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.

The acceptance of documents to the programmes of non-university level higher education (St Petersburg University Medical College and St Petersburg University College of Physical Culture and Sports, Economics and Technology) will continue until 15 August. The dynamics of the number of submitted applications is estimated as comparable to last year’s indicators (about 1000 applicants).

On 18 August, the acceptance of applications and documents from candidates applying solely on the basis of the results of the Unified State Exam to government-funded places will finish. 26 August will be the deadline for those applying for contractual places. There was a shift in the admissions schedule for bachelor’s / specialist’s programmes caused by the rescheduling of the Unified State Exams. Therefore, it seems inappropriate to carry out a comparative analysis with the last year’s indicators for this period. However, we can say that at the moment about 16,000 applicants want to become students of St Petersburg University.

The acceptance of applications and documents to clinical residency programmes will continue until 11 August. At present, the number of applicants has exceeded last year’s figures by 200.

Over the past week, the Virtual Reception received about 100 applications from applicants and their parents. They were devoted to various issues related to admission to the University, namely: the operability of information systems; competitive selection of documents (portfolios); consideration of individual achievements; admission of winners and awardees of school olympiads; summing up of the results of admissions tests to master’s programmes; and so on. Prompt decisions are made on all the issues received by the Virtual Reception: if the reasonability of the applications received is confirmed, positive decisions regarding the applicants are made in all such cases. At the same time, many applicants send repeated requests to the Virtual Reception, expressing their gratitude and asking to withdraw the previously submitted application, since the problem has already been solved. Such feedback demonstrates high efficiency of the Virtual Reception as a method of communication and quick solution to problems encountered by the applicants.

In accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government No 889 ’On the procedure and criteria for the distribution to educational organisations of additional admission quotas for specialities and fields of study and/or consolidated groups of specialities and fields of study of government-funded degree programmes in 2020′ dated 19 June 2020, the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education has distributed additional admission quotas for the 2020/2021 academic year among the educational organisations of higher education. It should be noted that, in doing so, the Ministry did not request the University to submit any application related to the provision of additional government-funded places. By the decision of the Ministry, the University was allocated the following additional government-funded places for the 2020/2021 academic year: seven places in three clinical residency programmes (’Roentgenology’ — one place; ’Infectious Diseases’ — two places; ’Oncology’ — four places) and two places in the bachelor’s programme ’Physical Training and Sport’. For comparison: Lomonosov Moscow State University was allocated 17 additional admission quotas for the 2020/2021 academic year. The total number of additional government-funded places allocated by the Ministry makes up about 11,000. Most of them were allocated to regional educational institutions of higher education.

2. Getting ready for the new academic year

On 31 July, Valery Falkov, Russian Minister of Science and Higher Education, held a meeting of university rectors. He announced that Russian higher education institutions will start the educational process on 1 September, as usual. Yet, certain restrictions related to the requirements for the prevention of the novel coronavirus disease will be introduced. These requirements are specified in a document approved by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation on 29 July 2020. Among other things, this document contains recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19 at higher education institutions. This decree regulates not only the hygienic measures (cleaning and ventilation of rooms), but also the organisation of the entire educational process.

One of the main requirements is observance of the face mask mandate during lectures. It must be observed by all persons involved in the educational process. Disposable personal protective equipment should be changed regularly. The face mask may be removed in two cases: when conducting creative classes or during lectures (for teachers). In addition, it is necessary to provide ventilation of classrooms during breaks and measure the temperature of each person entering the University buildings. Also, people showing any signs of an infectious disease are not allowed into the University buildings. If such signs are identified during the educational process, an ambulance team will be immediately called to hospitalise such individuals. After arriving in Russia, international students will be admitted to the educational process only after 14 days’ isolation and upon submission of a negative PCR test result.

In addition, academic workers aged 65 and over, as well as academic workers with chronic diseases regardless of their age will not be admitted to classroom-based work. All the requirements specified in the 29 July document will be fully complied with and taken into account when drawing up the schedule for the new academic year. Rospotrebnadzor also recommends to assign, where possible, a particular classroom to each study group, to take measures to minimise student communication and to prevent crowded public areas.

The directors and the deans were instructed to review this document in detail and submit their proposals on how to apply these requirements to the academic process.

3. On organisation of practical training

Pursuant to the proposals of the directors of the institutes and deans of the faculties, Order No 4471/1 ’On conducting practical training in the 2019/2020 academic year’ dated 20 May 2020 (as subsequently amended) was revised (Order No 6904/1 dated 24 July 2020). Due to the fact that certain restrictions related to the novel coronavirus disease are still in effect, field trips of University students have been postponed and / or will be held in a different format. Some of the practices will be integrated into the educational process in the upcoming semesters.

