University 20.35 is the first university in Russia providing opportunities for professional development by creating individual educational trajectories and tracking digital skill profiles.
It is aimed at training business leaders, participants of the National Technology Initiative and professionals entering new global markets.University 20.35 pioneers a new network-based learning principle, where educational trajectories for each  student are selected in a personalized manner. Different universities, online education platforms and other organizations are providing this customized content. Students are trained both offline and online through the digital platform of the University.
University 20.35 was established by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) to promote new projects. Partners: Skoltech, Innopolis, ITMO, SPbPU, MIPT, Novosibirsk State University, Tomsk State University, Far Eastern Federal University.

current  model


Target  model

network of organizations
and digital platforms
network of organizations and digital platforms
digital profile of skills
The Target model meets the following challenges:
A rapidly changing technological and professional environment and need to combine learning with professional practice.
Value of unique combinations of skills, that is unique to the University 20.35.


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Recommendations for personal education trajectories based on the results of the students’ current skill diagnostics, educational background and individual needs.
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Combination of online and offline learning from world-class teachers with top level skills.
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Community of the National Technology Initiative leaders and the possibility to study together.
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Digital skills profile.
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Recommendations on team development (considering each participant’s profile) for technological projects.


Application of cross-cutting technologies
Assessment of technologies’ impact on markets and their use for creating new products.
Universal skills
Personal effectiveness management, teamwork, thinking and activity modeling.
Digital literacy
Ability to use modern data-based means of communication and management.
Working in global markets
Ability to launch a product on international markets working efficiently in a multicultural environment.

PRIORITY target audience

Technological leaders, National Technology Initiative project teams that are creating products and platforms for global markets.
Chief Data Officers (CDO) and teams meeting digital economy challenges on the following levels: federal, regional and state corporations.
Entrepreneurs, managers and start-up technological designers working in new markets.
Emerging jobs representatives whose skills are not standardized by educational systems yet.


Initial skills
Project team creation and development, self-identification and understanding skills demands
Unique skills development track
Individual track of acquiring technological skills demanded for a project
Final skills diagnostics
and follow-up activities
4-6 months


'Digital footprint’, which the platform collects during education processes, confirms the student’s skills. It also confirms that a trajectory module tutor is able to efficiently transfer skills to students.
Artificial intelligence technologies are being implemented in personal educational trajectories development: big data collection on students’ educational and professional background, analysis of students’ activities allows to suggest the best development path.
Alongside with educational processes the student’s ‘digital twin’ is created. It boosts the student’s efficiency in educational and professional experience.


University 20.35 pioneers a new university model, where each student at any given moment makes a decision on his/her further educational steps based on recommendations that take into account the student's digital footprint, digital footprints of other students, and the educational content and activities available.

The recommendations include:
  • the choice of professional activity;
  • a list of the skills and knowledge that are necessary for this professional activity;
  • a selection of events, courses, educational methods, scholarly endeavors and professional activities that will ensure the student's development.
The creation of new hi-tech products under the National Technology Initiative (NTI) is the University's priority and the area in which students realize their potential.

Usually, such products are created by teams that possess a unique combination of skill sets both in different cross-industry technologies and in the field of business administration and operation in global markets.

Training for these types of activities is not conducted in universities and colleges. Moreover, it is impossible to provide such training in advance, before a professional need becomes apparent. The team should acquire new skills in the course of the technology's development and the business's transition to the next stages of development.

Implementation of such a model requires solving a whole spectrum of difficult problems, some of which are being actively solved in education (e.g. in learning analytics), and some of which are beyond the traditional scope of education.

That's why University 20.35, together with the leading universities and e-learning educational organizations, is actively conducting research activities.

