For students participation is free of charge.

And now some words specifically about the Finnish week.

The idea of the project was generated by RMS organizers absolutely incidentally. Everything began with the planned trip on a visit to graduates from SPbSUT who currently live and work in Tampere, Finland.

Here are some testimonials.

Alexander Bogryanov, RMS: «We simply wanted to shortly interview our fellows. In RMS we have a topic "Workdays". We communicate with graduates from industry-oriented higher education institutions who, honestly, without tips, tell us about this or that major. The purpose is to tell students and graduates, what  they can do upon completion of higher education institution, to help to decide on their future. But this time our work on one article has been developed into the big event. We made several interviews including interview with Coordinator for the Doctoral Programme of Technological university of the city of Tampere, examined new university campus, discovered everything about educational process and student's life of our western neighbors».

All project was focused on Technological university of the city of Tampere (Tampere University of Technology – TUT http://www.tut.fi) about which the speech will go further.

Nearly 10 500 students study at Technological university of the city of Tampere, from which more than 1 500 of them are the representatives of other countries and nationalities. The faculty includes over 2 000 highly skilled employees. 

The university trains specialists in all areas of education - bachelor, master and doctoral studies. The main advantages of TUT are R&D area and  close interaction with leading companies from the industry.

In its materials RMS generally observed TUT Master program. The Information on all other studies is always available at the official site of the university - Admissions section  – http://www.tut.fi

TUT offers 8 master programs in the field of technologies and architecture (2 years, 120 ECTS). Master programs begin in the middle of August and terminate at the beginning of June. Requirements to the entrant include:

- existence of the first academic bachelor degree;

- compliance of a GPA to a lowest passing score of university;

- English language proficiency according to the university requirement;

- possibility of payment for accommodation and pocket expenses in Finland throughout the entire period of training.

We will dwell upon some of them.

The main language of communication and training at university is English. The student has to confirm the knowledge with delivery of one of the international examinations. Requirements are the following: TOEFL 92 points, IELTS of 6.5 points, CAE – level C.

Financial responsibility of the entrant is also one of a key admission requirements. Unfortunately, the grant is provided only to Finns, and it means that all international students have to have enough means for residence in Tampere for all two years of studies. Upon admission it is necessary to provide the account statement with a minimum of 6 thousand Euros. Thus the last calculations showed that student actually needs at least 700-800 Euros, depending on the cost of rent and personal daily expenditure.

As for housing, the special fund of student's housing in Tampere  – TOAS is responsible for it. The fund provides accommodation for students and youth at the reduced rates. The cost of housing begins from 250 Euros per month for the room and reaches 700 Euros and above for two-three room apartments.

Educational process in Finland, as well as in any other European country, is standardized and conforms to all requirements of EU. What are the main differences with Russia?

Firstly, studies in Finland is based on the general European transferable system and accumulation of units – ECTS. The same system is used for scoring from F (Fail) to A (Excellent).

Secondly, each student by himself selects subjects which he or she wants to study. Certainly, there is a minimum set required for degree completion. But all the rest is to the student's discretion. Everyone can make a tight schedule and attend a large number of facultative studies, and can release time for rest or sport.

Student's life in Tampere deserves a separate story. The student's union and student's clubs are responsible for all leisure at university. Thus student's life is very various and full of interesting activities. For example, the first educational week is introductory. Traditions and rules of studies at TUT are being presented to beginners, and acquaint them with each other. At the evenings student's union organize meetings and entertaining activities. The issue of socialization is carried out at the global level. The main student's holiday in Finland is Vappu. Celebrations begin on April 30 and smoothly flow into the May Day. Thus it is easy to detect all students on two main attributes - opiskelijahaalari overalls and a white peak-cap of teekkarilakki.

The overalls are made of the dense not torn and waterproof fabric and have one of 30 colors – with a color of guild (depending on institute and faculty). The white peak-cap became current at the beginning of the 19th century from Sweden, however today very few people remember it. But nobody forgets that this peak-cap on Vappu needs to be put on the main statue of the city, previously having been washed it up with water and champagne. Other water activity provided this day  is swimming in the rivers and city fountains. In Tampere swimming takes place in the main river – Tammerkoski. Students are put in a basket of the big crane and are dipped into a water. All this is followed by loud shouts and amicable support of fellow students. Such show is a picture worth a thousand words.

