Under federal wing: Innopolis University gets access to authorities procurement in circumvention of tenders
According to experts, a new co-founder gave the Tatarstan university this kind of threat – the Russian Federation
Innopolis University has become “1/2-governmental”: the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media became one of the founders on an equal footing in past due April. The new co-founder “invested” 97,46% of shares of Innopolis JSC in authorised capital – the operator of the development of the clever metropolis owning all its homes and accepted capital of over four,85bn rubles. As Realnoe Vremya determined out, expanding the circle of proprietors will be a weighty bonus to the academic company – access to government procurement and public cash in circumvention of competitive approaches. More is in our record.
Five years with out proprietor
Innopolis University has were given new founders – the college in part became federal belongings in the man or woman of the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media that have been the republic’s belongings on 26 April. The Federal Agency for State Property Management furnished the switch of 47,324,672 shares of Innopolis JSC to Innopolis University NCO, which is ninety seven,forty six% of the full variety of stocks of the company. Innopolis JSC is the operator of the construction of the Tatarstan IT town, it owns all its homes, which includes the one the university is placed in. The employer’s authorized capital is over 4,85bn rubles. About four,000 people live in Annapolis now.
Innopolis University Autonomous Non-Commercial Educational Institution of Higher Education was an instance of public and private partnership for five years, given that its foundation in December 2012. Annapolis City JSC changed into its founder whose shares using the moment of the university’s introduction have been equally divided between the Tatarstan Ministry of Land and Property, Tatarstan Central Depositary and Prominvest MC PLC.
However, on 26 June 2018, Tatarstan Prime Minister Aleksey Pesoshin signed a decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 518 On Integration of the Republic of Tatarstan in the man or woman of the Ministry of Informatisation and Communications of the Republic of Tatarstan to the panel of founders of Innopolis University ANO HE. On 30 July, the Cabinet of Ministers’ selection also described Innopolis University as a group specialized in training of specialists in high technology within the flagship venture Innopolis – City of High Technologies and Innovations, while the corresponding changes had been registered on 31 Julye, and the personal company disappeared from the listing of founders.
A yr later, the new proprietor and the transfer of Innopolis University below the republican communications ministry’s wing, at the beginning sight, become quite logical and completely complying with the desires set in the Informatisation and Communcations Development Strategy in 2016-2021 by way of the above-mentioned ministry. However, Realnoe Vremya’s professional, Director of Institute for Education Development at HSE NRU, Professor Irina Abankina talked about an interesting component of this switch:
“Public and private partnership in schooling is pretty felony and allowed. Most importantly, it must be jointly useful. But an agreement in such partnership is signed for a sure period, when it expires there is probably changes within the composition of founders. This time period is commonly no less than 10 years. Otherwise, such cooperation doesn’t pay back for private agencies. Since the length of a course at university with one graduation is five years.”
It’s all approximately staff and founders
As it turned out, if the latest enlargement of the circle of Innopolis University founders also had a strategic which means, now we are talking approximately a approach on the Russian scale.
“The changes inside the control of Innopolis University are made by the order of the president of Russia and law of the government of the Russian Federation,” Press Secretary of the Ministry Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media Yevgeny Novikov informed Realnoe Vremya.
President Putin’s order No. Sixty-five on asset contribution of the Russian Federation to Innopolis University ANO HE appeared in February 2019. According to this record, “for further improvement of separate innovation centre Innopolis, to provide the pastime of Innopolis University Autonomous Non-Commercial Educational Institution of Higher Education, provide, the authorities of Russia added ninety-seven, forty-six % of Innopolis JSC shares to its authorised capital as asset contribution, which is in federal ownership.” And the Russian government’s regulation as of 6 April described that the Ministry Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media will perform features and authority of the founder Innopolis University ANO HE on behalf of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, representatives of the Russian Federation in Innopolis University’s supervisory board have been appointed – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government Maksim Akimov, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Konstantin Noskov and Deputy Minister of Economic Development Ilya Torosov.
“The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass joined the quantity of the ANO founders to have a danger of having a more affect at the university’s management effectiveness,” Yevgeny Novikov explained. “In the end, we hope its improvement in order to train highly professional group of workers for digital financial system amongst other matters.
Reale Vremya asked Director General of Innopolis JSC Yevgeny Danilov about the corporation’s plans and possibilities regarding the transfer of shares to Innopolis University’s accepted capital. He spoke back he wasn’t geared up to answer such questions:
“At the moment we’re working as traditional, while destiny plans rely upon the new shareholder. What he makes a decision goes.”
“The university’s founder stays the owner of the assets, he just offers the college this property for statutory sports,” stated Director of Institute for Education Development at HSE NRU, Professor Irina Abankina. “The communications ministry participates in Innopolis University’s authorized capital due to the fact goals in the team of workers training may have modified. Today digitalization is given delight of the region; it’s a preferred federal coverage. And a completely extreme vector within the coverage is related to virtual universities, digitalization of universities. It’s no longer most effective on line education but also using up-to-date virtual control technologies in universities. And the participation of the communications ministry, as I think, is defined through the reality that’s it’s miles the important thing ministry liable for digitalization.”
In Realnoe Vremya’s expert’s opinion, this could permit Innopolis University to offer a positive leap forward in this vicinity. Irina Abankina gave to remember the fact that, from her point of view, the college really advantages from the advent of the brand new co-founder:
“Digitalisation is Akimov’s programme, the communications ministry’s programme. And the body of workers for the virtual financial system are inside this programme, even though they’re linked with Education country wide venture.”
The coming of the new founder, Abankina supposes, can provide, first of all, trade in employees training areas wherein new, virtual technologies will be added. Moreover, it’s not only the education of IT experts; however also professionals in other areas whose programs can have publications permitting getting qualifications and talents in this sphere. Secondly, the university can turn out to be a player of the programs the Russian communications ministry implements.
“Moreover, the scheme of participation in such programs gets less difficult for the university due to the fact the founder has the right to give a kingdom task not most effective in schooling however additionally in science and applied improvement without a competition,” Reale Vremya’s interlocutor careworn. “The government challenge’s mechanism is simpler to do that aggressive processes, that are labor-in depth, lengthy and feature high dumping risks, furthermore, no longer first-rate plays the key role when selecting a provider. The simpler participation on the communications ministry’s programs will become a sure bonus for the university.”
Thirdly, she supposes that now Innopolis University can be able to help the communications ministry and other its subordinate businesses more to educate and retrain group of workers:
“And now not only this ministry. The obligations are huge, while there’s no group of workers. Thirty thousand experts only in IT are needed each yr.”