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.

2. Organisation of the teaching and learning process

Over the past week, 67 enquiries were submitted to the Virtual Reception from the academic staff, students and their parents. Among the enquiries were 19 enquiries related to academic issues. Besides, 23 enquiries were submitted to the Senior Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Teaching Methods via the University email service. Among the enquiries were those concerning readmission and transferring, issuing notes, and technical issues relating to access to the online courses offered by the University to name but a few. Some of the enquiries were related to changing the delivery mode of lessons. Some of the enquiries contradict each other. For example, some students opt for face-to-face learning, while others ask for a distance mode of delivery. The enquiries use different registers of communication, which vary from neutral to aggressive.

Each enquiry is proceeded on a case-to-case basis and answered in due course. The Chairperson of the Teaching Methodology Committees in Arts talked with the students to explain how the learning and teaching process would be organised. When the Rector's meeting was held, we received an enquiry from the students in chemistry. They felt uncertain about how the assessment of the pass/fail test was taken. In this respect, the Senior Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Teaching Methods asked for the information that regulates the assessment procedure. The enquiries concerning spotting the COVID-19 cases in students or contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus require specific consideration. This information is regularly monitored and provided to the administrative staff to take actions as appropriate.

All directors and deans continue to hold regular meetings with the Student Councils of the academic subdivisions. They report weekly on how the learning process is organised and what work is done with the students and Student Councils. For example, it was reported to a director that two students were self-isolating for 14 days in the hall of residence. The students had concerns about missing the laboratory classes. They were informed that self-isolating was a genuine reason for missing classes. The administrative staff took every action to make sure that students were able to cover the missed classes. They could also move to distance learning where possible.

There are a number of enquiries submitted by students to the Virtual Reception relating to attending the courses offered within other academic programmes via distance learning (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 30 September 2020). Students should apply to the head of the relevant academic office, and they will be given such an opportunity if technologies allow. (Order No 798 from 04 February 2019).

3. Where to get urgent help for mental health

The University's Virtual Reception received an enquiry submitted by a student in mathematics about where to get urgent help for mental health in the Peterhof Campus. The student was not concerned about himself, but about all students who lived at the halls of residence of the University. The Dean of the Faculty of Psychology Alla Shaboltas said that the Director of the Psychological Clinic of the University got in touch with the student to get more details. The student knew that the University had been offering Psychological Clinic services for over 10 years. Yet he was concerned that those who lived in Peterhof could not get support in case of emergency as the Clinic was located in Vasilyevsky Island.

Dr Shaboltas said that being concerned about friends and loved ones is a good sign. Knowing how to get urgent help for mental health is important. We are well aware of it. It is one of the reasons why we introduced psychological support services at the University over 10 years ago (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 19 November 2012 and dated 30 January 2012). Each year, highly qualified and experienced academic staff and interns have over 1,600 face-to-face appointments. The psychologists are always ready to provide expert advice and support. You can make an appointment via online registration form, by phone 363–65–01, 328–94–17 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In summer, we launched a new mode of providing psychological help through Skype SPBU-Help 1. The University is currently making every effort to open an office of the Clinic in Peterhof.

4. The work of safety audit boards at the University is still underway

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the work of the safety audit boards is still underway at the University. Twenty boards are monitoring the situation as to whether students and staff are using the personal protective equipment, including wearing a face mask, across the whole University (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 05 October 2020). During this week, the boards inspected 137 cases as to whether the safety measures, including wearing a face mask, are followed. The number of those who fail to follow the safety measures is declining. Upon the recommendation of the chairpersons of the boards, those who fail to wear the face mask or follow the safety measures will be liable to enforcement, regardless of the position held by the offender. Five orders have been already issued, while three orders are underway. Among those who have been reprimanded are Konstantin Krotov, Head of the Graduate School of Management; Alexey Shirkin, Deputy Head of the Department for Technical Support of Educational Programmes; E. Lisin, carpenter of the REO No 2; Kostantin Lavrov, Associate Professor of the Mathematics and Mechanics Faculty; Mikhail Kruglov, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Psychology. Those who have faced disciplinary punishment have no rights for incentive payment, as a rule. If you face disciplinary punishment for the second time within a year, you might be fired.

