The prizes of the Golden Names in Higher Education competition are awarded


Тhe ceremony of prize-giving of the Golden Names in Higher Education competition took place at the Scientist Club and coincided with the new professional holiday established in the Year of Science and Technologies by the Decree of the RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

At the Central Scientist Club, the finalists were greeted by the ministerial officers, representatives of RF Public Chamber, State Duma deputies, members of RF Federation Council and members of the Higher School Teacher League (Interregional Non-governmental Organization).

The Golden Names in Higher Education competition is held since 2017 within the same-name project of the Higher School Teacher League (Interregional Non-governmental Organization) and funded by Presidential Grants Foundation. The project goal is to improve prestige of the profession and quality of education. This year the contest is held through the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

Throughout its existence, up to 3.5 thousand professors have participated in the contest. In the Year of Science and Technologies, the number of applications is record-breaking – 1.5 thousand applicants in 74 Russian regions. The Organizing Committee evaluated them by several criteria and selected the winners. The complete list is available at the official website.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Professors Balzani and Oganessian to receive first UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences


Professor Vincenzo Balzani (Italy) and Professor Yuri Oganessian (Russian Federation) will be awarded the first UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences. The decision was made on the recommendation of an eminent international jury chaired by Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


Source: The prize website

The Government Decree on free second higher education in arts is approved


Beginning in the next year, Russian citizens may get second or further education in arts  free of charge. Premier Mikhail Mishustin approved the procedure and the list of higher schools and specialities.

Ten leading arts schools will provide second higher education, i.e. All-Russian (Gerasimov) State Institute of Cinematography, St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television, Russian Institute of the Theatre Arts (GITIS), B. Shchukin  Theatre Institute, M. S. Shchepkin Higher Theatre School, Moscow Art Theatre School. Gnesin Russian Academy of Music, Chaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, M. Gorky Literature Institute. 


Source: RF Government Decree No.1880 of October 30,2021 

The Decree on establishing the Day of Teacher in Higher Education is signed


The professional holiday is established in the year 2021 announced by the RF President the Year of Science and Technologies.

It is to promote the prestige of higher school teachers and the status appropriate for their important role, to make the young people more interested in the profession and to facilitate recruitment. «To teach means not only to convey knowledge but also to make [students] interested, wake up their drive for the new, teach them to set up problems and find solutions. At all times, the teachers inspire and kindle curiosity, direct and support in achieving ambitious goals. Moreover, today the teachers find themselves on the frontier of knowledge, share the best experience in research and development with students.

We are establishing the new professional holiday to emphasize the value of and demand for teachers  efforts, their role in education of young people. We will celebrate this day annually on November 19, which is the birth day of Mikhail Lomonosov, outstanding Russian scientist who founded the first Russian university», – Valery Falkov. RF Minister of Science and Higher Education, says. 


Source: Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service 

Five Russian universities in THE Reputation Ranking


Five Russian universities are included into the reputation ranking published by Times Higher Education (THE), TASS reports referring to THE World Reputation Rankings 2021 comprising 202 universities in 29 countries and regions.  

As it has in the previous years, Moscow Lomonosov State University took the 38th place and the top position among the Russian University, though it is one point lower than the year before. 

The Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), and St. Petersburg State University also represent Russia in THE world ranking. These three universities fall under 126-150 ranking, while Novosibirsk holds the position in 151-175 group. 


Source: TASS 


New standard of digital footprint acquisition in education implemented in Russia



The standard of acquiring digital footprint in education has been designed and approved at the University 20.35. The digital footprint is to be acquired via audio and video records of Zoom conferences, chat logs, project activity data, students’ responses and feedback, mutual assessment, etc. To build the digital footprint of professional and educational activity, the data of diagnostics, educational content and process, individual education experience, achievements, in other words, the wealth of knowledge the person acquires through his or her whole life, are to be acquired.
Why digital footprint at all?
“It enables to approve the very fact of person’s becoming competent but also to analyze the degree of student’s engagement with the learning process, to understand his/her learning style. Above all, it enables to define how efficient curriculum is”, Andrey Komissarov, Director of “Data-based-development” Program of the University 20.35, said.


Source: STI University  20.35

Russian universities go on the air


Valery Falkov, Russian Minister of Science and Higher Education , presented  the TV project “My universities. The future is today’s!”

The project, in the travel show format, will present Russian regional higher schools from Kaliningrad to the Far East of Russia.

The show will go on the NTV channel.

“The task of My Universities project is to demonstrate that quality education is available not in the capital city alone. The audience will look at the universities through the eyes of parents and applicants: each episode will be presented by two personalities belonging to the different generations. They will be on their visit to a university for the first time and will share their impressions. Having vast experience of teaching myself, I know how school graduates and students value honesty and true emotions. I have no doubt, they will like the project. And am waiting for it impatiently myself”, added Valery Falkov.



Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Eduction Press Service

One hundred and six Russian universities joined «Prioritet 2030» Program


At his press conference, Valery Falkov, RF Minister of Science and Higher Education, summarized the selection process for «Prioritet 2030» [Priority 2030], the largest university support state program.

«Today, 106 higher institutions have become “Prioritet 2030” full participants. Two commissions had been selecting them. The principal commission selected 101 university, while the special subcommission chaired by Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture, selected 5 art higher institutes more. [We] evaluated university development program as compared to the national goals and regional agenda», – Valery Falkov said.

The selected universities represent 46 entities of every federal districts with the two thirds of universities located in the regions. The member universities are affiliated with various departments, i.e. RF Government, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Defense Ministry, Ministry of Agriculture, Transport Ministry, Federal Railway Transport Agency.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

Thirty three Russian scientists became the winners of Nauka race within Leaders of Russia Contest


The winners of Nauka (Science) race of the Leaders of Russia 4th season are determined.  The  Leaders of Russia is the flagship project of «Russia – the Land of Opportunities» Presidential Platform. Thirty three Russian scientists of 15 regions have become the winners.

The final Nauka race took place at Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (National Research Technological University) within the framework of the Year of Science, on September 17-18. The co-organizers, i. e. Presidential Coordination Board for Youth Affairs in Science and Education and RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education, were consulting at the assessment procedures. One hundred and 59 finalists from all over Russia attended the event. 

The participants’ age ranges from 26 to 48, among them 22 candidates of science and 4 doctors of science. Each of them may qualify for the membership in Presidential Coordination Board for Youth Affairs in Science and Education and get the chance to work with the masters in the Presidential Council for Science and Education, university and research institutions’ heads, corporation CEOs and prominent Russian scientists. Besides, the winners are to come to the closing ceremony of the Year of Science and Technologies. Eighteen winners will attend the contest superfinal. The finalists will get the opportunity to join educational programs of the leading universities and research organizations, to undertake internship in relevant ministries, universities, research institutes and large corporations.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

To get a new IT-profession through government support 


In September, learning process in 29 new programs under Digital Professions project started. Among them, courses in Data Science, web-design and web-analytics, product management, mobile design, design in Python и С++, data analysis technologies, software testing, artificial intellect technologies, etc. The Government is to pay 50% of educational fees.

Netology, Yandex.Practicum, Involta Education companies, Innopolis University and National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, as well as STI Center for Education Competences offer the relevant courses. In the fall, other educational organizations are to offer their programs, among them GeekBrains, Skillfactory, Skyeng, «1С-Education, HackerU, Financial University under the RF Government, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, etc.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

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