A solemn opening of the Boiling Point (Tochka Kipeniya) took place at the Business Incubator of Tomsk Polytechnic University. TPU became one of 12 universities in Russia to open simultaneously the first university co-working spaces for representatives of education, science, business, and authorities. The new venue is aimed at changing approaches of the University to academic activities, the introduction of novel educational formats, and communication models.
The Boiling Point was opened at TPU because the University successfully passed the assessment of readiness for the development of a new format during the selection of university management teams for the educational intensive Ostrov 10-22. To celebrate this occasion, Deputy Governor of Tomsk Oblast Andrei Antonov, Acting TPU Rector Petr Chubik and Program Director of Regional Boiling Point Liana Kobzeva cut a green ribbon of the University corporate color at the Business Incubator.
Director General of the Agency of Strategic Initiatives for New Projects Svetlana Chupsheva, Director of the Department of State Policy in Higher Education of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Ekaterina Babelyuk greeted the guests of the event during the TV Bridge.
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development, Director General of NTI Platform Dmitri Peskov spoke on the Role of Universities in the Implementation of the National Technology Initiative and Development of the Digital Economy. There were also presentations on the Introduction of Universities to Technology Development Ecosystem. Data-driven Management in Education and the Role of Universities in Urban Development.
Afterwards there were live broadcasts from Boiling Points established on the basis of 12 Russian universities. An agreement between NTI Platform and TPU was signed.
TPU Acting Rector Petr Chubik said:
‘TPU Boiling Point will be specialized in student technological entrepreneurship. Our School of Engineering Entrepreneurship has been training specialists in this area and working with industry for the past 10 years.
We were first in the country to establish a small innovative company (spinoff) TPU Cybernetics Center. Today there are about 50 innovative companies. Now we need a technological breakthrough and therefore we need to increase the level of creativity. The Agency for Strategic Initiatives, NTI Platform, and University 20-35 just give the opportunity by including us in the first dozen of universities to open their Boiling Points. I guarantee that we will justify this trust.’
On this day, the Entrepreneurship Café was also open for students, where Deputy of the Duma of Tomsk, winner of the contest Leaders of Russia Vladimir Samokish told how entrepreneurial skills help in life and career. Director General of the NTI Technet association Ilya Metreveli delivered a visionary lecture. Petr Chubik also answered students’ flash interview questions.