The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology is a private institute located in Moscow, Russia. Skoltech was established in 2011 as part of a multi-year partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Skoltech’s primary mission is academic excellence in six target domains:
In this context, academic excellence includes performing cutting-edge basic and applied research and educating the next generation of science, technology and business leaders.
Skoltech also works to create business opportunities in the form of professional education, advisory services, centers of collective use services, industry-funded research and result implementation, technology licensing and new enterprises established by scholars, engineers, students and alumni. As such, Skoltech bridges the gap between applied research and industry.
Skoltech forms a part of the Skolkovo community, which functions as a modern, self-sustaining innovation ecosystem. In this paradigm, Skoltech acts as a catalyst to foster cutting-edge research, promote entrepreneurial activity and train internationally competitive specialists capable of working in the rapidly changing research and technology landscape.
The institute’s education, research and innovation activities revolve around ten Centers for Research, Education and Innovation (CREIs). These CREIs were developed to advance the aims of: pursuing innovative research, delivering scientific growth, and generating world-class educational programs. The CREIs include: