Putin mulled over advancement of science in Far East with university faculty, students

President Vladimir Putin met with representatives of the scientific community, teachers and students after the completion of all official events of the APEC summit in Vladivostok.

At the meeting, he stressed that all scientific premises of the Far Eastern federal university were built with due account of the needs of people with disabilities. Considering that the university has a total of 52,000 students, about 11,000 of them will be able to live in dormitories on Russky Island where 3,500 instructors and professors work. The university has 10,000 personnel in total.

Putin said six scientific centers have been set up in Vladivostok that will be working in breakthrough directions of science - studies of the oceans, transport logistics, energy, biomedicine. He said that a major national space complex will function in the Far Eastern Federal District.

Putin reminded his listeners that a contest was organized for foreign specialists who will be working at the university.

"The competition was six persons per vacancy. By now, 70 people have passed the tests. They have good salaries of up to 150,000 rubles a month, plus the use of laboratories and housing," he added.

The president also spoke of the possibility of creating a bilingual environment at the university, which is expected to have 7,500 foreign students.

At the end of his speech, Putin said that all the electronic and computer equipment worth over 1 billion rubles installed for the APEC summit would become the property of the university.

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