Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Arkady Dvorkovich held a series of meetings with top executives of Australia’s universities in Melbourne.

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The negotiations were held at three universities: Monash University, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).  


Representatives of Monash University had previously established a contact with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology during a visit to Skoltech two years ago. The parties could cooperate on a number of topics of mutual interest, including physics, new materials and artificial intelligence, the participants in the meeting in Melbourne said.

Monash University, named after the Australian general of the WWI era, is considered one of the best universities of Australia. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, in 2017 Monash University ranked among top 1% of universities of the world, occupying the 74th position. According to the QS’2018 rating, the university occupies the 60th position in the world. The scholars of the university annually publish more than 5,000 research studies.

The discussion of promising directions of cooperation with Skolkovo and Skoltech continued during a visit to the oldest university in the State of Victoria, the University of Melbourne. It has a student body of some 40,000. In the ranking of Times Higher Education the University of Melbourne is called the best university of Australia and Oceania.

In addition to the humanities, the University of Melbourne is also famous for its studies in biomedicine. This direction of research, the participants in the negotiations said, could be the closest point of contact between the UM and Skolkovo.

The third meeting in Australia took place in the campus of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). This is the most international university of Australia in terms of its presence in other countries. RMIT opened its branches in two cities of Vietnam and the European Coordination Center in Barcelona.

At the meeting with the Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation the parties discussed possible student exchanges between RMIT and Skoltech.