1. St Petersburg University scientists received Golitsyn Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  2. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  3. Events on the margins of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum
  4. St Petersburg University is the best university in Russia in terms of financial management quality
  5. Strategic session devoted to the creation of world-class campuses
  6. The issues related to the University’s Strategic Plan have been clarified
  7. The cooperation between St Petersburg University and Lomonosov Moscow State University in the field of distance learning
  8. Who will receive the scholarships of the Russian Federation Government?
  9. The achievements of St Petersburg University students in the field of sport
  10. The St Petersburg University Collegium of Honorary Professors discussed the activity of the Alumni Association

1. St Petersburg University scientists received Golitsyn Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences

On 18 May, by the decision of the Executive Committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Golytsyn Prize for outstanding research in the field of geophysics was awarded to the following

St Petersburg University scientists: Konstantin Titov, Doctor of Geology and Mineralogy; Grigory

Gurin, Candidate of Geology and Mineralogy; and Pavel Konosavskiy, Candidate of Geology and Mineralogy for a series of research papers on ‘Developing the theory, experimental basis and methodology of applying polarisation methods in geo-electrics (natural electric field and induced polarisation)’.  

The series of research papers on ‘Developing the theory, experimental basis and methodology of applying polarisation methods in geo-electrics (natural electric field and induced polarisation)’ includes 37 articles in Russian and international reviewed top-rated journals. It is the result of basic and applied research of a collaborative team in the field of polarised geo-electrics, a dynamically developing area of geophysics.

2. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process

The participants emphasised the importance of observing the epidemic safety measures including wearing masks, social distancing, etc. From the beginning of the pandemic, 668 University employees have been infected by coronavirus, of which 608 people have recovered. The disease and its consequences have taken the lives of 18 people.  During the same time period, 405 students have been infected, but no fatal cases have been registered (Table).

Vice Rector for Human Resources reminded that the University employees, who have completed the vaccination, should inform the Human Resources office about it in a timely manner. This information is considered when taking the decision about the format of operation. As of the Rector's meeting date, 1,624 University employees have been vaccinated. The number of students with complete vaccination is 542 according to the information received from the students.

Last week, the Virtual Reception received 37 enquiries from students and teachers including 12 enquiries on academic issues addressed to the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods. 30 messages were sent to the e-mail of the Vice-Rector.

There were enquiries on various issues:  the timeframe of uploading the graduation project reviews into the Blackboard system; student transfer and reinstatement procedures; the possibility of a credit transfer; the number of tests per semester and per academic year; the difference of academic programmes at the University; the graduation ceremony for the 2021 graduates; the possibility of receiving information on the graduation project; receiving information about the University accreditation; disagreement with the interim assessment results – 15 enquiries; changing the format of tests and examinations with the use of information and communication technologies (both requests to hold examinations / tests in the online and offline format) – 6; providing an individual schedule of taking state final assessment; receiving the diploma from the personal educational record; the possibility of receiving a diploma with honours; and the graduation project defence procedure. All enquiries are being addressed by the specialists of various services of the University.

The most urgent issues are addressed in detail. For example, a fourth-year bachelor’s student in Geology expressed concern that every year the students who have field work leave the city. Thus, a part of graduates is not able to attend such an important event as the graduation ceremony. She is inquiring if there is a possibility to give the diplomas to the graduates in June.

St Petersburg University delivers its own educational credentials and qualification certificates in Russian and English with the official symbols of the Russian Federation. The academic progress information (the list of the academic disciplines sating the total number of academic hours, the number of credits and final grade) is inserted into the educational credentials before the meeting of the State Assessment Committee on the graduation project defence. It is also necessary to insert other important information into the educational credentials including the information on the final assessment results: state final examination and graduation project defence. The insertion of the final assessment results can be performed only after the meetings of the State Assessment Committees.  The meeting of the State Assessment Committee on the student’s academic programme is scheduled on 17 June 2021. The information processing and educational credential printing takes about two weeks. The educational credentials are signed by the State Assessment Committee members and by the Rector or Rector’s authorised representative. The representatives of employer organisations are the chairpersons of the State Assessment Committee. Sometimes they can be located outside St Petersburg, so it takes additional time for them to sign the relevant documents.

The educational credentials are delivered to the graduates after the document has been printed on the official form, signed by all the required persons, stamped in due manner and scanned for further storage and uploading into the federal information system. On average, the preparation of educational credentials of St Petersburg University takes at least three weeks.

According to the schedule of delivering the educational credentials and qualification certificates to the graduates of 2021, the graduation ceremony in the field of ‘Geography, Geology, Geoecology and Soil Science’ has been scheduled on 9 July 2021. If the students are not able to attend the graduation ceremony, they can receive their diploma in person or via an authorised representative on the basis of a power of attorney certified in due order from the specialists of the final assessment division at the Academic Affairs Department of the University at any time after the diploma has been issued.  

A first-year master’s student in the ‘History’ field of study in the academic programme of ‘Russia and France in Historical and Cultural Context / La Russie et la France dans l’espace de l’histoire et de la culture’ is interested in the allowed number of tests taken by students per semester and per year. According to the student, she took six tests in the first semester and all of them are graded in the ECTS system including two tests in practical courses. In the spring semester, there were 12 tests according to the curriculum. The tests are listed in the timetable, while classes in other disciplines continue. In the student’s opinion, such conditions of taking the tests are problematic.

The enquiry was clarified in the following way: the listed programme is implemented according to the model of double diplomas together with the Sorbonne. According to the approved curriculum 20/5830/1 ‘Russia and France in Historical and Cultural Context / La Russie et la France dans l’espace de l’histoire et de la culture’, the number of disciplines with the assessment in the form of ‘test’ is 11. There is also one elective course.

In accordance with Federal Law No 273-FZ dated 29 December 2012 ‘On education in the Russian Federation’ and the Order of organising and implementing educational activity in the academic programmes of university education – bachelor's, specialist’s and master’s programmes approved by Order No 301 dated 5 April 2017 of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, the forms and order of interim assessments are determined by the educational organisation. The limits in the number of tests and examinations are not provided by the listed normative legal acts and by-laws of the University. At the same time, all the limits in the number of academic hours in the curriculum of the relevant academic programme have been observed.

The second semester has been assessment-intensive, since the stated programme includes the requirements of two universities (St Petersburg University and the Sorbonne). During the second year (the third and fourth semesters), the students that have successfully submitted the research project text in French are selected to be directed to the Sorbonne in order to continue the education there. During the first year of studies, it is necessary to cover all the required disciplines to form the competences provided by the St Petersburg University educational standard that cannot be lower than the current Federal Educational Standard.

The curriculum that defines the interim assessment for each semester can be viewed on the St Petersburg University official website in the course of the application process. Even before applying to the relevant academic programme, it makes sense for the applicants to estimate their readiness to cover a special curriculum with the prospect of receiving diplomas from two universities.

According to the information from the majority of academic subdivision directors, the interim and final assessments are held according to the timetable and no special problems have emerged.

The directors of many academic subdivisions said that during the previous week no meetings with the Student Councils were held. At the meeting of the Director of the High School of Journalism and the Dean of the Faculty of Sociology with the Student Councils, the issues of the interim and final state assessments, as well as the diploma delivery format were discussed. 

From 28 May to 4 June, 1,247 students in bachelor's, specialist and master's programmes had their graduation project defences.

No

Field

Bachelor's

programme

Master's

programme

Specialist’s

programme

Total

1

Biology

 

39

24

 

63

2

Journalism      and

Communications

Mass

94

31

 

125

3

Earth Sciences

 

38

9

 

47

4

Arts

 

24

9

 

33

5

History

 

13

26

 

39

6

Mathematics

and

Mechanics

 

12

7

 

19

7

Political Science

 

0

32

 

32

8

Control Processes

 

54

9

 

63

9

Psychology

 

0

32

9

41

10

Liberal Arts and Sciences

111

46

 

157

11

Sociology

50

14

 

64

12

Physics

13

23

 

36

13

Philology

0

52

 

52

14

Philosophy

24

33

 

57

15

Chemistry

57

45

 

102

16

Economics

128

57

 

185

17

Law

0

132

 

132

 

Total

657

581

9

1247

The meetings of 234 State Assessment Committees took place:

No

Field

State              Assessment

Committee on the state examination

State Assessment Committee on the graduation project defence

Total

1

Biology

 

10

10

2

Journalism

 

16

16

3

Arts

 

3

3

4

History

 

6

6

5

Mathematics and Mechanics

 

3

3

6

International

Relations

14

 

14

7

Earth Sciences

4

14

18

8

Political Science

 

10

10

9

Control

Processes

 

12

12

10

Psychology

9

9

18

11

Liberal Arts and

Sciences

 

23

23

12

Public Relations

 

4

4

13

Sociology

 

8

8

14

Dentistry       and

Medical

Technologies

2

 

2

15

Physics

 

6

6

16

Philology

 

9

9

17

Philosophy

 

13

13

18

Chemistry

 

11

11

19

Economics

 

20

20

20

Law

2

26

28

 

Total

31

203

234

From 1,247 graduation project defences, 920 people (73.8 %) were graded as ‘excellent’, 275 people (22.1 %) – ‘good’, 50 people (4 %) – ‘satisfactory’, and two people (0.2 %) – ‘unsatisfactory’.

    Bachelor Master Specialist Total

No

 
 Field

Satisfactory

Good

Excellent

Unsatisfactory

Satisfactory

Good

Excellen

Good

Excellen

 

1

Biology

 

5

34

 

1

4

19

   

63

2

High School of

Journalism     and

Mass

Communication

7

15

72

   

8

23

   

125

3

Institute         of

Earth Sciences

1

9

28

 

1

3

5

   

47

4

Arts

 

4

20

   

1

8

   

33

5

History

2

 

11

 

1

3

22

   

39

6

Mathematics and Mechanics

 

2

10

     

7

   

19

7

Political Science

         

7

25

   

32

8

Control

Processes

2

7

45

   

2

7

   

63

9

Psychology

       

1

5

26

3

6

41

10

Liberal Arts and

Sciences

2

16

93

 

1

14

31

   

157

11

Sociology

2

16

32

 

4

7

3

   

64

12

Physics

 

4

9

   

1

22

   

36

13

Philology

     

1

1

10

40

   

52

14

Philosophy

1

6

17

   

8

25

   

57

15

Chemistry

 

4

53

   

4

41

   

102

16

Economics

11

39

78

   

19

38

   

185

17

Law

     

1

12

49

70

   

132

 

Total

28

127

502

2

22

145

412

3

6

1247

Students filed seven enquiries to the appeal committees:

  • following the results of the final state examinations: 3 – from bachelor’s students in Psychology
  • following the results of the graduation project defence: 1 – from a master’s student in Liberal Arts, 2 – from master's students in Law, 1 – from a bachelor’s student in Economics.

The appeals were not satisfied.

3. Events on the margins of St Petersburg International Economic Forum

On 2–5 June, the 24th St Petersburg International Economic Forum took place. The following St Petersburg University agreements were signed within the framework of the forum:

ALROSA) on their participation in the creation and development of the 'Neva

Delta' Innovative Science and Technology Centre (SPIEF’21: St Petersburg

University signs agreements on the establishment and development of ‘The Neva Delta’ Science and Technology Centre; VTB Bank and St Petersburg University sign an agreement on participation in the creation of the 'Neva

Delta' Innovative Science and Technology Centre; Gazprom Neft and St

Petersburg University plan to develop a science and technology centre at St Petersburg; Sistema Public Joint Stock Financial Corporation to support the creation of an innovative centre at St Petersburg University)

4. St Petersburg University is the best university in Russia in terms of financial management quality

The Ministry of Finance of Russia summed up the results of monitoring the quality of financial management in 2020. Based on the findings, St Petersburg University is among the top rated organisations taking the first place among Russian universities (St Petersburg University is top of 2020 Russian university ranking of financial management).