The acts about failing to comply with the face mask regime and abide by the safety measures are forwarded to the Department for Youth Affairs. This information was discussed at the meetings of the Student Council at the University. All drafts of the orders on disciplinary action against students are discussed at the meetings of the Student Councils at the University. The Student Council may not support the recommendations forwarded by the Vice-Rectors in terms of taking disciplinary actions against students if they do not comply with the rules of study, internal regulations for students... Yet in the cases of taking actions for failing to comply with the safety measures during the pandemic, the Student Council gives its unanimous support to the recommendations of the Vice-Rectors. Five orders on taking actions on failing to comply with the law have been already issued for the following students: E. Skripkina, a first-year student in Chemistry; V. Rychkova, a first-year student in Mathematics and Mechanics; S. Kuzivanova, I. Reshetnikova, and A. Luneva, second-year students in Mathematics and Mechanics. The information on other five cases is still being discussed.

5. Heating system in the buildings of the University

In response to the enquiry summited to the Virtual Reception, the Rector's meeting focused on heat provision in the University's buildings. Heat provisions starts when the average outside temperature is below 8°C during 5 days. The heating system started to provide heat to the buildings in Peterhof on 22 September. Some of the students complained about overheating. In Vasileostrovsky, Central, and Nevsky districts (including the University's building), the heating system started to provide heat on 15 October according to the Order issued by the Committee for Energy and Engineering of St Petersburg.

The heating system started to provide heat in the main campus on 13 and 14 October. Two breakdowns of the heating system were fixed. One was in the attic of the Twelve Collegia, while the other occurred in the Mendeleev Centre. From 14 to 16 October, there were works on removing air from the heating system in 50% of all the University's buildings. All infrastructure systems in the main campus are currently being tested. Call the Emergency Services on 428–48–48 or send an email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

6. Flu vaccination at the University

The University has agreed an on-site flu vaccination schedule at the University. The administration of Hospital No 3 allocated a limited amount of vaccines to the University. Each vaccination point has 330 vaccines. You can find the vaccination points at the 16/18, 7th Line V.O. and 20 Korablestroitelei Street. Yet only 33 members of staff and students have got vaccinated so far, while 660 were expected. Hospital No 3 no longer offers vaccination because organising on-site vaccination in such a way is not efficient (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 30 September 2020).

The University's administration submitted a second enquiry to the City's administration to reconsider the on-site vaccination at the University. The administrative staff, academic staff and students can get on-site vaccination without having to visit the district hospitals. The mobile vaccination service will be available from 16:00 to 19:00 on 20 and 23 October. You can find it near the hall of residence at 20, Korablestroitelei Street. On 26 and 27 October, it will be operating from 10:00 to 12:30 at the University's Clinic at 35, Universitetsky Prospect. If there are many of those who are willing to get vaccinated, the mobile vaccination service will continue its work. This information has been sent to staff and students via the University email service.

7. Forming an organisation committee for preparing and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the University

According to Decree No 2960-p of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2018, we have formed an organisation committee for preparing and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the University. The committee is to suggest and approve a plan of the main events. The University formed an organisation committee for preparing and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the University. The chairperson of the committee is Elena Chernova; the members of the committee are Olga Tulsanova, Timur Zainullin, Konstantin Kuzmin, Elena Novikova, Yury Penov, and Igor Gorlinsky. The directors of the institutes and deans of the faculties were advised to suggest those who are interested to become members of the University's programme committee for preparing and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the University.

8. Mandatory psychiatric assessment of University's staff

The previous meeting held on 12 October (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 12 October 2020) discussed the need for additional psychiatric assessment for the staff who had already had the assessment to obtain, for example, a driving licence. The University's Rector Nikolay Kropachev submitted this question to the State Labour Inspection Service in St Petersburg. The Inspection replied that during the psychiatric assessment they look at the mental health of each person and decide whether they can perform certain functions at their workplace. During the psychiatric assessment to obtain a driving licence, the medical professionals assess your fitness to drive; while during the psychiatric assessment of academic staff they assess your fitness to teach at the University. These are two different schemes of assessment.

