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ROSOBRNADZOR head says: Russian schools keep the high level achievements

The start of the new school year is inevitably the season for lively discussions on the problems and ways for the national education system. What tasks do we face in assessing school education quality in Russia? Will the format and the content of the exams and tests change? These problems are to be discussed the Third International Conference “Education of High Possibilities For Everyone: Global experience, assessment, introduction” organized by the Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency (ROSOBRNADZOR), to be held in Moscow on September 7-9.

Sergey Kravtsov, ROSOBRNADZOR head, spoke about his expectations and the current state of education quality assessment in Russia, to “Russia Today” MIA’s project “Social Navigator”.

— Sergey Sergeevich, what do you expect of the forthcoming conference?

— The Russian Education system has been continuously being improved. It is a natural process targeted at goals relevant to the current stage”.

Source:Novosti RIA

Russian President stated on the need for integrated modernization of vocational education in the Far Eastern Region of Russia

On September 7, the RF President Vladimir Putin attended the Plenary Forum of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Addressing the forum, the national leader touched on the education in the Russian Far Eastern region.

— It is important to use the region’s existing educational potential to the full extent. Today, the Far Eastern Federal University had been transforming into one of the most advanced Russia’s education institutions, the center to promote digital technologies, — Vladimir Putin stated.

To provide for efficient youth policy comprising every current and prospective tasks in the Far East, President authorized the Russian Government together with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Agency for Human Capital Development in the Far East to develop a special program. The Russian President emphasized that the focus had to be made on education, professional orientation, and support of the young adults in the labor market.

Vladimir Putin suggested that, within the program framework, branches and affiliated faculties of Russian top universities should be established [in the Russian Far East]. His special attention was given to the development of secondary vocational education; he said that the region’s demand for qualified workers would increase in the coming years.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Russia to become the master of the universe

Promoting artificial intelligence is to determine Russia’s future but also the future of the whole world, President Vladimir Putin said today at the open lesson [traditionally held at schools on the first day of school year]. The nation that wins the priority in this field will become the master of the universe.

“This comprises colossal potentiality and threats that we are can hardly forecast today. Those who will lead are to become the masters of the world”, – Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin taught an open lesson at one of Yaroslavl secondary schools. The online broadcasting gathered the students of over 16,000 schools in Russia and the total audience of 1 million. Twenty students, who perform the best in engineering and natural sciences, attended at the presidential open lesson in person.

Putin congratulated everyone present in person and online on the Day of Knowledge and spoke about the country’s past and the future. He answered many questions, including those on high-end technologies and their prospects. Beside the artificial intelligence, Vladimir Putin discussed with the young Russian students the questions of nuclear space engine design, colonization of Mars and deep space exploration.

Source: Federal News Agency

Forum “Science of the Future –Science of the Young” to gather together scientists, students, and post-graduates

On September 6, Grigory Trubnikov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, participated in the press conference on the Third All-Russian Youth Scientific Forum “Science of the Future — Science of the Young” to be held in Nizhny Novgorod on September 12—14.

The Deputy Minister said the forum was «the event to collect hundreds of the young and talented people”.

— The All-Russian contest of research works of graduate and post-graduate students will be the key Forum event. Over 2,200 applicants of approx. 250 higher schools have been participating in the contest this year. Experts have selected about 350 best projects to be presented in person, — the Deputy Minister said.

Grigory Trubnikov informed that the round table on scientific journalism: “Popularizing science in the modern society: Strategies, formats, meanings” was to be held.

    We are inviting popular TV hosts, scientific journals’ editors, journalists who will tell graduate and post-graduate students what scientific journalism is, what popularizers of science are, and how to expand links between scientists and the society” — Grigory Trubnikov said.

The Deputy Minister said that the scientists should be more efficient when promoting scientific achievements and projects to the society.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

Russia and the Dominican Republic agreed on cooperation in education

On August 15—20, 2017, Rafael Augusto Sanchez Cardenasa, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic, visited Moscow. During his visit, he met with Igor Ganshin, Director of the RF Ministry for Education and Science Ministerial International Department, and officers of the ministerial Department for National Policy in Higher Education.

At the meetings, the current state and the prospects for the Russian-Dominican cooperation in education and science were discussed. The goal of the meetings was to discuss the state of the art and the prospects for Russian Dominican cooperation in science and education. The possible vectors of cooperation, in particular, exchange of information on strategies and programs in science, education, health, technologies and engineering were identified.

The parties also focused on teaching national professionals for the Dominican Republic in the priority fields: engineering, natural and agrarian sciences, and medicine.

The need to support the candidates studying the Russian language and planning to get academic degree in Russia, and to develop joint research programs was highlighted.

The parties agreed to promote cooperation between higher education institutions in the Dominican Republic and Russia and to improve master’s programs in natural and engineering sciences at Dominican universities.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

PresidentVladimir Putin visited a new school in Sevastopol

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a new secondary school “The Kazachya Bukhta [The Kazachya Bay] Education Center” opened in Sevastopol.

