Record-breaking number of submissions for the Award «For loyalty to science»


In 2021, over 700 applications for the 7th All-Russia Award «For loyalty to science» have been submitted. It is an absolute record for the whole contest live period. The Expert Board is to assess submissions and to form short list in each nominations in the first round and to decide on the winners in the second one. The ceremony of award-giving is scheduled for November, 2021.

«For loyalty to science» award is given for outstanding achievements in science communications; its goal is to enhance prestige of Russian science and engineering professionals. In the Year of Science and Technology, the 744 applicants registered for the award while in 2020 just 312 had been submitted. The quality of submissions is outstanding; the Expert Board is assess projects in various formats: from popular shows and podcasts to historical reconstructions», – says Elena Druzhinina, Co-Chair of Award Expert Board, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

The national finals of WorldSkills Russia-2021 summed up


Russia’s largest competition of professional skills under WorldSkills standrds came to close in Ufa. One thousand and eight hundred students and schoolchildren in 76 regions took part in the competition. They competed in 105 competences to prove they were the best and to acquire new experience and skills. Radiy Khabirov, Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, said that the championship was of particular significance to the Republic.

The winners were announced on the very closing day, on August 29. In team scoring, the Moscow team has become an absolute champion. Republic Bashkortostan holds the first place in the medal ranking according to the 700-point scale. Bashkortostan and St. Petersburg teams shared the second place, with Moscow Region team following them. The teams of Krasnoyarsk and Krasnodar Territories, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Sakhalin, Samara, Tyumen Regions and that of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) make the top-ten.



Science single service platform to be built within the strategy of science and higher education digital development


In the Year of Science and Technologies, the new national program of sci-tech development breaks in, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister, said during the plenary session «Digital transformation of science – the driving force of Russia’s leadership in research and development» at the Eighth International Forum «Technprom-2021». The program will get over one trillion rubles.

«Science digital transformation is one the key strategic vectors which will undoubtedly impact management quality. With the «digits» we will catalyze sci-tech progress for researchers. For example, they will get remote access to the facilities, their digital twins and experiment digital twins, – D. Chernyshenko said. – The strategy of science and higher education digital development envisages building a single service platform for science. It is to provide access to researchers’ profiles, to support collaborative studies and to facilitate science interaction with the real sector. We will also provide for the researchers’ learning digital skills in universities or later in the career». 


Source: RF Government Press Service

Back to university in hybrid format


The Russian universities will start the academic year in hybrid format, Victor Sadovnichy, Head of Russian Rector Union, MSU Rector, said upon the completion of the meeting of over 100 Russian rectors.

The academic year will start on the physical premises of the universities with hybrid training when necessary. Thus, practicums for small groups can be held offline, which is appropriate. General lectures may be delivered online. The cohorts can be divided into several groups and offline lectures can be delivered to them. too. The universities have the right to decide. Sadovnichy says that in several disciplines distance training is no worse than face-to-face teaching.


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

Information and computer infrastructure for science to be established in the Far East


The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia has supported, within the framework of science and sci-tech development, the project by Khabarovsk Federal Research Center of RAS Far-Eastern Branch to modernize the Center for Scientific Equipment Shared Use “Center of Scientific Data Processing and Preservation of RAS Far-Eastern Branch”. The Center provides IT services to dozens of science, research and academic organizations in various Russian regions.

In 2021-2023, the Center will purchase modern high-end hybrid architecture computer systems, which provides the total performance of the Center computing infrastructure in computations and research data processing at 276 teraflops.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Young mathematicians awarded in Sirius


On Monday, the Conference of world-class international mathematical centers opened at Sirius Research Technological University, and the prize winners of the Russian Young Mathematicians Award were announced. The Award is established by Talent and Success Foundation. The laureates were named by Stanislav Smirnov and Andrey Okunkov, Fields Medal winners. Three young mathematicians have already got their award while six more laureate names will be determined within the next few days to be announced at the closing ceremony on August 13.


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

The RF Government approved the list of selected research and educational centers to get the federal grant


The Russian Government have approved the list of selected world-class academic centers qualified for the 2021 federal grant contest. RF Premier Mikhail Mishustin signed the corresponding order.

Five best innovative platforms clustering research and educational organizations with businesses were selected for the Year of Science and Technology in Russia. These centers address the issues of climate and ecology, sustainable nature management and food supply, new energy sources and biotechnologies.

The winners are:

– «North – Territory of Sustainable Development» (Chukotka Autonomous Region, Kamchatka Territory, Magadan and Sakhalin Region, Yakutia);

– «Yenisey Siberia» (Kransoyarsk Territory, Tyva and Khakassia);

– «Baikal» (Irkutsk Region and Buryatia);

– «MoreAgroBioTech» (Sevastopol and Republic of Crimea);

– Interregional Research and Educational Center of the South of Russia (Volgograd Region, Krasnodar Territory and Rostov Region).


