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Members of the Ministry of Education and Science Council discussed draft Federal State Education Standard

On March 21, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation held the meeting of the Ministry’s Council for the Federal State Education Standards (FGOS). The meeting was chaired by Sergey Kravtsov, Council Chair, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Head of the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science. Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, took part in the meeting, too. In her opening speech, the Minister said, that “the new version of the Federal State Education Standard for primary and basic general education has been the product of hard work within the framework of the execution of the Presidential instruction made to define FGOS basic content for compulsory part of the general education curricula and to provide for the unified education space on the territory of the Russian Federation”. The Minister explained that while aimed to improve the effective FGOS, the general concept had not been changed, the structure and the aggregate requirements towards the results of basic education programs, were kept intact.

“Renovating FGOS is aimed not at any structural changes but at adding basic content, essential minimum of knowledge every student must obtain in every discipline. We have got the Presidential instructions on building the unified education space, and the work is focused on three subjects: that is, standards, textbooks and textbook expert evaluation, which are all interrelated. I would stress that adding basic content to the standards is not to prevent teachers or students to deepen and widen knowledge in a discipline, but establishes the essential minimum for further development”, — Olga Vasilyeva said.

She also emphasized that “the changes will be made only in the mandatory part of basic curricula. Therefore the schools will stay free and independent in establishing their elective part to be chosen by education stakeholders”.

The Minister confirmed that over 300 professionals had been developing the draft FGOS, among them representatives of the Russian Academy of Science, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow Pedagogical State University.

— For the first time, the draft FGOS was discussed with children participating in the regional stage of the All-Russia School Olympiad, — Vasilyeva added.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The meeting of the Council for Science and Education held in Novosibirsk

The meeting of the council for Science and Education. Press Service of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, February 8, 2018

President Vladimir Putin chaired the meeting of Council for Science and Education. Olga Vasilyeva, Russian Minister of Science and Education participated.

The main industry’s challenges and prospects, and the key vectors of the international sci-tech cooperation were discussed at the meeting.

In his speech, President Vladimir Putin said that technologies, knowledge and competences were transforming into the most important development resource to support the country’ sovereignty.

– We have to achieve true breakthrough in science, and other spheres. We have to abandon for good inefficient, outdated, obsolete approaches in scientific activities. Undoubtedly, the country expects new solutions from science to increase living standards and to give power and dynamics to Russia’s development,--Vladimir Putin said.

The President also noted: “Today, our researchers have been already supporting country’s companies, helping them to succeed in the technological race”.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The Council of Federation discussed the draft law «On science, sci-tech and innovative activities in the Russian Federation”

On March 20, the Council of Federation held the readings of the draft federal law «On science, sci-tech and innovative activities in the Russian Federation”. The meeting was chaired by Lilia Gumerova, First Deputy Chair of the Council of Federation Committee for Science, Education and Culture. Grigory Trubnikov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, delivered a keynote paper.

In his speech, Grigory Trubnikov reminded the audience that in 22 years since the adoption, over 20 correcting amendments had been made to the current law on science (The Federal Law No. 127 “On science and state sci-tech policy” of August 23, 1996). Trubnikov said that the draft law developers had had to create a critically new document to promote the Strategy of sci-tech advance of the Russian Federation and also to build «relevant interaction of science, economy and society”.

The Deputy Minister emphasized that the draft law introduced the concept of providing maximum transparency of financing the research, sci-tech and innovative activities, conceptualized the role of key players in science and offered fundamentally new approaches to measure their performance.

— For the first time, it is proposed to establish the status of intellectual commercialization centers as business incubators and business accelerators, — said GrigoryTrubnikov. He added that the draft law also considered a special role of the Russian Academy of Sciences in promoting new Russian science.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia will hold the contest to update the list of backbone regional universities, said Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Thecontestwillbeheldinautumn, 2018.


Several backbone universities can be excluded from the support program and may forfeit supplementary funding due to inefficiency.

