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3rd GRIAT Summer School, August 15 – August 31, 2021

«IT-preneurship​ – Turning your IT ideas into Business»


Russia sees technology and innovation as a new engine of economic growth and a key component in economic diversification. The Russian government has introduced a wide array of incentives, most comprehensively through the National Technology Initiative (NTI) in 2014 to create a state-of-the-art infrastructure within the next 10-15 years. As the world’s largest country, the Russian Federation has a lot of ground to cover, when it comes to a well-working mobile infrastructure. The World Bank acknowledges that Russia's model of broadband development can be considered as a global reference point because it seems suited to close the gaps between urban and rural areas.

Russians are strong users of social networks like WhatsApp and Instagram, and they are inclined to incorporate online market offers, education, and administrative processes into daily life. As a matter of fact, 71 percent of urban Russians aged 18 to 55 regularly use electronic wallets for (online) purchases, a Mediascope survey in 2018 showed. E-commerce in Russia is entering an accelerated development cycle. Despite the fact, that in Russia must grapple with U.S. E.U. , the tech sector booming, and new enterprises routinely overcome various challenges, offering entrepreneurs everywhere a lesson in perseverance.


General Information


Preliminary daily schedule of the summer school

Off-campus activities


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General Information

Main Modules

The 3rd  GRIAT Summer School  wants to address the fast-developing area of creating and running digital services. It offers a three-module course that combines IT and business development skills.

The course will consist of three main modules:

  1. Overview of IT knowledge.

  2. Artificial neural networks (ANN)

  3. Entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Module 1 "Overview of IT knowledge":

The first part of the course is an introduction. The lecturers identify the starting position of each student in such areas as optimization, mathematical modeling, and programming. During the classes, the lecturers motivate and encourage students to refresh and/or dive into these subjects. They conduct introductory practical classes for working mathematical modeling and programming packages. Special attention will be paid to business students to help them review the programming skills needed for a successful completion of the program. Here teamwork with IT students will be helpful, including one-on-one tutoring and mentoring.


Module 2 "Artificial neural networks (ANN​​)":

The practical part of the training course will be devoted to the design and development of intelligent computing systems – artificial neural networks (ANN). ANNs are currently the most popular tool for solving crucial tasks in industry and business: from biometric identification to systems management in the field of (Internet of Things). Having studied the basics of ANN design, students will be able to identify and come up with new areas and spheres, in which ANN applications can be beneficial. This is a central element for creating a successful IT-startup.

The study of neural networks includes the following fields:
- Multilayer perceptrons
- Recursive neural networks
- Fuzzy neural networks

Practical and laboratory work units are implemented within each section. Students will independently develop ANNs in the software packages Deductor, MatLab, and Students will also create ANNs in Python program language.


During the study process, students will complete project assignments. They consist of the following steps:

1. To identify and come up with an innovative approach a problem that can be solved with the help of an artificial neural network

2. To select the best suited ANN type to solve the problem

3. To develop ANN to solve the problem with the help of the previously studied software systems.

Datasets will be provided by the teacher.


Module 3 "Entrepreneurship and start-ups".

The third module on entrepreneurship and business hypothesis testing will take place throughout the entire summer school. It aims to start from simple ideas and their development to practical implementation, using the students’ ANN projects. At the end of the program, each student team has the opportunity to present their project to experts from the field and receive valuable feedback on the feasibility and potential as a start-up.


Students’ requirements

B. Sc. and  M. Sc. students of technical, engineering and economic specialties. Preference will be given to students of IT specialties (programmers, system administrators, IT analysts, etc.), as well as students applied areas of mathematics (system analysts specialists in modeling of technical processes, etc.)


List of planned lectures and short description (remark: these hours (column L) can be divided into lectures and practical cases:


Preliminary daily schedule of the summer school

Off-campus activities

The Summer School pays attention to local languages and cultures (Russian and Tatar) by offering a Russian class for German students of 90 min/day. It also includes a variety of activities to explore Kazan, i.e., a city tour and a picnic on the Volga river banks. With a major Tatar holiday – Kurban Bajram – in the middle of the program schedule, students will have a chance to witness how Muslims respect traditional customs and celebrate this religious feast together with Russian Orthodox Christians.


Kazan Kremlin

For more than a thousand years of its history, the white-stone, symbolic and legendary Kazan Kremlin has heard almost every language of the world and hosted common tourists, ministers and presidents alike. Imperious-looking and powerful, it calls Muslims to the prayer in mosques and at the same time lets Orthodox church bells ring loud. By becoming a home to numerous museums, it invites guests from all over the planet every day. This architectural and historic monument was rightly included in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List as early as in 2000.

