Perm and Qingdao Universities to set up student exchange

A delegation from the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) and the Federal Center for Robotics has been visiting Qingdao. The aims of the visit were twofold: to hold talks with the major Chinese investment company Jinmao and visit the Chinese University of Petroleum.

In keeping with China’s new innovation policy, one of Jinmao’s principle objectives is the development of digital technologies, Industry 4.0 and robotics. Qingdao is actively developing its high-tech sector, and the city has created a special high-tech zone where Qingdao National Technology Park is located where each company builds its own offices and high-tech facilities.

According to Igor Bezukladnikov, head of the delegation and Acting Director General of the Federal Center for Robotics, a framework agreement on cooperation between Jinmao and the Center was signed during the talks: “The aim is to find high-tech enterprises and create joint Sino-Russian projects with varying levels of integration, and to support our efforts to set up and develop accelerator programs.” The delegation introduced the company “Promobot”, and Jinmao representatives expressed an interest in collaboration.

On arrival at the Chinese University of Petroleum (UPC), the Perm delegation toured the campuses and museum, visited several laboratories, and met with representatives of the rectorate and the international relations department as well as with teaching staff. During talks an agreement was reached to expand collaboration. A world-class research and education center is to be established in Perm Krai with a focus on natural resources management and robotics, and following on from the Chinese interest in its activities the talks explored conducting joint research financed by both Russia and China. Under joint education programs, the Chinese University will host students from Perm (study will involve 2 years at PNRPU and 2 years at UPC), and the Perm Polytechnic University will take Chinese students.

According to Elena Seredkina, International Relations Manager of the Federal Center for Robotics, discussions are underway to set up an office of the Federal Center for Robotics in Qingdao and equivalent Chinese representation in Perm. “On July 8, we gave a presentation about our collaboration with Qingdao in the area of robotics at the INNOPROM 2019 program in Ekaterinburg, and from August 20-25 we will be at another important event – this time in Beijing: the largest international conference on robotics. We will be attending with RAR (the Russian Association of Robotics, co-founder of the Federal Center for Robotics). We plan to hold a second round of talks with the head office of Jinmao in Beijing,” Elena Seredkina said.