1PERFORMANCEREPORTCONTENTS2004–2012Address of the FNE President Andrei Kortunov 2About the FoundationGeneral information 4Inception and development 6Operating geography 10Management structure 12The team 16Key achievements 2004-2012 20Press reports 24Testimonials28Program areasEducation32Territorial development 54Social sphere development 78Support of regional mass media 96Special initiatives 106Future development and partnership plans 112Cooperation115Donors and clients 118Financial report 122
2NEWEURASIAFOUNDATIONADDRESSOF THE FNE PRESIDENTEight years is not a major anniversary.Nevertheless we have decidedto summarize the Foundation’sperformance since its inception, in whatnow seems a very distant 2004. We’redoing this not in order to create a formalreason for corporate celebration, butto take a look back, assess our successesand failures, measure the distancecovered, and identify new landmarksfor the future. To begin with, we wouldlike to mention some of the Foundationmost significant achievements.
3First of all, the New Eurasia Foundation has transformed itself froma traditional grant-giving charity organization into an innovative andindependent social development agency. There are no more “classic”charity projects left in our current portfolio: they have been replacedwith much more comprehensive programs involving regional devel-opment, international expertise, workforce training, consulting, andsocial process management. It has been a difficult and often pain-ful undertaking, but the strategy we chose eight years ago has finallypaid off: the New Eurasia Foundation has every right to claim leader-ship in its priority program areas.Secondly, we have finally managed to decentralize the Foundation’smanagement system by reorganizing it into a democratic federation ofautonomous program blocks. Here, as well, we often encountered dif-ficulties, internal communication problems, and lack of understand-ing on the part of certain colleagues and partners. We were in dangerof losing the Foundation’s manageability and becoming a shapelessassociation of poorly connected projects and programs, thus losingthe advantages of cross-program coordination. So far we have beenable to minimize these risks and demonstrate our ability to combinethe autonomy of the program blocks with a high degree of horizontalinteraction. This management model is uncharacteristic of the non-commercial sector in Russia, and we have every reason to be proud ofthe fact that FNE has demonstrated not only the practicality, but alsothe efficiency of this model.And thirdly, over the past year we managed almost entirely to over-come the negative consequences of the 2008-2009 recession by dra-matically cutting our budget and shrinking our project portfolio. TheFoundation’s principal financial indicators have returned to pre-crisislevels. Our budget has also changed significantly: the share of fundscontributed by Russian donors and clients keeps growing at a notice-able rate. With all due respect to our foreign partners and donors, weare convinced that the Foundation must continue to rely primarily ondomestic sources of funding, and expand its circle of Russian part-ners, clients, and donors.There have been other changes at FNE. We have managed to recruitmany young and talented specialists. On the other hand, we have lostseveral very strong professionals from among our veterans who havemoved on to successful careers in the private sector, government,mass media, international organizations, and educational institu-tions. We wish our former colleagues every success and hope thatwe will preserve not only warm personal relations, but also mutuallybeneficial professional ties.To conclude, we must mention some new challenges facing the NewEurasia Foundation. As the Russian social service market continues toexpanding and grow in economic importance, so too will competitionin this market continue to grow. From time to time our competitorsare former FNE grantees or partners. Though sometimes difficult, itis such competition that maintains the Foundation’s vitality, keepsit in shape, prevents it from resting complacently on its laurels, andstimulates it to do everything in its power to live up to its reputation ofbeing an innovative, professional, and highly efficient organization.Andrei Kortunov,President of the New Eurasia Foundation
4ABOUT THE FOUNDATIONFORMSOF OPERATION• Development, support,and implementation of significant socialprojects and programs.• Assessment and analysis of regionalsocio-economic development.• Development of proposals,recommendations, and strategiesdesigned to address territorialdevelopment problems.NEWEURASIAFOUNDATION
5The New Eurasia Foundation is a Russian social development agencythat implements international, national, interregional, regional,and municipal projects designed to improve the standard of living of Russian citizens.RESOURCES• Domestic and international networkof experts.The New Eurasia Foundation’s expertpotential is unique in that mostof its experts work as professionals whooffer practical solutions that take intoaccount the specifics of each region.The Foundation’s expert network consistsof specialists representing 23 Russianregions and more than 35 countriesof the world.• Technological portfolio.The Foundation uses a unique setof technologies in the sphere of socialdevelopment. Our methods have beentested and proven effective in currentRussian conditions.• International cooperation.The Foundation’s international partnernetwork enables it to take advantageof worldwide expertise.• Efficient funding schemes.The Foundation is experienced in raisingbudget and out-of-budget funds to ensureproject sustainability.SPHERESOF OPERATION• Implementation of complex regionaland municipal socio-economic developmentprograms.• Modernization of the regional generaleducation, as well as primary and secondaryvocational education.• Management modernization at institutionsof higher learning.• Support of international activities by Russianeducational institutions.• Development of technology transfer systemsat institutions of higher learning.• Development of regional innovation supportinfrastructures.• Development of youth initiatives.• Support of local initiatives and communityengagement in regional socio-economicdevelopment.• Support of housing and utility systemreforms.• Coordination of migration processes.• Development of conflict prevention systemsat the regional and local levels.• Support of small and medium-sized businesses in Russia’s regionsand municipalities.• Support of regional and municipal massmedia organizations.• Support of Russian civil society institutionsin their international engagement endeavors.OPERATIONPRINCIPLES• Integration: the Foundation’sprojects and programs are basedon governmental policy,and implemented in close collaborationwith official state bodies.• Openness: the Foundation is opento cooperation with any partners withinits mandate, with at view to achievingagreed-upon results.• Efficiency: the Foundation enablesits partners to meet their ownobjectives, and actively provides themwith resources and services to enhancetheir capacity and expand theirprospects.• Comprehensiveness: the Foundation’sprojects and programs take placein many of Russia’s most advancedand modernized areas.• Concentration of resources:the Foundation takes advantageof the resources and experience gainedthrough related projects, programs,partners, and donors — therebyachieving a synergistic effect.• Transparency: the Foundationmonitors and evaluates its projectsand programs, and publishesperformance reports to ensurethe utmost transparencyof its operations.
6INCEPTIONAND DEVELOPMENTThe New Eurasia Foundation (FNE) –is a Russian nonprofit organizationfounded in 2004 in Moscow.NEWEURASIAFOUNDATION
72004–2005 2006–2007Mission:The New Eurasia Foundation improves the lives of Russian citizens by consolidating the efforts and resources of the public,private, and nongovernmental sectors and implementing social and economic development programs at the regional and locallevels that are based on the most advanced domestic and international expertise and innovative technologies.Operation Methodology:The New Eurasia Foundation creates and cultivates interregional and international networks of professional experts who designand implement collaborative projects that address relevant development problems.The New Eurasia Foundation launchedits operations on October 1, 2004. Theorganization was co-founded by the Dy-nasty Foundation (Russia), Eurasia Foun-dation (USA), and Madaryaga EuropeanFoundation (Belgium).The organization’s total budget amount-ed to approximately $10 million USD andwas made up of grants and donationsfrom Russian, American, and Europeangovernmental and private charity foun-dations, technical assistance programs,corporations, and international organiza-tions. The Foundation’s programs weredesigned to address complex issues, e.g.to improve the efficiency of managerialdecisions, mobilize human capital, andsupport the development and applicationof innovative models that help resolve so-cial problems.In 2005 the New Eurasia Foundation be-gan its transformation from being an or-ganization that accumulates and distrib-utes donations, into one that joins withgovernment and businesses to implementsocial investment strategies. FNE becamenot only a social investment agency fa-cilitating regional development, but alsoan operator that identifies, adapts, anddisseminates advanced problem-solvingmodels and technologies pertinent to so-cial problems in Russia.The Foundation began implementing large-scale, integrated regional developmentprograms, such as “Complex innovationdevelopment of the Republic of Udmurtia”,“Strategicplanning in large Russian citiesinterms of national governmental projects”,etc. Social tools proposed by the Founda-tion were in great demand, especially thosepertaining to migration management, re-vival of vocational training, developmentof small businesses in company towns,and housing and utility system reform. TheFoundation signed some two dozen coop-erative agreements with Russian regionsand large municipalities, which became thefoundation for long-term cooperation.In 2007 the Foundation transformed itselfinto an innovative social developmentagency and designed programs of variousscale and complexity. In the same year itexpanded efforts in the housing and utilitysphere, primarily supporting homeownersassociations and vocational training. Wealso worked to improve programs in moretraditional areas, such as tertiary educa-tion administration, and to alleviate migra-tion-related problems, support communityschools, and more.During this period we also developed part-ner relations with leading Russian socialorganizations, such as the Institute for Ur-ban Economics, Business CommunicationsAgency, Small Towns Institute, and manyregional partners. We received invaluableassistance from the RF Ministry of RegionalDevelopment, RF Ministry of Education andScience, RF Federal Migration Service, andthe RF Public Chamber. We continued pur-suing an international agenda, expandingour scope with a series of projects in China.
