1. Organising the University activities in May

The educational and other activities of the University will continue to be organised in the same distance mode. At the meeting, it was noted that the interim and final assessment of students will proceed entirely in the online format.

2. Organisation of the educational process using information and communication technologies

The monitoring results and reports of the directors of institutes and deans of faculties related to the organisation of the educational process using information and communication technologies have been analysed. Given the specifics of the educational programmes and the capabilities of the staff of the institutes / faculties, various online communication tools are used. At the same time, there were practically no disruptions of classes. The dean of one of the faculties described how difficulties with conducting seminars in a particular group of students were discovered as a result of well-established feedback with the faculty student council. That was caused by the reluctance of a particular teacher to use online platforms for conducting classes. The dean of the faculty, supported by the head of the appropriate academic department, solved the problem in a timely manner.

3. Additional competencies for students and graduates of St Petersburg University

The transition of the educational process to the distance format partially solved the problem of the University's territorial disunity. Previously, students often could not attend related classes in other fields of study, as they simply did not have enough time to get from one building of the University to another. Now, with the transition to online teaching and learning, this problem can be solved in a different way. In this regard, Marina Lavrikova suggested that the development of additional competencies be organised for students in their graduation year. Currently, these competencies are not provided for by their educational programmes. Yet, they can be developed by studying certain online courses that our students now have access to. These are courses in the following fields:

  • teaching competencies using distance learning technologies;
  • data analysis and management, including digital transformation of businesses;
  • information technology and information protection for soft skills development; and
  • learning foreign languages as an additional skill in business communication.

The second proposal: to give this year's graduates an opportunity to take online courses in July and August.

The directors and deans were instructed to: send their proposals to supplement the list of competencies that can be offered as optional courses to St Petersburg University students of various years. In addition, Marina Lavrikova suggested that all staff members should work together to work out the possibility of organising the participation of students of various programmes in the online educational process.

4. Preparing for the state final assessment

The regulations for conducting the state final assessment using only online educational technologies have been approved (Order No 3896/1 'On approval of the regulations ...' dated 06 May 2020). The development of the regulations took into account: the proposals of the heads of departments on the sequence of actions, timing and forms of materials presentation; and the participation of coordinators and their interaction with the members of the State Examination Board. The instructions for coordinators, who are employees of the Academic Division and Information Technology Division, are almost ready.

Since 12 May 2020, the University has resumed testing the connection of students to the proctoring system. The first students tested will be those of: the Institute of Earth Sciences; the Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communications; the Institute of History; and the Institute of Philosophy. All students will be informed in advance of the date and time of testing by corporate e-mail. The procedure may be postponed for those who will not be able to take part in the testing on the fixed date. During the meeting, issues raised by students, teachers and members of the State Examination Board in their appeals to the Virtual Reception were also discussed (Exams in economics; State exams; How the challenges of time are changing the final assessment procedures; Economists included in the State Examination Board are against the abolition of the state exam).

5. Participation of University students in the Employment Assistance Programme

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has specified five pilot programmes to promote the employment of students of higher educational institutions in the Russian Federation.

To implement the programme in St Petersburg, the programme of St Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design was selected. State universities in St Petersburg select the appropriate areas of work for their students and implement relevant socially significant projects.

As part of the Employment Assistance Programme, St Petersburg University ensures the implementation of projects aimed at providing non-repayable aid to socially vulnerable groups of the population. That includes: the provision of psychological, legal, financial and other types of aid; as well as online counselling on various everyday issues and issues related to the delivery of food, medicines and primary commodities to elderly people. University students who are on self-isolation are included.

The provision of aid is organised mainly through the practical training of students at St Petersburg University in the form of clinical practices at: the University Psychological Clinic; the University Social Clinic; the University Centre for Financial Literacy; the University Sociological Clinic of Applied Research; the University Centre for IT and Engineering Competencies (IT Clinic); and the University Legal Clinic. That allows us not only to help the disadvantaged groups of citizens, but also to increase the level of our students' professional training. In addition, aid is also provided by students working at the University Volunteering Centre. One more area is advising citizens on various issues, including those related to admission to St Petersburg University.

The programme encompasses the period from 1 May to 31 August 2020. Students can participate in it either during the entire period of its implementation, or in particular months. As of 12 May 2020, the University recommended 756 students as potential participants in the programme. The recommendations were based on the proposals from the directors and the deans. More than 90 of them have already entered into employment contracts. The rest are in the process of collecting documents and formalising their labour relations.

For prospective employment within the framework of this programme, the directors and the deans were advised to send additional lists of students willing to participate in the above-mentioned projects to: Aleksandr Babich, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Admissions.

