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The visit of Kazan National Research Technological University Faculty to Purdue University

On December 5-9, 2011, delegation of Kazan National Research Technological University, headed by Chief for Economics and Management Department at Nizhnekamsk Remote Campus of Kazan National Research Technological University, Professor Dilbar Sultanova, visited Purdue University (Indiana, the USA) within the grant of the US Russian Foundation for Economic and Legal Development with support of National Research University funding

Purdue University is one of the leading research universities in the USA, founded in 1869. Throughout its history, the University attracted leading scientists and researchers who brought the Nobel prizes to the University, in 2010 professor Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing metal-based reactions called palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling.

The high level of research provided dissemination of innovative entrepreneurship idea at all levels of the University, thus creating a unique infrastructure of innovation and research commercialization, including a Discovery Park and a Research Park. They are aimed at complex support of scientists who are willing to implement a commercial project. The professional support is provided throughout all stages, starting from patenting and patent commercialization, grant application and consulting in accounting and marketing.

Kazan National Research Technological University delegation had an opportunity to study this infrastructure and to sign an Agreement on cooperation. The universities plan to develop a mechanism of entrepreneurship culture development and attraction of scientists to commercialization of their research results at Kazan National Research Technological University. A second area of potential partnership is in the area of global policy. Purdues Global Policy Research Institute will share information about Purdue funded projects so that KNRTU faculty might identify any for which they would like to be considered for partnership. Dr. Bement indicated that the Skolkovo Foundation offers grants that might be potential funding sources for collaborations in this area. The third area for partnership between Purdue and KNRTU is a program called the US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP) which was launched in May of 2011.

In summary, the universities identified significant prospects for future collaborations between faculty, staff, and students at Purdue and at KNRTU. The strengths of both universities are highly complementary and a partnership can yield benefits for both institutions.

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