82008–2009 2010–2011During this period FNE became a socialdevelopment agency. While retainingnon-commercial status and continuing topursue its grant-making objectives, FNEbegan to use an integrated approach tosocial problem-solving. The FNE adaptedits worldwide experience to specific situa-tions in Russia, and it formed coalitions be-tween official bodies, businesses, and civilsociety institutions geared to improving thelives of Russian citizens and engaging themin socially meaningful activities.In 2008 – 2009 the New Eurasia Founda-tion partnered with the Siberian Coal Ener-gy Company Regional Development Fund tolaunch a series of comprehensive programsin five areas operated by the company. Theapproach suggested by the Foundation wassimple: the more active local communitiesand authorities are, the better their fund-raising chances, and the more numerousthe possibilities of resolving local socialproblems and ensuring sustainable territo-rial development.In 2008 the New Eurasia Foundation closedits subsidiary in the Far East. Despite thisdecision the Foundation remained active,but focused on social problems in the Rus-sian Far East. For example, one project de-veloped — with support from the local gov-ernment — an innovation support system inthe Khabarovsk region. Collaboration withcertain municipalities also continued. The“Chegdomyn Plus” program was part of thecollaborative project “Designing and im-plementing social development programsin the operation territories of coal-miningenterprises.” This was implemented inpartnership with the Siberian Coal EnergyCompany Regional Development Fund, inclose cooperation with the government ofthe Verkhnebureinsk district and the Minis-try of Economic Development and ExternalRelations of the Khabarovsk region.In 2010 – 2011 the New Eurasia Founda-tion implemented activities in the follow-ing key areas:• Support of education,• Territorial development,• Social sphere development,• Development of regional mass media.In 2010 FNE launched the long-term“EURECA” Program (Enhancing Univer-sity Research and Entrepreneurial Capac-ity), thereby expanding its portfolio ofeducation initiatives. Sponsored by theUS-Russia Foundation for Economic Ad-vancement and Rule of Law (USRF), theprogram came about through partner-ship with the RF Ministry of Educationand Science. “EURECA” aimed to put inplace new research university develop-ment models and help research universi-ties access international innovation andintellectual property markets. To this endFNE put together a broad internationalnetwork of partners.The Foundation set up partnerships withleading national and foreign researchuniversities, and such expert organiza-tions as the Institute of ContemporaryDevelopment, National Training Foun-dation, “Skolkovo” Foundation, OPORARUSSIA — Russian Non-GovernmentalOrganization for Small and Medium Entre-preneurship, and many others.
9The Foundation pays special attention to or-ganizing international study tours designedto the improve professional qualificationsof university representatives in key highereducation development areas, and formpartnerships with foreign universities andtheir associations (Association of AmericanUniversities, Association of Universities inthe Netherlands, Russell Group universitiesin Great Britain, Free University of Berlin,Polytechnic University of Turin, University ofBologna in Italy, and more), as well as busi-nesses.In 2010 FNE started using the social invest-ment concept as a methodological basis forregional development. Social investmentinitiatives require integration of public in-terests, the interests of private businesses,and local resources. They also require thatlocal community representatives activelyengage in social development efforts andlook for new opportunities. The economicrecession of 2008 – 2009 called for chang-es, which is why in 2010 FNE launched “Im-proving the efficiency of development re-sources of company towns,” implementedin collaboration with the Siberian Coal En-ergy Company Regional Development Fund.Along with another project: “Designing andimplementing social programs in operationregions of coal mining enterprises” (2008 –2009), FNE sought to improve the efficiencyof social programs implemented in regionsoperated by the Siberian Coal Energy Com-pany OJSC. Another goal was to preparelocal communities innovation processesunderway in modern Russian society. In2010 – 2011 the New Eurasia Foundationmanaged to create highly effective partner-ships with regional and municipal govern-ments, as well as with representatives oflocal business communities and the non-commercial sector.The “Social sphere development” programarea is comprised of several components:support of youth initiatives, coordinationand integration of migration processes, aswell as conflict-prevention in the North Cau-casus, and support of social entrepreneur-ship. The Foundation’s social developmentprojects include, among many others, thefollowing: “Social integration of young peo-ple with disabilities via professional train-ing and employment”, “Social adaptationof orphanage and boarding school gradu-ates in Moscow”, “Disseminating the bestpeacemaking and conflict-prevention prac-tices in the North Caucasus”, “Migrationbarometer of the Russian Federation”, andso forth.The New Eurasia Foundation’s regionalmass media support program has been un-derway for the past seven years. It aims tofacilitate the development of high-qualityindependent regional newspapers. One ofthe most significant 2010 programs wasthe launch of a new initiative, “The role oflocal mass media in elections”, was oneof the most significant program events in2010. This project resulted in the produc-tion of two documentaries: “Total failure:how the city of Krasnoturyinsk elected itsMayor” and “A free ride to Kachkanar”.How a downhill skier overcame politicaltechnologists. These enabled the films’ pro-tagonists and participants to see their workfrom a new perspective. They proved to beextremely important documents portrayingregional public and political to all relevantstakeholders.
10OPERATINGGEOGRAPHYSince 2011 the New Eurasia Foundationhas been operating in 32 subjectsof the Russian Federation.NENETSAUTONOMOUSDISTRICTLENINGRAD REGIONREPUBLIC OF KARELIANOVGOROD REGIONPSKOV REGIONVLADIMIR REGIONNIZHNIY NOVGOROD REGIONKALUGA REGIONIVANOVO REGIONMOSCOW, MOSCOW REGIONORENBURG REGIONVORONEZH REGIONRYAZAN REGIONPENZA REGIONTAMBOV REGIONPERMREGIONREPUBLIC OF UDMURTIAREPUBLIC OF TATARSTANULYANOVSK REGIONREPUBLIC OF CHUVASHIAVOLGOGRAD REGIONREPUBLIC OF KABARDINO-BALKARIAREPUBLIC OF KARACHAEVO-CHERKESSIASTAVROPOL REGIONREPUBLIC OF DAGESTANREPUBLIC OF NORTH OSSETIAKRASNODAR REGIONROSTOV REGIONSAMARA REGIONSARATOV REGIONSVERDLOVSK REGIONVOLOGDA REGIONTVER REGIONKALININGRAD REGIONREPUBLIC OF MARIY ELARKHANGELSK REGIONMURMANSK REGIONNEWEURASIAFOUNDATION
11ALTAY REGIONALTAY REPUBLICIRKUTSK REGIONREPUBLIC OF BURYATIAKEMEROVO REGIONREPUBLIC OF KHAKASSIANOVOSIBIRSK REGIONTOMSK REGIONOMSK REGIONKRASNOYARSK REGIONTRANS-BAIKAL REGIONJEWISH AUTONOMOUS DISTRICTKHANTY-MANSI AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT – YUGRAMAGADAN REGIONPRIMORYE REGIONKHABAROVSK REGION
13BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe New Eurasia Foundation’s Board of Directors was formedin 2004 upon the organization’s inception. The principal functionsof the FNE Board of Directors include:• General strategic management of the Foundation;• Oversight of the FNE projects and programs;• Financial oversight.MANAGEMENT STRUCTUREBOARD OF TRUSTEESEXECUTIVE COMMITTEEPRESIDENTFINANCIAL AND ANALYTICAL DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTPROGRAM DEPARTMENT“Social sphere development”program area“Territorial development”program area“Education” program area«Support of regional massmedia» program area
14FNE BOARD OF DIRECTORSIN 2006‑2007• Boris Ananyich, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences(Russia),• Elena Chernyshkova, Executive Director of the Dynasty Foundation(Russia),• Anatoly Karachinsky, President and CEO of IBS Group (Russia),• Andrey Melvil, Vice Rector of the Moscow State Universityof International Relations (Russia),• Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Researcher of the Moscow Carnegie Center(Russia),• Igor Yurgens, Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialistsand Entrepreneurs (Russia),• Jacek Wojnarowski, an independent consultant (Poland),• Sarah Carey, a partner at the law firm «Squire, Sanders Dempsey, LLP» (USA),• Charles Ryan, Head of the Regional Subdivisions and the CEOof Deutsche Bank Russia (USA),• Hubert Pandza, an independent consultant in financeand management (Germany),• Eugene Lawson, President of the US-Russia Business Council(USA).THE VERY FIRST BOARDOF DIRECTORS IN 2004‑2005INCLUDED THE FOLLOWINGMEMBERS:• Dmitry Zimin, founder and President Emeritus of VimpelCom(Russia),• Boris Ananyich, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences(Russia),• Elena Chernyshkova, Executive Director of the Dynasty Foundation(Russia),• Anatoly Karachinsky, President and CEO of IBS Group (Russia),• Andrey Melvil, Vice-Rector of the Moscow State Universityof International Relations (Russia),• Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Researcher of the Moscow Carnegie Center(Russia),• Igor Yurgens, Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialistsand Entrepreneurs (Russia),• Raymond Georis, Executive Director of the Madaryaga EuropeanFoundation (Belgium),• Karl Bildt, Chairman of Kreab Group (Sweden),• Klaus Mangold, Executive Advisor of Daimler Chrysler Band AD,Chairman of the Department of Eastern Europe and Middle Asiaof the German Business Association,• Sarah Squire, a department director at the British Foreignand Commonwealth Office,• Jacek Wojnarowski, Executive Director of the Foundation for CivilSociety in Central and Eastern Europe (Poland),• William Maines, President of the Eurasia Foundation (USA),• Sarah Carey, a partner at the law firm «Squire, Sanders Dempsey, LLP» (USA),• Peter McPherson, President of the University of Michigan (USA),• William Perry, Senior Researcher at the Stanford University HooverInstitute (USA),• Serge Schmemann, IHT Editor (USA).The first major rotation of the members of the FNE Board of Direc-tors took place in 2006. In the same year the FNE Board of Directorsformed the Finance and Nomination Committees.
