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Russian Professors Assembly to be established

Russian Professors Assembly (RPA) is to be established, Professor Vladislav Grib, Head of Civil Society Chair, MGIMO Political Sciences Department, Vice President of the Federal Chamber of the Russian Lawyers, reported to TASS.

“Our goal is to establish a unique networked structure and to unite professors in various sciences so they could communicate and consult each other on various issues. It’s not about just exchange of experience and professional know-how, but also about the issues of social and political processes, civil attitude, and defending the interests of academic elite”, -  Grib said. The RPA is to become a feedback instrument for the government authorities to obtain expert support in the wide spectrum of problems, he also said.

“On the other hand, the Russian Professors Assembly will be open for continuous cooperation and dialog between Russian and foreign scientists and researchers”, - Grib emphasized. He added that the Russian Professors Assembly could act as “ an independent arbiter in conflicts and notable situations related to the academic world, personages, academic degrees, structural changes in [science] institutions, etc.

The constituent congress of the Russian Professors Assembly is held in the RAS Central House of Scientists within the framework of the conference “Current issues of modernization of science education: The Russian and foreign experience”. The RAS representatives, professors of MSU, Higher School of Economics, MGIMO, Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, regional universities, scientists and researchers are invited to join.

Source: TASS


National Research University Higher School of Economics to offer masters program in literature

In 2017, a new education program “Literary Excellence” will start at the National Research University Higher School for Economics Research. Maya Kucherskaya, writer and philologist, will become the program academic adviser.

The new master program will teach literary work techniques, and with literature, theatre and cinematography poetics. Maya Kucherskaya says that there has been no same project in Russian education before, as it integrates practice and education.

The course is aimed at training universal professionals and wide-profile writers: fictional prose and non-fiction authors, scriptwriters, dramaturgists, copywriters: altogether 15 state-subsidized and 5 non-subsidized (foreign) students.

Source: Literatura

Russia and China defined 10 masterpieces of Russian and Chinese literature on each side

On November 7, 2016, in St. Petersburg the conclusion ceremony of the project “10 masterpieces of Chinese literature in Russia – 10 masterpieces of Russian literature in China” was held. The project goal is to define the most important literary works of the two countries with the view of further publication.

The project opening ceremony took place in Beijing on June 26, 2016. Sergey Mikhailov, TASS [Russian news agency] Director General, Du Feijing, Guanming Zhibao Chief Editor, Chinese top government officials, public figures, writers and journalists  attended the ceremony. The expert board and jury were established in each country.

On the part of Russia, Vladimir Tolstoy. Presidential Adviser for Culture chaired the Expert Board. The Big Jury includes grandchildren of two classic authors, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and Lu Xun (1881-1936), and Mikhail Seslavinsky, head of Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media, Andrey Denisov, Russian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Li Hui, Chinese Ambassador to Russia, Vsevolod Ovchinnikov, “Rossiyskaya gazeta” reporter, Mikhail Gusman, TASS First Deputy Director, Igor Abylgaziev, MSU Institute for Africa and Asia Director, Alexander Pantsov, Professor, Capitole University (USA), and representatives of a number academic institutes and universities.

For and on behalf of China, Gao Mang, an outstanding Russianist, translator and painter, author of “Pushkin on the Great Wall” scroll and the gallery of images of Russian writers, Chou Ling-Fei, Secretary of Lu Xun Cultural Foundation and Li Xun’s grandson, Wang Meng, writer, Nobel Prize laureate, Mo Yan, writer in hallucinatory genre, Li Fenglin, former ambassador to Russia and Russianist who back in the day had upheld the thesis “Verb categories in ‘Slovo o polku Igoreve’ [The Tale of Igor’s Campaign], are also on the jury.

Source: "Universitetskaya kniga”

«We are not to compete to Wikipedia»

October 21, 2016. In late summer, the panicky rumors spread on Russian government’s alleged intentions to block Wikipedia and replace it with a formal patriotic project based on The Big Russian Encyclopedia (BRE). True, Premier Medvedev has actually signed such a decree. Though governmental officials do not regard this as a sensation – rather as launching a new education project. Vladimir Grigoryev, deputy head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media said in his interview for “Novaya gazeta” about “Russian Wikipedia” aims, revealed why it is not to replace or compete to Wikipedia.

— The Big Russian Encyclopedia has already got its www-site, and you can find there subject entries. Nevertheless, what is the conceptual novelty of the “all-national research and education encyclopedic portal”?

— Next year we will have the BRE printed edition editing and publishing completed – and then the encyclopedia is to develop exclusively in digital format; I would like to thank the team of the BRE Science Publishers and those thousands of experts who have been working on the project for over 10 years. Undoubtedly, the encyclopedia is to expand and be constantly updated. We have been thinking hard how to develop this useful and important resource: as the encyclopedic knowledge, moreover, scientifically verified knowledge will stay of high demand forever. Today, the BRE embraces approximately 100,000 entries prepared by leading experts and reviewed and verified at all levels.

Source: Novaya gazeta

Photo Show

In Moscow, on Tverskoy Boulevard, the Photography Exhibition “Russian education today” opened. On the display are interesting photos from RF Ministry of Education and Science archives, and the materials provided by education institutions and regional mass media.

