Exeter Science Park has exchanged ideas and best practice with a delegation from Yaroslavl in Russia last week, with the group invited to the city as part of the Exeter-Yaroslavl Twinning Association.
Six representatives from the City Hall in Yaroslavl visited the city to discover more about Exeter’s tourism and economy and to share best practice with leading businesses in the city. Two of the delegation were welcomed to Exeter Science Park on Thursday 3rd August.
Dr Sally Basker, CEO of Exeter Science Park, along with Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Lesley Robson and representatives from the Lord Mayor’s Office welcomed Aleksandr Skvortsov and Daina Rashchepkina to the Science Park, giving them a tour of the site and its facilities.
Mr Skvortsov is the advisor to the Mayor of Yaroslavl in development and management of territories, Ms Rashchepkina the consultant to the international relations division of Yaroslavl City Hall.
Dr Basker presented her vision of the Park to the group, explaining the future plans, ambitions and developments for Exeter’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) hub.
Dr Basker said: “We were thrilled to welcome Aleksandr and Daina to Exeter Science Park and to have the opportunity to demonstrate to them what the Park has to offer.
“They were both impressed with what we have here and, having set up a business park in Yaroslavl himself in the past, I was keen to discuss with Aleksandr what makes sites like these so great.
“We’re in a great location and that is a key factor in Exeter Science Park’s success; we have a great infrastructure around us, we’re within driving distance of nine universities, there is plenty of housing nearby and we are very accessible.”
During their visit, the Russian delegation were also invited to the Met Office, Sandy Park, the Lord Mayor’s Office and St James’ Park, experiencing some of the highlights of our city.
Exeter’s formal twinning relationship with Yaroslavl was formed in 1989, with close links between the universities having been formed over the years. 240 kilometres north east of Moscow, Yaroslavl is of considerable historic interest and is a major cultural centre – being part of the famous ‘Golden Ring’ – as well as having many important industries.
Exeter is twinned with four cities across the globe and visits, or is visited by, one of the four each year.