15BOARD OF TRUSTEESThe Board of Trustees — the supreme governing body of the NewEurasia Foundation — was created in 2010. The FNE Board of Trus-tees exercises control over compliance with the operation purposesaccounted for by the FNE Charter and oversees the implementationof the FNE projects and programs and expenditure of the FNE budgetfunds.The FNE Board of Trustees comprises prominent representativesof scientific, education, and financial circles, as well those of Russianand international non-commercial organizations.FNE BOARD OF TRUSTEESIN 2011• Andrey Melvil, professor, Dean of the Faculty of Applied PoliticalScience of the National Research University «Higher Schoolof Economics», Chairman of the FNE Board of Trustees (Russia),• Elena Chernyshkova, Head of the «Education and Non-commercialOrganizations» practice, Odgers Berndtson (Russia),• Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Researcher of the Moscow Carnegie Center(Russia),• Konstantin von Eggert, an independent analyst and author(Russia),• Natalia Schetinina, Executive Director, Head of the Departmentof external relations and marketing of JP Morgan (Russia),• Randy Bregman, Salans — partner (USA),• Terence English, Director of Baring Vostok Capital Partners (USA),• Jacek Wojnarowski, Chairman of the Information SocietyDevelopment Foundation (Poland).FNE BOARD OF DIRECTORSIN 2008‑2009• Elena Chernyshkova, Executive Director of the Dynasty Foundation(Russia),• Andrey Melvil, Vice Rector of the Moscow State Universityof International Relations (Russia),• Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Researcher of the Moscow Carnegie Center(Russia),• Igor Yurgens, Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialistsand Entrepreneurs (Russia),• Jacek Wojnarowski, an independent consultant (Poland),• Sarah Carey, a partner at the law firm «Squire, Sanders Dempsey, LLP» (USA),• Charles Ryan, Head of the Regional Subdivisions and the CEOof Deutsche Bank Russia (USA),• Hubert Pandza, an independent consultant in financeand management (Germany),• Mikhail Strikhanov, professor, Rector of the Moscow Instituteof Physical Engineering, Deputy Director of the Departmentof the governmental research and innovation policy of the Ministryof education and science of the Russian Federation (Russia),• Ruslan Grinberg, Ph.D., an associate member of the RussianAcademy of Sciences, a member of the International ManagementAcademy, Editor-in-Chief of the «Mir Peremen» magazine (Russia),• Terence English, Director of Baring Vostok Capital Partners (USA).
16THE TEAMIt would be impossible for the Foundation to fulfill its missionwithout qualified and committed employees. The Foundation employsmore than 30 specialists representing various areas of expertise,such as education and youth policy, territorial and innovationdevelopment, migration, entrepreneurship, information and publiccommunications, etc.NEWEURASIAFOUNDATION
17“The time has come for us all to give serious thought to the veryimportant notion of “social cohesion”. Our close cooperation andeffective partnership with representatives of various governmen-tal structures, both federal and regional, the members of a broadcommunity of experts, as well as our regional colleagues enablesus to successfully promote and strengthen social cohesion”.NADEZHDA ALENINA,Director of the “Social sphere development” program area“The old slogan about the decisive role of the workforce in mod-ernization has never been so popular as today. I agree that the ad-equate selection of workers is important, but I also think that theeffective organization of education, precise formulation of goalsand objectives, methodological support, and new education tech-nologies are just as meaningful. I think that education is the mainpivot, the cornerstone that upholds us as human beings, a society,and a nation. I am glad that the Foundation has given me a uniqueopportunity to work with very interesting and versatile people, de-sign and implement interesting programs, and contribute to themodernization of Russian education”.NARGIS VALAMAT-ZADE,Director of the “Education development” program area“Back in autumn 2004, when I was working in television, I did notknow that next fall my career would take a dramatic and unexpect-ed turn, and that I would come to spend a significant period of mylife working with print media. I liked the feeling of doing some-thing real and pursuing an idea that everyone seemed to believein. Only three people have remained from the old team and newpeople have come to work with us, but we have not lost the chargethat we had all those years ago. We are still “slightly mad” and weare still open to everyone who wants to change, to those who arelooking for something and who want to make their newspapersinteresting for the readers. I hope the Foundation will keep evolv-ing the way it has been and remain open to new ideas and newpeople”.ANTON GOLOVANOV,Coordinator of the FNE media programs“I think that the Foundation’s transformation from a grant-makingcharity organization into an organization that independently de-signs and implements Social sphere development projects in theRussian regions has been one of the Foundation’s most importantachievements over the past several years. These projects offerpractical solutions for local social problems”.NATALIA SUKHORUKOVA,FNE Projects and Communications Manager
18“The New Eurasia Foundation is an organization of great capac-ity, comprised of highly professional management, a selflesslydedicated workforce, and a creative partnership with the bestrepresentatives of the Russian and international expert commu-nity. No matter what concepts the Foundation develops, no matterwhat project ideas it implements, at the core of all its activitiesthere are real people with their problems and needs, plans andambitions, dreams and pursuits. The Foundation’s commitment tolooking forward is one of the chief characteristics of its activitiesthat attract people who care, people who want to build their futureefficiently”.LYUBOV BABAITSEVA,New Eurasia Foundation Advisor,FNE Program Director in 2007-2010“My involvement with the New Eurasia Foundation, both as , andas an expert has enabled me to significantly expand my knowl-edge and improve my understanding of the social developmentprocesses underway in today’s Russia. Working in various fieldsand in different regions, the Foundation provides its employeesand experts with a unique opportunity to see the entire gamut andcomplexity of the country’s life, and contribute to its development.The Foundation’s projects always combine intellectual innovationand practical benefits for real people residing in different regions.From the bottom of my heart I wish the Foundation every successand hope it will continue expanding its inter-regional and interna-tional ideas and introduce many breakthrough projects in varioussocial development spheres”.RODION SOVDAGAROV,New Eurasia Foundation Advisor,FNE Deputy Program Director in 2008-2010“When I was working at the New Eurasia Foundation I did a lot oftraveling around the country and met wonderful people in largeand small cities, in places I would have never visited otherwise.Thanks to that I came to know my country and my profession a lotbetter. I led the independent media development program and wehad a great team. We were all a bit crazy but we never hired anyonedifferent. Very few Muscovites believed in true journalism outsidethe MKAD, but we did. I am grateful to all my colleagues; thosewere great years, and together we achieved a lot of what I am stillvery proud of. I wish the Foundation to keep coming up with greatideas, and have the will and resources to implement them. I alsohope that the Foundation will continue to believe in what it does,that its ideas can and must change things for the better”.DMITRY SURNIN,Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper “Moy Rayon”,Director of the New Eurasia Foundation’s Local Mass MediaDevelopment Program in 2004-2007“I worked at the New Eurasia Foundation from the day of its in-ception. Furthermore, the Foundation’s birthday is so close tothe birthday of my only child, in October 2004, that sometimesI thought I had two children: my daughter and the FNE independ-ent print media support program, where I worked as the FinancialManager from October 2004 till October 2009. How do we treatour own children? We love them, of course, look after them, andteach them everything we know, do everything for their benefit,protect them from grief and think about their future. I did all thatand more for the Foundation. I was proud of being part of FNE, itsbroad scope of work, its new projects; I had a great deal of respectfor my program colleagues and the Foundation’s managers. TheFoundation kept growing and getting stronger. The child grew upand turned into a beautiful, multi-talented, and competent adult.I wish the New Eurasia Foundation further growth and develop-ment, every success in life, victories and accomplishments, for thebenefit of our country and our people”.NATALIA NIKONOVA,Director of Finance and Administration /Chief Accountantof the representative office of Management SystemsInternational Inc. (USA) in Moscow, Financial Managerof the New Eurasia Foundation’s Local Mass MediaDevelopment Program in 2004-2009The New Eurasia Foundation benefits from the input of like-minded individuals from among its former employees, experts,and representatives of partner and donor organizations. We are grateful to them for their support and contribution to all ideas,ventures, and specific project activities. We are proud of the expert community surrounding the Foundation, because FNE expertsare working practitioners in their respective areas who offer practical project implementation solutions taking into accountthe peculiarities of specific territories.