6. The deans' interaction with student councils

The deans of the Faculty of Political Science (Aleksandr Kurochkin), the Faculty of Law (Sergei Belov), and the School of International Relations (Irina Novikova) informed their colleagues about their successful experience in interacting with the student councils. According to the speakers, all issues are resolved quickly if the directors and the deans effectively organise the work of teachers and regularly communicate with the student council members.

Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting

Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 6 November 2020

1. The conference of the work groups on ‘Politics and International Relations’ and ‘Economics, Trade and Resources’ of the KRD Forum

On 5 November 2020, a strategic conference of the work groups on ‘Politics and International Relations’ and ‘Economics, Trade and Resources’ of the Korea–Russia Dialogue Forum took place at St Petersburg University. The conference was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia. The event was held online.  

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 2 November 2020

1. Organisation of the learning process

Last week, 35 enquiries from teachers as well as students and their parents including 7 enquiries on academic issues were sent to the Virtual Reception. 16 enquiries were sent to the e-mail of Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods including 13 enquiries on academic issues. The enquiries included requests for certificates and other documents, questions on the procedures of transfer and reinstatement, financial aid requests, etc.  

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 26 October 2020

1. The commission for discussing the suggestions offered by Dr Yury Fedotov

Dr Yury Fedotov, Senior Vice-Rector for Medical Care and Director of the Pirogov Clinic of High Medical Technologies at St Petersburg University, applied to the University's Rector to open a department of postgraduate medical education and to set up an academic council of the Pirogov Clinic. The aim is to improve the quality and efficiency of education and research carried out in the Clinic. The Clinic has 16 Doctors of Sciences and 70 Candidates of Sciences (Medicine). These suggestions were discussed by the Academic Council of the Faculty of Medicine and the Academic Council of the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Medical Technologies.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 19 October 2020

1. The University has five winners of the RSF - DFG joint competition for grants

The results of the fifth joint competition for grants from the Russian Science Foundation and German Research Foundation (DFG) have been announced. The competition was held within the priority field of research 'Fundamental Research and Exploratory Research by International Research Collaboration Teams'. Among the competition winners are 18 projects, including 5 projects proposed by scientists and scholars from the University. Three scientists work in the natural sciences and two in the humanities: A. Timoshkin, M. Vinarski, A. Saraev, L. Moskovkin, A. Filyushkin. The amount of each grant is six million roubles to be allocated annually. The implementation period of the research project is within 2021–2023 (The Russian Science Foundation will support 18 joint Russian–German projects). Our University has the best results among all research and educational institutions across Russia. No other institution has won more than one grant.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 12 October 2020

1. New members of the University Academic Council elected

On 21 September 2020, at a conference of research and teaching staff, a new University Academic Council was elected for a five-year period along with representatives of other categories of workers and students (Conference on the election of a new Academic Council of St Petersburg University).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 5 October 2020

1. Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Taking into account the revised version of the Resolution of the Government of St Petersburg No 121 'On Measures to Counteract the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in St Petersburg' dated 13 March 2020, additional measures the University should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were discussed at this Rector's meeting. All University employees working under civil law contracts and not participating in the technological processes necessary for the life of the University are transferred to the online mode of work. The same mode is maintained for academic staff aged 65+ and employees with chronic diseases.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 30 September 2020

1. A representative office of St Petersburg University at the University for Foreigners of Siena

A week ago, a representative office of St Petersburg University was opened in Siena, Italy. The office is housed at the University for Foreigners of Siena, a partner of St Petersburg University. This is the sixth foreign representative office of St Petersburg University and the second in Europe. The University uses its representative offices to organise various events, such as lectures, seminars, conferences, roundtable discussions, exhibitions of students' creative works, and joint competitions. The efficiency of the representative offices is reflected in the positions occupied by the University in the rankings, especially in such an indicator as internationalisation. Therefore, it is very important to organise the activities of the representative offices by filling their work with particular content. In this regard, Sergey Andryushin, Deputy Rector for International Affairs, asked the meeting participants to submit proposals on the activities that could be organised at the new representative office in Italy.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 14 September 2020

1. Influenza vaccination campaign

This year earlier than ever St Petersburg University has started the seasonal influenza mass vaccination. Influenza vaccination is the responsibility of territorial healthcare authorities. The University Rector addressed enquiries to concerned vice-governors to deploy mobile vaccination points on University campuses in Vasileostrovsky and Petrodvortsovy districts, so that students and staff could benefit from getting a vaccine near their homes, work or study place. The enquiry is still to be considered. Without further ado, the University approved the student vaccination schedule with Outpatient Clinic No 3 and its administration; vaccination points will be set up inside University buildings at 16/18 7th Line, Vasilyevsky Island. The vaccination schedule for another point at 35 Universitetsky prospect is pending approval with St Nikolas Hospital administration. Vaccination schedules will be tailored to the academic timetable and posted on the University website.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 7 September 2020

