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The Minister of Education and Science of Russia opened a lyceum in the Republic of Tyva

On September 1, Olga Vasilyeva, the RF Minister of Education and Science, took part in the ceremony of opening the municipal state-funded educational institution “Lyceum No. 16” in the city of Kyzyl, Republic of Tyva.

- With all my heart I congratulate you on this great day, the Day of Knowledge. The open lesson “Russia is looking ahead” is being held today all over the country. And this is purposefully because the country’s future depends on those who is to start his or her academic year today, — Olga Vasilyeva said at the ceremony.

She also said that on the Day of Knowledge 1 m and 800 thousand first-graders went to school in Russia.

- Seven thousand and 800 first-graders go to school in the Republic of Tyva. And for those 200 first-graders here, today is a special big day. Letswelcomeournewpupils!—theMinistersaid.

- The Lyceum No. 16 is to enter the program “The School-2025”. It’s a wonderful program by the Russian Federation Government which presumes that schools are to be developed together with regional governments. I mean updated programs, advanced schools of the future. This is the lyceum we are opening today, — the Minister said.


Source: Ministry of Education and Science

New version on the law on science

Efficient science organization is the hot topic on the federal agenda.

A new version of the law on science “On Scientific, Technological and Innovative Activities in the Russian Federation” is strongly expected. A new core law is to replace the effective federal law FZ-127 of 1996. During the recent two decades it has been changed, though conceptually the law does not meet the standards of the Russian Federation Strategy of Sci-tech Development for the period up to the year 2030.

The new draft has been being conceptualized by the Ministry of Education and Science since 2014. The Council for Education and Science of the State Duma Chair gave rise to its. The Working group is made of the parliament members, officers of the Ministry of education and Science, Ministry of economic Development, Ministry of Finances, Civic Chamber members, representatives of the Russian Academy of Sciences, universities and other interested parties.

Minister of Education Olga Vasilyeva said that building modern, transparent, compact and technologically efficient system of science management to allow interaction between researchers, developers, businessmen, and authorities was the key task. Sergey Matveev, Director of the Ministry of Education and Science Department of Science and Technologies, in charge of contacts with the RF State Duma, characterized the new law concept as “rather ‘smart regulation’ than direct management”.


What’s new to the law? The first thing is the law system character. All types of science-related activities are tol be regulated with it: science, research and development, innovations, education and popularization, expert work. The second feature is the law flexibility based on new regulation principles. The third feature is the focus on sci-tech development priorities, maximum transparency and competitiveness of project financing. The fourth — is that the government’s renunciation of the rights to the outcome obtained as a result of social contract. These products are to be employed and evaluated within the socioeconomic system.

“It is a new spin of science legislation”, - Academic Valery Chereshnev, Co-Chair of the Expert Council of the State Duma Committee for Economic Development, Industries, Innovative Development, and Entrepreneurship, said.

Source: "Parlamentskaya gazeta"

On secondary school reform in Russia

Olga Vasilyeva, the RF Minister of Education and Science, has announced a large scale reform of the  secondary school education in Russia — transfer of schools from municipalities to under regional supervision.

Minster says that today’s system where the schools are subordinate to municipal government  is inefficient and demands changes — in particular, to improve the management vertical headed by the Ministry. She also noted that municipal subordination didn’t leave any direct levers of influence to the Ministry


The Russian Academy of Sciences proposes to remove postgraduate education from the higher education system

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) proposed the RF Ministry of Education and Science to play back the postgraduate education reform of 2012 and to remove postgraduate training from the higher education system.

Valery Kozlov, RAS acting president, addressed the joint meeting of the Russian Union of Rectors and RAS on Tuesday, and said: ”Colleagues, I believe that we have to admit that there was some hastiness in modernizing, reforming the postgraduate education, and I think, we have to go back to our traditional academic doctoral system”. At the meeting ,Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science attended.

Kozlov added: “Post-graduate education has to be science-based concept for the young people”.

He explained that some RAS institutes faced serious problems after the post-graduate programs had been included into the higher education system.

Kozlov also stressed that academic institutes had always had post-graduate programs though under the new regulations, they had also  to obtain new documents, and first of all, to get the licenses of educational institutions and, secondly, to get national accreditation for their academic programs. Though this routine is traditional with universities, it is completely alien to the RAS institutes.


Source:  Interfax

 The top twenty of the national academic ranking of universities are announced in Russia

The winners of the first national academic ranking of universities are announced, though without rank specification.

