Willkie Advises on Development of New University in Russian Republic of Tatarstan

December 28, 2012

iCarnegie Global Learning LLC and Carnegie Mellon University sign agreement with Republic of Tatarstan to create Innopolis University, a new center of excellence in learning, teaching and research in Kazan and Russia.

It was recently announced that iCarnegie Global Learning LLC and Carnegie Mellon University have signed an agreement with the Russian Republic of Tatarstan and Autonomous noncommercial organization (ANO) "Innopolis University," for the development of Innopolis University, a new world-class center of excellence for learning, teaching, research and entrepreneurship. Willkie represented Innopolis, an autonomous non-profit organization, and its parent company in the initial phases of the project.

To be located near the capital city of Kazan, Innopolis University is expected to be a critical component in Tatarstan’s efforts to develop and expand the role of information technology in its economy. Studies in the fields of science, technology and engineering, each a recognized strength of Carnegie Mellon, will be at the core of all educational programs at Innopolis.

The Innopolis project calls for the creation of a world-class educational system within the new city of Innopolis and Tatarstan, granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university will provide a major platform for original research and technology transfer and offer a range of professional and executive education/training opportunities for working-class professionals and all levels of management. Additional goals of the project include the development of an education system that can accommodate 10,000 school children and the establishment of strong ties between industry and academia, providing an incubator for new technology startups. The project also seeks to attract foreign capital and multinational corporations to Tatarstan.

A subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, iCarnegie Global Learning is a world leader in providing educational strategy to governments, businesses, universities and primary and secondary school systems. Carnegie Mellon University is a top global research university with more than 12,000 students, 92,000 alumni and 5,000 faculty and staff. CMU has campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar, Rwanda, Australia and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs in over 15 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Located in the center of a large industrial zone, 800 kilometers east of Moscow, the Republic of Tatarstan is one of the most competitive economies in the Russian Federation, with a significant and diversified industrial portfolio.

The deal was handled by partners Gordon Caplan and A. Mark Getachew.