NMSTU and universities of the Southern Ural will promote the development of the region

Mikhail Chukin, Rector of NMSTU, and rectors of two major universities of the Chelyabinsk Region together with the research center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences signed the agreement on establishing a research and education consortium and intended to jointly participate in Priority-2030, the federal program of strategic academic leadership.

The consortium includes NMSTU, South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk State University and the South Ural Federal Research Center of Mineralogy and Geoecology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The universities and the research center join their efforts to strengthen education, science and research and innovations. Under mutually beneficial terms, the consortium participants can draw on experience of colleagues, use facilities and scientific potential, strengthen and increase efficiency of activities with companies operating in the real economy. The consortium intends to introduce research and engineering projects into use and boost competitiveness as part of targets of Priority-2030, the program of strategic academic leadership, whose terms and conditions should be announced by March 1.

“This cooperation will produce positive results for the region and the consortium participants. It is critical that the research institute is a part of the consortium. We can join our competencies to settle issues that are important for the region”, commented Mikhail Chukin. “For example, we will contribute to solving environmental issues regarding monitoring and the use of the best available technologies for air and water cleaning, recycling of metallurgical and agricultural wastes. No doubt, we will address the issues of development of the digital industry and establishment of a network of innovative companies existing in the current industrial sectors in the region. We will focus on involving new companies in the consortium, so that they could be employers for our graduates”.

As part of the agreement, the specialists of the universities will take part in establishing the legal and regulatory framework for environmental control at the federal level. The universities also plan digital technology projects: development of wireless sensors, creation of digital twins of production processes and equipment, development of big data processing methods, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

In particular, NMSTU is ready to participate in project, technology and experimental support of creating new materials, including materials for the aerospace industry.

“The consortium will promote strengthening the position of the university in space engineering and metallurgy for the space industry. NMSTU, together with State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS and Scientific Production Association Android Technics, is designing a robot that could operate in outer space and repair an outer lining of space ships”, said Mikhail Chukin.

The Governing Board of the consortium includes the Coordination Council and the Research and Technical Council. The Head of the Coordination Council will be Irina Gekht, the First Deputy Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, who coordinates the implementation of the state policy on education.

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