4. The matriculation ceremony for first-year students of St Petersburg University — 2020

Due to the fact that Rospotrebnadzor’s ban on public events participated in by students is still in force in St Petersburg, the matriculation ceremony for first-year students of St Petersburg University on 31 August will be held in a mixed format. Most of the events will take place online. Active preparation for the ceremony is in progress. The directors and the deans will record their welcome speeches for new students and congratulations on the beginning of the new academic year. Some of the events, such as setting afloat Ships of Hope and ceremonial flying of the flag, will be held offline, yet only direct participants will be present at them. The programme of the event also includes lectures given by top University scientists.

5. On the Concept for the Implementation of National Goals in the Field of Science and Higher Education

On 13 July 2020, Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, presented the Concept for the Implementation of National Goals in the Field of Science and Higher Education Until 2030 within the framework of the meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects (Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects). The new document identifies targets and socially significant results in the field of higher education. For example, it is necessary to provide government-funded places at higher education institutions for at least half of the school and college leavers in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. In addition, a strategic academic leadership programme has been proposed to replace the 5-100 Project. The new programme will integrate the results of several existing federal projects: ’Young Professionals’; ’New Opportunities for Everyone’; ’Export of Education’; and ’Infrastructure of the Science National Project’.

The programme contains specific indicators that must be achieved by the participating universities. Also, there are indicators common to the entire higher education system. For instance, doubling of the number of international students at Russian universities. This indicator will be fixed in the St Petersburg University Strategic Plan 2021–2030. Another example of an indicator common to the entire system of higher education is as follows: the Concept provides for the renovation of 380,000 out 1 million places in the halls of residence of Russian universities. By comparison, the state of the University’s halls of residence is significantly worse than the national average. 65% of the places require major renovation and more than 30% are in need of routine repairs. The general deterioration of the engineering infrastructure of the University buildings exceeds 80%. Senior Vice-Rector Elena Chernova reminded the participants of the meeting that back in 1998 the deans of three special faculties carried out a general analysis of the state of St Petersburg University buildings and submitted their conclusions and proposals to the Rector. One of their conclusions was: if the University buildings stay without renovation, they will begin to collapse by 2006 (’Renovation under supervision’ (Part 1 and Part 2), ’Construction works at St Petersburg University: the past and the present’ (Part 1 and Part 2), Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 23 September 2019, and Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 28 October 2019).

The directors and the deans were instructed to study the Concept in detail for the next Rector’s Meeting.

6. St Petersburg University Strategic Plan 2021–2030

The St Petersburg University Strategic Plan is being developed (Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 15 June 2020, Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 10 February 2020). Previously, the directors and the deans had been instructed to submit their proposals on any new areas, activities and indicators to be taken into account in creating the new Strategic Plan. Over 160 such proposals were received and 109 of them were taken into account in the forthcoming draft.

The main results for 2010–2019 in all areas of the University’s activity were presented at the meeting. Thus, the University has managed to significantly increase the number of international students during this period (2010 — 1,809; 2019 — 3,775). According to the Concept for the Implementation of National Goals in the Field of Science and Higher Education, by 2030 this indicator should also be doubled. In addition, there is an increase in the number of non-degree programmes and students enrolled in them. In 2010, the total number of students was 1,472, while in 2019 this figure increased to 11,084. The number of partner universities has also expanded. The clinical model of internships is on a strong track: instead of two clinics, there are now eight. Over the years, the number of participants in School Olympiads held by the University has grown significantly. That became possible due to the inclusion of these Olympiads into the list approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. One of the most significant results in the field of education was a significant increase in the grade point average of the applicants to St Petersburg University: from 76.3 points in 2010 to 92.4 in 2019.

The previous Strategic Plan set forth the task to increase the number of double-degree programmes. From 2010 to 2019, the number of such programmes has increased from 4 to 14. The number of the University’s partner employers has increased significantly: now the employers’ representatives are members of educational and methodological boards, councils of educational programmes, and state assessment boards. There is also a positive trend in the growth of non-resident applicants (Steps to open admissions).