19“The Center for Social Technologies “Garant” has been collaborat-ing with the New Eurasia Foundation for many years. This collabo-ration gives us the opportunity to take part in interesting projectsthat greatly facilitate the development of our region. All FNE ac-tivities always aim to respond to territorial needs and address themost pressing regional problems. The Foundation has helped im-plement innovative social technologies in various Russian regionsthereby supporting local community development. It is importantthat these projects capitalize on the most advanced internationaland domestic experience. I wish the Foundation and its employ-ees long life, new creative achievements, and promising innova-tive projects”.MARINA MIKHAILOVA,Director of the Arkhangelsk Centerfor Social Technologies “Garant”“I think that the work being done by the New Eurasia Foundationis very valuable and important for the development of the RussianFederation and its civil society as it helps streamline the intereth-nic and interreligious relations within the country and strengthensRussia’s relations with the rest of the world. It employs top-notchprofessionals whose creativity and authority are recognized by theglobal expert community. I hope the Foundation will keep perform-ing its laborious tasks for many years to come, that it will never reston its laurels but always move forward and keep expanding thescope of its work for the benefit of our country”.VYACHESLAV POSTAVNIN,President of “Migration XXI Century” FundEight years ago, every time we opened a newspaper we thoughtnatural for an editorial board to be financed by the founder. No-body financed us back in 2006 when we joined the independentprint media support program, even though we had broken even bythen. I do not think we would exist today if it had not been for theNew Eurasia Foundation’s program. Or rather, we would probablyexist, but only as an advertising medium. Looking back at the sixyears of our cooperation, I can state with confidence that we doadhere to the standards of quality journalism. Honest media busi-ness is the most important thing that we have learned over theseyears: we are honest to our readers, our advertisers, and we arehonest to ourselves. It turns out that that is possible in Russia.Perhaps all it takes is learning how to do that. We were lucky tohave our teachers from the New Eurasia Foundation”.GALINA KOMORNIKOVA,Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper “Courier. Wednesday.Berdsk”, City of Berdsk, Novosibirsk region“I have been collaborating with the Local Mass Media DevelopmentProgram since 2002. First of all, I would like to note that this projectis very effective. This is evident not only from quantitative indica-tors (more journalists, expanding circulation, a growing number ofpages in the newspapers, wider distribution) — but also from thequalitative improvement many publications have demonstratedover the past several years. Secondly, the Foundation’s team is veryprofessional. Half of any success is ensured by human resources.All of the Foundation’s employees are top-notch specialists intheir respective fields but, most importantly, their professionalismmakes them absolutely great to work with. This is a team of like-minded individuals who support even the “smallest” publicationsand help them grow into a strong information product”.ELENA NEMANOVA,Development Director of the managing company“Samara – Media”, media consultant“I tried to recall the year when I started cooperating with the NewEurasia Foundation and I failed. It was a long time ago and our co-operation has been very dynamic which makes time seem to fly byfaster. The New Eurasia Foundation serves as a “bridge” betweenforeign donors, large businesses, and the problems of modernRussia. This work is very important not only because it brings mon-ey and social technologies to our country, but also because theFoundation creates, upholds, and promotes social project fundingpractices that are efficient, equitable, and transparent. It createsthe tradition of obtaining significant results at a low cost. This kindof experience is vital for our country with its globally notorious cor-ruption record”.MIKHAIL SAVVA,Director of Grant Programs of the Southern Regional ResourceCenter, professor of the PR and Social CommunicationsDepartment of the Public Administration Facultyof the Kuban State University“I have always been amazed by the New Eurasia Foundation’sability to remain at the forefront of changes and advance socialinnovations in Russian society. For everyone working with it theFoundation acts as a powerful stimulus in terms of creative ideas,modern technologies, and civic initiatives. All FNE projects havesomething in common: they develop the country’s human poten-tial and use it to help regions implement real changes for people’sbenefit. The Foundation’s young, professional, and mobile teammay be viewed as the role model for all modern workers. I wishthe Foundation prosperity, new projects, success, and leadershipin innovations”.TATIANA NOVIKOVA,Deputy Head of the Department of Education SystemsDevelopment of the Qualifications Improvement and RetrainingAcademy for Education Specialists, Ph.D.
20KEY ACHIEVEMENTS2004-2011FACTS• Since its inception, the New EurasiaFoundation has implemented over 80 projectsand programs designed to facilitate Russia’ssocio-economic development.• More than two million people have taken partin the FNE programs and activities.• FNE projects have helped create more than2000 jobs and 200 small businesses.• More than 150 partner organizations havetaken part in FNE programs, for whichthe Foundation has raised more than$ 50 million.• More than 5.5 million roubles have beenspent in the form of grants and donationsto support the activities of educationalinstitutions, non-commercial organizations,research institutes, and analytical centers.• The New Eurasia Foundation has helpedcreate more than 300 information resources,including books and websites, e.g. bookspublished in the «Democratic EducationLibrary», «Migration Library», and «Migrant’sMini-Library» series; publicationson modernization of administrationin vocational and higher education systems;the «EURECA», «Migration barometerin the Russian Federation», and «Conflictu.Net» project websites; the Internet-portalof the Russian community schools movement;websites designed to support regional massmedia; and more.NEWEURASIAFOUNDATION
21• We compiled a portfolio of consultationand education technologies for compre-hensive projects on modernizing univer-sity management and developing spe-cific university activities.• We have assembled a broad internation-al network of partners to design and im-plement infrastructure development pro-jects in education.• FNE projects included more than 20study tours to European countries, Is-rael, China, and the USA: more than 15international conferences on educationdevelopment issues («Education and ex-panding social engagement of youth»,«US-Russia relations in higher educa-tion: challenges and prospects», «Lead-ing Russian universities within the con-text of the European higher educationdevelopment trends», etc.).• We designed training mechanisms tocreate a competitive workforce thatmeets employers» requirements, as wellas the needs of regional labour markets,and which facilitates regional economicdevelopment.• We designed replicable models of col-laboration between universities and re-gional partners.• We put together a large methodologicalbase for secondary schools, as well asa qualifications-improvement programfor secondary school teachers and prin-cipals, based on the community schoolmodel.• We organizedan inter-regional networkof resource centers providing methodo-logical, advisory, and education sup-port to community schools, institutionsof higher learning and postgraduateeducation, so as to improve the quali-fications of secondary school teachersand administrators.• We helped improve the competenceof education specialists, administrators,and employees of educational NGOsin such areas as public-private educationadministration and social partnering.• We published a portfolio of case-studiesreflecting the most successful educa-tion development practices in Russiaand abroad.• We put together a package of methodsthat support development of public-pri-vate education administration practicesand promote networking among educa-tors.EDUCATION• We have provided support, professionaltraining, and employment opportunitiesto young people with disabilities.• We have assisted orphanage and boardingschool graduates in their social adaptationefforts by teaching them various adult liv-ing skills — ranging from the most basic(cooking, family budgeting, home engi-neering, job hunting) to more advanced(family relations and child rearing).• We organized the national survey «Rus-sian youth: problems and solutions»(2004).• We helped the governments of theVladimir, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Saratov,Tambov, and Tomsk regions to design re-gional youth programs.• Our project «Active youth for local com-munities» helped create a university-based network of seven qualificationsimprovement centers for professionalsspecializing in youth affairs.• We helped create a Center for Comprehen-sive Support of Migrants based at the Si-berian Federal University’s legal clinic.• We helped create Centers for Social Cohe-sion with non-commercial organizationsoperating in the Republics of Dagestan,Kabardino-Balkaria, and Karachaevo-Cherkessia, as well as the Krasnodarand Stavropol regions. These providecomprehensive support to vulner-able groups, encourage inter-culturaldialogue, and help eliminate the conse-quences of social inequality and exclu-sion. The Centers help reduce social ten-sion in the North Caucasus.• We helped design mechanisms to preventinter-ethnic conflicts among adolescentsand youth, through assessment of the so-cial and cultural dynamics among immi-grant families, education in a multicultur-al environment, psychological and peda-gogical assistance to children from mi-grant families, and through promotionof tolerance in multicultural schoolsand towards children from migrant fami-lies.• We held panel discussions as part of ourproject «Migration barometer in the Rus-sian Federation,» and suggested modi-fications to Russia’s migration laws.The latter helped in preparing changesto the Russian law «On the legal statusof foreign citizens in the Russian Federa-tion».• We helped create a network of NGOs pro-viding support to migrants and refugeesin Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan,Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, and Romania.SOCIAL SPHERE DEVELOPMENT
