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Master programs: Innovations

Program code: 27.04.05

Department of Innovation Management

Russia has always been famous for a huge number of talented inventors and inventions, the majority of which lies ingloriously in various patent departments. The number of innovations and inventions that become new market products is much smaller in relation to the total number of inventions and innovations. This discrepancy has led to the creation of “Innovation” major to train specialists in development and implementation of innovations of any type (technical, social, services, etc.).

Innovation is an interdisciplinary scientific-technical field. It has three main components: technical engineering, economic, and management. This is why an innovation professional has a knack for technology, can perform a financial and economic analysis, and evaluate the efficiency of implementation of innovations, can develop and manage a commercialization program for such innovations.

The relevance of the master program is conditioned by active innovative development of Russian electronic engineering for the military-industrial complex and civil purposes, as well as a government’s course on the transition to knowledge-driven economy.

“Innovation” is a unique program in terms of its teaching staff and the possibilities for the graduate. The main teaching staff have academic titles and ranks, and fundamental knowledge; the academic process involves invited representatives of prospective employers: current senior project managers of “Elcom+”, “Alawar Entertainment” and others. There is an ongoing program of simultaneous engineering degree with the University of Ritsumeikan (Japan) and foreign apprenticeships (Institute for Industrial and Technological Research, Taiwan; Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland). The master program students take part in the annual international conference “Innovation” and receive diplomas.

Graduate’s expertise and skills

The master of applied innovation is successful in scientific research work in universities and companies, manages innovation projects in companies, small innovative institutions and laboratories.

Over the period of their study, master program students learn to:

  • Select (develop) the technology to implement (commercialize) the results of scientific research (developments).
  • Organize the work of a creative team, find out and make managerial decisions, evaluate the quality of work and performance, the costs and results of an activity.
  • Evaluate the economic potential of an innovation, the costs of project implementation.
  • Find out (choose) optimal solutions to create science-intensive products taking into account its quality, cost, time frames and competitiveness.
  • Develop an innovation program, perform feasibility study for innovative projects and programs.
  • Carry out marketing and patent-information research.
  • Use PMI project methods and understand the key notions of purpose, product, boundaries, calendar, project risks, Gantt chart, decomposition and hierarchical structure of operations, resource model, critical path, etc.
  • Solve tasks in the context of high uncertainty both in civil and military sectors.