Vuzpromexpo 2015 fair opened in Moscow on December 2nd.
These past two years have been characterized by the resurgence of high-tech science in Russia. Statistics show that both the number of researchers and the number of new developments are on the rise – for the first time since the collapse of Soviet Union.
Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov said during his opening address, «The significance of innovative activities at our leading universities grows by day. We see their rising interest in cooperation with industrial partners, in joint projects aimed at creating new competitive tech». According to the Minister, this is all the more pertinent because of the current international climate – the companies search for partners within the nation.
Kazan University partakes in the exhibition with some of its best works: a well monitoring and surveying system, a 3D prototype production equipment for medicine, a cardio bicycle machine, a virtual historical modelling system with ancient Bolghar city as an example, and many others.
The high point of KFU's lineup this time was the electrolytic catalyst production device prototype. The device attracted many eyeballs, including that of Deputy Minister of Education Aleksandr Povalko. Rector Ilshat Gafurov told him that the project is worked on by three different teams – thus providing some sort of healthy competition.
This approach proves fruitful – a catalyst plant based on KFU's designs was opened a year ago by Nizhnekamskneftekhim. It’s no surprise that NKNK's stand this year is across the aisle from the University’s.
All in all, Kazan University was quite popular among high officials. Medical tech was in special favor, and Minister Livanov even tried his luck on an endoscopic surgery simulator.
The expo will close its doors on December 4th. The guests will be treated to research presentations, a robot championship and a science and tech exhibition.