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation performs monitoring of 94 organisations acting as the major administrators of the federal budget income. In 2020, the average score was 75.7 points. St Petersburg University has been ranked second with a score of 91.05 points in the allRussia ranking, thus, entering the AAA group with the top ranking of financial management quality. Only the Russian Foundation for Basic Research with 95.35 points is ahead. Consider the following numbers for comparison: the next in order AA group with excellent ranking of financial management quality includes the Russian Academy of Science (89.21 points) and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (81.98 points); the A group with high ranking of financial management quality features Lomonosov Moscow State University (78.44 points), the State Hermitage Museum (72.56 points), the Ministry of Education of Russia (71.09 points), and the National Research Centre ‘Kurchatov Institute’ (70.89 points).

The ranking takes into account multiple criteria of such parameters as: the quality of managing budgetary income and costs (the weight of these areas in the final assessment is 0.5 and 0.2, respectively); the quality of record keeping and budgetary reporting; the quality of internal financial audit; and the quality of assets management. The weight of the last three areas is 0.1 each. Moreover, St Petersburg University was among the seven organisations that provided complete financial reporting for the year. The remaining eight participants of the monitoring failed to provide complete financial reporting or provided it with significant defects.

High efficiency of spending budgetary funds enables the University to apply for additional financial support.  Thus, the high ranking in the monitoring achieved by St Petersburg University in 2019 (87.32 points) helped the University to receive additional budgetary funds from the Reserve Fund of the Government of the Russian Federation in 2020 in the amount of 441.2 million roubles. This, for example, significantly exceeded the amount of 94.1 mln roubles received by

Lomonosov Moscow State University (Minutes of the Rector’s meeting dated 7 December 2020).

5. Strategic session devoted to the creation of world-class campuses

On 31 May, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko, headed a strategic session of the Ministry of Education and Science devoted to the creation of world class university campuses in Russia. The session was attended by: Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education; Irek Faizullin, Minister of Construction, Housing and

Utilities; and rectors of the leading universities. During the meeting, the participants established 10 criteria to be taken into account when creating world class campuses. They include: crossuniversity nature; connection to the development strategies of the Russian subject and university; presence of several universities in the cities of the project implementation; and readiness of the city to provide the campus with utility lines and transport infrastructure. (Dmitry Chernyshenko and Valery Falkov hold a strategic session on creating world class university campuses). By August, at least five territories for the creation of world class campuses will be defined.

It was noted at the Rector’s meeting that although the concept of St Petersburg University territory development was created in 2017-2020, it fully complies with all the established criteria.

6. The issues related to the St Petersburg University Strategic Plan have been clarified

The discussion of the St Petersburg University Strategic Plan indicators had previously been mentioned (Minutes of the Rector’s meeting dated 17 May 2021). Then, the Rector's meeting participants asked to clarify the content of the indicators. The answers were prepared by the Vice Rectors.

The calculation of indicators No 1, 3, 4, 12, 14, 17, 23 is trivial and features no calculation peculiarities worth mentioning.

Indicator No 2 ‘The proportion of academic staff under 35 years old of the total number of academic staff’ is calculated as a ratio of the number of academic staff that include academic teaching staff and research associates under 35 years old to the general number of academic staff as of 31 December of the reporting year in percentage terms.  

Indicator No 5 ‘The proportion of academic staff taking part in the implementation of academic programmes of other organisations performing educational activity based on the programmes of higher education including via online courses’ is calculated as a ratio of the number of academic staff taking part in the educational activity of other organisations to the general number of academic staff as of 31 December of the reporting year in percentage terms. At the same time, membership in the State Assessment Committee is not considered as participation in the implementation of academic programmes. The state final assessment is performed upon completion of an academic programme with the goal to assess if the learning outcomes meet the educational standard requirements. However, a part-time job related to the implementation of academic programmes is considered as such.

Indicator No 6 ‘The proportion of students of full-time bachelor's, specialist’s and master’s programmes that study following individual academic trajectories’ is calculated based on the student’s primary record data in the ‘Student’ module of the ‘Learning’ information system as a ratio between the number of individual academic trajectory students and the general number of students as of 31 December of the reporting year. It should be noted that the individual academic trajectory (St Petersburg University Order No 7828/1 dated 9 August 2018 ‘On approving the Educational Standard of higher education at St Petersburg University’) includes elements of academic programmes of the University and other educational organisations including online courses in due order and on an optional basis. At the same time, studies of obligatory elective disciplines are not considered a part of individual academic trajectory. 

