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Nobel laureates will speak at Russian Festival of Science

In Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation there was meeting of Organizing committee of Russian Festival of science. This year it will be from April 18 till November 30.

Dmitry Livanov, Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation, highlighted starting the meeting of the Organizing committee: “We understand the important mission of the Festival of science: its role in increasing prestige of scientific knowledge and respect to science can hardly be overestimated today in pupils’ career guidance. Within 10 years the scale of the event increased dramatically, and now it has both scientific and social meaning. It’s important for us that the Festival increases interest to science and respect to profession of scientist”.

Also the following persons participated in the work: Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of M.V. Lomonosov MSU, Oleg Bocharov, Head of Department of science, industrial politics and entrepreneurship of Moscow, and representatives of some regions and universities of Russia as well.

They discussed the aims and tasks of the Festival of science-2016. Its aim is to attract attention of society to scientific and research works and increase attraction of science and education.

According to the organizers, 2,5 mln people will participate in the events of the Festival in 2016.

The events that will take place in Fundamental library of MSU, Central exhibition complex Expocenter and many other Moscow areas will the main ones. More over events are to be in Barnaul, Irkutsk and Kaliningrad.

Dmitry Livanov was a key speaker at the meeting of Ministers of education of Council of Europe

Dmitry Livanov was a key speaker at the meeting of Ministers of education of Council of Europe. On April 11, 2016 in Brussels there was a meeting of Ministers of education of Council of Europe. It is a traditional event when heads of education system discuss the achieved success and determine priorities of actions for next years. This year Minister of education of 24 countries participated in it – Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Azerbaijan, Netherlands, France and other European countries.

Dmitry Livanov, Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation, was the key speaker at plenary meeting “Democratic civil consciousness education – challenges on European and international levels”. Basic subject of his speech was about realization in Russia of Frame UNESCO program “Education 2030” according to which Ministry of education and science of Russia gradually enters the policy aimed at inclusive and equally accessible education and gender equity, paying special attention to the quality of education.

Dmitry Livanov highlighted: “In Russia there are representatives of more than 140 nations, and teaching is realized in 100 national languages of our country. It requires development of international cooperation, inter-confessional mutual respect and education of good knowledge of history and respect of history and culture of the country in children on all levels of education”.

The head of Ministry of education and science told about directions of Russian education policy aimed at formation of stoutness against antisocial behavior in children, including increase of responsibility and qualification of teachers and amendments in programs for secondary school in the sphere of social studies and history.

Website for foreign prospective students Study in Russia was launched

Press service of Ministry of education and science of Russia: Website for foreign prospective students Study in Russia was launched as a part of competitive recovery program for Russian universities.

Project office 5-100 launches new website studyinrussis.ru aimed at attraction foreigners to Russian universities. It is for foreign prospective students and their parents. For the first time all necessary information about possibilities of studying in leading Russian universities is collected on one resource.

There is a unique option for users - quick search of education programs. Now there are more than 2800 programs of higher and postgraduate education on the website. Step-by-step instructions to matriculate in Russian university presented as infographics is another know how. Prospective student also can easily find the list of obligatory documents, information about allowances for free education, academic competitions and events in the sphere of education.

Alexander Povalko, Deputy Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation, commented on the new initiative: “Internationalization including attraction of the best students from other countries – is one of the most important directions of development of Russian universities participating in project 5-100. According to statistics, in 2014-2015 academic years more than 220 000 foreign students studied in Russian universities, and in some universities participating in project 5-100 this index reached 20% from the total number that meets the figures of the best world universities. We hope that du to website Study in Russia even more young foreigners can evaluate advantages of Russian higher education”.

The website will help to select a university, education level and training direction quickly, learn about costs of any program and even write a test for knowledge of Russian language. Information is available in three languages – Russian, English and Chinese.

Subject of national security

On Tuesday in Moscow there opened the 3rd Russian meeting of teachers of history and social studies, visited by more than 500 teachers. The event attracted special attention of country authorities: Vladimir Putin, the President, sent a message to the participants of the meeting, and Sergey Naryshkin, Speaker of State Duma, Dmitry Livanov, Head of Ministry of education and science, and other high officials spoke at the opening ceremony.

Meeting of teachers was started by Sergey Naryshkin, Speaker of Parliament, who deals with history issues as social job. Since May 2009 till February 2012 he headed commission for measures against attempts of perversion of history to the detriment of Russia, in 2012 he headed Russian historical community, and since 2013 he provides realization of Presidential initiative about unique concept of teaching history in school. Speaker of Parliament reminded teachers that they deal with the matter of national importance: “Especially you understand real price of national peace and harmony”. Then he turned to the issues of international relations: “You see that unfair Ukrainian politicians try to mutilate our common history, searching for and coloring examples of breaks and suppressing facts of uniting. They struggle with their own past even in geographic names, and make people of Ukraine to love traitors and butchers”.

Moscow Polytechnic University was founded on the base of Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering and Ivan Fedorov Moscow State University of Printing Arts

In accordance with information of press service of Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation, the order of the department about foundation of Moscow Polytechnic University was published. New education institution was made on the base of Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering and Ivan Fedorov Moscow State University of Printing Arts by reorganization in the form of merger.

Press release informs that Andrey Nikolaenko, Rector of Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering, is appointed as rector of the new education institution. All procedures connected with creation of the new university are supposed to be finished till September 1, 2016.

