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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

Today, the joint session of the RAS Presidium and Academic and Coordination Board of the Russian Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FANO) will be held in Moscow.

Today, the joint session of the RAS Presidium and Academic and Coordination Board of the Russian Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FANO) will be held in Moscow. Theacademiciansandpublicofficersaretodiscusstheirinteractionfor 2018. Meanwhile, it is reported to “Ъ”, that the group of 400 researchers has forwarded the open letter to President Vladimir Putin. They are complaining about “the inadequate legal status of the research institutes and the whole Academy”; and insisting that “FANO’s attitude and methods” hamper in the scientific and research work

Source: Kommersant


How to make kids interested in history studies?

Should we increase the number of sections on culture in history textbooks? Why schools may not subscribe to historical journals? Is the course in history interconnected with patriotic education? Pedagogues, educationalists, textbook authors, publishers and scholars attended the RG’s round table to discuss these problems.

Undoubtedly, the course in history delivered at secondary schools is related to patriotic education. There was a period in the history when teachers refused to speak on patriotic attitude and insisted that they were just to transmit their knowledge to students, and nothing beyond this, said Yuri Nikiforov, head of research department of Russian Military History Society.

Unfortunately, the school course in history, curriculum and textbooks are structured so that time for the study of the recent history, in particular, the 20th century’s history, is lacking. Ruslan Gagkuev, Editor-in-Chief of Russian Textbook”Corporation reports that high-school students have 70 hours of history lessons during the school year. “Of them, traditionally, the two thirds are given to the history of Russia, in particular 6-7 hours to the Great Patriotic War [WW2]. Is it really possible to develop the deep historical knowledge, to develop respect and patriotic feelings in our students within this limited time?”— Gagkuev asks.

- Six or 7 hours are obviously insufficient — says Pavel Pankin, Chair of Moscow Regional Branch of the Association of History and Social Science Teachers, — However, the textbooks and allowed hours are not the only case. Schools need a new generation of teachers who meet imperatives of our time. Teachers must be able to foster dialog with their pupils, and on historical issues, too. When I came here, I had spoken with high school students on patriotism. Volunteer work is seen by them as patriotism; for example, it is patriotic to help a veteran old woman.”

Source: RG.RU

Fifty one universities are announced the centers for regional innovative, technological and social development

On December 14, at the Interuniversity Forum “The Flagship Universities—the Drivers of Regions Development”, the results of the competitive selection of university centers of innovative, technological and social development of the Russian regions held within the framework of the priority project :Universities as the environment centers of innovations” were announced.

The applications were sent by 121 universities in 63 administrative subjects of the Russian Federation. As a result, 51 universities were announced to become the centers of innovative, technological and social development of their regions.

Alexander Sobolev, Director of the Department of State Policy In Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Science, reminds that establishing university centers is aimed to involve the universities in the process of sustainable socio-economic development of the country, its regions and municipal entities.

-Within the contest, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science provided for two independent expert assessments. The first was conducted by employers represented by the Public and Business Board members, who studied every application to define whether it complied with the university center model. The second assessment was provided by education experts. It should be noted that there were no conflict of interests, and each university was only assessing the other universities’ program. As a result of these two assessments, 36 universities were recommended to be recognized as the university centers. In case of unclear results, university representatives were invited to conduct face-to-face presentations. For this purpose, the Ministry of Education and Science established a special expert groups to hear from the university teams. Asaresult, fifteenmoreuniversitieswererecommended.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

By the Presidential instruction, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has been developing the portal of the Russian Electronic School.

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has started testing of the Russian Electronic School web-portal. The leading educators and education institutions are involved, including the winners of the All-Russian Contest “Russia’s Teacher of the Year-2017” regional and federal stages, and their schools.

During the testing stage, distance education centers for the disabled kids; top secondary schools; regional education development institutions; school information and library centers established in 2016-2017, will become the portal users.

The results are to be  be summed up on December20, 2017, and published on the Ministry’s official www-site.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

All-Russian Research and Practical Conference “Integrated Security of Education Institutions: Theory and practice” will be held in Moscow.

On December 5-6, The All-Russian Research and Practical Conference “Integrated Security of Education Institutions: Theory and practice” supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science will be held in Moscow. The Conference organizers are the Ministry’s Department of Civil Services and Personnel and Pushchino State Institute of Natural Sciences.

The Conference goals are to facilitate modes and procedures of integrated security provision at higher education institutions and interdepartmental collaboration in this area.

The Conference participants represent the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, The Emergencies Ministry, The Internal Affairs Ministry, The Federal National Guard Troops, The State Duma related committees. Over 80 speakers are to deliver their lectures and presentations.

Within the Conference framework, the plenary session and five topical sections are planned:

1.      Improving security systems for education institutions: New approaches and engineered safeguard systems

2.       Up-to-date vectors and goals to meet the standards of civil defense and emergency situations and fire safety at education institutions.

3.       Biosafety monitoring and control for education institutions. Newapproachesandrequirements.

4.       Preventing extremist ideology spread at the education institutions.

5.      Practical experience of providing integrated security of education institutions.

Subsequent to the Conference, the proceedings comprising the Conference materials and participants’ papers (theses) is to be prepared and published.

Furthermore, the proposals will be developed to improve integrated security at education institutions and interdepartmental collaboration in the area.


Conference program

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The Federation Council discussed the main vectors of the country’s sci-tech development

On November7, the Federation Council Committee’s for Science, Education and Culture session was held. Deputy Minister for Education and Science Grigory Trubnikov of the Russian Federation attended.

The Deputy Minister spoke on the structure of the evolving national program “Development of Science and Technologies” for the years 2017–2020, on priorities in the Strategy of Sci-tech Development of the Russian Federation and on the suggested structure of a new state program of sci-tech development of the Russian Federation for 2018-2025 with planned resources available.

Grigory Trubnikov informed the attendees on the pilot projects of several integrated sci-tech programs and his Ministry’s proposals on the new ways to support young scientists and researchers.

Mr. Trubnikov also highlighted the issues related to developing the draft federal law “On research, sc-tech and innovative activities in the Russian Federation”.

The Federation Council Committee also discussed the realization of the Decade of Childhood in the Russian Federation announced by the Presidential Decree to be launched in 2018, expanding collaboration between the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Chamber of Regions, the issues of the Council of Federation Board for Intellectual Property ’s session, and preparation for the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

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