Indicator No 7 ‘The portion of academic programmes with a practical focus on a real economic sector providing for professional competencies required by the current labour market’ is calculated as a ratio of the number of academic programmes with a practical focus on a real economic sector to the general number of academic programmes as of 31 December of the reporting year in percentage terms. The list of academic programmes with a practical focus is approved and updated by the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods.

Indicator No 8 ‘The number of implemented non-degree programmes including online learning’ is calculated based on the student’s primary record data on non-degree programmes in the ‘Student-Non-Degree-Programme’ information system as a sum of implemented non-degree programmes including online learning as of the end of the reporting period (in case of quarterly reports) or as of 31 December of the reporting year.

Indicator No 9 ‘The number of degree programmes with public accreditation’ is calculated as a sum of degree programmes at St Petersburg University with current international accreditation as of the end of the reporting period (in case of quarterly reports) or as of 31 December of the reporting year.

Indicator No 10 ‘The portion of teachers implementing academic disciplines, courses (modules) in a foreign language’ is calculated as a ratio of the number of teachers implementing academic disciplines in a foreign language to the general number of teachers taking part in the implementation of academic programmes in accordance with paragraph 3.1.1 of Annex No 2 to St Petersburg University Order No 1708/1 dated 11 March 2021 ‘On approving the list of target indicators of internal assessment of academic programmes and the calculation methodology’ as of 31 December of the reporting year in percentage terms.

Indicator No 11 ‘The number of international citizens studying in full-time programmes’ is determined based on the student’s primary record data in the ‘Student’ module of the ‘Learning’ information system as of the end of the reporting period (in case of quarterly reports) or as of 31 December of the reporting year.

Indicator No 13 ‘The target number of deals on commercialisation of developments, useful models, pilot products, know-how, software programmes, data bases with St Petersburg University copyright (including joint copyright) for the reporting year’ and indicator No 14.1 ‘The number of patents of invention, useful models, pilot products registered during the reporting year’ are volumetric indicators formed during the reporting year as soon as the contracts are concluded and the copyright protection is received as of 31 December of the reporting year.

Indicator No 14 ‘The general number of patents of invention, useful models, pilot products, software programmes, data bases registered during the reporting year’ is determined based on the primary record data of the intellectual property items and formed on an accrual basis taking into account previous periods as of 31 December of the reporting year. 

Indicator No 15 ‘The number of St Petersburg University journals included into international data bases (Web of Science, Scopus) on an accrual basis is calculated based on the primary editorial records as of the end of the reporting period (in case of quarterly reports) or as of 31 December of the reporting year.

Indicator No 16 ‘The number of newly created groups of academic staff, of which at least 30% are headed by young promising researchers under 39 years old, during the reporting year’ is calculated based on the primary human resources record as of 31 December of the reporting year.  

Indicator No 18 ‘An increase in the portion of aspirantura students that submitted their dissertation for defence seeking a candidate of science degree, when taking the aspirantura programme as compared to the indicators of 2018’ is calculated based on the student’s primary record data (in the course of revising the lists of aspirantura graduates and the lists of people who submitted or defended their dissertations in the University dissertation councils in the reporting year provided by the specialists of the Department for the Support of Dissertation Councils) and Annual Report No 1-NK as of 31 December of the reporting year as an overrun of the portion of aspirantura students that submitted their dissertations for defence when covering the aspirantura programme during the reporting year as compared to the analogous portion of aspirantura students as of the end of 2018 in percentage terms.  

Indicator No 19 ‘The technical capacity of the R&D sector (balance cost of the machinery and equipment calculated per one researcher)’ is determined based on the primary accounting and human resources records as of 31 December of the reporting year.

Indicator No 20 ‘The number of created domestic technologies with the use of the R&D results demanded by the real economic and public sectors’ is calculated based on the primary record data on the intellectual property items as of 31 December of the reporting year; the register of soughtafter technologies is approved and updated by the Vice Rector for Research.  