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Single academic network for EAEU integration project to be established on the basis of the National Research Computer Network of Russia (NIKS)


The large-scale Eurasian association of academic networks of Eurasian Economic Union states will be established based at the National Research Computer Network of Russia (NIKS)

The project was discussed at the meeting of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Science and Technology Council of the Chairman of the Board.

At the meeting, the issues of the road map design for the singly digital infrastructure for the countries sci-tech cooperation through expanding NIKS geography were discussed. Alexander Narukavnikov, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, related on the possibilities this project would offer. He emphasized that merging academic networks would provide a breakthrough solution to increase efficiency of scientific communities of the member countries and to facilitate interaction with foreign colleagues.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

St. Petersburg is among 100 best student cities


St. Petersburg is among the one hundred best student cities, according to the international QS Best Student Cities-2022 rating.

One hundred and fifteen world cities are named in this independent rating, and the Russian capital of the North holds the 72-th place, Smolny reports. Beside St. Petersburg, Russian cities of Moscow, Tomsk and Novosibirsk are also on the list.

The prestigious rating comprises six indicators: region’s attractiveness, its university rating, student body and students’ opinion on their university, the latter’s image among the employees, and financial availability of education.

Besides, two more criteria are applied: city overall population must be over 250,000 and minimum 2 universities in the recent QS world university rating.


Source: Rossijskaya Gazeta

Science and technology in the field: Agropoligon-2021 Forum in Moscow Region


Boosting soil fertility, increasing productivity of new breeds and hybrids through using fertilizers made the main topics at Agropoligon-2021 Agrichemical Forum held at the experimental station of Pryanishnikov All-Russia Research Institute of Agrochemistry in Barybino, Moscow Region.

It is especially important that the Forum was held within the framework of the Year of Science and Technologies. The exhibition of scientific achievements, i. e. machines, fertilizers, plant protection agents, growth regulators by various produces, was opened as a part of the Forum. A series of agrotechnologies to preserve and reclaim soil fertility and to increase agricultural land potential was demonstrated.

The Science Alley at Agropoligob-2021 introduced 25+ leading research and academic organizations and their achievements. Thus, Crimea Federal University presented their brand of Crimea Olives – the University was the first to produce this crop under moderate climate. The University experts presented their growth module for rooting olive cuttings and related on Agropolis innovative agricultural valley.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Golikova related the launch date for the Professionalitet program in Russia


The Professionalitet program will be launched in Russia on September 1, 2022. The program will enable to decrease the apprenticeship, Tatiana Golikova, RF Vice Premier, said at the meeting of Council for Strategic Development and National Projects.

She added that the system of secondary vocational education needed to be completely restructurized.

«We are planning the complex restructurization of secondary vocational education through integration with enterprises, i.e. through industrial approach to training», – Vice Premier said.

It was reported that the government had developed the measures to improve the system of secondary vocational education. The measures comprise changing methods for admission quotas, apprenticeship, renovating and upgrading colleges, and orienting them toward the labor market.


Source: Rossijskaya Gazeta

President of Russia approved the list of universities to design and establish standards in education


The Decree is to enter into force on September 1, 2021.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Decree on approving the list of federal state organizations of higher education to be authorized to develop and establish educational standards in higher education programs independently.

M. Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, N. Bauman Moscow State Technical University, etc., are among the authorized organizations, with 18 universities on the list.


Source: Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Press Service

The annual report on implementation of the national policy in education in 2020


The report comprises the review and analysis of implementation of the national education policy, education system monitoring data, as well as the data of the federal statistical study and several departmental monitoring systems.

Annually, the government submits the report on implementation of the national policy in education to the Federal Assembly and publishes it at the Government’s official website.

Support of backbone universities oriented toward developing the regions’ intellectual potential, upgrading educational technologies, promoting individual approach through building individual learning paths, building accessible and efficient educational environment for the disabled and physically impaired learners, etc., are listed as the key results of the year 2020.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Moscow State University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology are Russia’s leading universities, RAEX reports


RAEX agency ranked Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National Research Nuclear University MEPHI, St. Petersburg State University and Higher School of Economics National Research University as the 5 top Russian universities.

MSU leads in all three criteria groups: the quality of education, employer demand for graduates, and research activities.  

RAEX also reports that MIPT leads in education quality and research activities, StPSU – in  education quality and HSE – in  employer demand for its graduates.

In general, these 5 universities have retained their positions as compared to 2020. However, there are some changes in the top ten. Thus,  Moscow N. Bauman State Technical switched places with Moscow State Institute of International Relations and moved up from rank 7 to 6. This is owing to improved knowledge level of admitted students and increased cooperation with employers.



We’ve got the right at law 


Belarus State University and People’s Friendship University of Russia are to launch joint law master's program. Andrey Korol and Oleg Yastrebov, the rectors, have signed the agreement. The official ceremony took place online on May 25. The enrollment is to start this year.

Oleg Yastrebov, Rector of People’s Friendship University of Russia, says that the University has been developing over 180 joint educational programs with foreign institutions, both exchange and dual degree programs. 


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta