Peter The Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnical University

SPbPU at European Technical University Cooperation Platform meeting

SPbPU delegation attended a meeting Cooperation Platform member-universities of European Metropolitan Technical Universities from Central and Eastern Europe. The meeting took place in Prague in Czech Technical University (CTU).

Petr Konvalinka, CTU rector, greeted the delegates. He wished them successful work and expressed hope that member-universities will strengthen cooperation in the sphere of science.

During the meeting, university representatives discussed opportunities of participation in European Union programs such as “Horizon-2020” and “COST”. CTU professors presented a report in “Disaster Risk Management” and offered to organize of a consortium of universities to win a COST” program grant for a joint pilot project.

This project’s propose is to build connections between universities in order to apply together for a significant funding program «Horizon-2020″. Professor Miroslav Siykora CTU was appointed temporary coordinator of the approved project.. Till October 1st consortium participants must send coordinator proposals of participation in the project and to agree on the procedure for the proposal development.


At other meetings, issues of inviting leading professors from universities – participants of the Platform to SPbPU, were discussed as well as aspects of quickly obtaining necessary information, intensification of exchanges of students and others. All international participants were interested in SPbPU master’s programs taught in English. At the moment details of inviting leading professors from the participating universities , that could offer innovative courses and modern cases for SPbPU master’s programs and a student exchange programs are under discussion.

Ekaterina Sokolova, manager of International Relations IEiTS SPbPU met with Vaclav Dostal and Radek Skoda, professors of Institute of Power Engineering, CTU. During the meeting they discussed creation of a joint master’s programs in English «Nuclear Power Engineering Facilities». They agreed to start curricula adjustment. In addition, an agreement was reached on invitating professors Dostal and Skoda to teach at SPbPU in fall semester of 2015. SPbPU representatives were invited to participate, with the support of Rosatom in the symposium of International Institute of Nuclear INI-2016.

The meeting participants agreed that the leadership of the Platform of cooperation for the next year will be transferred to MSTU named after Bauman N.E., also discussed issues of transferring Coordinator of the Platform post. In conclusion, participants thanked the leaders of Czech Technical University for his work as a coordinator, for excellent organization of the meeting and for the warm welcome.

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Platform metropolitan technical universities in Central and Eastern Europe cooperation was established in 2008 in order to join efforts in breakthrough research and development of high-qualitied educational programs. Currently, the network includes leading European engineering universities in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, the Ukraine and Czech Republic.