According to Vladimir Vasilyev, ITMO University Rector and Vice-President of the Russian Rectors’ Union, cooperating with business area universities are able to train skilled experts who meet all requirements of modern market.

“Thanks to the cooperation of Gazprom Inform and ITMO University our students will be involved in real projects and will apply their knowledge. Such an experience will make them completely prepared IT experts,” said the rector.

Gazprom Inform is one of largest branches of Gazprom, which develops technical solutions for IT infrastructure of the company.  It includes one of the largest Europe`s corporate data processing center. The company provides its’ activities using software facilities of SAP. Gazprom Inform has already signed agreements with several Moscow universities. ITMO U students will become the first interns and staff members from St. Petersburg working at  Gazprom Inform.

“Looking for high grade experts is a part of our strategy. We begin to make contacts with St. Petersburg colleagues. ITMO University is one of the best higher education institutions. The agreement is only the first step of our long-term cooperation,” noted Sergei KaunevGazprom Inform's CEO.

To support practical-oriented strategy of educational programs ITMO University also cooperates with many industrial units – this cooperation results in Affiliated Degree Chairs as well as joint projects in the field of R&D. Previously ITMO U`s officials signed an agreement with acting CEO of Federal Testing Center. The organization will offer students to take part in training programs centered around electrical energy.