EU Ambassador and representatives of 18 European embassies launch a smart city project at TPU

On the eve, at the co-working center Tochka Kipeniya (‘Boiling Point’) Tomsk Polytechnic University presented its best practices on international scientific cooperation to EU ambassadors. A new research project recently supported by the grant of the Jean Monnet program was presented by TPU. It is aimed at the introduction of the most efficient European Smart City technologies to improve the quality of life in the region and involve local people in the development of urban environment. Following the presentation, the head of the EU Mission to Russia Markus Ederer highly appreciated the project by launching its implementation. 

The presentation took place at the roundtable devoted to the role of universities in the national economy. At the roundtable Tomsk Oblast Governor Sergey Zhvachkin and representatives of universities presented European ambassadors their experience in the international scientific cooperation. The meeting was part of a large-scale visit to the Tomsk Oblast by the EU delegation headed by Markus Ederer.

Totally, the representatives of 18 EU embassies are on business trip in the region. Tomsk Polytechnic University carries out the project Co-creation of EU Human Smart Cities under the expert support of the European partner universities such as Bocconi University (Italy), Milan Polytechnic University (Italy), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Nova Lisbon (Portugal), University of Aveiro (Portugal), and others. 

At the presentation, the professor of the University of Bocconi Rudolfo Badgio said:

‘In my homeland, in Italy, in the EU as a whole, and here in Russian everyone understands the importance of relations between a university and a city.

The first part of cooperation within the project will include sharing of experience and knowledge in order to understand how to improve the standard of living in this region for everyone.’ 

Photo: Prof Rudolfo Badgio.

As a result, scholars intend to design methods for the formation of urban communities, informing residents on the opportunities of smart technologies to solve issues related to the use of urban spaces. Researchers will create an electronic platform to engage residents in urban planning.

TPU Vice Rector for External Affairs Liliya Kiriyanova emphasized:

‘The main idea of the project is to transfer knowledge in the field of Smart City from European countries which have sufficient best practices, i.e. from Portugal, Italy, Denmark, and the Netherlands.’

The Vice Rector demonstrated smart technologies that scholars intend to use in Tomsk on the interactive map.

‘My EU colleagues have already assessed the project and supported it. Of course, I fully support the initiative,’ commented Mr Ederer

Photo: Mr Markus Ederer and Natalia Goncharova, the project leader

During the discussion, TPU representatives shared their experience in the education of highly qualified engineers able to work with advanced technologies and develop new ones. 

Photo: The meeting participants