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Vyacheslav Viktorovich

Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

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The introduction of new digital technology should improve people’s quality of life and create intelligent industrial platforms which will foster growth in industry. How well this strategy is implemented depends to a large extent on the competitiveness of our country’s economy.


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Maxim Alexeevich

Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Subcommittee Chairman of the programme «Digital Economy of the Russian Federation»

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Nowadays every one of us interacts with digital technology. I am sure that in the near future the presence of artificial intelligence will be felt everywhere.

Alongside the advantages, artificially intelligent technology will inevitably present challenges. How will the labour force be maintained and what social and ethical questions are likely to arise? Developing the artificial intelligence industry for the benefit of society in large part depends on effective policies in the digital technology sphere. This will require robust government as well as the cooperation of industry, business, and the science and education communities.



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Inna Petrovna

Head of the President of the Russian Federation’s Science and Education Department

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Questions relating to the development of the digital economy, the application of artificial intelligence and the spreading of digital technology remain priorities for strategic science and technology development, confirmed by order No 642 of the President of the Russian Federation from December 1st.

The high standing and qualifications of the participants in this conference – representatives from different parts of the Russian economy and science community as well as the creators of new technological solutions  — should provide the basis for a thought-provoking discussion.


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Grigory Eduardovich

Executive Secretary of the Russian Federation’s Commission for UNESCO, special Ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry

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Modern technology is rapidly changing all aspects of life, creating new opportunities not only for the effective economic advancement of the state, but for the development of the whole society. Technological progress should create a higher standing of living for all.




Alexander Vitalyevich

General Director of the Russian Science Fund

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On the eve of the SUM centennial, the administration would like to congratulate all those whose lives have been touched by this unique institute of higher education. From the moment of its inception, the university has always kept pace with the times, responding to the challenges of a changing Russia.

The rich human potential successfully developed over many years of the college’s existence has left its mark on many different branches of industry.

In today’s environment it is obvious that one the university’s main tasks should be preparing managers for the digital economy.


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Georgy Borisovich

Corresponding Member of the Russian Science Academy, Deputy Scientific Director of the Central Economic Mathematical Institute

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«Revolution in Management: new digital economy or new world of machines» – the key theme of the forum. It is already a reality and modern economists, sociologists, managers, the founders of manufacturing plants, IT specialists and the representatives of other branches of science, as well as technicians, business and state players should find a way to enhance Russia’s success in the new digital era.


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Vasily Yurievich

Governor of the Rostov Region

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The State University of Management, where the conference is being held, is one of the oldest educational and scientific centres in Russia.

It was the first in our country to produce management specialists. Over its hundred year history, traditions have become entrenched and a science school has been created.

At the same time, the university seamlessly integrated with the world wide web, which helped to introduce innovative technology into the education process. It created a good platform for the discussion of topics related to the development of the digital economy.


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Ivan Vasilyevich

Rector of the State University of Management

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The second international science forum ‘Stepping into the future: artificial intelligence and the digital economy’ is key to the State University of Management. To begin with, we are sure that for members of our scientific community, as well as experts from the fields of IT and adjoining spheres, the participation of our foreign colleagues in the forum is seen as a welcome tradition.

Secondly, in 2019 the State University of Management celebrates its 100 year anniversary. In its day, our university became the first educational establishment in the country to produce economists well versed in mathematical methods and models, as well as electronic-computer engineering, and specialists in the fields of economic cybernetics. Today our focus is on producing managers for the digital era, management leaders in tune with academic traditions and innovative technologies. The university’s priority in this new area is the ability to respond to the demands of different divisions within the technological structure. This is the State University of Management’s goal.


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icons Number of participants: 



icons Geography of the participants: 

16  regions of the Russian Federation, 18 from different countries


icons Informational counterpart: 

14,500,000 people – audience in the media     

500,000 people – audience on social media


icons Key media:

Russia 24, Duma TV, TASS, RBK+, Regnum News Agency, «Evening Moscow» newspaper website, «Parliamentary Newspaper», TV and radio channel «Country FM»


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Will an acceleration of industrial processes lead to fewer jobs and how will technological superiority serve Russia?

Online voting falls within the framework of the second international science forum ‘Stepping into the future: artificial intelligence and the digital economy’ at the State University of Management. Experts and participants were asked to give their opinions on the following questions:


icon3 Which organisations can cope with a scientific or technological hitch in Russia?