22• We devised and implemented regional development modelsadaptable to ongoing socio-economic challenges (e.g. modelsfor small business development, professional self-determination,local community civic engagement, developing «schools of socialentrepreneurship,» and so forth.• We helped create more than 40 regional and municipal social in-frastructure «growth points,» including the Saratov Regional De-velopment Agency: the Business School for the Temporarily Unem-ployed in the Primorye region; the Housing Education Schools Net-work — a nongovernmental institution of learning comprised of 14non-commercial organizations operating in 12 regions of the Rus-sian Federation; the Small Business Support Agency of Borodinoand the Rybinsk district of the Krasnoyarsk region; the Small Busi-ness Support Fund of the city of Mikhailovsk of the Sverdlovskregion; four municipal resource centers for professional self-de-termination in the Republic of Khakassia and Kemerovo region,two electronic libraries in the Republic of Buryatia and Kemerovoregio;, two popular science museums in the Kemerovo and Kras-noyarsk regions; the public organization»Initiative» of the Verkh-nebureinsk district of the Khabarovsk region; the children’s presscenter of the Sagan-Nur settlement in the Republic of Buryatia;and so forth.• We helped design socio-economic development strategies, in-cluding investment programs for 39 municipalities of the Saratovregion, the principal provisions of the «Innovation developmentstrategy as an integral component of socio-economic developmentof the Stavropol region»; the «Innovation infrastructure develop-ment strategy of the Primorye region for 2007‑2012»; a compre-hensive modernization plan for the city of Borodino, in the Krasno-yarsk region.• The regional projects we implemented in 2006‑2011 helped createmore than 1300 new jobs and more than 200 new small business-es; more than 25 million roubles was raised from various sources,including federal and regional governmental programs, to supportregional projects.• We published more than 100 compilations of methodologicaland informational materials pertaining to the organization of en-trepreneurial activities and small business support infrastruc-tures, as well as on technologies used to issue municipal bondsand manage residential properties. These include managementprocedures for multifamily apartment buildings in municipali-ties; for the organization of youth professional self-determinationgroups; and other public initiatives.• We held more than 15 inter-regional and municipal competitions,including «Comfortable living environment,» a social projects fairin the Verkhnebureinsk district and the settlement of Chegdomynof the Khabarovskregion; a business projects fair inthe city of Boro-dino and the Rybinsk district of the Krasnoyarsk region; the «Gold-en Workforce Reserve» contest; municipal career orientation con-tests in the Republic of Khakassia, Kemerovo region, and more.• We joined with the Barents Secretariat and the Ministry of ForeignAffairs of Norway to implement a multiyear international grant pro-gram designed to facilitate the development of the Russian North-west. We supported more than 50 territorial development projectswithin the framework of the «Russian Northwest — Norway: BarentsRegional Development Program».• In order to strengthen social partnerships at all levels and iden-tify main social investment trends and strategic areas we joinedwith the RF Ministry of Regional Development, RF Public Chamber,Institute of Contemporary Development, and regional governmentsto hold more than 20 national and regional public events, includ-ing two national conferences on the management of multifamilyapartment buildings; the inter-regional conference «Opportunitiesand prospects of public-private partnership in social investment:experiences of social programs implemented in the operationregions of Siberian Coal Energy Company in 2008‑2010»; paneldiscussions on «Innovation development of the Russian regions:problems and prospects», «Social partnership of governmentsand businesses: addressing the problems of complex moderniza-tion of company towns», etc.TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
23• Financial independence of mass media. Newspapers whoseemployees trained in New Eurasia Foundation programs haveachieved impressive financial results by launching new advertis-ing supplements, websites, and even radio stations — thus ex-panding audiences and increasing advertising revenues.• Improving the quality of journalism and its authority in local com-munities. At the heart of FNE training sessions for local massmedia are investigative journalism, political analysis, coverageof municipal problems, and improvement of materials. Newspa-pers that worked hard to improve feedback channels by publish-ing supplements and creating websites succeeded in establish-ing effective communication with their readers, thus enhancingthe papers» authority.• Training of newly hired journalists. We conducted more than 70training sessions, dozens of consultations, and 25 online semi-nars on all aspects of media, including the work of journalists,editors, designers, advertisement specialists, lawyers, and ITspecialists.• Strengthening professional communities. Horizontal links con-necting mass media professionals have emerged. Eight newspa-pers have joined the Alliance of Independent Regional Publishers.An informal network of Ural newspapers now enables its mem-bers to interact and exchange experiences.• Organizing the «Newspaper design» contest. Since 2005, 317newspapers from small and large Russian cities and CIS member-states have taken part in the «Newspaper design.» The jury —made up international newspaper design specialists — judgednominations for best newspaper design, photography, front-page layout, and other categories. The annual newspaper de-sign contest, and the conference following, give independentRussian newspapers an opportunity to get feedback from col-leagues, exchange new ideas, improve their format, and raisethe status of newspaper design as a profession. The mandateof the contest, expanded in 2010, includes not only newspa-per, but also newspaper website design. A new contest website,www.newspaperdesign.ru, was launched in 2011.• Organizing the «Best regional newspaper» contest. This contestis designed specifically for newspapers from Russia’s smallercities. 287 newspapers from 54 Russian cities have taken partin the contest since 2007. The winners in the principal nomina-tions — «Best regional newspaper» and «Best journalistic in-vestigation» — are given the opportunity to go on a study tourto the USA.• Making films about the role of mass media in public life. We havehelped produce three documentaries about the role of mass me-dia in urban communities.DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL MASS MEDIA
24FEDERALAND REGIONAL PRESSFederal and regional press reportsabout the New Eurasia Foundationand its programsNEWEURASIAFOUNDATION
25“The New Eurasia Foundation has been commissioned to help Koryazhmadesign a comprehensive municipal development strategy. The small busi-ness development programs suggested by the Foundation, its training andconsultation services for youth and women will help address the problem ofunemployment and engage residents in the socio-economic life of the citymuch more effectively”.“ALL RUSSIA” NO.203 (1282) 05.11.2004“The New Eurasia Foundation is one of the organizers of the “Youth in themodern world” forum. It implements projects and programs designed to helpyoung people realize their innovation potential to the utmost”.“PSKOVSKAYA PRAVDA” NO.119 10.06.2005“Commercialization of Russia’s intellectual assets and technologies” is aprogram designed to create conditions required for sustainable develop-ment of small and medium-sized innovation businesses that manufacturecompetitive products and services and help reduce the unemployment rate.“Signing the cooperative agreement with the New Eurasia Foundation willhelp expand and develop the innovation sector of the Stavropol regionaleconomy”, – the Ministry of economic development and trade of the Stav-ropol region has been quoted as saying: “The program’s implementation inthe Stavropol region will help raise additional investment capital to supportthe development of innovation activities”.ALLIANCEMEDIA.RF – RUSSIAN BUSINESS PORTAL 27.08.2005“The comprehensive territorial development programs designed by the NewEurasia Foundation bring together regional and/or municipal governments,local businesses, and non-commercial organizations that join their efforts todesign and implement strategic territorial development plans and addresspressing social issues. By doing so the FNE programs help mobilize whateverresources are available in a given territory”.“SECURITIES MARKET” 16.01.2007“The decision by representatives of more than 100 non-commercial housingorganizations to establish the Russian National Alliance for Support of Home-owners Associations and Housing Construction Cooperatives can be viewedas one of the most significant outcomes of the conference. The decision wassupported by Oleg Alexeyev, the Chairman of the Public Board under the RFMinistry of Regional Development, and by Andrey Kortunov, the President ofthe New Eurasia Foundation. The New Eurasia Foundation and the RF Ministryof regional development co-organized the conference and a number of thePublic Board meetings”.“A THOUSAND TIPS ABOUT HOUSING” 06.06.2007“Getting ahead of myself I will tell you that, thanks to our participation inthe New Eurasia Foundation program, we, regional journalists, had the op-portunity to see life in the North Caucassus republics with our very own eyes,not just officials’ lives, but the lives of ordinary citizens. We had a pricelessopportunity to talk to our colleagues from different regional publications. Ourimpressions are so numerous and diverse that it will take time for them tosettle down so that they can be properly analyzed”.“NOVAYA GAZETA KUBANI” 27.08.2007“The Center for Technology Transfer established in the Stavropol region as aresult of the New Eurasia Foundation’s program “Commercialization of Rus-sia’s intellectual assets and technologies” will become a key element of theregional infrastructure designed to support the development of innovativesmall and medium-sized businesses”.“RUSSIAN SOUTH” 13.04.2008
