SPbPU presented student startups at the World Investment Forum in UAE

24 May 2024 Science and Innovation 199

Representatives of SPbPU visited the annual investment forum in Abu Dhabi — AIM Congress. It is one of the largest in the United Arab Emirates and the world. The forum was attended by 12,000 people from 175 countries. There were more than 900 speakers at 450 sessions. In January 2024, with the active participation of the university’s international services, an agreement on scientific partnership between SPbPU and the AIM Congress was signed. The cooperation was coordinated by the Graduate School of Technology Entrepreneurship of the Advanced Engineering Studies «Digital Engineering» of SPbPU represented by Acting Director Artur Kireev. This agreement provides students and founders of technological startups with special conditions for participation in the Congress for the next five years.

SPbPU team at the AIM Congress forum

Our university pays great attention to cooperation with BRICS+ countries both in academic and innovative spheres. Taking into account that the realization of breakthrough projects is possible only through joint efforts, we are pleased to offer our partners from the Arab Emirates the implementation of new approaches to training highly qualified engineering specialists, technology exchange and knowledge transfer not only in the bilateral format, but also in the BRICS+ space as a whole. Of course, a special role in building partnership relations is played by personal communication with colleagues within the framework of such business platforms as AIM Congress, said Dmitry Arseniev, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of SPbPU.

One of the most important events of the forum was the presentation of student technology projects (pitch sessions), as well as an exhibition of startups. Polytechnic University presented five projects.

Students of the Advanced Engineering School of SPbPU “Digital Engineering”

The Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence of the UAE organized the conference "Tolerance Incubator of World Governments within the framework of the initiative ‘Global Tolerance Clubs in Educational Institutions’, where the speaker was Artur Kireev.

Artur Kireev at the panel discussion

It discussed such issues as building a culture of tolerance at the university. SPbPU is one of the leading universities in Russia in terms of the number of foreign students and these issues are certainly close to us. Currently, there are 35 university tolerance clubs in the UAE and active work is underway to involve universities from other countries in this movement.

Teams of SPbPU and SPbSU
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