21,8%  Scientific-research institutes Russian Academy of Sciences
57,4%  Techno parks 
20,8%  Universities


icon3 How can technological superiority be harnessed?

26,2%  Only by developing local breakthrough technologies
64,9%  Only in collaboration with foreign partners
8,9%  Only by replicating leading foreign technical solutions


icon3 Is the adoption of individual machine teaching an alternative to mass education?

46,0%  Undoubtedly it will lead to the extinction of whole classes of jobs 
33,7%  On the other hand, new high technology positions will need to be created 
20,3%  An intensification of industrial processes – it’s the only area which does not foresee a marked change in the market 


icon3 Will an intensification of industrial process within the framework of the digital economy lead to fewer jobs?

13,4%  Modern studies are not possible without the use of machines 
20,8% Mass education cannot resist the rise of algorithms. Only a teacher-person can cope with this 
65,8% We must achieve a sensible balance between the introduction of machine learning and the use of teacher -students methods

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«Now we should think about the future and how we are going to design it. We should manage those changes which result from digitalisation processes.


We will pursue all the ideas which came up during the work session and on other platforms. We signed new contracts and agreements with big organisations. What was noteworthy about the forum was that we discussed topics which still haven’t been widely publicised.


Naturally this makes the event unique and special. I emphasise that the work will carry on throughout the year, right up until the next forum: we will capitalise on all the initiatives.»

Ivan Lobanov,

Rector of the State University of Management


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«By 2024, 120,000 people will get an IT related education. This won’t all be paid for out of the budget, but will have a commercial aspect. New centres of learning will be created for the digital economy. There will be 50 of them.


In order to get into an institute, and an accompanying accelerated learning programme, it will be necessary to win a competition. We hope that the State University of Management will make this list. It seems there is every chance of this from today’s perspective. This forum is proof of it.»


Ekaterina Babeluk,

Departmental Director

for the Coordination of Higher Education

at the Ministry of Science and Higher

Education of the Russian Federation


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On the platform we discussed the intellectual economy and its role in the context of the new digital era.


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«The main challenge is the enormous range of possibilities offered by digitalisation. Everyone has a choice: master these possibilities and learn to work with artificial intelligence or resign themselves to a low income.


The digital revolution will affect the money supply. This happens, as a rule, every hundred years. Why isn’t there enough money? Many governments fear that money will be stolen and there will be a shortage. The advantage of digital money is that it can’t be stolen. This is becoming increasingly clear.


A system of artificial intelligence will flag up suspicious operations. Sanctions can then be imposed immediately. A zone of trust is created with favourable credit terms of 2-3% or less. This helps to bring about a functioning monetised economy.»

Sergey Glaziev,

Advisor to the President

of the Russian Federation on matters relating

to regional economic integration


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A quadrilateral agreement has been signed by the State University of Management in the person of rector Ivan Lovanov, the University of Ninbo in the person of the director of the institute of neuro-economics and neuro-management Ma Qingguo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (Brazil) in the person of the vice-president of the association of business schools of BRICS countries Carlos Augusto Candeo Fontanini and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (India) in the person of professor Ravindranathan. 

The universities will devise joint programmes on educational themes and the sciences, as well as develop professional teaching programmes and organise international practical science forums and conferences.  

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«The State Duma has made provision for 60 items of legislation on the digital economy. Around 10 legislative initiatives are currently under scrutiny.


A new law on biometrics for remote user identification has recently come into effect. Debate continues about how best to regulate crowd-funding platforms and legalise smart contracts. In the pipeline is legislation on the market place and electronic signatures…


….In the modern world technology plays a leading role. For this reason, we fully support the initiative of the State University of Management to create an International Centre of digital volunteering. The volunteering centre will undertake important work to raise the level of digital literacy in the population.»


Anatoly Aksakov,

Chairman of the State Duma committee

of the Russian Federation’s Federal Commission on the financial market


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«Research on brain activity has given us an overview of people’s reaction to events at any given moment. Neuro technologies allow us to study society and its intellectual make up, as well as the formation and development of artificial intelligence…

…With regard to developing relations between Russia and China in the field of science, and cooperation between our universities, I would say that student exchanges help enormously in this regard.


When it comes to encouraging not only educational but economic, scientific-technical, industrial and other types of cooperation, both sides need highly qualified specialists who speak each other’s language and have representation in their partner’s country.

