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The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has made the decision on providing subscription to digital books by Springer Nature publishers’ for Russian researchers.

Over 350 academic and research organizations having access mainly to journals will get access to all digital book collections published by Springer Nature in 2011-2017. The books are of great importance to national research and education organizations because of the hottest scientific and academic content.

Subscription is to be organized within the framework of the Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development in the Russian Federation that comprises providing Russian researchers with the access to foreign databases.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Moscow State University is on the top-100 Shanghai university list ASWU-2017

Moscow Lomonosov University is among the top-100 universities in Shainghai ranking of universities for 20174 and the two more Russian universities, namely St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk State Universities, are among the top-500 ranked universities, Russia Today World Information Agency reports.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is published annually since 2003 embracing the best 500 universities worldwide. The ranking is based on several indicators, e. g. number of alumni and lecturers – Nobel prize-winners and Fields Medalists, number and citation of publications.

Every year, over 1.3 thousand universities are ranked, among them the  top-500 world universities. This year, along with the top-500, Shanqhai Ranking Consultancy company has published the list of universities coming in the places 501—800 that are the candidates for the top-500.  The RT Social Navigator project has presented the Russian version of the ranking.

“Three Russian universities are in the top-500 Shanghai ranking 2017: Moscow, State University, St. Petersburg State University and Novosibirsk State University. Once again, the Moscow State University has appeared to be the best Russia’s university and  the 93-th best university in the world”, -- the agency quotes ARWU head.

According to the publication, St. Petersburg State University comes in the 345-th and Novosibirsk State University – the 443-th.

Source: NOVOSTI RIA

The Third All-Russian Forum 'Science of the Future is Science of the Young’ comes to the end in Nizhny Novgorod

The Forum gathered together over 500 participants representing 300 universities and academic organizations of the Russian Federation, the Press Service of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

The Forum was held on September 12-14, 2017, on the premises of the National Research N. I. Lobachevsky State University in Nizhny Novgorod . Grigory Trubnikov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation took part in the Forum.

Forum participants attended presentations made by sci-tech, innovation foundations and development institutes, “The Support Programs”, among them Russian Foundation for Basic Research , Russian Science Foundation, Open University Skolkovo,  Applied Research Foundation, Foundation for Perspective Research, Innovation Support Foundation, reported on for the Innovation Support Foundation’s program “Umnik” [“Wisehead”] were presented. All the projects were recommended for the final stage of the “Wisehead” contest.

Within the Forum framework, All-Russian competition for Lobachevskн Robotics Cup was held with 37 teams participating. Winners in three nominations were selected, and master class in robotics was held for those interested in robotic technologies.

The annual All-Russian contest of graduate and post-graduate research works took place, too.

The digest of participants’ theses is to be registered in Russian Science Citation Index (a scientometric database) and published on eLibrary www-site.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

On September 13, in Shēnzhèn (China), the ceremony of opening the first year at the joint Russian-Chinese university – Shenzhen MSU-BIT University was held.

The ceremony was attended by Olga Golodets, Russian Federation Vice Premier, and Liu Yandon, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, who read the welcome letters by the leaders of the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Xí Jìnpíng. Pavel Zenkovich, State Secretary-Deputy Minister for Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Victor Sadovnichy, Rector of Moscow State University, Zhao Ping, Rector of the Joint Russian Chinese University, and Hu Haiyan, Rector of Beijing Institute of Technology took part in the ceremony.

«I am sure that establishing the Russian-Chinese university on the base of the two highly-respected universities will serve to strengthen friendship and mutual understanding between the nations of our two countries, and the graduates will be in high demand not only in Russia and China but also worldwide”, — President of the Russian Federation wrote in his address.

Russian President thanked heartily all those who had contributed to establishing the university and wished every success to the faculty and the students.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

ROSOBRNADZOR head says: Russian schools keep the high level achievements

The start of the new school year is inevitably the season for lively discussions on the problems and ways for the national education system. What tasks do we face in assessing school education quality in Russia? Will the format and the content of the exams and tests change? These problems are to be discussed the Third International Conference “Education of High Possibilities For Everyone: Global experience, assessment, introduction” organized by the Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency (ROSOBRNADZOR), to be held in Moscow on September 7-9.

Sergey Kravtsov, ROSOBRNADZOR head, spoke about his expectations and the current state of education quality assessment in Russia, to “Russia Today” MIA’s project “Social Navigator”.

— Sergey Sergeevich, what do you expect of the forthcoming conference?

— The Russian Education system has been continuously being improved. It is a natural process targeted at goals relevant to the current stage”.

