Rector Ilshat Gafurov served as the guide.
Dr. Katkalo’s program was packed with visits to several institutes. Every stop showcased KFU’s capabilities in its University 3.0 (education-research-practice) strategy. By 2020 all the results should be digitized.
Rector Gafurov told the guest, “We try to follow and even get ahead of the current trends. We use digital technologies; for example, our virtual OpenLabs have shown viability thanks to their interdisciplinary character and participation of young experts and scientists. OpenLabs are able to transition to a nearly full self-sustainability because they work on pertinent problems.”
To this Valery Katkalo reacted, “Indeed, in the four years since the start of Project 5-100 we have seen big changes. I know that Kazan University is supported by the Republic Tatarstan and President in particular, which is a big advantage. I want to congratulate you with these achievements; today you have shown many examples of how one can become a leading national university, or at least a leading regional university, in a relatively short time.”
He also noted the high level of natural sciences at the University and the optimization of social sciences and humanities programs. He mentioned that KFU’s involvement in regional projects gives the University investment advantages and real experience. Dr. Katkalo’s advice was to actively expand influence outside of the Republic and Volga Federal District.
This meeting was arranged to preface the upcoming 5-100 conference in Yekaterinburg, slated for 25th – 27th October. The participating universities will present their strategies for the next three years.