Of particular relevance to Chinese students is that Russian institutes undertake technical development. The Chinese government makes the training of specialists in technical areas a top priority as such individuals will in the future be able to serve the needs of government.

I believe that the State University of Management and the research institute for neuro-economy at Ningbo University should continue to foster partner relations. One of the most important elements of this partnership is academic mobility»


Ma Qingguo,

Director of the research institute

for neuro-economy at Ningbo University


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«According to data from June 2018, 4925 companies are currently engaged in artificial intelligence. In the USA, the figure is 2028 which is the highest figure in the world. The number of companies in China is 1011. China is in second place in the rating. Then comes Great Britain, Canada and India.


In China, there has been an increase in social partnerships among professional educational establishments with local and foreign companies and an increase in practical training in educational establishments. In Russia, there is already a strong theoretical and methodical base which makes it necessary to share experience and produce top quality specialists.»

Wang Qiangdong,

Director of the Centre for Market Research

and Consumption at Guangdong Academy

of Social Sciences


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«Nowadays, it is important to draw attention to management processes in the training of highly skilled professionals. In the West a defined system has emerged which connects managers and workers, thus ensuring the development of new processes.


We should build companies full of individuals who are passionate about their fields. This will generate mutual trust between workers and management. The point is not just that the boss should trust the workers, but that the workers should trust the boss. It’s a new way of managing companies. We need something like Leadership 4.0.


In order for Russia to achieve a high level of development, things must be done step by step. From analogue to digital, moving on to the development of artificial intelligence, education, students and workers in all fields. I heard a great deal about the State University of Management before I came to the forum. I would like to reiterate that it is certainly a large management school. In other countries, there are no comparable establishments with a hundred years of history.»




Tim Cole,

expert in the field of Internet,

electronic business,

social networks and IT security


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The State University of Management will become a focal point for the development of digital volunteering. An International development centre of digital volunteering has opened at the State University of Management. It will operate within the framework of UNESCO Chair ‘Societal, legal and ethical frameworking of the knowledge society  (information society)’. Volunteers from the State University of Management and from partner organizations will work on the problem of digital divide and access to information, do media training, diffuse positive content and search for ways and mechanisms to beat destructive elements on social media.


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«Digitilisation — and specifically blockchain – is the basis of our economy. It is not a developmental system as many think, but something which adds value. The main idea is that cryptocurrency allows for communication between people without the need for a third party. These technologies give humanity the chance to escape from economic slavery.


I think that young managers who study at the State University of Management should become creators by funding new ecosystems and new development opportunities. High tech is the chance to look at the world in a different way»



Dmitry Marinichev,

Plenipotentary representative

to the President of the Russian Federation

for the protection of the rights

of entrepreneurs in the internet field


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Section 1

Cognitive modelling and neuro sites: new management technologies?

The experts have noticed that constructing adaptive systems of artificial intelligence requires the introduction of algorithms and involves complicated cognitive structures.


Section 2

Digital economy and artificial intelligence: the failure of the tried economic model and new technological societies

A firm decision to cooperate has been taken by the State University of Management in conjunction with the Ministry of industry and trade and the Energy Ministry of the Russian Federation.

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Section 3

Philosophical, legal and ethical ecosystem of the digital economy

Following the experts’ statement, a range of challenges and risks have been identified for the digitalisation era: a growth in unemployment in the workplace, digital illiteracy in certain regions and new sources of cyber threats.


Section 4

Digital transformation in the social sphere

Experts see the need for a timely appraisal of the political, social, economic and social changes which the digitalisation of state management may require. This includes the entire social system taken as a whole.

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Section 5

Smart city – technological society managed by artificial intelligence

An agreement has been reached between the University of Salford (Finland) and the State University of Management to establish a joint educational programme as well the one with the Schwabe company in Russia to create an internship for the SUM students.


Section 6

Artificial intelligence as a new industrial platform

Experts have come to the conclusion that technologies related to data, communicative robots, additive technologies, additive production and the internet of things comprise the fourth industrial revolution.

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Section 7

Digital technology in education

Experts have noticed that at the moment there is a lack of soft skills among modern managers, and this is a key problem among alumni of specialised universities.

Section 8

Digital technology in social and business communication

It has been deemed necessary to sign agreements on mutual educational and professional activities with the Department of Health of Moscow City.

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