Academic and Industrial Partnership

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University aims at creating science-driven, technological and innovative environment based on partnership links and enabling to unite the participants’ potential to set relevant objectives and respond to global challenges.

In 2013, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University was the winner of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 from among 14 other universities. The goal of the project is to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and educational market.

Among the academic partners of SPbPU are 250 universities in 47 countries. Internationalization is a key priority of SPbPU: there are cooperation agreements all over the world for research and teaching as well as for student exchanges. The total number of international programs is 100, including 22 double degree programs and 4 joint Doctorate programs. Some 4,500 students of the approximately 26,000 students come to SPbPU from abroad.


International activity has culminated in increasing the position in the international rankings. Thus, in 2015, SPbPU was ranked 201–250 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, taking first position among Russian technical universities.

SPbPU develops strategic partnership with a number of world-leading universities, such as: Leibniz Universität Hannover, Universität Stuttgart, Technische Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Graz, Politecnica de Valencia, Politecnico di Milano, Lappeenranta University of Technology, City University London, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University.


For instance, SPbPU and Leibniz Universität Hannover cooperate since 1984. In 2012 Leibniz Universität Hannover and SPbPU won the competition for DAAD programme “Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks”.


Within strategic partnership the universities support the following activities with involvement of all university units: international academic mobility, visiting professors and guest speakers, international joint Master’s degree and PhD programs, joint research projects with industry, joint publications in international editions, joint workshops and conferences, international summer and winter schools, joint R&E centers and labs with involvement of global companies, international joint research laboratories.

SPbPU is a member of the various international associations. The best practice is the WC2 University Network (World Class Universities in World Cities). The WC2 University Network has been developed with the goal of bringing together top universities located in the heart of major world cities in order to address cultural, environmental and political issues of common interest to world cities and their universities. Within the WC2 University Network joint student projects and academic exchanges are carried out.


SPbPU welcomes cooperation with academic and industrial partners and is eager and willing to develop joint projects aimed at solving technological and research tasks as well the ones in interdisciplinary fields. Such cooperation can be implemented within the frameworks of either specialized contract or long-term general agreement.  Synergetic effect is achieved on the conditions of mutually beneficial, equal and effective cooperation of the Polytechnic University with academic and industrial partners both from Russia and from other countries.

Support programs for young scientists presuppose partnerships for implementing experimental and research work of Master Degree, PhD students and Postdocs carried out within the frameworks of those partnerships and in the required by the partner themes and directions.

SPbPU implements complex cooperation with industrial companies via the system of International scientific and educational centers (ISEC), established within SPbPU jointly with the relevant industrial partner. The structure of an IREC can include scientific and educational components. It allows creating specialized laboratories, carry out contract research and organize educational programmes and trainings.

We invite our partners to participate in all kinds of the SPbPU events – scientific seminars, conferences, Week of Science, FabLabPicnik.

We are looking forward to our future cooperation!