The Russian leader examined the center and spoke to the faculty and the parents’ committee.

The President was accompanied by Premier Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Ustinov, Presidential Plenipotentiary in the South Federal Okrug, Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science, and Sevastopol Acting Governor Dmitry Ovsyannikov.

The education center has been erected in the residential district Kazachya Bukhta [The Kazachya Bay] — the former cantonment. The 5-year construction works were completed in January this year. The secondary school building will accommodate over 1,000 students. Advanced classes and other premises are well-equipped, sports grounds, tennis courts, football field, and a gym are also provided. Beside the secondary school, the education center comprises a kindergarten.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The Minister of Education and Science of Russia opened a lyceum in the Republic of Tyva

On September 1, Olga Vasilyeva, the RF Minister of Education and Science, took part in the ceremony of opening the municipal state-funded educational institution “Lyceum No. 16” in the city of Kyzyl, Republic of Tyva.

- With all my heart I congratulate you on this great day, the Day of Knowledge. The open lesson “Russia is looking ahead” is being held today all over the country. And this is purposefully because the country’s future depends on those who is to start his or her academic year today, — Olga Vasilyeva said at the ceremony.

She also said that on the Day of Knowledge 1 m and 800 thousand first-graders went to school in Russia.

- Seven thousand and 800 first-graders go to school in the Republic of Tyva. And for those 200 first-graders here, today is a special big day. Letswelcomeournewpupils!—theMinistersaid.

- The Lyceum No. 16 is to enter the program “The School-2025”. It’s a wonderful program by the Russian Federation Government which presumes that schools are to be developed together with regional governments. I mean updated programs, advanced schools of the future. This is the lyceum we are opening today, — the Minister said.


Source: Ministry of Education and Science

New version on the law on science

Efficient science organization is the hot topic on the federal agenda.

A new version of the law on science “On Scientific, Technological and Innovative Activities in the Russian Federation” is strongly expected. A new core law is to replace the effective federal law FZ-127 of 1996. During the recent two decades it has been changed, though conceptually the law does not meet the standards of the Russian Federation Strategy of Sci-tech Development for the period up to the year 2030.

The new draft has been being conceptualized by the Ministry of Education and Science since 2014. The Council for Education and Science of the State Duma Chair gave rise to its. The Working group is made of the parliament members, officers of the Ministry of education and Science, Ministry of economic Development, Ministry of Finances, Civic Chamber members, representatives of the Russian Academy of Sciences, universities and other interested parties.

Minister of Education Olga Vasilyeva said that building modern, transparent, compact and technologically efficient system of science management to allow interaction between researchers, developers, businessmen, and authorities was the key task. Sergey Matveev, Director of the Ministry of Education and Science Department of Science and Technologies, in charge of contacts with the RF State Duma, characterized the new law concept as “rather ‘smart regulation’ than direct management”.


What’s new to the law? The first thing is the law system character. All types of science-related activities are tol be regulated with it: science, research and development, innovations, education and popularization, expert work. The second feature is the law flexibility based on new regulation principles. The third feature is the focus on sci-tech development priorities, maximum transparency and competitiveness of project financing. The fourth — is that the government’s renunciation of the rights to the outcome obtained as a result of social contract. These products are to be employed and evaluated within the socioeconomic system.

“It is a new spin of science legislation”, - Academic Valery Chereshnev, Co-Chair of the Expert Council of the State Duma Committee for Economic Development, Industries, Innovative Development, and Entrepreneurship, said.

Source: "Parlamentskaya gazeta"

On secondary school reform in Russia

Olga Vasilyeva, the RF Minister of Education and Science, has announced a large scale reform of the  secondary school education in Russia — transfer of schools from municipalities to under regional supervision.

Minster says that today’s system where the schools are subordinate to municipal government  is inefficient and demands changes — in particular, to improve the management vertical headed by the Ministry. She also noted that municipal subordination didn’t leave any direct levers of influence to the Ministry


The Russian Academy of Sciences proposes to remove postgraduate education from the higher education system

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) proposed the RF Ministry of Education and Science to play back the postgraduate education reform of 2012 and to remove postgraduate training from the higher education system.

Valery Kozlov, RAS acting president, addressed the joint meeting of the Russian Union of Rectors and RAS on Tuesday, and said: ”Colleagues, I believe that we have to admit that there was some hastiness in modernizing, reforming the postgraduate education, and I think, we have to go back to our traditional academic doctoral system”. At the meeting ,Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science attended.

Kozlov added: “Post-graduate education has to be science-based concept for the young people”.

He explained that some RAS institutes faced serious problems after the post-graduate programs had been included into the higher education system.

Kozlov also stressed that academic institutes had always had post-graduate programs though under the new regulations, they had also  to obtain new documents, and first of all, to get the licenses of educational institutions and, secondly, to get national accreditation for their academic programs. Though this routine is traditional with universities, it is completely alien to the RAS institutes.


Source:  Interfax

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