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Nobel award in the sphere of chemistry was given for research of mechanism of DNA recovery

According to TASS, as it was announced by Nobel committee at Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Wednesday, Nobel award in the sphere of chemistry was given to Thomas Lindal, Paul Modric and Aziz Sankara for research of mechanism of DNA recovery.

In 2014 the award for chemistry was received by W. Hell, Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner for new methods of high-accuracy microscopy that left behind the possibilities of light microscope. Lenta.ru reminds that their researches allow to visualize ways of separate molecules inside living cells.

Traditionally in Stockholm on December 10, on the day of death of Alfred Nobel, there will be official awarding ceremony. The laureates will be awarded by Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden.

This year the amount of monetary award will make near 950 000 USD (for all laureates in physics). Reduction of the award (that usually makes not less than 1 mln USD) is connected with rate volatility.

Vladimir Medinsky took part in Russian Lesson of Victory

Russian lesson dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, took place today in Situation and information center of Federal Education and Science supervision service. The lesson was headed by Dmitry Livanov, Minister of education and science of the RF, and Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of culture of the RF, Chairman of Russian Military historical society.

Speaking at opening ceremony of the Russian lesson Vladimir Medinsky thanked participants of the Great Patriotic war and told about difficulties that were suffered by his relative during war years. 

Vladimir Medinsky, Chairman of Russian Military historical society, told: “Listening to my father’s stories I understood how much our fathers and grandfathers had experienced and built our great country then; and we gave life to our children thanks to them. That’s exactly why we understand that the war came through every family in our country”.  He also reminded that losses of the Soviet Union during the years of the Great Patriotic war made 27 mln of people and highlighted that Russians shall understand that for the fighting partners – Americans and British people – it was the World war, and for Russia – Holy war, National Great Patriotic war.

Cities of Military glory – St. Petersburg, Volgograd and Sevastopol - also connected to the video conference in Moscow. Heads of regions and veterans of the Great Patriotic war spoke there. Also there was live broadcast from Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow and from Berlin. Dmitry Livanov, Minister of education and science of the RF, started Month of Victory, during which pupils of the whole country will visit museums and memorable places, and take part in patriotic actions. It is also planned to open an interactive project on the official portal of the Ministry of education in the form of a special section “Lesson of Victory”.

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Russian Military Historical society and Rotourism realize patriotic program “Roads of Victory” during which since September 2014 there will be free bus excursions for pupils to the places of war and historical heritage of Moscow and Moscow region.

More than 30 000 pupils already took part in the program, and till the end of the year 150 000 pupils will do this. 13 museums of Moscow and Moscow region are the participants of the program. State Historical museum, Central museum of the Great Patriotic war at Poklonnaya Hill, open air museum “Borodino field” , Central Russian Federation Armed Forces museum and State Military technical museum are among them.

Russian lesson of Victory

Dmitry Livanov started Month of Victory in all schools of the country as a part of Russian lesson.

Today in Situation and information center of Federal Education and Science supervision service, Dmitry Livanov and Vladimir Medinsky, Ministers, headed Russian unique lesson of Victory in the Great Patriotic war. Cities of Military glory also connected to the video conference in Moscow.

According to Dmitry Livanov, Ministry of education and science of the RF, in 2020 pupils of ninth year shall have six exit exams, and foreign language will be compulsory as mathematics and Russian language.

Interfax cites Mr Livanov: “It seems to me that as English exam will be compulsory at 2020, foreign language shall be compulsory. Other three shall be discussed, may be they will be at the option. Thus the Minister commented the discussion in profile committee of the State Duma in the beginning of March about increase of number of exit exams for the pupils of the ninth year”.

He added that from his point of view, there is no need to make six compulsory exams. Let us remind that before it was informed that after Unified State Ministry of Education and Science of the RF offered to reform state exams for nine-year pupils seriously: in 2016 to make each nine-year pupil to have four exams instead of two, and six exams in 2020.

As Natalia Tretyak, First deputy Minister, explained, today nine-year pupils have two obligatory subjects only: mathematics and Russian language. They don’t have to pass third and fourth exams at option yet. But in Ministry they are not content with the tendency that pupils pass obligatory exams only and reject from subjects at option.

Profile committee of the State Duma supported the offer to make obligatory exams for nine-year pupils in general.

Russian universities rush to world ratings

According to plans five Russian universities shall enter the top hundred world education institutions till 2020.

Project 5-100 was launched in May 2013 by the Order of the president № 599 “About means for realization of state policy in the sphere of education and science”. The aim of the project is not only to increase quality of students’ education but also to provide serious positions of our universities in special world ratings.

15 universities participate in the project from the very beginning: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National University of Science and technology, National research University Higher School of Economics, Ural Federal University, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University and others. Once a year each university has to protect its right to participate in the program.

Reorganization of higher education became the main subject for discussion both by professionals and users of education services long ago. Today the main task of the leading universities of Russia is to appear in the list of top hundred world universities till 2020.

On March 20-21 universities that participate in the project 5-100 protect in Tomsk “road maps” prepared by themselves – so called annual plans of events to increase competitiveness.

The Board for competitiveness of the leading universities of the Russian Federation among the leading world scientific and education centers will decide in accordance with content of the road maps if the list of the participants of the project will change or not, and how to distribute budget for 2015-2015 for them.

Moscow State University is in the list of prestige universities of the world

Moscow and St. Petersburg State Universities are included in the first hundred of prestige universities of the world.  According to Lenta.ru Moscow State University is on the 25th line of the reputation rate.

