The Week of Education starts in Moscow


The ways to reveal managers and administrators to be among students and schoolchildren and to support their talents were discussed as the first topic.

The rectors of leading Russian universities participating in the events spoke on the qualities leaders must have.

The project organizers, including the presidential platform «Russia – Land of Opportunity», have scheduled over 100 events for the Week, e.g. subject conferences and master classes, to be held online.


Source: Izvestia

Diplomas get to market


The program «Startup as a Diploma» has been included into the national project «Science and Universities». The program is to facilitate national technologies and to support young entrepreneurs. University students’ graduation qualification work can become his or her business project.

The program «Startup as a Diploma» is seen as an important and valuable support offered to the students who are willing to contribute to technological development.

«Any student may apply, – Alexandra Lisovaya, Tomsk Polytechnic University spokeswoman told the RG reporter, – The program participants are to receive professional training in startups and defend their theses to entrepreneurial community. They may get financing from investors and set up in business».


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrated its 125-th anniversary on May 11


«Tomsk Polytechnic University is definitely a special higher educational institution in this country. Firstly, it is the first technological university established to the east of the Russian Urals. It is the first higher engineering institution in this country to get the university status. And, above all, it is the unique factory of science and engineering professionals in our country», – said Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Many political figures, university rectors, heads of major enterprises, prominent scientists and alumni sent their greetings to Tomsk Polytech. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued commendation to the faculty and staff of Tomsk Polytechnic University for their dedicated work of many years. On the occasion of TPU 125-th anniversary, the RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education gave awards over 60 TPU scientists. Noteworthy that TPU celebrates its anniversary in the Year of Science and Technologies announced by President Vladimir Putin.


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

Second higher education in arts to be free


The State Duma approved in the first reading the government decree that would enable to get the second education in arts free at state expense. President Vladimir Putin authorized to draft the document following his meeting with graduates and allumni at All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography.

Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture, said at the chamber session, that this referred to the professions of theatre, TV and film producer, conductor, to men of letters and translators. «These are the professions that we need today in culture, and these are the specialities that require life experience, integrative attitude toward life and people», – she emphasized. She added that during the Soviet era the graduates from higher institutes had had such opportunity to get the second higher education in a different sphere.


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

The best case solutions for «The digital breakthrough», the Ministry’s of Science and Higher Education contest


The All-Russia contest «The digital breakthrough» is one of the flagship projects of the presidential platform «Russia – the Land of Opportunities»; it is also included into the Year of Science and Technologies schedule.

Twenty four teams have become the winners and prizers of Hackathon 1 Season 3. Three of them hit the podium within the case of the RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education asked to develop a system to monitor and assess the demand for IT staff in the RF regions. The teams were to develop the monitoring system with dashboard comprising interactive and analytical elements, e.g. reports, tables, graphs, diagrams. This information enables to adjust admission to universities in IT specialties and improve the related curricula.

The teams from Sverdlovsk Oblast, Moscow, Perm Kraj, Rostov Oblast proposed the best solutions for the Ministry’s of Science and Higher Education case.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Russia to get 900 youth laboratories by 2024


During his working visit to Ekaterinburg, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister, held the meeting with young researchers, mainly the postgraduates of the Ural Federal University. The meeting was held at the Russian Academy of Sciences Ural Branch.

«For the Year of Science and Technology announced by the President, within the framework of the national project «Science and universities», we have planned the series of measures to support young scientists. These include grants, real estate certificates, laboratories to be build and equipment renovation», Dmitry Chernyshenko says. The Vice Premier also informed that instrumental renovation of existing laboratories was also planned. Selection of applications for grants is to start in the 2nd quarter.


Source: RF Government Press Service

Support for technopolises’ innovative projects


The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation have selected, on a competitive basis, the strategies to facilitate the innovative projects developed by techopolises. The winners will get grants for these projects. The Contest Committee acknowledged the strategies of Michurinsk, Koltsovo, Korolev and Pushchino science towns as the winners.

Annually, the RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education holds the contest of innovative projects to support hi-tech industries and production of innovative goods and services in compliance with the Russian Federation’s priority vectors for science and technologies.


 Source: The RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Digital Prorector


A new job position will be introduced in Russian universities – Dmitry Chernyshenko, Vice Premier, have tasked the rectors to do so at their meeting in Kazan.

The rectors are also tasked to add digital upgrade in the university development programs, and to add modules to develop digital skills in the students. Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Education, promised to authorize changing university education standards in the nearest future. Against this background, the need for the digital prorector position is an urgent and promising one. In several universities, these officers have already got started.


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

2020 Education Contest results finalized


Tatiana Golikova, Vice Premier, chaired at the Education National Project Committee meeting. At the meeting, the 2020 Project results were finalized; the final reports for the federal projects «Support for the Families with Children», «The Teacher of the Future», «New Opportunities for Everyone», «Education Export» for the years 2019-2020, were presented. Sergey Kravtsov, Minister of Education, Andrey Omelchuk, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education, Alexander Bugaev, Head of Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, etc., spoke at the meeting.

