3. About Ekaterinburg Ekaterinburg is located in the central part of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia. The city is located on the eastern slope of the Ural Mountains, in the valley of the Iset River, a tributary of the Tobol River. Ekaterinburg municipality covers an area of 1,143 ha. The central location of the city has determined its key role in the European-Asian transport and trade system, which has contributed to the development of Ekaterinburg as a major centre of transport, distribution, trading and intermediation on both a regional and international level. Its favourable economic and geographical position and high potential in terms of industry, academia, labour, engineering and culture enables Ekaterinburg to perform important geopolitical functions. Today, Ekaterinburg is more than just a major transportation hub and a modern industrial metropolis. It also stands at the forefront of scientific and medical progress, actively engaging in research and innovation. The city’s medical facilities are traditionally known for providing exceptional healthcare services.