Vladimir Yakushev: “Russia Needs its Own Technology More Than Ever”


This will guarantee the stability and development of the economy in today’s situation

Vladimir Yakushev urged to support technological projects aimed at effective import substitution. Photo: Press Service of the Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Ural Federal District

The Presidential Envoy Vladimir Yakushev held a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Ural Interregional Research and Education Center (UIREC). The meeting was attended by heads of the Ural Federal District regions, Rector of the Ural Federal University Victor Koksharov, Head of the Kurgan State University Nadezhda Dubiv, Vice Rector of the South Ural State University Sergey Vaulin, and representatives of the UIREC. They analyzed the results of the Center’s activities in 2021 and discussed plans for its development this year.

“The current social and economic situation in the country requires special attention to the development of scientific and technological cooperation between scientific organizations and the business community. In the conditions of sanctions we need our own breakthrough technologies and solutions more than ever, which will ensure the stability of the economy and its development,” stressed Vladimir Yakushev.

The members of the Supervisory Board were agreed on the allocation of priorities for funding UIREC activities in 2022.”It is necessary to support the implementation of technological projects as much as possible. First of all, the projects that are ready and capable of replacing foreign technologies,” Yakushev added.

In turn, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Evgeny Kuyvashev, stressed that under unprecedented sanctions pressure on Russia, the most important task is to ensure the stability of the economy and social sphere.

“Of course, in the current environment there is a multiplication of the need for our own developments, innovative technological solutions to reduce dependence on imported products and components. In this respect the successful work of the Ural Interregional Research and Education Center is one of the key elements in forming an infrastructure of import independence and increasing the competitiveness of domestic products. The government of the Sverdlovsk region has and will continue to provide serious support for the development of the UIREC,” said the governor.

Two of the UIREC projects have already been completed. During the meeting, changes to the UIREC activity program were approved. The members of the Supervisory Board voted to exclude two completed projects and to include nine new industrial partners in the Center. The final decision will be made after consideration of this issue by the Supervisory Board. According to the results of 2021, UIREC has exceeded the targets by 12% in the number of patents for inventions in priority areas of development and by 56% in the number of new technologies and high-tech products transferred for implementation into production. 15 % more high-tech jobs were created than planned, and the number of those who completed training in the centers of competence development for regional development was twice as high.

“The Center is successfully developing at an accelerated pace. We have attracted a large amount of funds from the federal and regional budgets. It is important to keep working together. The Center has already been able to show in practice that effective interaction between scientific and educational organizations, authorities, and industrial partners makes it possible to achieve very good results,” said Victor Koksharov, Rector of Ural Federal University and Chairman of the Presidium of the UIREC Governing Board.

Victor Koksharov also noted the exceptional importance of the development of the existing and the search for new promising projects of the UIREC. The strategic session held this week in the “Universitetsky” Technopark with the participation of representatives of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo will contribute to solving this issue.

The news article was translated by UrFU International Marketing Office
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