During the interviews  with Russian students the representatives of RMS asked at the end: “Would you recommend to other students to go to Finland for studies?”

We got a decisive answer – "If you doubt, reject doubts and safely file the documents. Such experience is unique and anyway, at least, will broaden your horizons, and it is always much easier to come back home, than to leave".

 

 Russian Mobile School thanks all who took part and helped with preparation of materials in the city of Tampere.

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SPbSUT. ITU. Kaleidoscope-2015

PC090161At the beginning of December Barcelona became the place of the second meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the academic community - ITU Academia Meeting, the relay baton has taken up from Geneva. Nina Zhuravleva, PhD, Head of International Cooperation Department represented SPbSUT during the first September meeting in Geneva .


The second meeting took place on December, 8, 2015 and was dedicated to the passing conference ITU Kaleidoscope 2015, December 9-11. The venue was chosen in building Casa Convalescència under the administration of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Again SPbSUT was the only Russian University which fully participated in the discussion of collaboration issues related to ITU, scientific and educational institutions.


Our university was presented by Vladimir Lavrukhin, Head of Research and Education Center "Wireless Info communication Networks." The scope of the event also remained the same. Participants were divided into small groups of 4-6 people and answered questions prepared beforehand by moderators and offered their ideas and comments on the issues under consideration.


Such format of the meeting demanded very careful preparation and active work of the moderator (who was Dr. Mostafa Hashem Sherif). However, representatives of the ITU in return received a lot of good ideas from each of the participants at the meeting. Among the issues discussed at the meeting special attention was paid to the standards and their role in science and education. Participants noted that educational institutions should closely monitor the standardization of the industry and transfer this knowledge to the students and participate more actively in the working groups of the ITU. They also touched upon the issues of financing trips academic experts on the ITU events.


The discussion of ITU journal was another focus of the meeting. What topics could include a journal, whether it should be free for authors and free to download, who will finance the magazine, how to organize an editorial board - that's only part of the "hot" issues discussed during the meeting of representatives of ITU and Universities. Finally, another topic concerned organization and publication of a new journal. It's a long process, so participants pondered that ITU and the academic community can do at the present moment to strengthen relations. It was definitely emphasized that the ITU could become a mediator between the industry and universities. ITU has helped universities to receive funding for research, the real need to industrial enterprises and IT companies. As a result the morning meeting ended late in the evening and all participants went to dinner and move to the location of  ITU Kaleidoscope conference, which began in the morning in a huge campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) near the town of Sant Cugat, which is 40 minutes by train from the city center.


May we remind you that the Kaleidoscope-2014 was held at SPbSUT last June? This conference is not like the other scientific and technical conferences. It’s easy to see philosophical implication when one can hear its subject name - “TRUST in the Information Society” (“Faith in the information society “). Almost every report of the conference began with what is TRUST and why it is so important in today's IT world. Can we trust the players of the telecommunication market, how to transfer confidential information into trustworthy plane? These and many other questions were raised among the conference participants. The second important difference of the conference Kaleidoscope is to consider a wide range of non-technical issues, dealing with regulation and standardization. For example, among three best articles of the  Conference two of them are devoted to the regulation topics:

  •  "Regulation and Standardization of Data Protection in Cloud Computing" by Martin Löhe (Technical University Berlin & Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany) and Knut Blind (Berlin University of Technology, Germany)

  • "Raising trust in security products and systems through standardisation and certification: the CRISP approach" by Irene Kamara (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium); Thordis Sveinsdottir (Trilateral Research & Consulting, LLP, United Kingdom) and Simone Wurster (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany).


The first prize was awarded to the technical article and presentation of Japanese researchers dedicated to the aspects of building transport connecting the radio access network and the core network 5G: "5G Transport and Broadband Access Networks: The Need for New Technologies and Standards" by Tien Dat Pham, Atsushi Kanno, Naokatsu Yamamoto (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan) and Tetsuya Kawanishi (Waseda University, Japan).


