Tomsk Polytechnic University begins to train a new generation of microelectronic specialists

TPU has signed a tripartite agreement on cooperation with the charitable fund Sistema and the leading national microelectronics manufacturer OJSC Mikron. TPU will become a participant in a large-scale educational project Smart Microelectronics. The students will gain access to unique materials in the field of microelectronics and the Internet of things. The TPU students will receive engineering skills and will be able to offer solutions for mass production.

Photo: Gulnara Khasyanova, Liliya Kiryanova, Anna Yanchevskaya (from left to right)

The agreement was signed on Monday in Moscow by the TPU Vice-Rector Liliya Kiryanova, the charitable fund Sistema was represented by its president Anna Yanchevskaya, and CEO Mikron Gulnara Khasyanova.

Smart Microelectronics: Key Methods and Techniques for Developing Smart Devices - from Chips to Solutions is a continuing professional education program, developed by Sistema, Mikron, and Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology. It is the program for third-fourth year Bachelor students and first-second year Master students.

In the scope of this program, within one year TPU students will be trained in the area of the Internet of things. Under the guidance of experts from Mikron and such market leaders as Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, students will study advanced microelectronics and aspects of production digitalization, will find out about state support and regulation in the field of microelectronics, areas and industries that will be occupied by machines, and will learn about about successful start-ups.

"Nowadays, microelectronics need fresh blood. We are at the center of all innovations activities and are interested in young teams to develop and launch on the market new solutions for the digital economy, which are in the great demand. ", 

— says Gulnara Khasyanova, CEO Mikron.

Throughout a year, students will work on group projects. For Mikron the most relevant topics include Sensor Module for Analysis of Gas Concentrations, Smart City: Street Lighting, Presence Sensors, Illumination, LED Drivers, Radiation-Resistant Sensors for Space, Glonass + Sensors for Agriculture Sphere, Integral Implementation of Systems for Processing and Transmitting Information from IoT Devices (e.g. meteorological sensors), Development of Multifunctional Communication Devices, and others. The students’ best solutions will be implemented in mass production.

«TPU aims to train highly qualified engineers who are able to adapt easily to the conditions of fast technologies change and to create breakthrough technologies and engineering solutions.

It is possible only when leaders of high-tech industry are integrated into the educational process" - says the TPU Vice-Rector Liliya Kiryanova.

The implementation of the agreement will start with the participation of TPU students and academic staff in a specialized summer school which will be held in August in Gurzuf.

«We want to create an environment where students can implement interesting science-intensive projects with international potential. Participants will be able to both obtained advanced engineering skills and challenge themselves in serious project work»,

— says Anna Yanchevskaya, head of the Charitable Fund Sistema.



Mikron is one the largest manufacturer and exporter of microelectronics in Russia and the CIS in the Concern RTI industrial holding (Joint Stock Financial Corporation Sistema). The group parent company Mikron is a technological leader of the Russian semiconductor industry and one of the top-five microelectronic companies in Europe. Mikron designs, manufactures and sales integrated circuits. It also develops and delivers system solutions in the field of the Internet of things based on national electronic components and software products.

The charitable fund Sistema is one of the largest in Russia, founded in 2004 as an operator of social projects of companies of the Sistema group. The fund mission is to create conditions for the development of new technological solutions, able to improve quality of life and provide talented specialists with opportunities for professional growth. The three main areas of the fund activities are engineering education, culture and art, social environment and volunteering.