The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech will educate global leaders in innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and foster new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation. Skoltech is organized as a permanent, modern, international university with a physical campus for research and education in Skolkovo, Russia. Skoltech will initially have five primary education and research programs, corresponding to priority areas as defined by Russia: these will be Programs in Information Science and Technology, Energy Science and Technology, Biomedical Science and Technology, Space Science and Technology, and civilian Nuclear Science and Technology. Each of these Programs will provide Master’s and Ph.D. degrees to be granted by Skoltech.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) within Skoltech provides education, research, and administrative functions related to the practice of entrepreneurship and innovation, spanning across and coupled to the degree-granting Programs. Fifteen Centers for Research, Education and Innovation (CREIs) will be associated with Skoltech, each residing under one or more of the programs. Each CREI will have a thematic research mission carried out through a distributed collaborative research program between Skoltech, international, and Russian institutions, and will have both physical and virtual components. As the Skoltech campus and research laboratories are constructed and equiped, Skoltech faculty, staff and students will conduct their research under each CREI in new physical laboratories at Skoltech. In addition, each CREI will have a virtual component, comprised of ongoing research collaborations with and between the CREI partner institutions in which each institution’s researchers conduct their research primarily at their home facilities, but in thematic and intellectual collaboration across and within CREIareas and projects. Finally, Skoltech will have central administration that provides the educational and research facilities and services of a modern research university. In the fall 2012, Skoltech accepted 20 Master’s degree students into its first class for programs in Energy Science and Technology and Information Science and Technology. After a unique pilot program 45 new M.Sc. students from Russia and around the world joined them for three programs in Information Science and Technology, Energy Science and Technology, and Biomedicine Science and Technology.