9. Admissions decisions on academic programmes in Management at the University

The Head of the Graduate School of Management Konstantin Krotov spoke about the admissions decisions on the academic programmes in Management at the University. This report was scheduled for the previous meeting. Yet, as the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Admissions Aleksandr Babich put it, the report contained a great number of factual mistakes. As a result, the discussion was postponed to the next meeting.

In 2020, the number of applications to the undergraduate programmes in Management at the University increased by 64% (4,424 applications in total), while the number of students enrolled increased by 20% (276 students). The number of applications to the graduate programmes in Management at the University increased by 6% (681), while the number of international students increased by 60% (45 students). The number of applications to postgraduate studies in Management at the University increased by 1.86 (56). The number of Russian students remains the same (7 students) as it was in 2019, while the number of international students increased by 3 (12 students).

The members of the meeting said that the presentation (Presentation of the Graduate School of Management ) delivered by the Head of the Graduate School of Management Konstatnin Krotov is well-structured and audience-oriented, including the members of the board of trustees of the Graduate School of Management. The deans and directors were advised to take into consideration the experience of how the Graduate School of Management works with external organisations, the board of trustees, and mass media. Konstantin Krotov was advised to discuss this practice with the administrative staff of the academic departments.

10. How and when to submit information about what the University is engaged with

In spring, as the pandemic began, some people thought that only learning and teaching at the University had moved online. Yet the University continued to work in all spheres, including research, international cooperation, expert evaluations, medicine, sports, and maintenance. From March to October, the University held over 80 online events, including round-tables and open days to name but a few. This information was published on the University's website and other information sources.

In order to collect, process, and spread information about the events the University organises, we have developed regulations on submitting and spreading information about the University's events. Scheduling the events for the next month must be submitted by the heads of the divisions and departments to the Head of the Public Relations Department via the Electronic Document Management System ‘Delo’. If the event is held online, you are advised to include the link to the event and explain how you can register for the event and log in.

The directors and deans are advised to make suggestions as to how we can further supplement and improve the order.

Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting

Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 12 April 2021

  1. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  2. Round-table discussion ’Problems of formation and fixation of student electronic portfolio of individual achievements’
  3. The procedure for the entry of international students into the Russian Federation for study purposes has been established
  4. Competition for the position of Deputy Head of the Auditing Department
  5. Merging of the University’s Palaeontology Museum and Palaeontological and Stratigraphic Museum
  6. Separate waste collection at the University
  7. ’Vestnik of St Petersburg University. Law’ registered with the Scopus Science Metrix database
  8. Damage done by students to the University property
  9. Dissemination of information on the activities of the University scientists in the media
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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 11 May 2021

  1. Aleksandr Zagoskin, Associate Professor at St Petersburg University, is the winner of the Nika Film Award
  2. Meeting of the St Petersburg University Board of Trustees
  3. Cooperation Agreement between St Petersburg University and Sberbank
  4. St Petersburg University Strategic Plan until 2030 Approved
  5. Current issues related to the organisation of the teaching and learning process
  6. St Petersburg University online school
  7. Personnel competition to accompany a world-class international centre
  8. Accessibility of the St Petersburg University portal for people with special health needs
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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 22 March 2021

  1. Current issues of organising the teaching and learning process
  2. Format of the teaching and learning process from1 April 2021
  3. List of the planned indicators of the internal assessment of the academic programmes
  4. Organising work with the online courses
  5. Applying for scholarships
  6. Strategy for the digital transformation of the University: drafting the event programme
  7. New duties of the University Academic Board
  8. Classroom-based studies delivered by academic staff who are 65 or older
  9. Enquiries submitted to be discussed by the working group formed in relation to the reorganisation of the University
  10. Vaccination of international citizens
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A brief report of the Rector’s Meeting dated 15 March

1. Current issues related to organisation of the teaching and learning process

Last week, the Virtual Reception received 21 enquiries from students and teachers addressed to the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods. These included 7 enquires on teaching and methodology. 11 enquiries were sent to the email of the Vice-Rector. They exclude the enquiries on the University reorganisation (see paragraph 2 below). The most urgent issues were addressed in detail. They will be published in the full report of the Rector’s Meeting.

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A brief report of the Rector’s Meeting dated 10 March 2021

The participants of the meeting observed a moment of silence in memory of the University Professor Emeritus Evgeny Veremey.

