Breakout Session
The Role of Universities in Innovative and Socio-Economic Development of Russian Cities


Universities are organizations whose activities are characterized by a multiplicity of results, which determines a multiplicity of influence channels of the universities on the socio-economic development of territories and urban agglomerations. Investments in higher education can be viewed as a mechanism for overcoming a whole range of challenges, such as lagging in innovation and technological development and social tension.
In this regard, current state education policies are increasingly focusing on developing universities as drivers of socio-economic growth in their localization areas. To meet this challenge, initiatives like building a university network and implementing the priority project “Universities as Centers of Innovation Space” have been launched in Russia, according to which universities should become centers of technological, innovative or social development of the region.
At the same time, universities are an integral part of the urban development. The higher education sector often turns out to be one of the most significant in the urban economy. In developed student centers, the share of students in the total population of the city can exceed 10%, a similar value can refer to the share of employed in universities in the total number of employed, and the total budget of universities can be 1.5 times higher than the city budget. This keeps current the task of building up activities aimed to develop higher education institutions for developing urban agglomerations. Questions to be answered during the discussion:
- What public policy instruments can be used to strengthen interaction between universities and city administrations and employers?
- How to increase the contribution of universities to urban agglomerations development?
- How to maintain balance between the tasks of global / national competitiveness of universities and focus on regional development issues?

Organizers: NRU HSE, Center for Strategic Research

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Leshukov Oleg, National research university Higher school of economics. Head of the division "Regional studies of higher education", Institute of Education, HSE

The Role of Universities in the Innovation and Socio-Economic Development of Russian Cities

Sobolev Aleksandr, Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation. Advisor to the Minister

Cities and universities

Trunova Natalya, Center for Strategic Research. Vice President, Head of Division "Spatial Development"

Higher education institutions – the driver for development of the urban environment and economy

Kadochnikov Sergey, National Research University Higher School of Economics, City of Saint-Petersburg (HSE - Saint Petersburg).. Director

Universities-business-city on the way to building an ecosystem for attracting talent

Sorokin Pavel, National Research University "Higher School of Economics" in Saint Petersburg. Head of Department on Human resources management of JSC "GAZPROMNEFT NTTS"

Long-term program of interaction with universities: an integrated approach to develop research and development and training plans for the university and the company

Rusakov Alexander, P.G.Demidov Yaroslavl State University. Rector

The space of the core university in the region

Barannikov Kirill, Moscow City University. Head of the Department of Strategic Growth

Interdisciplinary university for the global city


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Leshukov Oleg National research university Higher school of economics. Head of the division "Regional studies of higher education", Institute of Education, HSE


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