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The system of national subscription to international databases

The RF Ministry of Education and Science, Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO), and Russian Academy of Sciences are to form the permanent system of national subscription to international databases to be accessible for every research, scientific and education organization.

Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science, Mikhail Kotyukov, FASO head, and Anatoly Grigoryev, RAS Vice President, resumed on the project of the national subscription to the collections of the best international journals.

In 2015, by the Government instruction, access to full-text foreign journal articles and international scientific citation databases was regimented for the first time ever. Web of Science and Scopus made the subscription core along with over 20 collections of full-text journals, technological standards and patent databases. The RF Ministry of Education and Science provided for and funded access for over 300 organizations independently of their affiliation. The core was complemented with the journals of The American Physical and Mathematical Societies, other important collections in several areas made accessible through the support of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations. Besides, Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research supports subscription to Springer and Nature journals collection.

At the meeting, the attendants discussed actual statistics corresponding with the demand for subscribed information and provided by the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, and collections use intensity demonstrated by Russian scientific, research and education organizations.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

All-Russian Research and Practical Forum “Information Security in Science and Education”

On December 7-8, 2016, the All-Russian Research and Practical Forum “Information Security in Science and Education” on the problems of of information and integrated safety and security of educational institutions will be held on the premises of Pyatigorsk State University. The organizers of the Forum are: Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation SPETSVUZAVTOMATIKA Research Institute of the South Region Evaluation Center, National Center for Information Counteraction to Terrorism and Extremism in Educational Environment and the Internet, also with the support of Pyatigorsk State University.

The Forum attendees are to discuss the issues of information security and interaction between the RF Ministry of Education and Science and other authorities, personal safety and prevention of the illegal content spread among young people. For the first day of the forum, the plenary meeting is planned, and on the second day  the sessions will start.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

2016 RUNET Award ceremony

 On November 22, the ceremony of giving the 2016 RUNET Award was held at Izvestia Hall, as reported at

 Andrey Razygraev, a showman, and Elena Nikolaeva, a journalist, Russia-1 TV channel hostess, hosted the ceremony.

 The RUNET Award statuettes were given to laureates in 6 main, 2 special and 1 popular vote nominations.


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

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