Dmitry Son, Vice-Rector for General Issues of Tomsk Polytechnic University, presented proposals for sharing the use of the university infrastructure in the framework of Big Tomsk University project at a meeting of the Board of the Tomsk Consortium of Scientific and Educational Organizations.
“The working group in Single Infrastructure section captured historically formed infrastructure inequality in Tomsk and lack of efficient use of resources. The service life of some facilities in place has been reckoned in decades, while the requirements for world-class research and educational centers are changing rapidly from both a technological and socio-economic point of view. In addition, there are regulatory barriers, since scientific organizations and universities are subordinate to three different ministries,” Dmitry Son says.
The TPU Vice-Rector notes that there are practices in sharing infrastructure in Tomsk. For instance, TPU and SSMU students are training at the Polytechnic sports complex, TSU students undergo treatment at the TPU Healthcare Center, and Tomsk National Research Medical Center uses the TPU real estate for free.
The working group specified several priority areas, such as increasing the property operation efficiency, cost optimization of maintaining and operating facilities, pooling resources to create advanced infrastructure, including community centers, research facilities, and databases.
Within a year, it is planned to create a system Services of Consortium Members in the areas of Social Infrastructure, Infrastructure Operation (transport, engineering, and support services), Medical Services, and begin designing a digital platform for sharing scientific equipment. In addition, it is necessary to determine and examine areas of promising development, where new university infrastructure units may appear.
Another idea is to develop a service sharing system within the consortium. For example, specialists from TSUAB can conduct an examination of buildings and structures for all participants. One of the key tasks is to determine the legal and economic foundations of interaction.
“TPU proposed SSMU and TUSUR administration to use its sports facilities for physical training. In addition, we suggested providing medical care to students, including international ones, in the SSMU clinics. Many of them do not speak Russian and face difficulties in use of Tomsk medical facilities,”
the Vice-Rector underlines.
At the meeting, the participants also proposed to engage students to study social infrastructure, consider the accessibility of classes in sports clubs of different universities and institutes, and intensify studying of campus development taking into account the urban planning layer.
The Big Tomsk University brings together Tomsk universities and academic institutions. Within the framework of this project, the participants preserve their legal autonomy. The association will promote major interdisciplinary projects, provide students with access to interdisciplinary educational programs, and strengthen the position of the Tomsk Region as a leader in the education export and new technologies. The Big Tomsk University should become a single entry point into the region for companies that want to create new technologies and strive for new knowledge. Joint initiatives of member-organizations of the Big Tomsk University are approved by the Board of the Tomsk Consortium.