The Education Ministry reports that, as of 2020, within the framework of the national project, over 140,000 jobs in general education were produced; 5,000 Growth Point Centers in rural school and small towns were established. In 369 remedial schools, the facilities were upgraded; in over 2,300 schools, the stadiums and gym halls were renovated. Twenty seven regional centers for talented kids were opened; 71 IT-Cube digital centers were established. Over 20,000 teachers improved their competences in modern technologies and using digital platforms.

A new national project «Science and Universities» is to embrace these federal projects.


 Source: RF Government Press Service

Russian universities selected the rankings for themselves


On April 8, the Association of Global Universities held the reporting meeting. The Association unites the universities participating in «5-100» government program. The project was launched to fulfill one of PresidentialMay Orders of 2012. President Vladimir Putin demanded than that by 2020, no less than five Russian universities would be ranked among the one hundred world best universities in the global university ranking.

In 2013 Government Decree, three most prestigious and respectable ranking were cited, namely Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE) and Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai ranking). In 2015, Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of Higher School of Economics and Global Universities Association Chairman, admitted that, by 2020, the participating universities had got almost zero chance to be ranked among the top-100 of institutional rankings.

Mr. Kuzminov then suggested that, to fulfill the presidential decree, the universities should have focused on multiple discipline-specific rankings rather than on universal ones. Within the former, the universities are being ranked strictly within their domains, e.g. mathematics or medicine. In spring 2016, the corresponding amendments were made to the decree.

The results of «5-100» government program have been still disputed. The participants argue that it is a success, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education reports overachievements. However, formally the government program became viable only with the amendments.


Source: Kommersant

«Your Turn »


Sergey Kiriyenko, Deputy Presidential Chief of Staff, announced the All-Russian Competition «Your Turn» on the platform of “Russia – Land of Opportunity, autonomous non-profit organization. The registration for the contest is on April 8 – June 12, 2021.

The first stages of the competition will be held online. In August-October, a series of 16 in-person semifinals will be held in every Russian federal district where the teams are to solve problems set up by large Russian companies. The contest partners will implement the best solutions into their practice. The final competition is scheduled for November, 2021, and will be held in Moscow.


Source: The competition official website

New list of specialities for conferring of a degree


Based on Higher Attestation Committee’s (HAC) recommendations, the RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education issued the decree No. 118 of February 24, 2021, to approve the nomenclature of academic specialities for conferring of a degree. The new nomenclature version was prepared in accordance with Presidential Instructions No. Pr. 589 of March 28, 2020.

Twenty one new specialities not related to the prior groups have been included into the list. Within the recent trends, four new speciality groups are included, i.e. computer sciences and informatics, biotechnology, subsurface use and mining science, and cognitive science. The speciality groups in theology, clinical medicine, construction and architecture have newly got one profile each.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

The Seventh All-Russia Award «For Loyalty to Science»


The structure of the Expert Council of the Seventh All-Russia Award «For Loyalty to Science», list of nominations and start date for applications, were approved at the first Organizing Committee’s meeting. The award is included into the list of key events of the Year of Science and Technologies in the Russian Federation.

Mikhail Kovalchuk, President of the National Research Center «Kurchatov Institute», said: «The goal is to increase science value and to make it more popular. The role of scientific community is extremely significant. We have established the Association of the Natural Sciences Teachers. The scientists must play a special role in introducing new feelings to the masses related to the shift to a new technological paradigm».


 Source: RF Government Press Service

Interest of the Russians toward science decreased


The researchers of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge of the Higher School of Economics presented the complete picture of Russian Science in its recent statistical digest «The Science Indicators».

Unfortunately, Russia people take little interest in science. They regard it just as the means to rise the living standards. Only 18% respondents of the age 18-65 demonstrated their interest toward latest developments, while 35% respondents watch TV popular programs on science now and then, and  21% read about science and technology in print and online. The most alarming fact is that almost all these indicators have been significantly decreasing for five years.


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

totalniidiktantTotal dictation — 2021


On March 31, registration for the Total Dictation to be held on April 10, is to start.

This year, the Total Dictation will be held not only in the Russian but also in the English language. Simultaneously, for the sixth time, non-native speakers are to take the TruD test in 152 cities, 46 countries on 5 continents, e.g. Australia, Peru, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Nicaragua, China, and the USA.

Among others, foreign students of Russian universities, people of foreign diasporas, bilingual kids will go through the TruD test. This test is based on the Total Dictation. This year, the author of the Total Dictation is writer Dmitry Glukhovsky


Source: Total Dictation official website

Anatoly Wasserman opened the Academy of free education


If you are willing to power-level your brain, upgrade your intellect and learn how to use the knowledge you’ve got, try free educational online platform launched by Anatoly Wasserman, erudite, journalist and analyst.