26“Development of migration processes is one of the key activity areas of theNew Eurasia Foundation. The Foundation has previously implemented aproject designed to create “migration bridges” whose mechanism has beensuccessfully put to work. For example, “Uralsky Dom”, an organization thatadvocates the interests of migrants, partnered with public organizations fromKyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and managed to attract more than 40 doctors andteachers so much needed in the Ural backwoods. Today, the New EurasiaFoundation is helping the government of the Krasnoyarsk region to imple-ment a federal program designed to facilitate the return of compatriots toRussia.“LITERATURNAYA GAZETA” 11.08.2010“This year the Karelian State Teachers Training Academy launches a new pro-gram of study: “Leadership in education”. It is designed to train specialistsfor community schools. Community school pedagogues should naturally becivic activists, want and be able to work for the benefit of society, and be ableto organize their students to do the same. The program is implemented aspart of the “Community schools in Russia” project implemented by the NewEurasia Foundation.”“KARELIA” 30.09.2010“Several centers for social cohesion have been established in the North Cau-casus as a result of the New Eurasia Foundation’s project “Stabilizing thesituation in the North Caucasus by designing institutional conflict-preventionmechanisms”. These centers for social cohesion were hosted by North Cau-casus NGOs that won an open competition held by the New Eurasia Foun-dation. The centers facilitate multilateral dialogue between various socialgroups in order to reduce social tension in the North Caucasus”.SOCIAL INFORMATION AGENCY 14.02.2011“The Siberian Coal Energy Company Regional Development Fund has de-cided to use an innovative approach to addressing social issues in regionsoperated by the Siberian Coal Energy Company. First of all, to identify themost pressing social issues, the Fund selected five pilot territories in 2007.Assisted by its partner, the New Eurasia Foundation, the Fund analyzed thesocio-economic situation in these territories and put together maps of prob-lem zones. Next, residents in these territories were asked to decide what so-cial investment by Siberian Coal Energy Company should be spent on, and toidentify optimal development methods for these population centers”.“ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA” 26.08.2010“The small business support program implemented in 2009 for the benefitof entrepreneurs from Borodino included a series of training sessions organ-ized by the New Eurasia Foundation, and conducted by leading business con-sultants who trained the program participants in designing business projectsand putting together business plans. The best business projects designedin the course took part in an investment projects fair, held in Borodino inNovember”.“PRESS-LINE” INFORMATION AGENCY 22.12.2009“The qualifications improvement courses for professionals specializing inyouth affairs are starting today in Vladimir. The Committee for Youth Policyreports the program includes theoretical and practical classes, discussions,study tours, and training sessions. This training opportunity has been offeredas part of the “Active youth for local communities” project implemented bythe New Eurasia Foundation, in partnership with the Vladimir subsidiary ofthe Russian Public Administration Academy, under the RF President, withsupport from the regional Committee for Youth Policy”.“VLADIMIR NEWS SERVICE”INFORMATION AGENCY 12.05.2008
27“If one were to analyze the “Community universities” program upon thewhole one would realize that modern universities need to change. This iscalled for not only by reforms promoted by the Ministry of Education, but alsoby global challenges questioning the very idea of the university. The Novo-kuznetsk subsidiary of the Kemerovo State University is getting ready to openitself to the city. FNE seminars are teaching university officials how to do itproperly”.“KUZNETSKIY RABOCHIY” 04.09.2010“The New Eurasia Foundation is currently implementing the project “Socialadaptation of orphanage and boarding school graduates in Moscow”. Inaddition, since the beginning of 2011 the Foundation has been organizingvarious training sessions where pedagogues and children learn to under-stand one other, avoid aggression, see the best in people, resolve conflictsin groups and families, work as a team, and perform various social roles. Theculinary contest is one of the many activities organized and implemented bythis non-commercial organization”.“MOSKOVSKAYA PRAVDA” 28.03.2011Below is an excerpt from an interview given by German Dyakonov, Rector ofKazan State Technological University, to the “Tatarstan Youth” newspaperupon his return from a study tour to the USA as part of a delegation repre-senting the Association of Leading Russian Universities. The tour took placeon April 11-16, 2011 and was organized by the RF Ministry of Education andScience and implemented by the New Eurasia Foundation.“We established good contacts with a number of US universities. Our agree-ments may benefit our staff members: chemists, technologists, polymer in-stitute researchers, as well as representatives from light industry and othersectors. They can all can take advantage of our university development pro-gram and undergo internships with these universities; identify topics forcollaborative research; work on various joint initiatives, including projectsco-funded by their American counterparts; and engage their students andgraduate students in these collaborative efforts”.“TATARSTAN YOUTH”“Teachers and students have long wanted to gentrify their school region soto make it not only look nice, but also interesting. Last autumn they designeda social project entitled “Planet of childhood”. The project was submitted tothe social projects fair “We are the city,” held under the auspices of the NewEurasia Foundation and the Siberian Coal Energy Company Regional Develop-ment Fund”.NIA – KUZBASS 13.07.2011The project “Chegdomyn Plus,” organized and supported by the New EurasiaFoundation and Siberian Coal Energy Company Regional Development Fund,has changed settlement residents by encouraging them to care about andengage with each other. This is why social investments in people are viewedas the most lasting and reliable”.“PACIFIC STAR” (KHABAROVSK) 02.11.2011“Participants of the ‘Economy of leadership and innovations: youth engage-ment formats’ conference, organized as part of the New Eurasia Foundation’sinter-regional and international “EURECA” program, discussed ‘Internationaland domestic experiences in supporting youth research activities and engag-ing young people in innovation’”.“BUSINESS ONLINE” 23.11.2011 28.05.2011
29We express our appreciation of the high professionalism demon-strated by the New Eurasia Foundation staff members for provid-ing organizational and information support services to prepare forthe February 28 – March 3, 2011 session of the US-Russia Presi-dential Commission “Education – Science – Innovations”.Letter No.SI-308/11, April 7, 2011SERGEY IVANETS,Deputy Minister of Education and Scienceof the Russian FederationOn behalf of the Ministry of Education and Science of the RussianFederation I express our appreciation of the high professional-ism demonstrated by the New Eurasia Foundation staff membersin the preparation and conduct of the open grant competition ofthe Government of the Russian Federation, designed to supportresearch projects implemented by leading scientists at Russianinstitutions of higher learning”.Letter No.SM-949/11, November 12, 2010SERGEY MAZURENKO,Deputy Minister of Education and Scienceof the Russian FederationThe New Eurasia Foundation is working painstakingly in the mostimportant sphere of Russia’s modern life – public relations. Unfor-tunately, the extent to which we have neglected this sphere is outra-geous. And it is hardly surprising: 70 years of Soviet rule, followed byanother 20 years of far from successful reforms, have repeatedly af-fected the lives of most of our fellow citizens. We ended up having tobuild institutions facilitating the relationships among our people, aswell as the relationships between our people and the government,virtually from scratch. All the Foundation’s projects I am aware ofare designed to help do just that. And it is extremely important tonote that the Foundation’s specialists demonstrate utter skill andcare transplanting civilized world experiences onto the Russian soil,looking for emerging elements of the future even in some of ourmost remote provinces. I think this hard work has already begun topay off and I believe its effects will become even more visible overtime. I hope that as time goes by the Foundation demonstrates evengreater perseverance in achieving its goals, and expands its circle ofcontacts and the scale of its work for the benefit of Russia.YEVGENY GONTMAKHER,member of the Board of the Institute of ContemporaryDevelopment, head of the Center for Social Politics of theInstitute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences“The New Eurasia Foundation is a team of highly qualified spe-cialists capable of successfully managing systemic and specificnational and international projects in education, research, and in-novation in any degree of any complexity. The “EURECA” program,designed to create a network of Russian and American universitiesinvolved in commercialization of university research and technol-ogy transfer, is an excellent example of the above”.VLADIMIR VASILYEV,Chairman of the Board of Rectors of the St. Petersburg’sInstitutions of Higher Learning, Rector of the St. PetersburgInstitute of Technology, Mechanics, and Optics, associatemember of the Russian Academy of EducationNizhniy Novgorod State University has been selected as one oftwo Russian participants in the program “EURECA – EnhancingUniversity Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity”. This is a greatachievement. The program is of international importance. Fundedby the US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and theRule of Law, it is implemented in cooperation with the RF Ministryof Education and Science. The program is operated by an inter-national consortium of non-commercial organizations: the NewEurasia Foundation, in Russia, and the American Councils for In-ternational Education and the National Council for Eurasian andEast European Research, in the USA”.YEVGENY CHUPRUNOV,Rector of the Nizhniy Novgorod State Universitynamed after N. I. Lobachevsky
30“We thank the New Eurasia Foundation for the excellent resultsachieved by the project “Social integration of young people withdisabilities via professional training and employment in the Kras-noyarsk region”. I think our collaboration is one of the most suc-cessful projects undertaken by Chevron in this field, both in termsof its goals and outcomes. The training programs conducted andthe database created under the project do help create new jobsfor young people with disabilities. Excellent work! We are proud ofbeing part of this project! Congratulations on the successful con-clusion of the project!”VERA SHEININA,Public Relations Advisor of Chevron Neftegaz Inc.“The housing problem is the last bulwark of the totalitarian Sovietsystem. To some extent, the depth of social reforms depends onthe extent of changes in the housing sphere. This is why I do notdoubt the need to implement the FNE’s “Housing self-governance”program, which has become a reliable and interested partner ofthe Public Board under the RF Ministry of Regional Development”.O. B. ALEXEYEV,Deputy Chairman of the Public Boardunder the RF Ministry of regional development“The government of the city of Tver recognizes the valuable con-tribution made by the project “Support of homeowners” in imple-menting housing and utility sector reforms. We hope you chose theright partner, and we will do our best to adopt as much of the NewEurasia Foundation’s experience in housing education as we can”.From the thank-you letterA. YU. GOLODNY,Head of the Tver city government“The Government and the Legislative Assembly of the city of Boro-dino thank the New Eurasia Foundation for the significant contri-bution it made to the development of the city of Borodino by im-plementing in 2008-2010 a series of socially meaningful projectsdesigned to support the development of small and medium-sizedbusinesses”.From the thank-you letterA. N. BORCHUKOV,Head of the city of Borodino, Krasnoyarsk regionV. N. KLIMOV,Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the city of Borodino“The New Eurasia Foundation helps the city government to imple-ment the most advanced methods in the management of multi-family apartment buildings. The recommendations of the FNEspecialists are effectively used by the city government, managingcompanies, and property owners in their everyday efforts under-taken to maintain comfortable living conditions and engage resi-dents in the management of their own buildings”.From the thank-you letterA. B. KATS,Head of the Perm city government“Cooperation with the New Eurasia Foundation has enabled thecity government to gain access to a package of methodologicalmaterials needed to organize effective and efficient managementof multifamily apartment buildings, and develop adequate work-ing relationships with property owners and utility providers”.From the thank-you letterV. E. BULAVINOV,Head of the Nizhniy Novgorod city government“The Ministry of Economic Development and External Relationsof the Khabarovsk region thanks the New Eurasia Foundation fororganizing, conducting, and taking an active part in activities de-signed to create an effective and efficient regional innovationssupport infrastructure, and to bring innovations to the real econ-omy sector”.From the thank-you letterA. B. LEVINTAL,Deputy Chairman of the regional governmentand Minister of economic development and external relationsof the Khabarovsk region“We are happy that the New Eurasia Foundation has been ap-pointed to operate the “EURECA” program. I believe that FNE’sprofessional team, spearheaded by such an ideologist as AndreyKortunov, will make a special contribution to the development ofUS-Russian relations in education, and help bring Russian institu-tions of higher learning closer to world standards”.MARK POMAR,President of the US-Russia Foundation for EconomicAdvancement and the Rule of Law (USRF), USA
