On, June 5, 2018 Igor Sikorsky KPI and the Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika” signed an agreement on cooperation with the M.P. Dragomanov National Pedagogical University.

Signatures on the document were put by the rector of the Igor Sikorsky KPI, the Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Michael Zgurovskyi, Rector of the Dragomanov National Pedagogical University Victor Andrushchenko and general director of the state enterprise “Kyivska Polytechnica” Volodymyr Hnat.

Participation in the ceremony, in addition to the first leaders, took: from the M.P. Dragomanov National Pedagogical University – its pro-rectors and deans of most faculties; on behalf of Igor Sikorsky KPI – Director of the Institute of Postgraduate Education, of the KPI, head of the “Sikorsky Challenge” Startup School Inna Malyukova and employees of the University departments.

The signing of the agreement was preceded by meetings and negotiations on cooperation between both universities and the Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnica” in the field of training and innovation. In the end, it was mostly based on the preparation of startup projects and the creation of companies, including educational ones, on the basis of both universities. “The content of the agreement, which we will sign today, relates above all to the innovative components of our joint activity. Then we are open to cooperation in any other areas, so today we are only beginning this movement”, - said Michael Zgurovskyi before signing.

“Our work is working with human capital, with a person,” said Viktor Andrushchenko, presenting the potential opportunities of the National Pedagogical University to establish useful cooperation with the KPI. - And, after all, this is your job. Because the engineer works not only with the technique, he works with people ..”.

So the agreement stipulates holding at the Center for Digital Technologies training of the Dragomanov NPU with the participation of the Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge” of Igor Sikorsky KPI’ activities on the preparation, creation and implementation of innovative projects related to information and communication technologies in education; organizing and conducting training on innovative entrepreneurship using the methods of the Start-up School “Sikorsky Challenge” of staff and students of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. For Dragomanov University this would be competitive selection of perspective start-up projects and their inclusion in the base of startups “Sikorsky Challenge” of Igor Sikorsky KPI, as well as search of investors or business angels for these projects, etc.

At the same time Igor Sikorsky KPI and the Science Park “Kyivska Polytekhnica” will provide the Dragomanov NPU with advisory, methodical, organizational and other assistance in conducting contests and festivals of startups; in the selection and preparation of the best startups for participation in the annual festival “Sikorsky Challenge”, held in the Igor Sikorsky KPI; Participate in the accompaniment of startup teams at the stage of incubation and creation of startup companies (under separate contracts); promote search and engagement of investors and business angels for investment in startups of the Pedagogical University, as well as in cooperation with business entities interested in the development of innovation; will participate in the preparation of innovative projects of the Digital Learning Center of the Dragomanov NPU for submission to international funds and programs.

In turn, the Drahomanov NPU will provide financial support for the training of its employees, managers and trainers at the Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge”; organization of own competitions of start-ups and participation of the best of them at the Festival “Sikorsky Challenge” of Igor Sikorsky KPI, creation of own base of start-ups, including educational purposes with its further integration with the base of startups “Sikorsky Challenge” of Igor Sikorsky KPI; placing on the information resources of the materials about the Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge” and the Innovative Ecosystem of the KPI “Sikorsky Challenge” and much more.

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