The conference program was very diversified and interesting. The collection of ITU Kaleidoscope articles can be downloaded from ITU site. Many participants who participated last year in Kaleidoscope in St. Petersburg at SPbSUT spoke warmly of our university and were impressed  by the city.


Vladimir Lavrukhin, Head of Research and Education Center "Wireless Info communication networks" expressed his opinion:  " At one and the same time my participation in Kaleidoscope-2015 turned out to be a serious challenge because the organizers asked me to become the moderator of the 4th session of the conference. A moderator is to keep track of the temporary regulations and creates a fertile ground for discussion after each presentation. Unfortunately, one of participants of the session did not come to his presentation, and researchers from South Africa were unable to obtain the visa to visit Spain and had to do a report remotely.  However, small problems were solved, and the session was successful. In general, participation in the conference has brought plenty of new contacts and new areas of development in the telecommunication community that works at the moment. The following year's conference will be held at ITU Kaleidoscope Bangkok in the middle of November 2016. It is important that the Kaleidoscope 2016 will take place simultaneously with other large conferences of the ITU- ITU Telecom World 2016. Organizers hope that it will allow representatives of the universities to establish closer contacts with industry and IT-companies which will participate at the event titled ITU Telecom World 2016.”

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Russian Foundation for Basic Research - SPbSUT winners!

rfbr In 2015 the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) announced "My First Grant" competition of the initiative scientific projects which are carried out by young scientists. From St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SPbSUT) 4 applications reflecting the actual directions of the university scientific researches were submitted.


The academic staff of Communication Networks Department of Infocommunication networks and systems Faculty of SPbSUT took active part in competition. Competition results were declared recently and experts selected two projects:


  • «Bio-driver project» (Prof. Ruslan Kirichek, PhD) The purpose of the project is  models' and methods' development of interference of a live matter and artificial infocommunication systems.

  • «Development of the Principles of Integration of Technology of Augmented Reality and Internet of Things project» (Prof. Maria Makolkina, PhD).The purpose of the project is to create and research a new structure - the "network reality" incorporating in itself opportunities of appendices of the Internet of Things and «augmented reality». This will allow to define area of admissible steady structure functioning and the parameters' requirements.


Congratulate to our winners!


The objectives of the "My First Grant" competition include young staff involvement from the scientific and educational organizations to active participation in basic scientific researches, creation of conditions for the talented young scientist for carrying out independent researches on the most important problems of natural sciences and development of skills for research team management.



Youth delegation from SPbSUT in China

12From December 11th to 18th Russian youth delegation, which included leaders, activists and members of youth and educational organizations from different regions of our country visited China. The Bonch-Bruevich St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SPbSUT) was presented by Daria Belozerova, the 3rd year student of Information Systems and Technologies Faculty and Danil Bulanov who is currently a PhD student of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications – SPbSUT Partner University.


During this unforgettable week the students discovered a lot about the Celestial Empire - its culture, traditions and customs, they met with their peers and learned about their way of life. Students visited the University of Traditional Medicine and the Academy of Beijing Opera, the business incubator of young entrepreneurs; they had introductory tours in the IT-company “Inspur”, glass production corporation “Jin Jing” and artistic center of Chinese ceramics. One of the most fabulous impressions for all the Russian delegation was the Great Wall of China- one of the seven Wonders of the world.

 

The official representative of the department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Mr. Hong Lei met with young leaders and they seized the moment to ask questions. The questions related to all spheres of life: someone asked about how

China works in various state and commercial structures, some students interested in the working process of young people at the state level, while others wanted to know about partner relationships with various Chinese organizations. The week ended with the closing ceremony of the Years of youth exchanges between Russia and China and the opening of the Years of Russian and Chinese media which was attended by the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

All Russian delegates indicated that the trip deeply served to strengthen the friendship between the youth of the two countries. And despite the differences and dissimilarity each side seeks peaceful coexistence, cooperation and further development of the relations to improve the lives of citizens of Russia and China.

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