Source:Novosti RIA

Russian President stated on the need for integrated modernization of vocational education in the Far Eastern Region of Russia

On September 7, the RF President Vladimir Putin attended the Plenary Forum of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Addressing the forum, the national leader touched on the education in the Russian Far Eastern region.

— It is important to use the region’s existing educational potential to the full extent. Today, the Far Eastern Federal University had been transforming into one of the most advanced Russia’s education institutions, the center to promote digital technologies, — Vladimir Putin stated.

To provide for efficient youth policy comprising every current and prospective tasks in the Far East, President authorized the Russian Government together with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Agency for Human Capital Development in the Far East to develop a special program. The Russian President emphasized that the focus had to be made on education, professional orientation, and support of the young adults in the labor market.

Vladimir Putin suggested that, within the program framework, branches and affiliated faculties of Russian top universities should be established [in the Russian Far East]. His special attention was given to the development of secondary vocational education; he said that the region’s demand for qualified workers would increase in the coming years.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Russia to become the master of the universe

Promoting artificial intelligence is to determine Russia’s future but also the future of the whole world, President Vladimir Putin said today at the open lesson [traditionally held at schools on the first day of school year]. The nation that wins the priority in this field will become the master of the universe.

“This comprises colossal potentiality and threats that we are can hardly forecast today. Those who will lead are to become the masters of the world”, – Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin taught an open lesson at one of Yaroslavl secondary schools. The online broadcasting gathered the students of over 16,000 schools in Russia and the total audience of 1 million. Twenty students, who perform the best in engineering and natural sciences, attended at the presidential open lesson in person.

Putin congratulated everyone present in person and online on the Day of Knowledge and spoke about the country’s past and the future. He answered many questions, including those on high-end technologies and their prospects. Beside the artificial intelligence, Vladimir Putin discussed with the young Russian students the questions of nuclear space engine design, colonization of Mars and deep space exploration.

Source: Federal News Agency

Forum “Science of the Future –Science of the Young” to gather together scientists, students, and post-graduates

On September 6, Grigory Trubnikov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, participated in the press conference on the Third All-Russian Youth Scientific Forum “Science of the Future — Science of the Young” to be held in Nizhny Novgorod on September 12—14.

The Deputy Minister said the forum was «the event to collect hundreds of the young and talented people”.

— The All-Russian contest of research works of graduate and post-graduate students will be the key Forum event. Over 2,200 applicants of approx. 250 higher schools have been participating in the contest this year. Experts have selected about 350 best projects to be presented in person, — the Deputy Minister said.

Grigory Trubnikov informed that the round table on scientific journalism: “Popularizing science in the modern society: Strategies, formats, meanings” was to be held.

    We are inviting popular TV hosts, scientific journals’ editors, journalists who will tell graduate and post-graduate students what scientific journalism is, what popularizers of science are, and how to expand links between scientists and the society” — Grigory Trubnikov said.

The Deputy Minister said that the scientists should be more efficient when promoting scientific achievements and projects to the society.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Russia and the Dominican Republic agreed on cooperation in education

On August 15—20, 2017, Rafael Augusto Sanchez Cardenasa, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic, visited Moscow. During his visit, he met with Igor Ganshin, Director of the RF Ministry for Education and Science Ministerial International Department, and officers of the ministerial Department for National Policy in Higher Education.

At the meetings, the current state and the prospects for the Russian-Dominican cooperation in education and science were discussed. The goal of the meetings was to discuss the state of the art and the prospects for Russian Dominican cooperation in science and education. The possible vectors of cooperation, in particular, exchange of information on strategies and programs in science, education, health, technologies and engineering were identified.

The parties also focused on teaching national professionals for the Dominican Republic in the priority fields: engineering, natural and agrarian sciences, and medicine.

The need to support the candidates studying the Russian language and planning to get academic degree in Russia, and to develop joint research programs was highlighted.

The parties agreed to promote cooperation between higher education institutions in the Dominican Republic and Russia and to improve master’s programs in natural and engineering sciences at Dominican universities.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

PresidentVladimir Putin visited a new school in Sevastopol

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a new secondary school “The Kazachya Bukhta [The Kazachya Bay] Education Center” opened in Sevastopol.

The Russian leader examined the center and spoke to the faculty and the parents’ committee.

The President was accompanied by Premier Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Ustinov, Presidential Plenipotentiary in the South Federal Okrug, Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science, and Sevastopol Acting Governor Dmitry Ovsyannikov.

The education center has been erected in the residential district Kazachya Bukhta [The Kazachya Bay] — the former cantonment. The 5-year construction works were completed in January this year. The secondary school building will accommodate over 1,000 students. Advanced classes and other premises are well-equipped, sports grounds, tennis courts, football field, and a gym are also provided. Beside the secondary school, the education center comprises a kindergarten.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

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