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

1.  Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The lockdown at the University will be maintained from 29 June through 12 July.  Researchers and teaching staff will be allowed onto the grounds of the University to work in the research centres of the St Petersburg University Research Park (as before, no more than 300 individuals a day) (see Order No 5987/1 dated 26 June 2020 ‘On measures to prevent…’)

Some of the staff who have received clearance have not made use of it, or have used it sparingly (for example, one day out of five).  As a result, others have not been able to exercise their right to gain access to the University grounds.  Therefore, the lists will be adjusted to correspond to the actual situation, which is to say that clearance will be withdrawn from those who have no need for it.

2.  Management of the end-of-semester assessment

The University’s end-of-semester assessment is coming to a close.  In the past week, the Virtual Reception has received 74 appeals on academic matters from students and teachers, and Marina Lavrikova, Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Teaching Methods, has received another 21 through her corporate email.  Of these, 17 had to do with the management of the exams and pass/fail tests.  There were, among others, questions about changes in the timetable for the exams, about the material that was included from the last semester of the master’s programme, about visa support for foreign students, about the results of the exams and about the procedure for issuing diplomas.

3.  Management of the State Final Certification

Over the past week, 364 graduate qualification defences have been held, and they were carried out by 75 State Examination Boards.  As a result, 251 students received a mark of ‘excellent’; 103, a mark of ‘good’; and 10, a mark of ‘satisfactory’.   There were no ‘unsatisfactory’ marks. 

One third of the state examinations for law students in bachelor’s programmes have already been held.  The results show that 48 students received a mark of ‘excellent’; 94, a mark of ‘good’; and 47, a mark of ‘satisfactory’.  There were no ‘unsatisfactory’ marks.  State examinations have also been held for 126 resident physicians from different programmes at the Faculty of Medicine.  The results are the following:  94 of them received a mark of ‘excellent’; 30, a mark of ‘good’; and 2, a mark of ‘satisfactory’.   State examinations have been held for 94 resident dentists as well, with the following results:  87 of them received a mark of ‘excellent’; 4, a mark of ‘good’; and 3, a mark of ‘satisfactory’. 

During this past week, 5 appeals have been filed by law students.  Two of them were upheld, but the final mark was changed in only one case.  In the second case, the student received more points, but this did not affect the mark.

4.  St Petersburg University has received a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science

St Petersburg University took part in a competition conducted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation for grants to be awarded in the form of federal subsidies under the project ‘Provision of the possibility by the year 2024 for no less than 20 percent of students in higher learning educational programmes to take courses and disciplines (modules), including online courses, using the resources of other educational organisations, including universities, to ensure that the quality of the education provided to students is in keeping with the world standard’.  The bid was drafted by the Centre of E-Learning Development at St Petersburg University.  Igor Tikhonovich, the dean of the Faculty of Biology and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Kirill Chistiakov, the director of the Institute of Earth Sciences at St Petersburg University, provided considerable assistance.  The University submitted an application for the project ‘A series of online courses on the agrobiotechnology of plants’ in the category ‘The development of online courses in Agriculture and the Agricultural Sciences’, and it was declared the winner of the grant.  In all, 21 applications had been submitted in this category.

The participants in the meeting also discussed the results of the board meeting of the Russian Union of Rectors, which was devoted to the organisation of agricultural education in Russia.  At this meeting, Dean of the Faculty of Biology Igor Tikhonovich gave a presentation on interdisciplinary research in the field of biology and agriculture at St Petersburg University (presentation of Igor Tikhonovich).

5.  Participation of members of the public in monitoring the financial and business activities of St Petersburg University

In 2015, to boost the managerial effectiveness of the University’s business operations, a system of transparency in the planning, acceptance and carrying out of work and services was introduced (https://spbu.ru/openuniversity/documents/materialy-rektorskogo-soveshchaniya-410#p4; https://spbu.ru/topics/2391; https://spbu.ru/news-events/novosti/sostoyanie-universiteta-pod-kontrolem-studentov).  Information about planned events and their outcomes is published on the University site (https://spbu.ru/topics/2391; https://spbu.ru/openuniversity/documents/o-formirovanii-komissii-po-priemke-vypolnennyh-rabot-po-dogovoram-ot).   Anybody who wants to can take part in the acceptance of work and services.  Among others, representatives of the employees’ trade union committee and the student council, along with members of the University community who are using facilities that are under repair, must be included in the work acceptance commissions (https://spbu.ru/sites/default/files/20181003_9567_1.pdf; https://spbu.ru/topics/2391).  Representatives of the public are always informed well in advance about upcoming job tenders.   Any decision made by the work acceptance commission is documented in an act, which all of the commission’s members, including representatives of the public, sign. 

All of that having been said, unfortunately, representatives of the public do not always take part in hiring decisions.

As of 1 June 2020, more than 60 types of work were either under way or had been carried out, including the following:

  • technical services (7)
  • maintenance services for the premises and the grounds (12)
  • emergency work (4)
  • project design (23)
  • repair work (8)
  • overhaul of a façade (1)

6.  An action plan for a barrier-free environment

The University has submitted an application to participate in a new phase of the federal action plan A Barrier-Free Environment.  A plan has been approved for activities connected with the forming of such an environment at St Petersburg University (see Order No 5963/1 dated 26 June 2020 ‘On approval of a plan of action…’).  Since more than 27 percent of the buildings at St Petersburg University are considered to be historical and qualify as cultural heritage sites, it is generally impossible to create a barrier-free environment in them.  The directors and deans were instructed to send any suggestions or comments they might have about the plan of activities.

7.  Elections to a new Academic Council

At a meeting on 25 June, the St Petersburg University Academic Council decided to hold a conference on 21 September of research and teaching staff, along with representatives of other categories of workers and students at the University, to elect a new Academic Council. 

In light of this, other issues connected with organisation of the conference were discussed, including possible dates for meetings of the academic councils at the institutes and faculties.  Proposals made by the directors of the institutes and the deans of the faculties concerning the requirements for becoming a member of the Academic Council were analysed. An overwhelming majority of those present agreed that the University’s Academic Council itself should establish specific requirements involving a candidate’s length of service at the University and their holding of an academic degree.  As a result, the Academic Council was asked to come up with the following requirements:  ‘A candidate for membership in the St Petersburg University Academic Council, to be elected at a University Conference on the recommendation of the academic councils of the University’s institutes and faculties, must have a degree that is recognised by St Petersburg University, and they must have held an academic position with the University as their primary place of work for at least five years.’

During this discussion, other proposals were adopted as well.  Academicians or Associate Members of the Russian Academy of Science may stand for election to the St Petersburg University Academic Council even if they do not work full-time at the University.  And researchers and teaching staff at St Petersburg University who hold the titles of Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation or Honoured Performing Artist of the Russian Federation are on an equal footing with those who hold academic degrees.

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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