One argue the current position of Yekaterinburg in the rating of Russian cities. Is it third, fourth, fifth? But it's obvious that this is one of the most dynamic and ambitious cities in the country. Yekaterinburg has a very high level of social capital, the level of inner social demand within the city. This gives makes us confident that Yekaterinburg is able to host such large-scale event as the World Cup or the Universiade; and that the active part of the city's community will perceive it in a positive way.
Obviously, there are skeptical ones. Among other things, about the volume of financing the city will receive in reality, not on paper. I think city and regional authorities should have a clear and strong position when they present the development plans on the federal level. We have the example of Kazan before us, where the influx of federal financing is much higher than in Yekaterinburg. And the number of junctions and parks being built, the rate of reconstruction of the street network show that this is not just a pipedream. The question is how well the investment projects are prepared, how justified they are. That's why I believe that there is a chance, I'm sure that with the right preparation and efforts on the part of regional and city authorities Yekaterinburg can attract significant federal finance for different projects of urban environment development, road reconstruction, underground constructions and parks improvement.
The ideology of the Universiade is close to Yekaterinburg. We are talking primarily about student sports, and it would be logical to analyze which Russian million-plus cities have strong positions in terms of higher education formation: the number of museums, the number of students, appropriate university facilities. In Yekaterinburg, there is the Ural Federal University, one of the biggest in Russia, a powerful educational center for the whole region. Discussions the issue of holding the Universiade in the city involve the UrFU. Hosting the competitions will let the institution get additional funding for the development of its infrastructure, not only for sports. In particular, the construction of a new student campus is planned, which can be used for accommodating the sportsmen during the competitions. Let's not forget that the issue of constructing a campus for the UrFU students has been discussed for a long time now; once, the area in Shartash was under consideration.
We should understand that a university is one of city-forming enterprises. All over the world, the presence of strong universities is always a powerful driver of urban development, because this means potential influx of intellectual residents, and an increase in the level of social capital. The most valuable thing for cities to fight over is the number of residents. In this case, the 'education – city' link is excellent, high quality, appropriate and it should be developed and supported.