Today the main lines of research include:

1. Research in the field of digital footprint and its applications:
  • Digital footprint collection and processing; student development analysis based on the digital footprint; construction of a skills & knowledge space, based on the digital footprint.
  • Digital footprint 'big data' processing, detection of success predictors and the optimal development trajectories.
  • Learning design that ensures digital footprint collection and validation of the achieved learning results through practical application.
  • Processing the biological feedback included in digital footprint. In particular using heart rate sensors and neurointerfaces.
  • Searching for optimal ways to represent the student's experience (digital skills profile) and his/her development dynamics.
2. Research in the field of constructing the student's optimal development trajectory:
  • Student 'similarity' detection (in terms of how one person's successful development experience is applicable for another person), based on a screening of personal traits and analysis of the student's digital footprint.
  • Research on how different ways of constructing a learning trajectory affect the student's involvement and results .(including different ways of integrating traditional university & college education with personal development trajectories, and the availability of recommendations based on AI).
  • Ethical and legislative aspects of the use of digital footprints and application of AI in a person's development.
3. Research in the field of effective team building:
  • Team role model development, and detection of predictors of successful project implementation by teams with different models and behavioural patterns.
  • Collection and processing of the digital footprint of a team’s professional activity, and detection of skills the team is lacking.
4. Research in the field of improvement of e-learning effectiveness:
  • Improvement of e-learning effectiveness.
  • Evidence-based pedagogics, data-driven implementation of new technologies and methods in educational organizations and digital platforms.
University 20.35 invites research teams and organizations for joint research in the aforenamed and related fields.
Contact us: info@2035.university


University 20.35 joins efforts with leading academia institutions to facilitate transition towards network-based education.

University holds pilot programs at selected Russian universities offering students an opportunity to develop a set of competencies required for digital economy via personalized blended learning curves. Educational content providers, proffering unique learning experiences related to digital economy are encouraged to share their content at University 20.35's platform.

Therefore, new students get a unique opportunity to build personal educational paths from the variety of available modules.


The platform (University 20.35) allows for a conscious choice and a personal development trajectory for everyone in the digital economic environment.

Forecasting of chances to successfully complete an educational trajectory and to get professional experience helps make an idea of a personal development trajectory attractive for investments.


For those who would like to create their own development trajectory:
Participate in the open selection to join an intensive program (the first program was held 10 - 21, July 2018 on Russky Island, the second one is planned for 2019).
Submit an application via currently operating market groups of the National Technology Initiative to start your educational trajectory.
For those who are ready to teach their skills:
Submit an application with the description of your skills and your educational practice.
Take part in the competition of online courses development.

what is “island 10-21”

Island 10-21 is the first educational project in Russia aimed at intensive skills development for the digital economy and the National Technology Initiative. The project provides skills development in the field of digital and cross-cutting technologies combined with skills of personal and team performance management.

Possessing these skills, technologies, and methods of their application, the participants of the project Island 10-21 are going to be the leaders of technological changes and the most highly demanded specialists in the labor market for technology companies, state corporations, large industrial enterprises, regional and federal management project teams. They are taught to develop successful technological projects.

The educational program of the project Island 10-21 was held from 10 to 21, July 2018 on Russky Island (Vladivostok) and was based at the Far Eastern Federal University campus. More than 1000 people from all over the country (technological entrepreneurs, data analysts, engineers, university students, talented school students, regional and federal officials) took part in the project. World-class educators and the most renown practitioners became tutors and mentors of the participants.

Organizers: University 20.35, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Russian Venture Company, Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization 'Digital Economy', Far Eastern Federal University.
“In July 2018 a unique and innovative training course on digital technology was held at the Far Eastern Federal University as part of our national technology initiative. The educational process in its entirety was designed and planned using artificial intelligence, from the selection of participants to mapping out individual educational trajectories. Following up on this experiment, the Far Eastern Federal University has now launched a management course for the digital economy. We will ensure that other regions and universities across the country adopt these practices.”

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

What it was like

Video about Island 10-21
Visionary lectures
open playlist
(Saint Petersburg)
“Autumn navigator”
(Opening Boiling Points at 46 universities)
Open innovations
International Barcamp “Global Technological Revolution“
(Saint Petersburg)
Winter Island (Sochi)
ASI Ecosystem Day (Sochi)
Global Technology Leadership Forum (Sochi)
Dmitry Peskov's Christmas lecture

key Events

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Head of University 20.35