The results of the first national ranking of Russian universities: Three Missions of Universities are announced. On July 11, Mr. Victor Sadovnichiy, Head of Russian Union of Rectors, Rector of Moscow State University, vocalized the results at the meeting of the Public Council of the Yedinaya Rossiya [United Russia] party’s project “Education Modernization”.

Three higher schools of Russia’s ‘Northern Capital City’ are on the list: St. Petersburg State University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics [ITMO].

Five regional universities are also among the best, namely Kazan Federal University, Novosibirsk State University, Tomsk State University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, and The Ural Federal University named after the First President Boris Yeltsin.

The universities were assessed with 35 indicators which reflects three missions of universities in the modern world: “education”, “science”, and “universities and society”.

The international version of the ranking is to be prepared specifying the individual universities’ ranks. For this purpose, three dozens of foreign analytics are invited to participate. The ranking will be published in October.


Grants for vocational schools students

Twenty thousand rubles are to be paid monthly but, in the case the graduate does not work, she or he will have to pay money back.

Presidential grants will start to be awarded to vocational schools students. The Ministry of Education and Science is in the process of making amendments to the Decree.

As MK [news agency] is informed, the Ministry has been preparing amendments to the RF Presidential Decree on the Grants for Talented Students. According to the efficient legislation, only higher schools students of bachelor or specialist-degree programs may be awarded grants. In case the amendments are approved, the nominees of vocational schools will be added to the list. The amount to be paid will stay the same 20,000 rubles monthly during the whole period of study.

The main requirements are a talent, high efficiency and academic results. According to the explanatory memorandum to the draft law, it has to be academic competition or professional contest. Besides, the vocational school graduate must be employed  in his or her vocation in less than half year, otherwise she or he will have to pay money back of the pocket. The same requirement  is set for those who will leave the industry less than in five years. Moreover, the job must be found in Russia.

Source: MK.RU

The Decree No. 553

The procedure for building the list of scientific and education organizations authorized to award academic degrees is defined. In accordance with criteria, about 45 education organizations and about 20 scientific organizations get the right to do so.

The Decree No. 553 of May 11, 2017, is published at the Government www-site.

According to the Federal Law FZ-148 of May 23, 2016, “On the amendments to the Article 4 of the Federal Law “On Science and State Sci-tech policy” (hereinafter referred to as the Federal Law No. 148-FZ), Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, and several other higher education and academic organizations complying with certain requirements, are authorized  to award independently the academic degrees of candidate of science and doctor of science, to establish dissertation boards and to define their responsibilities.

The list of such organizations (further referred as The List), its formation procedure, criteria for organizations to be enlisted are to be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation.

The Regulation to define the List formation is reinforced by the Decree.

The Regulation defines, in particular, the criteria for such organizations. Thus, organizations must have one or more dissertation boards and less than 1% revocations of dissertation board’s decisions on awarding a degree for 3-year period before the application is made.

Higher education organizations are to meet at least two of three criteria of research and development budget, number of publications in academic journals  indexed in the Web of Science database, number of students of magistrate and academic pedagogical post-graduate programs (post-graduate military courses).

The first literature TV Internet-channel  is launched

LitClub.TV, the first literature TV Internet-channel, is launched in Russia.

On May 24, 2017, LitClub.TV Internet-channel started broadcasting. LitClub.TV is a new project by the Russian Union of Writers offering authors new creative environment to express themselves and gain public recognition.

Today, LitClubeTv is broadcasted by three channels.


The single portal of personal data will become accessible in 2019.

Beginning in 2019, Russian citizens will get the possibility to check if they gave their passport data to  any organizations and to ban further data use by clicking the easy button. The www-site to control distribution of personal data is to be built and supervised by ROSKOMNADZOR (The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media).  This measure is envisaged by the “Digital Economy” Draft Program the Ministry of Communications forwarded to the Government in early May (Izvestia has got the copy).

Such resource is believed to abandon uncontrolled personal data acquisition.

Source: Izvestia

On decrease of funding the RFBR projects in the humanities

The Council for Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation expresses its concern with lowering financing of the humanities and social studies by the Russian Foundation of Basic Research and requests to allocate the fixed 15 per cent of the Foundation’s budget to these particular areas.  However, the Russian Foundation of Basic research disagrees to do so.

The Ministry of Education and Science Council’s stances:

"The Council calls the Russian Foundation of Basic Research to comply with the obligations taken by the Russian Federation Government when having merged the two foundations and to fix the share of 15% to the humanities and social sciences which corresponds with the ratio of the budgets of RFBR and Russian Foundation for the Humanities in 2016 (10.9 and 1.8 billion rubles, correspondingly), and to exclude decrease in funding the projects in the humanities and social sciences”, - the Council’s statement reads.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

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