Participants of the “Greater Eurasia” school visited the IT city “Innopolis”

May 10, 2018 participants of the international “Greater Eurasia” school visited the IT city and university “Innopolis” – the youngest science city in Russia. The visit was organized with the purpose of acquainting the young researchers with the industrial and innovative spheres of the EAEU that have an integration potential, and also with the EAEU 2025 Digital Agenda.

In the beginning, an excursion and presentation of the Innopolis University was organized for the young researchers. The university received its first students only recently – in 2015. Currently there are only 556 IT specialists in training here. By 2027 the number of students is expected to be 1500. It should be noted that Innopolis has its own special educational program, which includes 4 directions. Teachers of the university work in educational institutions that are included in the top 100 universities of the world.

In 2016, a lyceum was opened for gifted children wishing to connect their lives with the IT field. The university conducts 7 subject Olympiads for which participants come from all over Russia. Also, the university takes an active part in scientific and design resarch for the Government of Russia and for large Russian corporations. At the moment, the university team on robotics is engaged in a major project related to the development of an unmanned KAMAZ.

The University not only traines new generations of specialists, but also conducts training programs in which employees of leading Russian companies take part: Megafon, MTS, Rostelecom, Gazprom and many others.

After the presentation of the university, the participants were given lectures. Oleg Nevzorov, lecturer of the National and World Economy Department of Samara State University gave a lecture on the topic “Eurasian technological platforms: description, directions, ways of financing”. As part of the lecture, the engineer-economist told the audience about the peculiarities of the program for the creation of innovative inter-country industrial clusters within the Eurasian Economic Union, about the promising sectors of the Union and priorities for development by 2030 (metallurgy, chemistry, wood processing) and ways to finance them.

Затем, на тему «Цепочки добавленной стоимости Евразийского союза в Большой Евразии и возможные меры для их увеличения» выступил Юрий Кофнер, заведующий Евразийским сектором ЦКЕМИ НИУ ВШЭ. В рамках лекции заведующий объяснил цепочки добавленной стоимости, различные способы расчета добавленной стоимости (по товарному коду ВЭД и по процентам), тенденции развития азиатских экономих, особенности и сложности развития ЦДС ЕАЭС в Большой Евразии. Далее эксперт анализировал эффективность различных институтов ВЭД, таких как, «правила происхождения товаров» (rules of origin), региональная добавленная стоимость (regional value content, РДС) и «диагональная кумуляция» (diagonal cumulation), которых можно использовать для стимулирования развития ЦДС.

Then, Yuri Kofner, head of the Eurasian sector, CCEIS, Higher School of Economics, gave a lecture about the “Value added production chains of the Eurasian Union in Greater Eurasia and possible measures to increase them”. The expert explained value chains, various ways of calculating the added value (according to the commodity code for foreign economic activity or by %), the development trends of Asian economies, the peculiarities and complexities of the development of value added production chains of the EAEU in Greater Eurasia. Further, the expert analyzed the effectiveness of various foreign trade measures, such as “rules of origin”, regional value content, and diagonal cumulation, which can be used to stimulate the development of a value added production chains.

After a coffee break and a walk along the wide campus of the university, the participants were ready to receive new information. Min Koel Kim, a graduate student at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, gave a lecture on “Korea’s Eurasian Strategic Concepts and Investment Strategy in the EAEU”. The materials of the speech were included in the working paper  “Challenges and Opportunities of Deepened EAEU – South Korea Trade and Economic Cooperation”.

The information and impressions received during the visit of the IT-town and university Innopolis helped the young researchers to better understand the innovative, industrial and foreign trade agenda of the Eurasian Union in Greater Eurasia.

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