The stories of achievements and new opportunities for Russian education at every level: preschool, secondary, vocational and higher education, are in the focus. Visitors are to learn about kids’ tech-parks being established in many regions, about modern colleges teaching young specialists in the most demanded fields, about the network of federal and backbone universities, all-Russian and international summer centers for kids, youth forums, festivals, contests, etc. Another exhibition section covers the whole spectrum of non-formal education programs that are to embrace over 75% of kids by the year 2020.

Great attention is given to pedagogues and their constructive efforts. «No doubt, the pedagogical corps of the country – is the core of the whole system of education. Kindergarteners, school teachers, university professors – their work is a true devotion demanding high level of competence and total dedication!” – Olga Vasilyeva, Russian Federation Minister of Education and Science said.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science


VI All-Russian Festival of Science NAUKA0+

On October 7, 2016, the opening ceremony of VI All-Russian Festival of Science NAUKA0+ was held at Moscow State University Fundamental Library. Olga Vasilyeva, RF Minister of Education and Science offered her greetings to the Festival participants. She said that providing favorable environment for scientific research was one of the most important tasks for the Ministry, and the Festival became the starting point for today’s schoolchildren being the future Russian scholars and researchers. “Everything denotes science and knowledge here”, the Minister characterized the Festival. – “Eminent scholars and secondary school students, experts and amateurs are gathering on this one site”.

Every year, the number of visitors at this Day of Science is record-breaking. Last year, the Moscow sites were visited by approx. 800,000 people, according to organizers’ estimates. Oleg Bocharov, Head of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, said at the Festival Opening Ceremony, that about one million visitors were expected to attend.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Start of II All-Russian Scientific Forum “Science of the Future – Science of the Young”

In the city of Kazan, within the framework of the Second International Scientific Conference “Science of the Future”, the All-Russian Scientific Forum “Science of the Future - Science of the Young” has started.

«We all set ourselves the goal: to somehow change, to somehow get back the quality of our science we had been once proud of”, - Andrey A. Fursenko, Aide to the Russian Federation President said in his welcoming speech.

Rustam N. Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan emphasized the necessity for facilitating exchange of experience between the young and world-known scientists attending the Forum.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Interfax and Open Science agreed on cooperation in assessing scientific and research activity

Interfax International Information Group and Open Science Association have agreed on information cooperation to support science activity information openness in Russia.

The parties agreed to cooperate in supporting public awareness of the performance of Russian universities, scientific research institutions, providing transparency of scientific activities and open access to scientific materials, increasing citation in Russian-language science journals.

Aleksey Gorshkov, Interfax Deputy Director General, says that “the agreement signed with the Open Science is to facilitate methodology and technology of research and education institutions performance assessment, their new rankings, and to promote further the National Ranking of the Russian Federation Universities” (NRU).

Interfax has been doing NRU Project since December 2009. Its main task is to develop mechanisms and procedures for independent assessment system for Russian universities and their education programs, to foster competitiveness of the Russian education system and scientific research.

Source: Interfax

Moscow State University again stays ahead

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Company has published the 2016 international university ranking, and 22 Russia universities have found themselves the best.

Like the previous year, Moscow State University appears to be the best among Russian University: According to QS ranking, it holds the 108th place.

The St. Petersburg State University slided two spots and now holds the 258-th place. Novosibirsk State University is also among the top-300; it went up 26 spots and now holds the 291-th place.

Among the Russian top-10 universities are Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, MGIMO (Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations), Tomsk State University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, MEPHI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), and Higher School for Economics.

In the new ranking, four Russian universities have gained over 100 spots, namely Tomsk State University, MEPHI, Far Eastern Federal University, Voronezh State University.

Source: RIA Novosti

The federal list of textbooks to be approved by March 1, 2017

The federal list comprises today 1,300 textbooks. The RF Ministry of Education and Science promises to update the list in 2017. To do so, it has to inquire into the content of several disciplines and to approve some teaching concepts which was not done for the effective list of books for secondary schools approved three years ago.

Moreover, the quality of many textbooks raises questions and concern. The Ministry will go into this matter and by March 1, 2017, a new federal list of textbooks is to be approved.

School teachers are also concerned with the textbooks they will have to use to teach curriculum disciplines. Thus, Anna Stelmakhovich, a finalist of the Teacher of the Year-2014 contest, says that the new list would rather comprise the ‘literary reading” textbooks by Kudina and Novlyanskaya for primary and secondary schools – of the expanding line of Elkonin-Davydov system. Besides, as she sees it, geography textbook by the Domogatskiye for middle school should be also retained.

However, Andrey Narushevich, The Russian Language and Literature Chair Head, Taganrog A. Chekhov Institute of Rostov State University of Economics, insists that still, the new list should comprise the textbooks that meet new learning standards. He says: “My colleagues and I have written absolutely new textbooks of the Russian language for grades 5 through 9. One more textbook edited by Shmelev was also published. Such books may be included into the new list. It is important though that teachers have an opportunity to choose, and that the list of textbooks approved by the Ministry for Education and Science is not decreased”.

Teachers of the best [Russian] schools where students take interest and participate in intellectual Olympiads and other contests, choose the textbooks by Lyudmila Peterson and Elkonin-Davidov. Nevertheless, these learning aids have not been included into the list of recommended materials.


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