The Dutch delegation headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation Renée Jones-Bos worked in Tomsk on 11-12 October. The delegation also included Embassy Advisor for Innovation Pauline Döll, Senior Aide to the Ministry of Economy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Auke Visser, Director of Nuffic Neso Russia Jerke Verschoor, as well as representatives of several large companies (Philips subdivisions, LEVS architectural bureau, Lely Rus, Lugera / Adecco).
According to Ms. Pauline Döll, one of the purposes of the visit was to follow up cooperation areas with Tomsk Polytechnic University outlined after the visit of TPU representative Ivan Zernin this June. That time he managed to trigger interest from some Dutch universities, in particular Wageningen University and Research Center, the Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente.
‘These universities are highly interested in collaboration with TPU.
It’s great to know that representatives from the University of Twente will come to Tomsk to the Student Cities Forum in November. I’d like to suggest using this time to specify the interests from both sides. In addition, Wageningen University and Research Center offered to send a researcher to stay in Tomsk on a permanent basis for ramping up cooperation with TPU and other Tomsk universities,’ she emphasized at the meeting.
Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos added that during the visit they discussed the outlook for the future and launched a unique project of the territorial innovative cluster Smart Technologies Tomsk Living Laboratory.
‘As part of the Smart City alliance we came to see what is going on in the Living Laboratory and how we can interact at the university and practical business level, if our companies will see any visible opportunities for cooperation.
We would like to use this data to assess the opportunities and the complications and to understand what we can do from our side. We would like to identify bottlenecks and understand what steps to do next,’
clarified Ms. Renée Jones-Bos.
During the visit, the Dutch delegation got acquainted with TPU developments in the field of resource saving, energy, ecology, medicine, IT, safety etc. The guests paid particular interest to the Pure Water local water treatment stations, a simulation complex for EPG with AAG, as well as robotics projects. Lead scientist of Philips Innovation Labs RUS Irina Fedulova said that the laboratory is ready to invite TPU students to take internships.
Philips Lighting Development Manager Jan Chernushevich said that the company would be concerned with the issue concerning internships for TPU students and possible applications of Tomsk advancements in joint projects.
In addition, Nuffic Neso Russia is currently discussing the visit of Dutch students to Tomsk Polytechnic University and collecting information about TPU laboratories where students might potentially be engaged.