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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

Russian and Kazakhstan to establish joint research centers

On November 9, the 14-th Forum of Russia—Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation was held in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The Forum main theme was the human capital. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev delivered their keynote speeches.

The Forum of Interregional Cooperation gathered together ministers, state agencies’ top officials, heads of the Russian Federation subjects and regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and business leaders of the two countries. TheRussianMinisterofEducationandScienceOlgaVasilyevaattendedtheForum.

In his opening speech, Vladimir Putin emphasized that education was a very special sphere of human capital assets. He said that the agreement achieved on expanding collaboration between Kazakhstan’s and Russian higher education institutions, in particular, on the Russian side, Chelyabinsk, South Ural and Altay universities, several other Ural and Siberian universities.

The Russian leader advised that joint research center were to be established based on regional universities.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The Universities of Russia and France shared experience in implementing national programs to support leading higher education institutions

On November 9, within the framework of the Joint Russia-France Committee’s for Science and Technological Cooperation 11-th session, the meeting of Russian universities — members of the federal university competitiveness program (Project 5-1000) and France’ research universities involved in the similar program Quality Initiatives being implemented by France’ Government was held at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovations of France.

On the Russian side, representatives of Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University, Higher School of Economics, People’s Friendship University of Russia, NUST MISIS (Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys), RANEPA (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) attended at the meeting. On the French side, the universities Paris-Saclay, Paris—The Natural Sciences and the Humanities, Paris-Est Créteil, Nice-Cote d’-Azur, Aix-Marseille, , Bourgogne, Franche Comt, Lorraine, Nante, and Pau — i.e. the program members representing the core education and training vectors in France, took part in the meeting.

TheRussianandFrenchparticipantssharedtheirexperienceinimplementingnationaluniversitysupportprograms, discussedthepossibilitiesforpartnershipprogramsandprojectsforeveryeducationlevel. The French universities showed their interest toward the Russian Government Project The Education Export with the prospect to expand academic exchanges between leading universities of the two countries.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Leading Russian universities and employers have presented the first professional students’ Olympiad

On October 9, the presentation of the first professional students’ Olympiad “I Am Professional” was held at TASS News Agency press center. The project was introduced by Pavel Zenkovich, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation; Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; Alexander Rudik, Head of  the Committee for Professional Education and Training, Business Russia All-Russian NGO, Yaroslav Kuzminov, Higher School of Economics Rector; Vladimir Vasilyev, rector of University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics; Elena Bunina, Yandex HR Director, and Alexey Shapovalov, Vice President of Prosveshcheniye Management Company.

“I Am Professional” serves for social lift for gifted and ambitious young people. Its mission is to make it possible for students from Russian regions to continue their learning in the best Russian higher schools and universities and to start career in leader Russian companies.

The Olympiad was organized by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Business Russia in collaboration with 10 universities:  Higher School of Economics, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, Moscow State Pedagogical University, University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, St. Petersburg State University, Tomsk State University, The Ural State University, Tyumen State University, with Yandex Company as a technology partner, and in partnership with Prosveshcheniye Publishers.

This year, the Olympiad was held in 27 disciplines — from maths and machine engineering to design and journalism. The cases had been developed by researchers and professionals working for large state and privately-owned companies.

The higher education is to be applied. Many companies have been complaining about unreality of graduates’ competences that do not meet employers’ needs. Therefore we have attempted to make the Olympiad practice-oriented to the maximum. Accomplishing the tasks, the students will to see if their knowledge meest the market demand”, — Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs said.

Source:"Book Industry"

The business program of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science at the Open Innovations Forum to unite researchers, businessmen and students

Within the framework of the Sixth Moscow International Open Innovations Forum, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation held the vast business program.

On October 17, on the second day of the Sixth Moscow International Open Innovations Forum, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, within its display, held master classes, discussions and presentations.

Sergey Matveev, Director of Science and Technologies Department of the Ministry of Education and Science, took part in the stand discussion “Robot as a composer, artificial intellect as a poet. New types of copyright”, where new intellectual property subjects were discussed. These intellectual properties are supposed to become of high demand and recognized in the digital world due to high level of industrial computerization and robotiс automation, and the need to solve production and creative problems related to artificial intellect.

The presentation session delivered by the universities participating in the display enabled visitors to get deeper understanding of the solutions, to gain support of expert organizations, investment foundations, and to attract businesses’ attention to current and prospective technological tasks.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

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