In the field of science, there has been a significant increase in the number of University scientific journals indexed in Science Metrix databases (in 2010: one journal out of 19; in 2019: 16 journals out of 28). Almost 80 foreign scientists work at the University under labour contracts. As of 2019, 118 projects of University scientists were supported by the Russian Science Foundation and 315 by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. The number of Scopus indexed publications has increased: from 1,307 (2010) to 4,338 (2019); as well as Web of Science indexed papers: from 1,098 to 3,799. In addition, 19 small innovative enterprises have been created from scratch at the University during this period, and 11 grants related to the creation of mega-laboratories led by the world’s top scientists have been approved.

The University’s expert activity in 2010–2019 is characterised by the expansion of the subject areas of expertise. In 2010 the expertise was mainly limited to only ten subject areas, while today the University is positioned as a centre of expert advice for public authorities, with the number of its areas of expertise having been increased to 36. Also, the number of academic workers involved in expert activities has increased fourfold. Due to the efforts of the University’s senior managers, expert activity became part of the governmental assignment for St Petersburg University (Anton Popov: ’Anyone may apply to St Petersburg University for expert advice’; How do we write the University’s history today? or The historical memory of generations, Expert University).

In addition, the University’s senior staff managed to achieve the inclusion of museum activity into the list of the main activities of the University. Now the total number of items in the University’s museum holdings makes up three million units (’The University museums: a victorious leap from the past into the future’ (Part 1 and Part 2)).

The outgoing mobility of St Petersburg University students educated at a foreign partner university has almost doubled. The number of partner universities has also increased (from 319 to 533). St Petersburg University has opened four representative offices abroad and increased the number of foreign teachers and students who took part in academic mobility programmes (How the University changed the way it runs its international affairs). The number of ’Russian as a Foreign Language’ Language Testing Centres abroad has increased from 6 to 80. They play a significant role in promoting the Russian language overseas (‘Those who decide to learn Russian are amazing people’: about the work of the Language Testing Centre; From one to twenty languages: how the Language Testing Centre of St Petersburg University works; A boost for the Russian language: St Petersburg University holds an online marathon for teachers from over 100 countries).

In 2018, the Rector succeeded in fulfilling the electoral mandate he was charged with as a candidate for the University Rector’s position in 2008 (Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 9 July 2012). The University has finally opened its own medical clinic. The Pirogov Clinic of High Medical Technologies at St Petersburg University is one of the most efficient specialised surgical organisations in Russia. It has a major pool of highly qualified doctors (The clinic of tomorrow is already here today; The Pirogov Clinic of St Petersburg University is ranked as one of the best medical institutions in St Petersburg; Over 5,000 operations have been performed at the Pirogov Clinic of High Medical Technologies during the pandemic; The Pirogov Clinic of St Petersburg University ranked first among the St Petersburg medical institutions).

In 2011, a Virtual Reception anyone can apply to was created at St Petersburg University. It was the first tool of such kind at the disposal of the Russian universities (St Petersburg University Student Council and students’ rights: from the past to the present; Students influence the quality of education at St Petersburg University; Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 23 March 2020). During these years, the number of appeals to the Virtual Reception has grown from 397 to 2,533. During the pandemic, it was the only opportunity for students and teachers to contact the University administration and ask any question.

During this rector’s meeting, Senior Vice-Rector Elena Chernova spoke about the main requirements for the structure and contents of the University Strategic Plan. It is necessary to define the goals, ways to achieve them, and a set of measures that will help achieve these goals. The structure of the Strategic Plan should contain quantitative and substantive characteristics that are included into its application package. The contents requirements are specified by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. First of all, the Plan must comply with: the strategic documents; modern challenges of the economy; the demands of the labour market and the technology market; and advanced scientific achievements. The contents should meet the requirements of assertiveness; yet at the same time be realistic and ensure continuity in the development of the goals set by the previous Strategic Plan that were achieved wholly or partially. The new Strategic Plan should absorb the best practices and accumulated scientific and research achievements.

7. Results of ’The University League’ competition organised by Gazprom Neft

In early June 2020, Gazprom Neft PJSC initiated a competition for higher education institutions titled ’The University League of Gazprom Neft PJSC’. The University submitted information within the framework of competitive selection, and prepared an application that included a presentation of University projects (20 projects). The application was submitted on 01 July 2020. More than 40 Russian universities located in Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Omsk, Ufa and other cities took part in the final stage of the selection. According to Gazprom Neft’s letter No NK-20/010745 dated 31 July 2020, St Petersburg University became one of the company’s preferred partners — members of the University League of Gazprom Neft. In the near future, it is planned to sign a cooperation agreement between St Petersburg University and Gazprom Neft within the framework of the University League project.