“We will renovate at the expense of those universities that have not coped. There are such universities, and they are quite a few”, — Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, said during the business meeting at Transbaikal State University.

The list of backbone universities will be revised according to the results of the contest to be held in autumn.

Thirty three Russian universities have got the status of backbone universities. Under the program, 33 the largest regional universities will get subsidies to promote  regional development. The program participants were selected by the Ministry’ special commission upon the contest results . One of the requirements for the universities is to produce “a road map” of the university development and to get the regional administration’s support.

In autumn, 2017, the RF Ministry of Education and Science produced the draft government ordinance to provide federal budgeting of 24.9 billion rubles in subsidies. However, the document has not been approved.



Russian Book Chamber recorded 100-million run published by Prosveshchenije publishers’ in 2017

The Russian Book Chamber reported the statistical data on the circulation of books issued (registered by the Russian Book Chamber) in the Russian Federation in 2017. According to RBC, “Prosveshchenije proved to be the champion in the total book run among the country’s major publishers’.

On February 7, 2018, the Russian Book Chamber summarized the book industry’s results for the year 2017. According to RBC, over 471 m book copies were published in RF. Prosveshchenije Publishing House is leading with the total run of 100,465.8 thousand copies.

Dmitry Klimishin, Prosveshchenije Managing Director says:For the recent 7 years, the publishers’ has been increasing the circulation. Beside the school textbooks, the learning aids for all school ages, from preschool, are particularly popular with teachers, students, and parents. They make the major part of the total run. Of the publishers’ new publications, it is important to mention the books in correctional pedagogy, books for disabled kids, books in Crimean Tatar language and the languages of the Russian Far Northern, Siberian, and Far Eastern native populations, aids to prepare for tests, exams, and many others.

For the first time in 2017, Prosveshchenije Publishing House introduced the holographic stickers for its highly demanded textbooks and aids for primary schools, to eliminate counterfeit products.


The Russia Book Chamber reports, that in 2017 the total run of RBC registered books and brochures made 471,459.8 thousand copies, and 117, 359 titles.

As for 2017, five thousand and 775 publishers’ were operating in Russia.

Presidential instructions approved following the meeting of the Council for Culture and Art

President Vladimir Putin approved the list of instructions following the meeting of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art, held on December 21, 2017, as the official President’s www-site informs:

The Russian Presidential Administration will


а) together with the RF Presidential Council for Culture and Art,  develop and present the concepts of drafts for the federal laws “On Culture” and “On the amendments to several regulatory acts following the adoption of the Federal Law “On Culture””

ThedeadlineMarch15, 2018;


On the basis of the said concepts, design draft federal laws “On Culture” and “On the amendments to several regulatory acts following the adoption of the Federal Law “On Culture””.

ThedeadlineJuly 1, 2018;


b) introduce to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation the draft federal law «On amendments to the Federal Law “On the contracts in the sphere of procurement of goods, works, and services for government and municipal purposes”» to consider the specific features of organizations of culture and arts;

Source:"Universitetskaya kniga"

The global platform for science publications and documents launched in Russia

The global research platform Dimensions comprising 86 mln .articles and books and 124 million documents, patents, grant data and industry standards is launched in Russia, according to the press release received by Indicator.Ru

The Dimensions Project is launched by Digital Science in cooperation with the experts of over global 100 universities and research centers. The platform enables free search of millions of articles, books, grant descriptions, citations and metrics. The documents are connected by 3.8 billion links.

On the Russian side, the partners are Russian Science Foundation, Foundation for Innovation Support, Russian Venture Company (RVC), Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, and several universities, namely RANEPA, ITMO University, Ural Federal University, Moscow Institute of Physical Engineering and the Far Eastern Federal University.

Access to the major part of the materials will be provided free, while several functions (access to analytical materials and supplementary data arrays) will be charged.

Source: "Indicator"

Russia and Slovakia to strengthen cooperation in education and science

Ms. Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, met with Martina Lubyova, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic.