«The knowledge in and of itself remain useless if you do not know how to apply it – Wasserman says, – Wasserman Academy is the site to get the skills for good and efficient use of obtained information array».


Source: Rossijskaya gazeta

The number of people willing to obtain higher education cut by half


In ten years, the number of the Russians expecting their children to obtain higher education has decreased by half. A popular HR company conducted the survey to find that 43% parents of school leavers expected their kids to enter universities while in 2010, this number had been 80%.

For instance, the daughter of Marina, Moscow resident mom, is going to find a job on leaving school though she studies well and would be able to enter a university. The mother explained her and her daughter’s decision: at the age of 18, only few know what they want to be—to learn this one have to gain experience in several spheres. The life has been rapidly changing along with education. If further in your life you decide that you need higher education for successful career, then you will be able to make your informed choice.


Source: Moskovsky Komsomolets

What do the Russians expect of science?


The Modern Media Research Institute (MOMRI) commissioned by Nauka [Science] TV Channel, conducted the All-Russian poll to identify expectations that the Russians set on modern science.

It was found that the Russians looked primarily for discoveries and innovations in medicine and pharmacology  to treat cancer and other hard-to-cure diseases, to develop new effective meds and vaccines and to fight viruses, including COVID-19.

The developments in the humanities, psychology and economics are also of great interest. The respondents pointed to urgent problems in education and ethics in the younger generation, to the need for new educational methods, studies and discoveries in child psychology. The Russians expect the economists to solve economic problems and to decrease social inequality.


Source: Science TV Channel

NostrificationNostrification of foreign diplomas to be liberalised

The consolidated list of foreign educational and scientific organizations which diplomas are acknowledged by default is to be adopted in Russia. Premier Mishustin have signed the corresponding decree. The selection procedure for foreign educational and scientific institutions which diplomas must not be confirmed will be liberalized and accelerated.
The foreign citizens intended to continue their education in Russia or to be employed by Russian organizations have to complete academic recognition process, or nostrification, with the exception of graduates from the states of bilateral cooperation alliances as well as the graduates from academic organizations on the special list. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education is to acquire data on institutions and to draw the consolidated list indicating the correspondence between Russian and foreign educational status.

Source: Press service of the RF Government

Innopolis“Human resources for the future” meeting


On March 6, Vice Premier Dmitry Chernyshenko’s visiting meeting “”Human resource for the future” took place with the participation of Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, and Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Over 200 rectors of Russian leading universities, e.g. Moscow State University, Moscow Institute ща Physics and Technology, St. Petersburg State University, National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Far Eastern Federal University, along with representatives of Yandex,, Sber, X5 Retail Group, Russian Railways, Aeroflot and Rosatom, attended the meeting off- and online.
The participants discussed the ways to consolidate the system of higher and vocational education and industrial companies to meet the demand of priority sectors for high-end professionals mastering IT-competences. In particular, digital disciplines and modules have to be included even into the university curricula unrelated to IT. Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov assured that the standard would be changed in the nearest future. However, the balance has to be kept between the new standards and best traditions of fundamental education.


Source: Innopolis

ProfTrainContest prizewinners to undergo training at Russia’s most successful companies

The results have been finalized for the third season of student research papers contest «Professional internships 2.0» on the Presidential platform “Russia is the Land of Opportunities” supported by the All-Russia People’s Front. Altogether 589 students of 59 Russian regions have become the contest winners. The country’s leading companies have invited them to undergo training.
Elena Druzhinina, RF Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education, said that the Ministry had been supporting the contest «Professional internships 2.0» from its very start and emphasized the contest importance: “The contest’s very mechanics is unique not only for Russia but for the world practice, too. On the platform of the contest, 4,500 actual tasks of employers are accumulated as the cases. By solving these problems, the students contribute to their course and diploma papers but also apply their skills and knowledge acquired at their universities to real life. This approach conforms completely to the concept of practice-oriented education”.
Aleksey Komissarov, General Director of “Russia is the Land of Opportunities” Autonomous Non-Profit Organization, Co-Chair of the All-Russia People’s Front Central Headquarters, presented the results of the contest’s third season. He said Altay region, Orenburg and Bryansk oblasts, Krasnodar region, Tyumen oblast and Chuvash Republic led in the number of winners. Of the partner employers, Russian Railways, Sakhalin Energy, Ulyanovsk Oblast Government and Kremny El Group lead in the number of winners.
On February 1, 2021, the contest fourth season started. Students are invited to choose the case at профстажировки.рф and apply by April 30, 2021.

Source: профстажировки.рф

YoungScientistRussian President Vladimir Putin supported the suggestion by Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education, to capture the status of young scientist in science legislation. This issue was discussed in Kremlin.

“The government must take care of scientists of all generations and of every age” Putin said. He emphasized that the young researchers making their first steps needed special support of the state. Falkov explained that there was neither clear definition for young scientists nor a legal provision for this status in federal or regional legislations.

Source: Rossijskaya gazeta