8. Results of the competition for the right to conduct major scientific projects in priority areas of science and technology

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the competition for the right to conduct major scientific projects in priority areas of science and technology. Ultimately, 41 applications out of 367 were supported. Among the winners there are three applications with St Petersburg University as one of the project contributors as part of a consortium. These are applications from: Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ’A. V. Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ with the project titled ’Quantum structures for post-silicon electronics’ (University employee in charge is A.M. Shikin); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research with the project ’Superheavy nuclei and atoms: nuclei mass limits and the boundaries of Dmitri Mendeleev’s Periodic Table’(University employee in charge is V. M. Shabaev); and Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ’Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ with the project ’Theoretical and experimental research into the formation and evolution of extrasolar planetary systems and characteristics of exoplanets’(University employee in charge is R. V. Baluev). The maximum value of each grant will be 300 million roubles for the whole duration of the project (for all members of the consortium). The grants will be funded up to 2023.

Position

Application registration number

Name of the legal entity participating in the competition

Project subject

Final assessment of the application, points

University employee in charge

Item 1. No 2020-1902-01 ’Conducting major scientific projects in the priority areas of science and technology’

24

2020-1902-01-058

Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ’A. V. Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’

Quantum structures for post-silicon electronics

91.50

A. M. Shikin

25

2020-1902-01-181

Joint Institute for Nuclear Research

Superheavy nuclei and atoms: nuclei mass limits and the boundaries of Dmitri Mendeleev’s Periodic Table

91.50

V. M. Shabaev

39

2020-1902-01-133

Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ’Space Research Institute

of the Russian Academy of Sciences’

Theoretical and experimental research into the formation and evolution of extrasolar planetary systems and characteristics of exoplanets

90.00

R. V. Baluev

             

 

Applications participated by the University that did not win

Position

Application registration number

Name of the legal entity participating in the competition

Project subject

Final assessment of the application, points

University employee in charge

44

2020-1902-01-310

Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution ’All-Russian Research Institute of Agricultural Microbiology’

Plant-microbial systems in ensuring stable plant productivity: genes, signals and external factors

89.50

A. A. Nizhnikov

58

2020-1902-01-335

Federal State Budgetary Institution ’Federal Centre for Brain and Neurotechnologies’ of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency

Oxidative stress as a driver of brain pathologies: from molecular bases to therapy

85.50

R. R. Gainetdinov

71

2020-1902-01-192

Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education

’St Petersburg State University’

Creation of personalised functional food products aimed at achieving active human longevity and reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and nervous disorders

83.00

A. A. Frolov

79

2020-1902-01-246

Federal State Unitary Enterprise ’Scientific Research

Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Pathology and Human Ecology’ of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency

Development of new means of pharmacological protection and methods of laboratory diagnostics of acute toxic exposure to nerve agents, metabolic agents and genotoxic agents

81.50

N. V. Goncharov

91

2020-1902-01-092

Federal State

Budgetary Institution of Science ’Federal Research Centre Kola Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Fundamental mineralogical research for the benefit of the Russian mineral resources sector and creation of new nature-like technologies and materials

79.50

V. V. Gurzhiy,

S. V. Krivovichev

124

2020-1902-01-362

Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ’Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences’

Hybrid intelligence in cyber-physical systems, mechanical engineering and energy industry

74.00

A. L. Fradkov

169

2020-1902-01-247

Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ’V. A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences

of the Russian Academy of Sciences ’

Heterogeneous modelling of socio-economic and scientific-technological development in the context of global transformations

68.00

L. A. Petrosyan

175

2020-1902-01-199

Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education ’Don State Technical University’

Formation of a methodology for the synthesis of new functionally graded biocompatible materials and a comprehensive study of their physical and mechanical properties for the creation of implantable sensor devices

67.00

A. Yu. Arbenin

210

2020-1902-01-148

Federal State Budgetary Institution

’National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute’

Fundamentals of neurohybrid systems development

60.50

P. E. Musienko

290

2020-1902-01-376

Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education ’Omsk State Pedagogical University’

Genetic and ecological aspects of the stability of invertebrates’ populations and communities

47.00

M. V. Vinarski

             

9. Organisation of renovation works at the University

In the near future, the amount of funding will be determined for the 2021 renovation works of the University buildings engaged in the academic process. Senior Vice-Rector Elena Chernova said that the Rector had made a decision to improve the disbursement procedures. The directors of the institutes are entrusted with the following: to determine which rooms will be renovated in the buildings where the institute’s team works; and to prioritise the renovation works within a specified amount of funds. The deans of the faculties will make proposals for such renovation works, as they did it before, and the decision is up to the Vice-Rector in the appropriate field of study.

 

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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