1. Current issues related to organisation of the teaching and learning process

Last week, the Virtual Reception received 45 enquiries from students and teachers addressed to the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods. Nine enquiries were sent to the e-mail of the Vice-Rector. The most urgent issues were addressed in detail. They will be published in the full report of the Rector’s Meeting.

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A brief report of the Rector’s Meeting dated 20 February 2021

1. The format of training sessions from 1 March 2021

The Rector’s meeting addressed the proposals of the heads of academic and research departments on the format of training sessions from 1 March 2021. The following decisions were made taking into account the experience of organising the teaching and learning process with the use of information and communication technologies and the need to comply with the Recommendations for the prevention of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in educational institutions of higher education, approved by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation on 29 July 2020.

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A brief report of the Rector’s Meeting dated 22 January 2021

1. Current issues with organising the academic process

Last week, the Virtual Reception received 35 enquiries from students and teachers including 23 enquiries on academic issues addressed to the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods. Seven enquiries were sent to the e-mail of the Vice-Rector. The most urgent issues were addressed in detail. They will be published in the full report of the Rector’s Meeting (The quality of the heating system in hall of residence No 18;St Petersburg University branch in Tashkent;Competition for funding to cover participation in student olympiads, intellectual contests, conferences and other scientific events in 2021;  Imposing disciplinary liability).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 14 December 2020

1. St Petersburg University is a co-founder and the sole Russian representative in the Global Alliance of Massive Open Online Courses

The Global MOOC Alliance is a non-commercial partnership of higher educational institutions, online educational platforms and international non-profit organisations initiated by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education (UNESCO IITE) and Tsinghua University (PRC). Its creation was officially announced in Beijing at the global online conference ‘Learning Revolution and Higher Education Transformation’, which took place on 9-11 December 2020. St Petersburg University’s participation in the founding of the Global MOOC Alliance is a great honour and gives us worldwide recognition in the field of online education.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 7 December 2020

As proposed by the Rector, the meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of Professor Igor Froyanov.

1. About a meeting with Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

On 2 December, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko met with the heads of the following organisations, all of which fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government: Moscow State University, St Petersburg University, Kurchatov Institute, the Higher School of Economics, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and the University of Economics. St Petersburg University Rector Nikolay Kropachev and Vice-Rector for Research Sergey Mikushev participated in the meeting, during which the work of the Situation Centre of the Government of the Russian Federation and new approaches to contemporary digital management were demonstrated. Two lines of development were highlighted in the work of the Centre: teams of professionals, ad hoc groups of experts and government officials, who are engaged in dealing with particular tasks, and an approach to work predicated on the principle of co-working.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 30 November 2020

1. The Second International Congress of the Russian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

On 27-29 November, the Second International Congress of the Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science was held at St Petersburg University. The main areas of history and the philosophy of science that are presented in Russia were considered, as were new, emerging areas of research that are just beginning to develop in our country. Emphasis was placed on a discussion of issues involving the interplay between philosophical, academic and technological research and society from both contemporary and historical perspectives. These included the relationship between the goals of academic activity and significant public objectives, the place of scholarly expertise in relevant public discussions and the ability of scholarship to meet the fundamental challenges of our time. More than 400 Russian and over 50 foreign scholars (from such countries as the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Germany) took part in 14 panel discussions and 9 roundtables.

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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 23 November 2020

1. Events held in the memory of Lyudmila Verbitskaya

St Petersburg University held the International Philological Conference in Memory of Professor Lyudmila Verbitskaya from 26 to 24 November 2020 (St Petersburg University opened a free open access to a book Let’s talk correctly! by Lyudmila Verbitskaya). The conference brought together over 1,100 scholars and researchers. This is twice more than last year as the conference was held in a distance mode.

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Minutes of the Rector's Meeting dated 16 November 2020

1. Organisation of teaching and learning

Last week, 73 enquiries from teachers as well as students and their parents, including 31 enquiries on academic issues, were sent to the Virtual Reception. 21 enquiries were sent to the email of Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods, including 19 enquiries on academic issues. The enquiries included requests for certificates and document copies, and questions on student residence and information systems’ work.

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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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