Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Sign Cooperation Agreements
The Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have signed cooperation agreements.
“The Far East and the Arctic are territories with extreme climatic conditions. Cooperation with MIPT, one of the leading creators of world-class technologies, is of strategic importance. The Snowflake Arctic station and technologies related to sustainable development and energy supplies to hard-to-reach remote territories are promising and vital for the Far Eastern and northern regions of our country,” Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexey Chekunkov said in comments on the documents.
“It is essential that technological projects in the Arctic and the Far East be implemented based on Russian technologies and Russian equipment. MIPT is a technology leader. We have experience in developing not only software and control systems, but also devices that can be replicated and quickly put into production,” MIPT Rector Dmitry Livanov said.
During his visit to the MIPT, Chekunkov was shown some of the institute’s scientific and applied developments. These include: hardware and software systems for ice exploration, which can transmit data about ice conditions in real time, hybrid energy complexes for remote settlements that use various types of generation, including hydrogen energy, as well as innovations in geological exploration, telecommunications, and communications. Discussions were held about a project to build the Snowflake Arctic station, the world’s first carbon-free hydrogen energy-based autonomous scientific and educational complex.
MIPT plans to expand the ‘Talent in the Regions’ programme that it is implementing jointly with Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) as part of the ‘Priority 2030’ project to other universities and research organizations in the Arctic region and the Far East. The project aims to improve educational programmes in physics, mathematics, and computer technologies at regional universities, above all, at leading technical universities that train engineering personnel. This will enhance the appeal of educational institutions to applicants, since there would be no need to leave the regions for Moscow or St. Petersburg if high-quality educational programmes are being implemented at regional universities with the participation of MIPT teachers.
“Groundwork has been laid in the Far East with the establishment of universities and scientific institutions that should become world-class centres. Leading Asian centres are interested in collaboration with FEFU. The Innovative Scientific and Technological Centre is being designed on Russky Island. MIPT, as a depository of technologies and personnel, combines new developments with traditions and innovative trends. This is the key to success. This new track is very important for rectors and leaders of the region. Thanks to such support and attention from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, they do not feel isolated. This will enable universities to be in the mainstream of the scientific and educational agenda,” Chekunkov said.
Russia is chairing the Arctic Council in 2021–2023. The priorities of Russia’s chairmanship include enhancing the efficiency of scientific activities and the practical applicability of its results in the Arctic. Russia plans to optimize the use of scientific infrastructure and promote the use of new technologies. One of the most striking Russian scientific projects in the Arctic is the construction of the Snowflake International Arctic Station. Russia presented the project, which focuses research in carbon-free energy, at a meeting of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group in 2019 and it was supported by members of the Arctic Council.