President's visit of the American Business Association of Russian-Speaking Professionals

Візит президента Американської бізнес-асоціації російськомовних професіоналів

On January 31st Andriy Kunov, President of the American Business Association of Russian-Speaking Professionals (AmBAR), visited NTUU ”KPI”.This organization unites Russian-speaking specialists who work in the leading companies of Silicon Valley, and currently numbers more than 1,900 members – engineers, workers, marketing specialists, financiers, representatives of venture funds and employees of other branches. AmBAR is the main organizer of the annual Silicon Valley Open Doors Technology Investment Conference (SVOD).

Mykhailo Zgurovsky, Rector of NTUU “KPI” told the guest about the university and its activities. The President of AmBAR association also familiarized himself with the exposition of the State Polytechnic Museum of NTUU “KPI” and Science Park “Kyivska Politechnika“ activities. Sergiy Sydorenko (Vice-Rector), Borys Tsyganok (Vice-Rector Deputy), Viktor Kamayev( Director of Science Park “Kyivska Politechnika“ ), Inna Malyukova (Director of Educational Methodological Complex “Institute of Postgraduate Education”) and representatives of other subdivisions of the university participated in the meeting.

The main topic of the discussion was the question of improvement of cooperation between scientists, postgraduates and students of NTUU “KPI” and American companies that are operating in the sphere of high technologies, and measures that are to be taken to ensure efficient commercialization of Ukrainian engineers and scientists’ developments. Andriy Kunov was particularly interested in the preparation of the program and organization of specialists training in the field of innovation management which are realized within “International System of Professional Training of Scientists in the Sphere of Technology Transfer Management”. The main executors of this project are Educational Methodological Complex “Institute of Postgraduate Education”, its structural subdivision “Ukrainian Institute for Information Technologies in Education” and the International Cooperation Department of NTUU “KPI”, and its establishment is induced by the need in effective transfer mechanisms, i.e. new technologies transfer in commercial use which are of particular importance for Ukraine. So the cooperation with the specialists of Silicon Valley, where enormous modern experience of developments and inventions commercialization has been accumulated, can be very beneficial for our country. One of the first steps on the way of such cooperation improvement can be the joint competition of innovation projects, in preparation and organization of which specialists of KPI and members of AmBAR association should take part. Preliminary agreement concerning the beginning of launching and organization of such an event has already been reached upon this year.