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Vice-Chancellor joins International Scientific Board at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University

The Board was established as part of a state initiative to increase the quality of Russian universities
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nullProfessor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, has accepted an invitation to become a member of the International Scientific Board at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University (SPbSPU) in Russia.

The International Scientific Board of SPbSPU will comprise high level professionals and scientists from academic and research institutions as well as individuals from hi-tech industrial companies. Nobel Prize Winner and Academician of the Russian Academy of Science, Professor Zhores Alferov, will chair the Board.

Rector of St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Andrey Rudskoy, commented on Professor Curran's appointment:

"Taking into consideration our long-term relationship, successfully developing academic cooperation and partnership and Professor Curran's significant professional experience, I was honoured to extend the invitation to become a member of the International Scientific Board. I hope that Professor Curran's knowledge and expertise will give the university invaluable support for further development".

The establishment of the International Scientific Board is part of a program designed to stimulate and support the growth of Russia's leading Universities. St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University is one of fifteen institutions that will benefit from the initiative which was launched by the country's Ministry of Education and Science earlier this year.

Founded in 1899 SPbSPU educates more than 30,000 students and postgraduates in in the areas of engineering, physics, economics, humanities and information technologies. In 2010, it became Russia's National Research University - a recognised leader in the field of higher engineering and economic education.

The University houses more than 20 international research centres that are carrying out joint research with companies including Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Siemens, LG "Electronics", Apple Macintosh and others. Alongside City University London, it is one of the founding members of the World Class Universities in World Cities network which aims to bring together top universities located in the heart of major world cities.

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