The government money will be used to build the university’s second campus: classrooms, dorms, the student club building, and public infrastructure. These facilities will be intended for Master’s and PhD students in applied research and technologies, as well as everything that has to do with the commercialization of their achievements. The main building of the second campus, as well as a portion of the university’s dorms, will be completed by mid-2024. The funding granted by the city’s government will primarily go towards the development of the infrastructure.

Daria Kozlova, ITMO University’s First Vice Rector and head of its 2030 Development Strategy:

“We especially appreciated the support received from the Russian Government since it is the state that often serves as the main catalyst for new scientific and technological breakthroughs. The research activities that will take place at ITMO Highpark will undoubtedly contribute to the global advances that will be primarily introduced in Russia. Together, we will be able to build a new avenue for the country’s development with regard to the needs of the state, science, education, and business.”

Daria Kozlova. Photo by Maria Bakina / Megabyte Media

Daria Kozlova. Photo by Maria Bakina / Megabyte Media

Andrey Nazarov, the general director of ITMO Highpark JSC:

“The construction of ITMO Highpark gained momentum in 2021. The designs for the first buildings were finalized and approved by the state. Now, we’re working on the engineering infrastructure and plan to proceed with the construction of the university’s second campus, dorms, and other facilities.”

Andrey Nazarov. Credit: Gorod-Sputnik Yuzhny, LLC

Andrey Nazarov. Credit: Gorod-Sputnik Yuzhny, LLC

ITMO’s new campus will provide a comfortable environment for studies, research, and living. The entire area of the new building will be constructed in accordance with the Green Zoom standards using energy-saving technologies. The main educational building of ITMO Highpark with a total area of 30,000 square meters will encompass nine blocks under a common roof with sports facilities on top, as well as a running track that will outline the whole ensemble.

Apart from the facilities for work and study, the main campus will also include coworking spaces for individual and team work, a lab for express prototyping of devices, a digital library, a food court, book and souvenir shops, as well as a parking lot for car and scooter sharing. Another notable feature of the campus will be a transformable atrium that can be used as a congress hall for 2,000 people.

A concept design of ITMO University's second campus in the satellite city Yuzhny. Credit: Studio 44

A concept design of ITMO University's second campus in the satellite city Yuzhny. Credit: Studio 44

Student dorms will mostly consist of one- or two-bedroom apartments for up to three residents. Each apartment will have a separate kitchen and bathroom. There will be apartments specially designed and equipped for people with limited mobility, too. The student club will serve as a media complex, perfect for TED-style events for up to 500 people, recording podcasts, or shooting project teasers. The first housing in Yuzhny will appear hand in hand with the university’s campus. The city will make a lovely place for life, leisure, and work.

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