Dr. Vladimir Vasilyev has been the rector of ITMO University since 1996. He is an active corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Education. Since 2004, he has been the head of the Council of St. Petersburg Rectors and is an advisor to the Governor of St. Petersburg.
After graduating from the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Vasilyev joined the Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, which later became ITMO University. In 1991 he headed LITMO’s new Department of Information Technologies. His leadership style and recognition of the importance of innovation, multidisciplinary approach and collaboration with the industry earned him a prominent position within the university and the scientific community in Russia and beyond. In his capacity as the rector, he continues to promote those values by helping create a unique environment for cutting-edge research, international collaboration and modern education.
Dr. Vasilyev is a prominent scientist in the fields of computer telecommunications and mathematical modeling of information systems and multifunctional equipment complexes. He is one of the creators of Russia’s joint scientific educational information environment and the "Electronic Russia" program. In 2012, he joined the Government of the Russian Federation Expert Council, established by President Dmitry Medvedev, and in 2013 he was appointed deputy chair of the Russian Higher Attestation Commission.
Since 2017, Dr. Vasilyev is a member of the Board of Directors of state enterprise ITMO HIGHPARK which oversees the creation of ITMO’s second campus in the satellite city of Yuzhny south of St. Petersburg. The new campus is a scientific, educational and innovative center created by a public-private partnership between the Russian government, city of St. Petersburg and private investors.
Scientific Awards and Achievements
- Government of the Russian Federation Award for Excellence in Education (2000, 2008)
- Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation (2002)
- President of the Russian Federation Award for Excellence in Education (2003, 2005)
- Order of Honor (2007)
- Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation (2010)
- Golden Medal of the Russian Academy of Education "For Scientific Achievements” (2011)
- Honored Citizen of St. Petersburg (2013)