On 15 February 2018, at the annual meeting of TPU Assembly the Rector Petr Chubik reported on the main outcomes of the past year and announced the objectives for 2018.
The Assembly is the supreme body of the University strategic management, it takes key decisions on the development of Tomsk Polytechnic University. The Assembly consists of the Academic Council and the Board of Trustees, the Board of the Alumni Association and the Student Council.
Talking about the main outcomes of the past year, Petr Chubik noted, over the year the University defended its Roadmap two times at the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Educational Centers. The second defense which took place in October 2017 was devoted to the shift of priorities in education towards training of highly qualified engineers: master graduates, researchers, technology entrepreneurs, and related to it the University structure change. To enhance the efficiency of scientific potential the Institutes were transformed into two Research Schools, six Engineering Schools, the School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, and the School of Core Engineering Education. Besides, 18 Departments, three scientific and educational centers named after TPU famous alumni, as well as the Center for Digital Education were established.
‘Over past years, the number of conferred doctoral and candidate degrees dropped twice in Russia. That is a challenge. Considering this situation, two new schools appeared in the renewed structure of TPU.
These are the Research School of High Energy Physics and the Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences. Their main goal is to train future researchers who are willing to defend qualitative theses. Besides, TPU received the right to independently confer scientific degrees. I can say that we dare introduce such an innovation,’ noted the rector addressing the participants of the Assembly.
2017 became the year of ranking breakthrough for TPU. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings the University skyrocketed to 200 positions and entered the band 301-350 in the ranking, taking the 3d place among Russian universities. In the QS World University Rankings TPU holds 386 place which presents the 10 position in Russia. In the Moscow International University Ranking The Three University Missions Tomsk Polytechnic ranks 136 in the overall table and 7 in our country.
TPU remarkably improved its position in the subject rankings of QS WUR and THE WUR, and for the first time the University entered the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects of Academic Ranking of World Universities and immediately strengthened its position in the band 301-350 in Mechanical Engineering, being the only Russian university ranked in the field.
‘Thus, now TPU is present in all the most prestigious world rankings,’
emphasized the rector.
Last year the average Unified State Exam score significantly increased (from 76.7 to 78.45) amongst full-time applicants funded by the state. 218 TPU students became the winners of the RF President and Government Scholarships. Tomsk Polytechnic University kept transforming into a postgraduate-like university. The share of full-time master and postgraduate students pursuing postgraduate programs increased from 37.3% to 42.4%. Seven new master programs and three MOOCs were launched.
2017 was marked for Tomsk Polytechnic University by winning the RF Government Prize in Science and Technology for Young Scientists.
19 million rubles were attracted to the University within academic exchange programs geared to take internships at leading research and educational organizations in 11 countries worldwide. The ratio of papers/faculty increased from 2.8 to 4.6. There was a double growth of citation/faculty, calculated from the aggregate of papers indexed in the Web of Science from 4.0 to 8.0; in Scopus – from 5.9 to 11.3.
There were fulfilled 44 foreign contracts and grants. 80 competitions and grant programs of Russian scientific foundations, RF President, and Tomsk Region Administration were won including 4 funding opportunities obtained across the Federal Targeted Program R&D in Priority Areas of Development of the Russian S&T Complex for 2014-2020 and the competition of the RF Ministry of Education and Science Universities as the Centers of Innovation Creation.
The successful deployment of the Tomsk_TPU-120 satellite from the IIS into outer space is among the brightest events of the year. TPU also became an active participant of Space Lessons, which is a new educational project jointly organized by the RF Ministry of Education and Science, Tomsk Region Administration, ISPM SB RAS and RSC Energia.
Over the year, in the framework of the governor program Chistaya Voda (Pure Water), 70 local water treatment stations developed at TPU were installed in various settlements of Tomsk Region. This ensured over 56 thousand citizens of the region to get access to pure freshwater.
In the preceding year Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the physical start-up of the nuclear research reactor IRT-T, which was also upgraded in the same year. In August 2017, student dormitory №6 (18 Pirogova St.) opened its doors for 198 students after a major overhaul. Six rooms are equipped for disabled students. 170 million rubles from TPU extrabudgetary funds were spent on the overhaul.
TPU alumnus, Mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein noted in his speech at the Assembly: ‘TPU faces ambitious objectives, and I am convinced they are within the University’s scope of abilities. We have been cooperating with TPU for many years in the best interests of Tomsk citizens. Thus, together with TPU scientists we are currently starting the development of the heating scheme up to 2035. In the TPU list of objectives there is the expansion of TPU Lyceum, the major overhaul of Building №8, and the renovation of the University Library. After all, this is a contribution to the new face of the city.’