Summer Campus: The digital transformation in Russia

18 July2019
Summer Campus: The digital transformation in Russia

On July 17, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Diginavis, member of the Innopolis Supervisory Board, former Minister of Communications and Mass Media (2012-2018) Nikolai Nikiforov shared his views on modern development trends with the Summer Campus participants.

“I hope that my life story will inspire you too,” Nikolai Nikiforov began. He explained to the students that one should not just consider some ideas and projects, but always try to bring them to life. He spoke about his own career, noting that he was very lucky with his mentors, including President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

The launch of a 4G network and a chain of postal banks were the past seven years’ important landmarks in the development of the digital economy, Nikolai Nikiforov said adding that the digital economy’s contribution to GDP increased from 1% to 5% in 2012-2018. Digital transformation is fast. “Everything you think about in your freshman year is likely to become obsolete by the time you graduate – technologies are developing so fast,” Nikolai Nikiforov said. The speaker also advised students to try to concentrate on an idea and make a real prototype as quickly as possible.

Speaking about the projects he is involved in, Nikolai Nikiforov highlighted the work on unmanned vehicles and robots that are going to make construction much faster and cheaper. At the end of the meeting, he discussed with the participants the ideas for their projects at the Summer Campus, offered some advice on their implementation, and answered their questions.


The International Summer Campus of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) is a unique annual educational project for best students of Russian and foreign universities. The Campus curriculum comprises lectures and interactive sessions with leading Russian and foreign academics, government employees and world-class business executives. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, leading Russian and foreign experts, Russian and foreign business leaders, high-ranking officials and civil servants will traditionally speak at the Summer Campus.

The organizers of RANEPA Summer Campus include RANEPA, the Republic of Tatarstan, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.

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