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Vnesheconombank, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, WorldSkills Russia and Cyber Russia to forge new learning standards in breakthrough technologies

Vnesheconombank, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Union of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) and Cyber Vostok (the Cyber Russia project) have entered into a cooperation agreement. The document was signed on 7 September during the Eastern Economic Forum.


The signatories were Sergey Gorkov (Vnesheconombank’s Chairman), Svetlana Chupsheva (ASI’s General Director), Robert Urasov (Genereal Director of the Union of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) and Roman Povolotskiy (Cyber Vostok’s representatives).

The parties are planning a long-term cooperation and joint expert and research initiatives, contests of high-potential projects, hackathons and blockchain training programmes at the Vnesheconombank Centre of Blockchain Competencies.

The first project implemented jointly by VEB, ASI, WorldSkills Russia and Cyber Russia will be the Ready for Future international championship announced in September. The participants – senior pupils, college students and university undergraduates – will be offered a wide range of educational activities: foresight-sessions, workshops and seminars from leaders of cutting-edge companies. The final highlight will be a hackathon, a true test and an opportunity for students to use their knowledge to deal with real business cases. As part of the championship, experts of WorldSkills Russia will evaluate and refine competency profiles for specialists in the digital economy or in the blockchain industry. The winners of the Ready for Future championship will be invited for an internship in the VEB and NUST MISiS Blockchain Commune.

The championship which focus is on the augmented/virtual reality and blockchain (the hackathon) for young IT developers is to embrace all Russia’s regions. Dozens of Russian towns have already expressed their readiness to host the first Ready for Future championship. The voting to determine the official start date of the global project is available on website киберроссия.рф until 1 October 2017.

“Support for innovation projects and high-tech development are the key areas VEB is currently focusing on. We are bringing together the efforts of all interested parties to create a Centre of Blockchain Competencies, the first of its kind in Russia, shaping an innovation ecosystem in Russia. The initiative will be driven both by Russian blockchain developers and global leaders in innovative breakthrough industries. We are delighted to cooperate with our partners by signing today’s agreement. This will allow attracting young talents from across Russia who will have an opportunity to undertake both hands-on trainings and internships at the Centre of Blockchain Competencies,” said Sergey Gorkov.

“Today Russia is facing the challenge not only to ensure the stable economic growth, but also to shift to an entirely new economic model – the economy of new technologies, speeds, processes and scales – the so called ‘digital’ economy. Human resources are of key importance here. As technologies are developed, new industries emerge, capable of pushing our country to the top of the industry. The difficulty is that there is no dedicated place to train specialists in emerging industries. Our ambition is to address this challenge,” said Robert Urasov.

According to him, in December 2017 Russia will host the IT and future competencies championship DigitalSkills. Among the competencies in which the participants will compete are mobile applications, blockchain technologies and cyber security. The choice of competencies is based on the results of foresight sessions with Russian and international sectoral experts and on requests of key market players. They all align with the cross-cutting digital technologies under the Digital Economy programme.

Furthermore, Russia has filed an official application to host the European championship Euroskills-2022. It is planned to be devoted to competencies in the digital economy.

Cyber Russia is an ASI's systemic project supported by the agency. “We are planning to cooperate with each of our new partners on particular programmes and projects,” said Roman Povolotskiy, head of the Cyber Russia project. According to him, VEB as the largest development institution allows quick integration of products developed during Cyber Russia’s hackathons on the governmental level.

“The following two new competences are to be introduced in cooperation with WorldSkills Russia: augmented virtual reality and blockchain technologies while ensuring the systemic implementation of the new digital competencies. Working with WorldSkills Russia, we are able to introduce the new competencies quickly – in 85 regions at a time,” explained Roman Povolotskiy.

The cooperation of FEFU and Cyber Russia will allow the university to become the centre of exporting the software developed by Russian start-ups to Asian-Pacific countries. “The low rental for technopark offices on the Russkiy island, the administrative and financial support from the Primorye Territory authorities, the proximity and interest of Asian-Pacific investors will foster the development of this direction in the region and contribute to a favourable environment which will stop people from going abroad,” said Roman Povolotskiy.

We remind that during the Main Open Lesson held in Yaroslavl within the Future Intellectual Leaders of Russia Forum, Vnesheconombank Chairman Sergey Gorkov announced the establishment of a teenager department at the Bank’s Centre of Blockchain Competencies.

In October 2017, VEB and NUST MISiS are opening the Centre of Blockchain Competencies designed to become an R&D centre for distributed ledgers (blockchain) and a centre of regulatory support, training, and technology commercialization and popularization.

State Corporation “Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)” is a national development bank and one of Russia’s largest financial institutions. Established in 1924, Vnesheconombank has been operating in compliance with the Special Federal Law “On the Bank for Development” since 2007. The Bank’s supreme governing body is the Supervisory Board headed by Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev. According to the VEB Strategy 2021, Vnesheconombank priority financing areas include high value added manufacturing, infrastructure, non-commodity exports, conversion of defence industries to civilian production, innovation and the National Technological Initiative (NTI) projects.

The Union of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) is the official representative of the global WorldSkills movement established to raise the prestige of specialist professions and boost transformation through contests of professional excellence both in each given country and across the globe. Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) championships have been held in Russia annually since 2012. The event is titled “Manpower Skills Contest” and is meant for specialists aged between 16 and 22 years undergoing vocational training. Since 2014, Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) has been organising WorldSkills Hi-Tech corporate championships for employees of manufacturing companies. Apart from professional excellence contests, WorldSkills Russia embeds international standards into vocational training certification for colleges and vocational schools in the form of a demonstration exam, develops the expert community and brings the best global and Russian practices to the vocational education system through retraining masters of vocational training, teachers and directors.

Autonomous Non-Profit Organization Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects was established by Order of the Russian Government dated 11 August 2011. The agency provides assistance to commercial, social and educational projects by tackling administrative and regulatory barriers, conducting comprehensive expert reviews and attracting financing (through financial institutions and development organisations). As a separate focus area, it deals with systemic projects aimed at improving the investment climate, ensuring industrial growth via human resources, additional training for children and promoting the new quality of life for disabled people. Pursuant to the order of ASI’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Russian President V.V. Putin, the Agency also participates in the implementation of the National Technology Initiative.

Cyber Russia is a federal training and acceleration programme for computer games, virtual/augmented/mixed reality and blockchain. The project brings together investors, business accelerators, educational institutions, university and school students. The programme focuses on collaborative activities such as three-day hackathons whose winners will receive the necessary funding and become residents of business accelerators under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. Students participating in the programme will be able to build a portfolio of projects in high potential fields.


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