31We recognize the fact that he Ministry’s first experience in col-laboration with a large-scale education project of the New EurasiaFoundation has been positive. The organizational support pro-vided by the Foundation has enhanced the project outcomes interms of their quantity and quality. The New Eurasia Foundationhas demonstrated extraordinary commitment and excellent pro-ject management skills”.LEONID KUROCHKIN,Minister of industry and transportationof the Republic of Udmurtia“The Murmansk regional public charity organization “Northern Hu-manitarian Institute” thanks the New Eurasia Foundation for sup-porting the “Partnership Program” and assisting in organizing asustainable NGO sector in Northern Russia. We wish all New Eura-sia Foundation employees every success in their work, but, mostimportantly, we wish them good health and the strength they needto achieve their ambitious goals”.MARINA MIKHAILOVA,Director of the Murmansk charity organization“Northern Humanitarian Institute”“The Stavropol region’s participation in the New Eurasia Founda-tion’s “CRIAT” program helped us to summarize and introduce inour everyday work the most innovative Russian and foreign man-agement practices in various socio-economic spheres. Assistedby the Foundation specialists we have designed the InnovationsDevelopment Strategy of the Stavropol region, and are now imple-menting the “Innovations development program of the Stavropolregion for 2006-2008”.IGOR CHEREVKO,Head of the Department of Investments and InnovationDevelopment of the Ministry of economic developmentand trade of the Stavropol region“I want to thank everyone who helped organize this project: theNew Eurasia Foundation, Chevron Corporation, and, of course, theKrasnodar Information and Training Center. I underwent training in“PC Assembly and Maintenance”. I improved not only my knowl-edge and skills, but also my self-esteem: I know a lot and there area lot of things I can do now, and it will help me in life, as much as inwork. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for this unique op-portunity! It is such a joy being around the people who understandyou, who do all they can to accommodate your needs, but, mostimportantly, it is such a joy being around people who truly care!”DMITRY SAVOTSKY,a group III invalid (eyesight) and participant in the project“Social integration of young people with disabilities viaprofessional training and employment in the Krasnodar region”“There are three people in our group. We are studying to becomecomputer-literate. Only Sergey has the ability to write, while we –the two Irinas – are unable to write. We both lost that ability afterour respective accidents. But we are quite good at using comput-ers. We are very grateful to you for the training opportunity thatyou gave us. We look forward to every class. We are happy that ourclasses are held in a comfortable environment. We are happy thatwe are learning new skills, that we are spending time with eachother, that we are so lucky to have been selected for the project.We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. You are bringingus back to life. If we had a chance to ask something else of you,there is only one thing we would ask: please do not abandon us!”IRINA NOZDRYUKHINA,IRINA UDELNAYA,AND SERGEY TELEGIN,participants of the project “Social integration of young peoplewith disabilities via professional training and employmentin the Krasnodar region”“The Labour and Employment Agency of the Krasnoyarsk regionextends its gratitude to the New Eurasia Foundation for the fruit-ful cooperation and the expert support provided in the course ofthe project “Designing an effective system of management of vol-untary relocation of compatriots to the Krasnoyarsk region”. Thisproject has demonstrated the advantages of partnership betweengovernmental agencies and non-commercial organizations. TheLabour and Employment Agency has every intention to continueour cooperation”.From the thank-you letterV. V. NOVIKOV,Head of the Labour and Employment Agencyof the Krasnoyarsk region“Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the program “Train-ing development managers for Russian regional universities”. Thematerials supplied by the lecturers and other teams, the new ap-proaches presented, the conclusions we made when preparing forthe classes and in between, the case-studies we prepared for ourrespective institutions of higher learning will no doubt be used inour further university development efforts”.THE TEAM OF THE SARATOV STATESOCIO-ECONOMIC UNIVERSITY
32EDUCATIONABOUT THEPROGRAM AREA«Education» is one of the NewEurasia Foundation’s key programareas. It aims to improve the livesof Russian citizens by facilitatingmodernization of the Russian educationsystem. The Program area has alwaysresponded to educational needsand the requirements of variousstakeholders, as well as those of regularRussian citizens. These FNE projectsadvance the social function of educationand improve its quality and accessibility.PROGRAMAREAS
33Today, Russian education must correspond to the innovative develop-ment model of the Russian economy and social needs of the popula-tion. This is why the New Eurasia Foundation’s “Education” portfolioconsists of education and consultation methods, along with technol-ogies required to implement both comprehensive and focused pro-jects designed to facilitate development of general, vocational, andtertiary education. This includes development of regional educationsystems; promotion of partnerships between governments, educa-tion, businesses, and civil society institutions; commercialization ofresearch and technology transfe; and networking among educationprofessionals and youth. The Foundation designs these projects incollaboration with a broad network of partners including Russian andforeign institutions of learning, associations, and expert organiza-tions.FNE’stertiaryeducation projectshave, firstofall, helped to implementthe principles of the Bologna agreement, including the introductionof ECTS and modification of the education program design principles;creation of university quality management systems; deployment ofmodern university administration approaches; promotion of mutu-ally beneficial partnerships between institutions of higher learning,governments, business communities, and civil society institutions, aswell as enhancement of their roles in regional development.Any institution of higher learning, be it a large federal or a small re-gional university, can significantly improve its education services,and expand its resource, client, and partner bases, by promoting ter-tiary education and by collaborating with Russian and foreign institu-tions of higher learning.The New Eurasia Foundation undertakes special efforts to supportcommercialization of university research. FNE projects in this areaengage such interested parties as local governments, investors, in-novators, and the academic community. Over the years FNE has alsoimplemented projects designed to support comprehensive regionalinnovation development.In 2010-2011, commissioned by the RF Ministry of Education and Sci-ence, FNE assessed project proposals submitted in open grant com-petitions held by the Government of the Russian Federation in compli-ance with its Resolution No.220: “On measures designed to attractleading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning”. As a re-sult, FNE — with the help of an international team of experts from 40countries, specializing in more than 30 scientific disciplines — gainedexperience in assessing research and education procedures of anydegree of complexity. FNE’s methodology meets the requirements ofleading international organizations, and it enables the Foundation toorganize projects in compliance with international standards.Training of highly qualified specialists is another important problemarea in Russian education. FNE has offered worker training programsgeared to employers’ requirements, as well as vocational trainingthat meets the demands of regional labor markets and facilitates ter-ritorial economic development.FNE projects in secondary education help promote democratic valuesand facilitate the development of community education. In addition,the Foundation supports development of the community school mod-el that helps transform secondary schools into local civic, education,and cultural centers. Finally, FNE disseminates information about thebest domestic and international experiences in secondary educationadministration, organization of social partnerships, and networking.Themes of the New Eurasia Foundation’s education-related projects,programs, study tours, and internships held in Russia and abroad in-clude:• Tertiary education administration modernization.• Internationalization of Russian institutions of higher learning andtheir associations.• Organization of assessment of research and education projects byinternational experts.• Modernization of primary and secondary vocational trainingsystems, with employer participation.• Development of university technology transfer systems.• Development of community education practices at the regional level.• Involvement of Russian institutions of higher learning in local socialand economic development.“EDUCATION” PROGRAM AREA RESOURCES• Participation in governmental initiatives undertaken to modernize ter-tiary education: development of networks of federal and national re-search universities, recruitment of leading scientists for institutions ofhigher learning, assessment of research and education projects by in-ternational experts.• Collaboration with an international network to help organize projects,training programs, and study tours to the world’s leading universities.• Access to analytical studies identifing the most pressing problems andbest practices in university development.• A package of proven training and consultation methods.• Access to an international network of experts, including leading univer-sity development specialists.
