Visit to the Far East Federal University’s laboratory centre 2014-11-12 09:00:00 Vladivostok Vladimir Putin visited the Far East Federal University’s laboratory centre and saw how the study process is going for Russian and foreign students. The laboratory centre has study rooms and research laboratories in the natural, technical, engineering and biomedical sciences. The centre is actively involved in developing innovation infrastructure and spreading the latest science-intensive technologies to the real economy. Together with the university’s rector, Sergei Ivanets, Mr Putin visited the underwater robotics laboratory. This laboratory is a base for training experts in developing autonomous and remote controlled unmanned underwater apparatuses. The models developed here have won a number of first place awards in international competitions. The research team works together with Rosneft and Concern Morinformsystem-Agat on developing solutions for ensuring safety at oil rigs. The researchers told the President about their designs, which are used for underwater environmental monitoring and monitoring pipelines at a depth of up to 200 metres. The President also visited the laboratory of the petrochemical resources and energy-saving technology department, which trains specialists for Rosneft and other companies, and the department of marine invertebrate biology, where Vladimir Malakhov, a scientist from Moscow State University, is currently working. Mr Putin visited too the photographic arts laboratory, where British photographer Rolph Gobits is giving classes, and attended a lecture by Japanese scholar Kaoru Maruta. The Far East Federal University was established by the Presidential Executive Order of October 21, 2009. The university has a modern infrastructure that includes a new campus on Russky Island, offering a convenient environment for teaching and research and for students’ study and daily needs. The university has 14 branches, including in the Japanese city of Hakodate. The total teaching staff comes to around 3,000 people, including 63 people from the USA, Japan, China, Germany, Ukraine, and Korea. The university also has nearly 2,000 foreign students from 35 different countries.