* Text from resource http://visit-tatarstan.com



Innopolis (Russian: Иннополис) is a town in Verkhneuslonsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, a satellite of Kazan, the capital of the republic. This is the smallest town in Russia with 96 inhabitants according to the 2016 estimate. The basis of the housing stock of Innopolis is 4 blocks of multi-storey apartment houses - 16 houses for 840 apartments - built by the State Housing Fund under the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and intended for leasing to residents of Innopolis and students. As of the end of 2016, there was a kindergarten, a school, an IT lyceum, a sports and medical center, post offices, client offices of AK Bars and Sberbank, a beauty salon, a coffee shop and a supermarket in Innopolis.

* Text from resource http://visit-tatarstan.com, picture from https://vk.com/innopolis


Island town of Sviyazhsk

The island town of Sziyazhsk is that same fairy-tale island of Buyan, that magical land which Pushkin wrote about in his story of Prince Gvidon. Everything on the island simply breathes history. People come here to enjoy the truly mythical atmosphere, learn more about the history and admire the local architecture.

* Picture from resource https://gelio.livejournal.com/


The Mari El Republic

​Mari El is notable for being one of the last strongholds of organized paganism in Europe. While many of the Mari people have converted to Russian Orthodoxy, a sizable number practice the Marla Faith, which combines Christianity with significant native shamanistic traditions. The Russian and Soviet governments have been suspicious of Finno-Ugric nationalism within Mari El (and Udmurtia), however, and have discouraged the Marla Faith; accordingly, it may be difficult to have any experiences with the Marla Faith while visiting the region. But if you do, you may be lucky enough to experience some of the Mari People's millenia old traditions, like their marriage ceremonies in sacred forest groves.

* Text from resource https://wikitravel.org/, picture from https://journal.tinkoff.ru/


Why do I have to send all these documents?

Due to many questions related to obtaining a Russian visa, we would like to emphasize, that the official invitation letter, which you will need for visa application, will be provided by KNRTU-KAI international office. Therefore, we need the completely filled application form. The official invitation will be sent to you via email after we have selected all participants.

Do I take care of my own travel arrangements?

Yes, please do. When you purchase your tickets, let us know about your route – a) airline, flight number, time of arrival or b) railway station, train number, time of arrival. That will help us to meet you

Where will participants from abroad live?

Our summer school participants from outside Kazan stay in KNRTU-KAI dormitory №3 on Akademika Kirpichnikova 11. This is a renovated 5-floor-building, located 5km away from campus with several connecting bus and tram lines.

Should I provide a language certificate about knowing English?

A language certificate like IELTS or TOEFL is nice to have, however, it is not mandatory. We expect an intermediate language level (B1/B2) of English.

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Application, registration, deadlines:

Application and registration for the 3rd GRIAT Summer School: Opening date - March 15, 2021.

Deadline for submitting applications is July 18, 2021.

Application requirements:

Masters’ and Bachelors’ general requirements

B.Sc. and M.Sc. students of technical, engineering and economic specialties. Preference will be given to students of IT specialties (programmers, system administrators, IT analysts, etc.), as well as students of applied areas of mathematics (system analysts, logisticians, specialists in modeling of technical processes, etc.)

Language requirements

As all classes are taught in English, a good (intermediate or higher) level of English (written and spoken) is necessary.


Application process:

Please send your application to the summer school office here: summerschool@griat.kai.ru

Please attach the following documents:

  1. Attached and filled web-form
  2. Attached CV
  3. Attached motivation letter (1 – 1 ½ page)
  4. Attached copy of your scanned passport page with a photo and info about the place, date of issue (ALL pages, including empty! .)

Please note! 

* Note documents (1-3) should be in English and (1-4) in PDF format.

* Please note! Foreign participants may need to apply for a visa no later than 1 month before the start of the course

Participation fees:

The participation fee is 650 €. The fee is to be paid in cash (in Rubles) on the first day of the summer school. You will be accompanied to the bank to exchange your currency into Rubles.

  1. DAAD provides scholarships to students enrolled at German universities that will cover the following expenses: Travel, accommodation, and participation fees for the course (see above).
  2. The participation fee for international students from other countries, who are willing to travel by their own funds, is 650 €, 
  3. The fee for students in and from Russia is 8.900 RUR.

The participation fee includes:

  1. Lectures / Lab work
  2. Scripts and copies
  3. Meals (lunch and coffee breaks), please, let us know if you have any dietary restrictions
  4. Accommodation
  5. Free use of the library and internet access
  6. Cultural program*
  7. Excursions*
  8. Experts’ fees

* entry ticket to the bus transfer to and from the tour guide fees are included, unless using public transportation or walking is faster and more convenient option

Important details:

  1. The summer school is being supported by the DAAD Go East Stipend Program. Link: DAAD Go East Summer School Program
  2. German students can apply if they are currently enrolled at a German university and have a German or an equivalent (more information on application criteria here).
  3. Non-German students also may apply if they are enrolled at a German university and intend to graduate from there.
  4. Graduates with an MA degree, as well as PhD candidates, are excluded from the application process.
  5. The DAAD stipend covers travel and participation fees.
  6. The double-track application process requires that interested students apply in parallel for admission to the summer school and for a stipend to DAAD.


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