34EDUCATIONCURRENT PROJECTS• Enhancing the researchand entrepreneurial potential of Russianuniversities – “EURECA” program• Supporting international activitiesof universities and their associations• Organizing assessment of educationand research projects by internationalexperts• Community universities• Community schools in RussiaPROGRAMAREAS
35The program is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Edu-cation and Science of the Russian Federation, and is a pilot project ofthe Subgroup on Education of the US-Russian Bilateral PresidentialCommission.The program is operated by a consortium of non-commercial organi-zations consisting of the New Eurasia Foundation (Russia), AmericanCouncils for International Education (USA) and National Council forEurasian and East European Research (USA). The pilot phase of the program (2010 – 2012) aims to design ef-fective research commercialization models so that select Russianuniversities can accumulate innovation experience and share thiswith other institutions of higher learning, while also serving also asresearch centers (‘hubs’).“EURECA” PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS WERE SELECTEDON THE BASIS OF COMPETITIONThe competition, held between Russian national research universities,identified two winners who took part in the pilot phase of the “EURECA”program: Nizhniy Novgorod State University named after N. I. Lobachevsky(NNSU) and St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies,Mechanics, and Optics (ITMO). The winners were approved by the RF Minis-try of education and science.In autumn 2010 NNGU formed a partnership with the University of Mary-land and Purdue University, while ITMO formed a partnership with the Uni-versity of California in Los Angeles and Washington University.ENHANCING THE RESEARCHAND ENTREPRENEURIALPOTENTIAL OF RUSSIANUNIVERSITIES –“EURECA” PROGRAMThe “EURECA” Program, a.k.a. “Enhancing University Researchand Entrepreneurial Capacity”, is implemented by FNE withfinancial support from the US-Russia Foundation for EconomicAdvancement and Rule of Law” (USRF). “EURECA” aims tofacilitate innovation in the Russian economy and its integrationinto the global economy. This goal requires the creation of aresearch commercialization system, as well as improvement inmarketability of university research.
36MODULAR PROJECTS OF THE INTERUNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPSThe St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics,and Optics (a.k.a. ITMO) is a dynamically growing university and one of therecognized leaders in the development of information and optical technolo-gies. The university has a well developed innovation support infrastructure; dby taking part in the program it hopes to access international markets of intel-lectual property, and also join international partnerships implementing com-mercialization of research and technology transfer projects. ITMO has formeda partnership with the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) to imple-ment two projects. One is: “Enhancing the International Innovation Capacityof the St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics,and Optics”, designed to adapt the university’s existing intellectual propertysystem to the international standards needed to access international markets.The second is: “Bringing Russian innovations to international markets of intel-lectual property and venture capital”, designed to create a system that willbring ITMO innovations to international markets of intellectual property andventure capital. As the north-western center of a network of leading Russianinnovative universities, ITMO plans to provide consultative services to otherinstitutions, so as to help them position their intellectual property in the in-ternational market.The Nizhniy Novgorod State University named after N. I. Lobachevsky (NNSU)is a large classical university and the intellectual center of one of Russia’s pri-mary industrial regions – the Upper Volga. The university is taking part in theprogram in order to transform its relations with the regional industry on thebasis of effective market and technology transfer mechanisms. This universityis also implementing two modular projects. The first is the “Center for Devel-opment of Innovative Entrepreneurship of Academic Youth”, implemented inpartnership with Purdue University (USA), which aims to engage students andyoung researchers in innovative entrepreneurial activities and to support theirinitiatives. The second is the “Center for International Cooperation in Technol-ogy Transfer”, in partnership with the University of Maryland (USA), which aimsto reform the university’s research management system and organize collabo-ration with Russian and foreign industrial enterprises.ECONOMY OF LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATIONS: YOUTH ENGAGEMENT FORMATSAn international conference “Economy of leadership and innovations: youth engagement formats” washeld on November 21, 2011 in Kazan. The conference (part of the EURECA program) was organized bythe Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, the New Eurasia Foundation, the Association of InnovativeRussian Regions, and the technological park “Idea”. The conference was attended by representativesof regional governmental bodies, institutions of higher learning, innovative youth, private businesses,investors, civil society institutions, and Russian and foreign experts.The conference participants learned about supporting youth technological creativity and engagementin innovation activities in the USA (FabLabs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Israel, andEstonia. Russian approaches and models were also presented.Conference participants:• Took stock of successful international, Russian, and regional experiences in supporting the develop-ment of youth as a creative class.• Proposed methods designed to improve creative development.• Put together a portfolio of social and education project ideas to stimulate youth entrepreneurshipand creativity.The “EURECA” program takes the Ameri-can experience in technology transfer andadapts it for use in Russian universities. Theprogram also supports international net-working, thereby enabling Russian researchuniversities to access international, particu-larly American, markets of innovation andintellectual property.
37PRINCIPAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PILOT PROJECTSNizhniy Novgorod State University named after N. I. Lobachevsky (NNSU)• NNSU created an “Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Center forAcademic Youth,” thereby forming a new network that became part of theinnovation support infrastructure, and which consolidated the efforts ofuniversity subdivisions and programs supporting youth entrepreneurship.• NNSU also established a “Center of International Cooperation in TechnologyTransfer” and reached agreements on cooperation in technology transferwith regional innovation enterprises (“Teploobmennik” OJSC, Research In-stitute of Instrumentation Systems named after Yu. E. Sedakov, as well as“OKBM Afrikantov” OJSC, “NITEL” OJSC, and “Salut-27” CJSC). These enter-prises have agreed to support the development of NNSU business educa-tion initiatives.• A number of technologies and solutions designed by NNSU in the firstphase of the “EURECA” program were presented at the annual meeting ofthe US – Russia Business Council held in Chicago on October 3-5, 2011.These technologies and solutions include: “Biochip for early diagnosis andmonitoring of cancer”, “3D-visualization and geometry reconstruction of to-mograms and microscopy data in medicine and biology”, “Spark plasmasintering for production of nano-crystalline ceramic cutting tools for tita-nium alloys”, etc.• A delegation from NNSU visited the University of Maryland and reached anagreement with the Maryland International Incubator to engage high-techMaryland companies with the Nizhniy Novgorod region in internationaltechnology transfer.справить, а то обидятсяSt. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, andOptics (ITMO)• In order to bring its technologies to international markets ITMO haslaunched four research projects with partners in the USA, Sweden, Korea,and Ireland, all of which received financial support from the RF Ministry ofeducation and science.• The university’s participation in the “EURECA” program has affected sub-sequent development of its innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Forexample, the university’s Senate prepared and approved the “ITMO innova-tion infrastructure development program for 2011-2017”. In 2011 ITMO sig-nificantly expanded the network of its domestic and international partnerswithin the innovation, entrepreneurship, and consultation spheres.• ITMO reached agreements on consulting and innovation entrepreneurshipactivities with the University of Twente (Netherlands), Munster University ofApplied Sciences (Germany), and SAG Development Inc. (USA, MIT Enter-prise Forum). In addition, memoranda of understanding have been signedwith the University of California, Los Angeles and University of North Caro-lina, Raleigh.• ITMO joined with the “Skolkovo” Fund to initiate the establishment of theRussian Association of Entrepreneurial Universities. The declaration of as-sociation was endorsed in St. Petersburg on September 28, 2011 by the“Skolkovo” Fund, ITMO, and representatives of four other leading Russianuniversities: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National NuclearResearch University, National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”,and Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics.• The university signed an agreement with the Russian Academy of People’sEconomy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Fed-eration, by which it acquires access to cooperation with all 69 subsidiariesof the Academy in 64 subjects.• ITMO, the Russian Academy of People’s Economy and Public Administrationunder the President of the Russian Federation, the Higher School of Eco-nomics, and the Association of the Russian Innovative Regions have agreedto help support the design of innovation programs, creating and develop-ing infrastructures, and so forth. Under this partnership the RF regions areexpected to generate business projects for subsequent commercializationand international marketing.
38SUPPORTING INTERNATIONALACTIVITIES OF UNIVERSITIESAND THEIR ASSOCIATIONSThe New Eurasia Foundation supports higher educationinternational activities in the context of effectiveinternational cooperation, and the adaptation of the bestforeign practices to Russian conditions. The Foundation hasaccess to partner resources, and organizes a wide varietyof seminars and conferences, as well as training, internship,and qualifications improvement programs.FNE RESOURCES• Study tours abroad and trainingprograms in the key university de-velopment areas;• Comprehensive international col-laboration agreements enablinginstitutions of higher learning tocooperate with foreign partners;• A network of international educa-tion and research centers, institu-tions of learning, public organiza-tions, including foundations andprofessional associations — inEurope, the USA, China, and Mid-dle East;• A team of professional managersand partner organizations spe-cializing in logistical support.CALIFORNIA, USAVANCOUVER, CANADACHICAGO, USABOSTON, USAMASSACHUSETTS, USAINDIANA, USANEW-YORK, USAHELSINKI, FINLANDTURKU, FINLANDKUOPIO, FINLANDBERLIN, GERMANYPARIS, FRANCEMARSEILLE, FRANCENICE, FRANCEBONN, GERMANYNORTH CAROLINA, USABEIJING, CHINASHANGHAI, CHINASU-CHZHOW, CHINAMADRID, SPAINBRUSSELS, BELGIUMVIENNA, AUSTRIAGRAZ, AUSTRIAMECHELEN, BELGIUMLEUVEN, BELGIUMWASHINGTON, USALILAFERED, HUNGARYPECS, HUNGARYBUDAPEST, HUNGARYWARSAW, POLANDBOLOGNA, ITALYTORINO, ITALYROME, ITALYRAVENNA, ITALYFERRARA, ITALYLONDON, GREAT BRITAINTARTU, ESTONIAPIARNU, ESTONIANARVA, ESTONIATALLINN, ESTONIAJERUSALEM, ISRAELBEER-SHEVA, ISRAELTEL-AVIV, ISRAELHAIFA, ISRAEL