In her welcoming speech, Russian Minister emphasized that the bilateral contacts between Russian Federation and Slovak Republic had intensified.

— In 2017/2018 academic year, 100 government scholarships and grants have been awarded, in particular, for the Russia language internships, — Russian Minister reported.

Olga Vasilyeva informed that Russian-Slovak intergovernmental agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees, and interdepartmental agreement on Russia-Slovak bilingual sections at Slovak Republic secondary schools was under development.

— I believe that signing this agreement will facilitate popularization of the Russian language and interest the Slovak students take in studying it. We are ready to support this trend in every possible way, — Vasilyeva said.

She also said that, in accordance with the Agreement on cooperation in education, during the forthcoming 15 years, the Russian party was to grant up to 200 state scholarships and grants to Slovak specialists in nuclear research at the leading Russian universities.

WithintheframeworkofRussian-Slovaksci-techcooperation, threeresearchprojectshavebeenunderthewaysponsoredbytheRussianandSlovakparties (15 mlnrublesand 300,000 euro, correspondingly).

MartinaLubyova, MinisterofEducation, Science, ResearchandSportofSlovakRepublic, alsopointedtotheinteresttowardsstudyofRussianinSlovakia.

— Today, students are allowed to choose studying Russian as a second foreign language starting from grade 7. We are planning to change this rule so kids may choose their second foreign language in the grade 3, — Martina Lubyova said.

She also emphasized that meaningful contacts between the two ministries were to strengthen cooperation in science and education.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

STIcampsandcirclesandSkolkovoOpen University launch the first online course for technology trainers

School teachers, university professors and tutors, students, and circle trainers are offered to take training courses, the RF Ministry of Education and Science Press-service reports.

Since January 17, the applications for the online course for technology circle trainers on the platform of Lectorium education project are accepted. The official presentation of the online-course and master classes for participants will take place in February within “Nastavnik” (“Master”) All-Russian Forum.

The online course to be launched by the National Technological Initiative Learning in Circles Movement and Skolkovo Open University  sponsored by Strategic Initiatives Agency  is targeted at developers and operators of education projects within the National Technological Initiative concept, in particular in the form of technological circles.

Secondary school teachers, university faculty staff, students and circle trainers are invited to apply. The groups will be finalized in January-February, and in March, the course comprising 8 modules will start. The coursedurationis 8 weeks.

Beside the training  course, the participants will be required to accomplish practical assignments and present final projects that can be later launched in the circles together with school and university students. The certificates will be awarded upon the completion of the course.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Four Russian universities are among 50-top universities by students-faculty-ratio in the international ranking

The ranking developers believe that the less students are accounted for each faculty member at universities, the higher is education performance.

On January 16, 2018, Times Higher Education (THE) published its ranking of universities with the least students-faculty members ratio. Therankingpublishedpartcomprises 100 universities, including 11 Russianuniversities.

Among the top-50 are: Bauman Moscow State Technical University (17-th place), St. Petersburg State University (34-th), Novosibirsk National Research State University (42-d), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (49-th).

Seven of these 11 universities participate in the 5-100 Project, namely: Novosibirsk National Research State University (42-d place), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (49-th), National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI)(67-th), National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (84-th), The Far Eastern Federal University (88-th), National Research Tomsk State University, and National Research Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University (99-th place).

The ranking developers believe that the less students are accounted for each faculty member at universities, the higher is education performance: the more efficient interactive learning sessions are, the students take part in discussions and get feedback more often; more sustainable relations and the more close  contacts with the faculty are developed; the efficiency of collaboration between every stakeholder of education process increases, which ensures personalized experience for each student. Thesefactorsaffectthequalityofeducationprogramsanddigestionofknowledge.

Among the top ten are 6 Japanese universities, 3 U. S. universities, and 1 Austrian university. Altogether, t34 Japanese universities and 25 U. S. Universities have joined the ranking

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

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