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Under federal wing: Innopolis University gets access to authorities procurement in circumvention of tenders

by Lisa A. Yeager

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 the past due April. The new co-founder “invested” 97,46% of shares of

Innopolis JSC is authorized 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, expanding the proprietors’ circle 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 without the proprietor

Innopolis University has been 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, including one where the university is located. The located employer’s authorized capital is over 4,85 billion rubles. About four 000 people live in Annapolis now.

Innopolis University Autonomous Non-Commercial Educational Institution of Higher Education was a public-private partnership for five years, given its foundation in December 2012. Annapolis City JSC became its founder, whose shares were equally divided between the Tatarstan Ministry of Land and Property, Tatarstan Central Depositary, and Prominvest MC PLC at the time of the university’s introduction.

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 specialists in high technology within the flagship venture Innopolis – City of High Technologies and Innovations, while the corresponding changes were registered on 31 July, and the personal company disappeared from the listing of founders.

A year later, the new proprietor and the transfer of Innopolis University below the republican communications ministry’s wing, at the beginning sight, became quite logical and completely complied with the desires set in the Informatisation and Communications Development Strategy in 2016-2021 by way of the ministry mentioned above. However, Realnoe Vremya’s professional Director of the 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 a pretty felony and allowed. Most importantly, it must be jointly useful. However, an agreement in such a partnership is signed for a certain period; when it expires, there are probably changes within the founders’ composition. 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 a 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 strategy, we are now discussing an approach on the Russian scale. The changes inside the control of Innopolis University are made by order of the president of Russia and the law of the government of the Russian Federation,” Press Secretary of the Ministry of 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 center 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 authorized capital as asset contribution, which is in federal ownership.” The Russian government’s regulation as of 6 April described that the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media would 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 have been appointed to Innopolis University’s supervisory board: 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 effect at the university’s management effectiveness,” Yevgeny Novikov explained. “In the end, we hope it improves the training of a highly professional group of workers for the digital financial system, amongst other matters.

Reale Vremya asked the Director-General of Innopolis JSC, Yevgeny Danilov, about the corporation’s plans and possibilities regarding transferring shares to Innopolis University’s accepted capital. He spoke back he wasn’t geared up to answer such questions:

Currently, we’re working as a traditional company, while destiny plans rely on the new shareholder. What he makes a decision goes. The university’s founder stays the owner of the assets; he 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 because the team of workers’ training goals may have been modified. Digitalization has delighted the region; it’s a preferred federal coverage.

A completely extreme vector within the coverage is related to virtual universities and the digitalization of universities. It’s no longer the most effective online education, but it also uses up-to-date virtual control technologies in universities. TThe participation of the communications ministry is defined by the reality that it’s miles the most important for which the ministry is 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 remembers 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 program, the communications ministry’s program. And the virtual financial system workers are inside this program, even though they’re linked with Education countrywide venture.”

The coming of the new founder, Abankina, can provide, first of all, trade-in employee training areas wherein new virtual technologies will be added. Moreover, it’s not only the Education of IT experts but also professionals in other regions whose programs can have publications permitting the acquisition of qualifications and talents. Secondly, the university can be a player in 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 than aggressive processes, which are labor-in-depth, lengthy, and feature high dumping risks. Furthermore, first-rate no longer plays a key role when selecting a provider.

The simpler participation in the communications ministry’s programs will become a sure bonus for the university. Thirdly, she supposes that Innopolis University can help the communications ministry and its subordinate businesses by educating and retraining a group of workers, not only this ministry. The obligations are huge, while there’s no group of workers. Thirty thousand experts only in IT are needed each year.

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