The President visited the Innovation Science and Technology Centre, which will become a platform for fundamental and applied research in different fields. The President was also shown a new laboratory called Genetics and Life Sciences, where students carry out research in biomedicine and pharmacology, and a laboratory for cognitive and interdisciplinary studies.
During his visit to the centre, the President met with the winners of international Olympiads of the 2017–2018 academic year and their mentors, and also chaired a meeting of the Talent and Success Foundation’s board of trustees.
Vladimir Putin congratulated the centre’s students and all Russian students on Knowledge Day.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Today is September 1. This year it is a Saturday, a day off, so classes in many schools will start on September 3. Nevertheless, we always celebrate September 1 as Knowledge Day, as a holiday. It is a special day, and I would like to congratulate you from the bottom of my heart and wish you happy Knowledge Day. Congratulations to you and all students of our huge country, all students, teachers and parents. Happy holiday, happy Knowledge Day!
This is truly a very good, bright and beautiful holiday. But whom do we honour the most on this day? First-year students, because today they start a new stage in their lives. They come, make new friends and meet their teachers. Most importantly, they embark on a path of knowledge. Not on a path of war, but a path of friendship and knowledge. This year we have a remarkable figure: 1.8 million children will have their first ever day at school.
Over the past years we built several hundred new schools, where 300,000 boys and girls are studying and have an opportunity, just like you here, at Sirius, to use up-to-date technology, master new subjects at a modern level, and therefore achieve great results in the future and have a chance to build up their potential for future success in life.
This is what I would like to wish you. I wish you success and happiness. Happy Knowledge Day!