In October 2011, MIT launched a multi-year collaboration to assist Russian partners in building a new university, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). The first phase of this joint effort consisted of a wide range of activities leading to the launch and early growth of Skoltech.  Beginning in March 2016, the second phase of the MIT-Skoltech relationship built on this foundation through joint research activities that promoted the continued development of Skoltech. The third phase, which started in March 2019, supported joint activities between faculty and students at the two universities in research, graduate education, and innovation. The relationship ended in 2022. 

As a result of this 10-year collaboration a pioneering new academic center was created in Russia, and more than 75 academic research projects involving faculty and students from MIT and Skoltech contributed to the development of new knowledge in a wide range of scientific and engineering fields.