The research was prepared by Times Higher Education British magazine.  Rate of world universities is measured since 2011. Moscow State University never was on such a high line: last year foreign education centers pushed it into the sixtieth lines. This year St. Petersburg University came out on ninetieth lines of the rate.

Universities are ranged in accordance with the results of interrogation of 10,5 thousands of professors from 142 countries. Teaching experience shall not be less than 15 – it’s one of the terms for participants of the interrogation. The magazine warns that universities rank is a reputable but inexact mark as built on scientists’ perception of university’s brand.

Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford are top three traditionally. Princeton, Yale and Berkley are in the first ten ones.

Before the magazine presented rating of universities in accordance with teaching level. In this list of 2013 Moscow State University was in the group of universities between 226 and 250 lines, and in 2014-2015 was on 196 line

Project «Book expert»

Free digital newsletter oriented on university libraries, faculties and departments, methodists and professors is renewed daily.

Urait Company, Russian publisher of study materials and operator of digital library system biblio-online.ru, announced that its project «Book expert» presenting the most recent and actual information about education and training book publishing is open for everybody.

Each issue of the digital newsletter consists of three parts: leading article, book review and by-liner written by experienced analytics of the company. Within the project there also special issues dedicated to anniversaries of universities - partners of the publishing house, and in future it is planned to expand the range of themes of special issues.

On April 15-18, 2015 in Expocenter at Krasnaya Presnya, there will be the second Moscow International Salon of Education organized by Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation. This time the focus will be on the program of events amended with exhibition blocks. Also there will be exhibition, varied business program and open events for visitors and their children.

Open program of the Salon includes workshops, festival events for children and adults within the following clusters: «Global education», «Land of universities», «Technologies for education», «Carrier guidance and vocational training», «Fifth quadmester», «Preschool world» and «Development of genius».

Business program of the Salon includes forums, lectures, seminars, workshops and trainings for professionals - teachers, heads of education institutions and operators of service markets. Four basic sections will be the key themes of the Business program of Moscow International Salon of Education-2015: digital education environment, professions and skills of 21 century, partnership and investments, development of creativity and support of talent.

To enter the events of the Business program registration is a must.

Open program is free.

Additional information is available on the website of the Salon

In USA Dmitry Livanov was interviewed by Larry King, famous television host. Dmitry Livanov made a working trip to USA and met with Gene Block,Chancellor of UCLA, in Los Angeles. At the meeting the Head of Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation told about intentions to develop net partnership between leading universities of Russia and USA.

TASS reports with reference to the press service of Ministry of education and science that in particular this is about partnership between Association of American Universities thatincludes 62 leading universities of USA and Canada, and associations of Russian universities. The initiative was made by Dmitry Livanov at the meeting with Gene Block,Chancellor of UCLA. UCLA is one of the leading universities of USA being the part of big league of world high education.

Concluding the meeting Dmitry Livanov and Gene Block agreed to create financial tools of support of inter-university cooperation including academy mobility of students and academic staff.

Moreover during his visit the Minister also met with representatives of Russian-language scientific association RASA-USA. Press service of the Ministry reported: «In the nearest future the parties are to start work on organization of leading research medical centers on the base of Russian universities».

At the meeting Dmitry Livanov highlighted: «We try to attract world scientist for work with Russian education institutions and scientific organizations actively». According to him intellectual capacity of RASA-USA can be extra useful for upgrading efficiency of work of Russian scientific schools.

, famous television host. Dmitry Livanov made a working trip to USA and met with Gene Block,Chancellor of UCLA, in Los Angeles. At the meeting the Head of Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation told about intentions to develop net partnership between leading universities of Russia and USA.

TASS reports with reference to the press service of Ministry of education and science that in particular this is about partnership between Association of American Universities thatincludes 62 leading universities of USA and Canada, and associations of Russian universities. The initiative was made by Dmitry Livanov at the meeting with Gene Block,Chancellor of UCLA. UCLA is one of the leading universities of USA being the part of big league of world high education.

Concluding the meeting Dmitry Livanov and Gene Block agreed to create financial tools of support of inter-university cooperation including academy mobility of students and academic staff.

Moreover during his visit the Minister also met with representatives of Russian-language scientific association RASA-USA. Press service of the Ministry reported: «In the nearest future the parties are to start work on organization of leading research medical centers on the base of Russian universities».

At the meeting Dmitry Livanov highlighted: «We try to attract world scientist for work with Russian education institutions and scientific organizations actively». According to him intellectual capacity of RASA-USA can be extra useful for upgrading efficiency of work of Russian scientific schools.

Recently during the meeting Commission for assessment of consequences of decision about reorganization of federal state education organization of Ministry of education and science of Russia discussed an issue about joining Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics to G.V. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. Press service of the Ministry reported: «Academic councils of the universities sent corresponding messages to Ministry of education and science before».

Thus in the message of G.V. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics it was informed that on the basis of two education organizations there will be created a leading research university of economics - center of realization of complex scientific research and training with wide range of education programs of international standards level. In accordance with opinion of Viktor Grishin, Rector of G.V. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, such union will allow to prepare highly trained professionals for economics of Moscow and Russian regions. Natalia Tikhomirova, Rector of Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics, told: «This decision will allow to enforce overall potential». Representatives of labor organizations also sent letter of support of the decision about joining the universities to Ministry of eduction and science.

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