Moscow State University to build "silicon valley" and launch satellite
The rector of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Viktor Sadovnichy, said at a meeting of the Board of Trustees with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the project of the Russian "silicon valley" is the first project of its kind in the history of higher education in Russia.
One of the stages of building the campus will include the construction of a boarding school for gifted children on 30 thousand square meters and the construction of a school. Then they plan to create a Russian "silicon valley". Its infrastructure will include technological and research centers, engineering centers, and a forum.
According to Sadovnichy, the total area of the construction area is 100 hectares: 430 thousand square meters will be set aside for research institutions, 400 thousand square meters for housing.
In addition, he confirmed plans to launch the 'Lomonosov' satellite from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in December 2015. The new Russian cosmodrome has been built near the village of Uglegorsk in the Amur Oblast. Construction work should be completed before November 30, 2015. This is planned to launch the first carrier rocket later this year.
The 'Lomonosov' satellite, which is created by the specialists of Moscow State University, will be a cosmic laboratory for studying extreme events in the universe, in particular the powerful gamma-ray bursts and cosmic rays of extremely high energies. This is the sixth satellite built by Moscow State University.
The amount of extra-budgetary funding for Moscow State University for the last five years is 35 billion rubles, Sadovnichy said.
According to the rector of Moscow State University, major infrastructure projects implemented through co-financing are the construction of scientific and educational Lomonosov housing, the restoration of health centers and sports facilities.
Speaking of the Sevastopol branch of Moscow State University, the rector said that he is proud of Moscow University to the present day, but the branch needs to be modernized, which is impossible without state support.