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II University Cities Forum – Leveraging University Vitality for Urban and Regional Development

November 30 – December 2, 2017 – National Research Tomsk State University

Join a unique and lively event. Learn more through high-potential expert discussions, public interviews, author presentations, cross-disciplinary workshops and collaborative foresight sessions. Contribute to building advanced models, action plans, and projects to leverage academic and creative vitality and spur innovations and economic growth. 

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Darya Chernikova, Center for Urban Studies and Regional Development 

Aims of the University City Forum  

To organize a comprehensive study of the different types of university towns in Europe and Siberia;

To begin the exchange of students and professors between Siberian and European universities in that field of knowledge;

To examine the experience of development of the sustainable cities in Europe, a trend that is completely new but very useful for Russia.

The universities are an integral part of an urban culture. Old traditions combine successfully with the dynamic development of modern cities.

The universities are city-forming for small towns, and they determine the marketing of such an area. Small university towns must specialize for successful competition with their large neighbors.

Many university towns take first place in quality of life. The administration of the university, the student communities, and city halls cooperate for development of infrastructure (for example, in Tubingen and Marburg). 

The Russian university system was established by the European pattern. The heritage of European academia should be remembered and developed. The experience of new university centers in Europe (Passau, Olsztyn) is important as well.

The organization of academic areas is especially interesting for Siberian university towns (social support of the students, accessibility of urban infrastructure for them, regular monitoring of the cities, the most comfort for the students).


University of Paris-Saclay, University of Lyon, University of Bordeaux, University of Montpellier, University of Grenoble, University of Toulouse, University of Limoges (France), University of Bath (UK), European University Association, University of Marburg, University of Tübingen (Germany), University of St. Jacques de Compostela (Spain), University of Bologna, University of Siena, University of Pisa (Italy), University of Wrocław, Łódź University, Jan Kochanowski University (Poland), Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil), University of Tartu, University of Graz and representatives of the governments of these cities.

Irkutsk State University, Baikal State University, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Omsk State University, Siberian Federal University, Kant Baltic Federal University, Kazan Federal University, Samara State University, Voronezh State University, Ural Federal University, Southern Federal University, Far Eastern Federal University and representatives of administrations of these cities.

Forum of University Cities at TSU: Day 1
Forum of University Cities at TSU: Day 2
Forum of University Cities at TSU: Day 3
An interview with Val Jerdes

Head of office Lyudmila Borilo

Rroject coordinator Evgeniya Kocheva
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