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Building an academic partnership with St Petersburg

Representatives from St Petersburg State Polytechnic University (ranked one of the top two technical universities in Russia) visited City earlier this month for the Chancellor's Dinner.
by Ruth Shepherd

The visit was organised by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, and provided an opportunity for key representatives from the Russian university to meet Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran, as well as representatives from the University's Schools.

St Petersburg State Polytechnic University is one of City's strategic partners and is a member institution of the World Cities World Class University Network (WC2). City has a longstanding partnership with St Petersburg and collaboration takes place in undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and joint research projects, as well as in staff and student exchanges. There are over 100 Russian students at City, which is the highest number at any UK University.

The Russian delegation included the Rector of St Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Professor Mikhail Petrovitch Federov, First Vice-Rector Professor Dmitry Germanovitch Arsenyev and Associate Vice-Rector Professor Viacheslav Petrovitch Shkodyrev.

As well as attending the annual Chancellor's Dinner at Mansion House, the delegation from St Petersburg also spent time visiting the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and were able to discuss future plans for collaborative programmes and research opportunities.

The School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences has secured over £100k funding for three BRIDGE (British degrees in Russia) projects under PMI (Prime Minister's Initiatives) 1 and 2: to develop a joint dual-award MSc programme in computer and information engineering; for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme; and for joint research. The third batch of Russian students on the MSc programme is due to graduate in May this year. Almost half of the BRIDGE graduates so far are now engaged in PhD research in the School.

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis said:

"City's partnership with St Petersburg State Polytechnic University is growing in scope. With strong corporate and School-level support this relationship is going from strength to strength. We look forward to building on our partnership through the World Cities World Class University Network."

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