1. The results of the meeting of the Council for Governmental Support of the Creation and Development of World-Class Research Centres carrying out research and development in the priority areas of science and technology – the world-class research centre 'Agrotechnologies of the Future'

On 28 August, a meeting was held of the Council for Governmental Support of the Creation and Development of World-Class Research Centres carrying out research and development in the priority areas of science and technology. It was chaired by Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. The meeting summed up the results of the competitive selection. Valery Falkov announced that 60 applications had been received in 2020 (St Petersburg University was presented in four applications). 11 out of 60 applications were selected for face-to-face consideration featuring presentation of charts.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 24 August 2020

1. Preparation for the new academic year

This year the academic timetable is the most crucial challenge of all the preparation efforts, considering that it must comply with all the COVID-19 spread prevention measures and requirements. Currently, the timetable for the 2020/2021 academic year is 70% ready and reflects the proposals submitted by deans and directors.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 17 August 2020

1. St Petersburg University in ARWU-2020 ranking

The ARWU-2020 university ranking, that reflects statistics for 2019, has been published. St Petersburg University is the only Russian organisation recognised for in the Highly Cited Researchers criterion (Researchers from St Petersburg University are listed as the most cited scientists in the world).

In this group the University is represented by three luminary scientists: Gennady Leonov, Nikolay Kuznetsov, and Raul Gainetdinov who are registered with St Petersburg University as their primary affiliation. The University was therefore awarded an extra 12 points, which raised its ranking by dozens of positions as the common graph  shows. The University Administration is committed to seeing more high citation researchers among the University academic staff, as well as to support already employed high citation researchers.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 10 August 2020

1. Organisation of work amid measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

The University continues its operation in the existing format through 16 August 2020. Since 29 July the University Scientific Library has been open by prior registration to University visitors, teachers, research fellows, and administrative staff (Order No 6896/1 dated 24 July 2020 ‘Amendments to...’). A temporary procedure for all visitors to access the University museum collection was also approved. Now the Dmitri Mendeleev Museum and Archives and the Vladimir Nabokov Museum are operating according to a temporary timetable; the University is going to reopen access to its other collections in the near future (Museums of St Petersburg University reopen to visitors). The number of visitors inside the museum is strictly limited (5 or 10 visitors maximum depending on the museum indoor area).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 3 August 2020

1. Admissions to degree programmes

31 July was the deadline for acceptance of documents and applications for aspirantura programmes. Compared to 2019, this year the number of applicants has grown by almost 300. At the moment, the period of admissions tests for applicants to aspirantura programmes has started.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 27 July 2020

1. Measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

From 27 July to 16 August 2020 the University continues to operate in the existing mode. Since 29 July the University Scientific Library is open by prior registration to University visitors, teachers, research fellows, and administrative staff (Order No 6896/1 dated 24 July 2020 ‘Amendments to...’). The Dmitri Mendeleev Museum and the Vladimir Nabokov Museum are reopening their doors to visitors. The number of visitors inside the museum is strictly limited (5 visitors maximum).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 20 July 2020

1. Meeting of the St Petersburg University  Board of Trustees

On 15 July the St Petersburg University Board of Trustees held a meeting that was attended by President of the Board Dmitry Medvedev. The agenda was focused on the territorial development of St Petersburg University. Dmitry Medvedev noted that St Petersburg University has a fairly positive image in international university rankings. He highlighted that the University’s territorial development is bound to ensure future success of its students by establishing technical capacities for years to come. The full text of Dmitry Medvedev’s speech is available in the VKontakte official group of St Petersburg University.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 13 July 2020

The Rector's meeting was held on 13 July 2020 via video conference. It addressed the following issues:

1. Admission to the academic programmes of St Petersburg University

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 6 July 2020

The Rector's meeting was held on 6 July 2020 as a video conference. It addressed the following issues:

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 29 June 2020

The meeting was conducted as a video conference, and it addressed the following issues.

1.  Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 22 June 2020

As proposed by the Rector of St Petersburg University Nikolay Korpachev, the meeting began with a moment of silence to mark the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow.

The participants of the meeting also held a moment of silence for Vataniar Saidovich Yagya, professor emeritus of St Petersburg University (https://spbu.ru/news-events/novosti/pamyati-pochetnogo-professora-spbgu-vatanyara-saidovicha-yagi) and the deceased St Petersburg University student Egor Panshin. 

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 15 June 2020

The University Rector Nikolay Kropachev suggested observing a minute of silence in tribute to the death of Vladislav Golikov, a University student (https://spbu.ru/news-events/novosti/pamyati-vladislava-golikova).

On 15 June 2020 the Rector’s meeting was held in videoconference format. The agenda was as follows:

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