And it is highlighted that the form and terms of education for all students of Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering and Ivan Fedorov Moscow State University of Printing Arts if they continue studying in Polytechnic University, will be saved in complete correspondence with the current licenses for education activity.

According to Andrey Nikolaenko, Moscow Polytechnic University will be developed as an open project and an area for effective cooperation between universities, branches and science-driven business, school and institutions of additional education for children. Even today the education institution actively participates in development of modern professional standards.

Government will launch popular science magazine

In the White House they hope to increase interest of Russian citizens to science

The Government works on the issue of creation of popular science magazine that according to civil servants, shall attract attention of society to the issues of science and achievements of Russian scientists in different areas. The magazine will be edited in 48-pages paper variant and e-version available for tablets and smartphones with систем iOS, Android and Windows. The magazines shall be issued at least 6 times a year. Circulation and price at the paper version are unknown yet, and online version will be free.

As they explained in Ministry of education and science to “Izvestiya”, regardless broad development of TV and internet, printed popular science editions are still popular both among mass readers and the persons who are interested in any highly specialized directions: psychology, culture, geography, history, philosophy etc.

In the Ministry they told that promotion of scientific knowledge in contemporary and comprehensible form is one of the ways to popularize science. A popular science and education edition that could attract attention of society to resolution of vital issues of contemporary science, can become this very form. An edition issued regularly (at least 6 issues a year) with vast distribution in regions and available in internet and in the form of e-version, can be on optimum alternative. E-version of the edition shall be available for tablets and smartphones with систем iOS, Android and Windows.

British mathematicians are trained in accordance with Soviet methods

British Government conducts experiment for creation of special mathematic schools at universities for talented children. There are only two institutions yet –of King's College London and University of Exeter. Other universities do not hurry to launch innovations waiting for the colleagues’ results. But the latter has great success: graduates show good knowledge at exams, and percentage of students who were invited to Oxford and Cambridge, is higher than anywhere else.

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, Lord of Parliament and Consultant of Government of the United Kingdom, actively promotes the idea of creation of special schools.

In exclusive interview to “Izvestiya” the Professor told that she is inspired with Soviet and Russian experience of more than 50 years already. The first mathematic school appeared in Moscow in 1963 at the suggestion of Andrey Kolmogorov, great academic of mathematics.

Bauman Moscow State Technical University will have Department of information analytics and political technologies

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, alma mater of Russian space industry, starts teaching political technologists this year. Valery Remarchuk, Dean of Faculty of social and humanitarian sciences of Bauman Moscow State Technical University, told to “Izvestiya” that Department of information analytics and political technologies will start working this year.

- Bauman University has the status of national university of technologies, thus in this case we consider political technologies in the light of analysis, projecting and forecasting of situations in the sphere of social politics, education, and scientific and technological politics. And the technologies accumulated in the university at departments of mathematics and IT will be applied actively. We will try to accumulate this knowledge and direct basically at research of social sphere.

Graduates of Department of information analytics and political technologies will have bachelor’s degree of direction “Applied informatics”. In the university they give very vast description of the spheres of their future activity: analytical, situation centers of public and administrative authorities; political and administrative and other management units, municipal, state, non-governmental and international organizations; banks, exchange houses, investment and insurance companies, and mass media.

- In 1990 in Bauman Moscow State Technical University, at the Department of social and humanitarian sciences, there was created non-graduating department “Political sciences”. Its aim was to form political culture and state approach to professional activity of future engineers, as in the university humanitarian education is an integrated part of fundamental training of specialists. In 2000 the department created doctoral degree and dissertation council for “Political institutions, processes and technologies”. New department “Information analytics and political technologies” will have direction for bachelors in information analytics, being a synthesis of mathematical analytics and IT in the interests of analytics and analytics by itself. We are sure that our graduates will be popular in different spheres of activity including the one of politics.

Moscow International Education Salon

Dmitry Medvedev, Government Executive, gave order to make Moscow International Education Salon annually starting from 2016. The corresponding document was published on the official legal information portal.

In accordance with the order Ministry of education and science of the RF shall provide annual preparation and organization of Education salon, as well as to execute organizational and technical support of the organization committee activity.

Ministry of communications and media of Russia was charged to assist in covering the events on preparation and conduct of Education salon in state media.

Expenses connected with preparation and conduct of the salon shall be undertaken out of budgetary appropriations stated by Ministry of education and science of the RF in the federal budget for the current financial year for the indicated goals.

* Olga Golodets, Vice Prime Minister, and Veniamin Kaganov, at the opening ceremony of Moscow International Education Salon last year

Best universities in Europe 2016

Made by Times Higher Education (THE), British magazine. In accordance with the published survey Best universities in Europe 2016 that in total includes 200 universities, Moscow State University is on the highest line among Russian universities.

It is on the 79th line. St. Petersburg Polytechnic University of Peter the Great is on the 113th line. They are followed by Tomsk Polytechnic University (136), Kazan Federal University (152) and National research nuclear University (164).

Rating of universities are stably headed by universities of Great Britain. Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College, London are on the first three lines. In total the list includes 46 universities from the United Kingdom. Germany is on the second position by the number of universities. There are 36 German universities in the rating, and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is on the 10th line.

As Phil Baty, Editor of the rating, highlighted, German universities became “serious competitors for British ones” among other things because of reduction or complete cancellation of payments for educations and wide use of English language.

Italy became the third one by the number of universities that are in the rating (19).

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