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RTRP's Hayes Addresses Russian Higher Education Officials on Collaboration


Moscow School of Management Hosts Presentation on Research Triangle Region’s Success

Research Triangle Region, N.C. (September 24, 2014) – Charles A. Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), traveled to Moscow earlier this month, giving a presentation to a group of Russian university executives on the nature of collaboration here between educational institutions, government agencies and the private sector. The Moscow School of Management hosted the two-hour briefing at its Skolkovo campus as part of its 2014 New Leaders of Higher Education, a program commissioned by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education and Science.

“Mr. Hayes’ lecture was very informative and received positive feedback,” says Elena Ponomareva, coordinator of the Skolkovo Business School Education Hayes lecture to Moscow School of ManagementDevelopment Centre. “[He] is a renowned expert in the sphere of business-university partnerships and the knowledge economy.”

Hayes presented an overview of Research Triangle Park and its evolution, the composition of the Research Triangle’s economic region, the region’s industry clusters, and its “Triple Helix” model for forging value-added partnerships between businesses, colleges and universities, and government entities. He also discussed the region’s reputation as a hotbed for “collaboratition,” the synergistic links between companies and communities who both compete and collaborate with each other. One participant noted, “The most interesting aspect of the lecture for me was the cooperation-competition part. Mr. Hayes managed to give a good explanation of finding [a] balance between competitors regarding the mutual interests of their projects.”

After his one-hour presentation, Hayes spent another hour fielding questions from attendees, who were chancellor- and provost-level university leaders from across Russia. “They asked good questions,” Hayes says. Many spoke English, though some required simultaneous translations. “What was clear to me is that they had a hard time grasping the idea that no one person or organization is in charge of everything here,” Hayes says. “They’re used to thinking in terms of command-and-control hierarchies, not the flat, peer-oriented networks that tend to foster creativity and collaboration in our region.”

Officials at the Moscow School of Management, which paid the costs of Hayes’ trip and provided a modest honorarium, contacted RTRP directly to issue the invitation. “We had already been acquainted with the Triple Helix model, and the RTRP case is a well-known example of building a successful Triple Helix model,” says Ponomareva. “It was a great honor for us to hear the story of creating the partnership first-hand.”

With 140 million consumers, the Russian Federation is the world’s 11th largest economy. For generations, economic contact between the U.S. and Russia was limited due to Cold War tensions. The Jackson Vanik Amendment to the Trade Act of 1974, for instance, denied Russia “most favored nation” status (i.e., the lowest tariffs and highest quotas) based on human rights grounds. Still, the U.S. is currently the Russian Federation’s 5th largest trading partner, accounting for the import of over $10 billion in goods and services from the U.S. in 2011. Some 700 companies have joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, an organization that advocates closer business ties between the two nations.

About The Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) provides global marketing and strategic economic development coordination for North Carolina's Research Triangle Region. RTRP comprises economic development organizations that represent a wide range of partners to ensure the region remains economically competitive at a global level. Among its many distinctions, RTRP received the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Award for Excellence in Economic Department Regional Competitiveness Strategic Planning.  For more information, visit www.researchtriangle.org or follow on Twitter @TriangleRegion.

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