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Yaroslavsky seeks to engage Kharkiv students in tractor plant development plans

DCH Group acquired iconic Kharkiv Tractor Plant in 2016 and aims to cooperate with local universities to establish an innovation hub within the territory of the plant

Yaroslavsky seeks to engage Kharkiv students in tractor plant development plans
Business Ukraine magazine
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:29

DCH Group president Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is exploring ways of engaging Kharkiv’s student population and academic community in the development of Kharkiv Tractor Plant. The decision to try to tap into Kharkiv’s vast academic resources is a continuation of the cooperation established over a number of years between DCH Group and the city’s institutes of higher education.

On 30 October, DCH Group infrastructure and real estate division head Daniel Vladov met with Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy rector Vladimir Babayev to discuss participation in the planned Ecopolis XTZ project to develop areas of the Kharkiv Tractor Plant complex into a modern multifunctional ecosystem for business.

The plans for the Ecopolis XTZ project envisage a major industrial park complete with a technopark zone dedicated to scientific and technological innovation. Additional elements include a logistics center and research hub. Vladov confirmed that he had reached agreement with Babayev to establish a joint working group. “Within the next few weeks, we will exchange visions for the project and enter into further discussion over the optimal format for cooperation with Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy in the Ecopolis project,” he said.

Earlier in October, Oleksandr Yaroslavsky visited the Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy and spoke at the Megapolis Technology Transfer Center, which he financed. Addressing students at the Megapolis Technology Transfer Center, Yaroslavsky spoke of his own first steps in the business world and his future investment plans, with a specific emphasis on the development of the Kharkiv Tractor Plant. He called on students to join him in the process of introducing innovations at the Kharkiv Tractor Plant and stressed the opportunities available to ambitious undergraduates in Ukraine’s second city. “There is no need to look outside of Ukraine for career opportunities. There are more than enough interesting projects here in Kharkiv to keep everyone busy for the next decade.”

Yaroslavsky has a long record of collaboration with Kharkiv’s leading institutes. The Megapolis Technology Transfer Center backed by DCH Group opened on 20 April 2018. Meanwhile, DCH Group and Kharkiv Tractor Plant have signed strategic partnership memorandums with Karazin Kharkiv National University and Kharkiv Ploytechnical Institute. DCH Group has also financed monuments to honor some of Kharkiv’s greatest academic minds such as Nobel Prize laureates Ilya Mechnikov, Lev Landau and Simon Kuznets, along with Ukrainian literary pioneer Peter Gulak-Artemovsky and architect Alexei Beketov. Yaroslavsky holds honorary doctorates from both Karazin Kharkiv National University and Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy.

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