MIT Cuts Ties With Skoltech In Wake Of Russian Invasion In Ukraine

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As Russia invades Ukraine, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge announced on Friday that their relationship with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), a private stem university located in Moscow, has come to an end.

The decision effectively terminates the MIT Skoltech Program, the first phase of which began back in 2011. The program focused on sets of core research and advisory activities and beginnings of collaborative projects that MIT and Skoltech faculty could work on together. According to Skoltech's website, the program was meant to build capacity in education, research, and entrepreneurship programs in Skoltech.

"In light of the unacceptable military actions against Ukraine by the Russian government, MIT President L. Rafael Reif, in consultation with senior leadership, determined that MIT’s relationship with the Skoltech must end," MIT said in a public statement.

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MIT said that the move was a rejection of the Russian government's actions in Ukraine, but that they regret having to cut ties because of their respect for their Russian colleagues. Students, namely principal investigators, directly affected by the decision were ensured that they would be able to complete their research and academic work without interruption, school officials said.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.

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