World ORT and ORT Russia to Help Develop School for Russia's Silicon Valley
World ORT and ORT Russia have been given the task of designing a massive new school to serve the population of the Skolkovo Innovation Center – Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley.
The Russian government launched the Skolkovo Innovation Center project in 2009 on 900 acres west of Moscow. Since then, more than 200 companies have expressed an interest in developing new space and telecom products, innovative medical equipment, biotech, clean and efficient energy products, nuclear technologies and information technology. Skolkovo is intended to become an ecosystem to encourage scientific and technology-based companies.
After beating a field of 200 domestic and international competitors for the multi-million-dollar offer, ORT has initiated a consortium of companies and organizations to create a “smart school,” similar to the concept World ORT is developing in Israel with the Kadima Mada (Science Journey) program.
The school complex plans to serve 2,000 students aged between six and 18, and tie their education in to advanced study at the proposed Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, which will integrate education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Gregory Vodopyan, Deputy Principal of the ORT Gunzburg School in St Petersburg, said that “ORT will be responsible for designing information systems, teacher training, designing the technology curriculum and experimental work with new learning methods and teaching materials.” He added that ”we want to implement a student-centered model where a teacher, assisted by tutors, will educate students sitting together in groups allocated according to learning performance.”
“That we are a driving force of the consortium which won the offer for such a prestigious project is a great achievement in and of itself,” noted Alan E. Klugman, Executive Director of ORT America. “After 20 years of developing ORT’s operations in Russia, I can’t imagine better recognition of our contribution and achievements.”