Introduction. The paper introduces the concept of the Network University on the basis of the World-Class Research and Academic Center “Kuzbass”. It is one of the largest projects aimed at improving the scientific and academic landscape of the Kemerovo region. The digital twin technology can increase the current efficiency of the Kemerovo State University and develop its resources. The research objective was to assess this potential. Study objects and methods. The Network University project presupposes establishing a number of interacting Kuzbass campuses that will prepare competitive post-industrial production specialists able to solve various administrative, analytical, and economic problems that the region is currently facing. Results and discussion. The research involved an urban planning analysis of the future Network University campuses. It resulted in several infrastructure solutions in the context of digital education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.5). Conclusion. In case of network universities, higher education does not equal qualifications: education provides each student with a conscious choice and a development pathway in the world of digital economy. A successfully operating link between education and professional activity makes this pathway attractive for investments. The author gave an initial assessment and defined the infrastructure solutions for the future campuses. All these issues are part of research on the capacity of the Kuzbass Network University and integrate the project into Priority 2030, which is the former Strategic Academic Leadership Program.
Network University, digital twin technology, digital education, Kemerovo State University, Kuzbass
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