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.

2. Preparation for the state accreditation of degree programmes

The preparation for the state accreditation procedure for degree programmes of higher education and vocational training at St Petersburg University is in progress. Order No 1395/1 dated 26 February 2021 has been issued. It specifies the tasks for the collection of documents and data to the address of the heads of services and academic subdivisions of the University in order to submit the application and go through the state accreditation procedure.

3. International accreditation of the Faculty of Law at St Petersburg University and bachelor’s programme on ‘Law’

Based on the results of the external evaluation of the Faculty of Law by the FIBAA agency, it has been resolved to grant accreditation to the Faculty of Law at St Petersburg University for the maximal period of six years. The AKKORK International Accreditation Council has taken a decision to grant accreditation to the bachelor's programme on ‘Law’ for the term of four years.

4. Applying for increased scholarship though the student’s personal account

In the spring semester of 2020/21, the submission of applications for the increased state academic scholarship was organised for the first time with the use of the University information system through a specifically developed feature in the student’s personal account. The application was open from 15 February to 1 March.

5. When will the open competition for personal scholarships from the Government of St Petersburg take place?

Current regional legislation limits the number of potential candidates for personal scholarships by quotas determined by the committee on science and university education in the Government of St Petersburg. They are based on the general number of students at the educational establishment. The Student Council of the University has proposed holding an open competition for personal scholarships without allocating quotas to specific educational establishments. The proposal has been forwarded to the committee on science and university education in the Government of St Petersburg. This is not the first attempt of the University management and University public organisations to request a transition from quota-based competition to open and fair competition. We hope that the reasoning of the University Student Councils will be heard.

6. Separate restrictions are prolonged till 28 March

St Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov has introduced amendments to 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. Separate restrictions previously valid till 10 March 2021 have been prolonged till 28 March 2021 by the Regulation.

7. Preparing for the 300th anniversary of the University’s foundation

The University continues to prepare for the celebration of its anniversary. The programme of events has been established and books dedicated to the history of the first university in Russia are being prepared. The Directors and Deans are assigned with the task to provide for publications about the achievements of the University scientists in the relevant academic fields within the timeframe from 2021 to 2023.

8. The position of St Petersburg University in the Webometrics International Rating

St Petersburg University improves its position in the international Webometrics Ranking by 58 places. The meeting analysed the positions of the University according to various ranking parameters in comparison to the positions of other Russian and foreign universities.

9. A meeting in ‘Innopolis’

Within the framework of a work trip to Kazan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko held a meeting with the rectors of Russian universities on the territory of Innopolis University on 6 March. The meeting was devoted to developing, in the sphere of university education, the preparation of highly-qualified staff for priority industries of the digital economy. Rector Nikolay Kropachev took part in the meeting. University representatives participated in the work of round tables.

10. Professor Tatiana Chernigovskaya is the top woman in the sphere of education

The union of ‘Professionals in the sphere of educational innovations’ conducted a survey among the teachers of Russian schools, universities and colleges to find the women regarded as the most influential in the sphere of education. The majority of respondents voted for Professor Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Director of the Institute for Cognitive Studies at St Petersburg University (St Petersburg University Professor Tatiana Chernigovskaya recognised as the top woman in the field of Russian education; TV Channel ‘Saint Petersburg’ Tatiana Chernigovskaya will keep teaching at St Petersburg University).

11. Further development of ‘Liberal Arts and Sciences’ degree programme at the University

The Virtual Reception receives enquiries from students, potential employers and third persons about the possibility of further development of the ‘Liberal Arts and Sciences’ degree programme at the University after the reorganisation (On the continuation of education at St Petersburg University (Liberal Arts and Sciences); How will the rights of students of the ‘Liberal Arts and Sciences’ degree programme be ensured?; On receiving the diploma of St Petersburg University (Liberal Arts and Sciences), etc.).

During the discussion of the University reorganisation (Minutes of the Rector’s meeting dated 1 March 2021), the participants of the Rector’s meeting created a working group made up of University academic staff with the goal to collect enquiries from teachers, employees, students and their parents and applicants. The working group includes: Ivan Uralov, Senior Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts; Svetlana Rubtsova, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages; Elena Kazakova, Director of the Institute of Pedagogy; and Department Heads at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Andrei Astvatsaturov, Elena Khodorkovskaia, Valerii Timofeev. According to one of the division heads, the working group features teachers and scientists who are well known among the university students and have high level of credibility. At the meeting the colleagues voted and assigned Professor Ivan Uralov as the group leader. The group members assured their colleagues that they would take every effort to give clear answers to all questions. The group members decided to forward the information on the group creation to the corporate e-mails of all students of the relevant academic programmes, teachers and employees, who assist in implementing these programmes and profiles. It was also resolved to hold a meeting with the Student Council of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the goal to collect questions.

The participants of the meeting also took the decision to inform officially all students of the relevant academic programmes that the students have the right to take the decision to continue their education at the University on the current programme or transition to the new university and study there on the relevant programme. This official information will be forwarded to the students with the signature of Marina Lavrikova, Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods, and Danila Raskov, Senior Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

It is worth noting that as of the end of the day on 11 March 2021, 34 enquiries on the topic of reorganisation had already been received.

A full report of the Rector’s meeting will be published shortly.

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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