Indicator No 19 ‘The ratio of extra-budgetary and budgetary resources in the internal costs for research and development’ is calculated based on the financial records and scientific research records as a ratio of the volume of expenses related to conducting research ordered by external organisations and physical persons during the reporting year to the volume of expenses related to conducting research within the framework of the St Petersburg University governmental assignment, the grants received for research support, and the grants from the ministries and agencies as of 31 December of the reporting year.  It should be noted that the resources of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Russian Science Foundation are not considered and accounted for as extra-budgetary sources of funding according to the methodology of the Federal State Statistics Service and the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.

Indicator No 22 ‘The number of publications in top-rated journals, indexed by international systems of scientific citation’ is calculated based on the data of science-metric resources for the reporting period with a technological lag of six months caused by the need to finalise the procedure of publication indexation.  

In conclusion, it should be noted that presently we are preparing an enquiry to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia that controls the Programme implementation on the approval of the calculation methodology of the programme target indicator values developed by the University specialists. The programme is focused on easily verifiable data from regular statistic monitoring reports. The representatives of research and academic groups will be immediately informed, once the approval from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia is received, and will be forwarded the information on the order of the reporting data collection (quarterly or annually). For the purpose of ensuring prompt feedback, it is offered to organise a methodological section on the St Petersburg University official website, where the programme related information will be published including the current methodological materials and responses to the frequently asked questions, the list of practical programmes, the register of sought-after technologies, etc.  It is planned to introduce special tags in the Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) 'Delo’ in order to simplify the search for information and official correspondence on the programme.

7. The cooperation between St Petersburg University and Lomonosov Moscow State University in the field of distance learning

In accordance with the agreement concluded between Lomonosov Moscow State University and St Petersburg University, a list of online courses is offered to the students of the partner university every year. 

In 2020/21 academic year, Lomonosov Moscow State University offered the following online courses to the students of St Petersburg University:

The following St Petersburg University online courses are available for the students of Lomonosov Moscow State University:

  • Transcription and the RNA World
  • Genetics of Plant Development
  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Use of Agricultural Landscapes
  • Genetics of Symbiosis: Principles of Formation of Plant–Microbe Genetic Systems

In this semester, over 10 students on both sides used the opportunity to take these online courses. At the same time, the agreement allows to use Moscow State University online courses more actively on condition of including them into the subject syllabi as part of the recommended materials as well as into the general list of online courses recommended for credit transfer at St Petersburg University. 

The Teaching Methodology Committees and the teachers are recommended to include Moscow

State University’s online courses into the subject syllabi more actively.  The list of Moscow State University’s and St Petersburg University’s online courses available free of charge to the students of both universities is updated and approved on an annual basis.

8. Who will receive the scholarships of the Russian Federation Government?

In order to receive the scholarships of the Russian Federation Government in the academic year of 2021/22, in May, St Petersburg University submitted the documents on 34 students and 20 aspirantura students selected from several hundred honours students to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia.  In this regard, the University announced a competitive selection of candidates for over 20 types of personal/notable scholarships established by the Russian Government, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia and the Government of St Petersburg.  

According to the legal normative acts providing for the relevant scholarships, the following stipend amounts have been established: 

Russian Presidential Scholarship

students

2,200 roubles per month

 

aspirantura students

4,500 roubles per month

Russian Government Scholarship

students

1,440 roubles per month (higher education), 840 roubles per month (vocational education)

 

aspirantura students

3,600 roubles per month

Russian Presidential Scholarship in the priority fields

students

7,000 roubles per month

 

aspirantura students

14,000 roubles per month

Russian Government Scholarship in the priority fields

students

5,000 roubles per month

 

aspirantura students

10,000 roubles per month

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Scholarship

students

1,500 roubles per month

Yegor Gaidar  Scholarship

students

1,500 roubles per month

Dmitry Likhachov Scholarship 

students

5,000 roubles per month

Anatoly Sobchak Scholarship

students

5,000 roubles per month

Vladimir Tumanov Scholarship

students

2,000 roubles per month

Andrei Voznesensky Scholarship

students

1,500 roubles per month

Personal/notable scholarships of the Government of St Petersburg including the following:

Personal scholarship of the Government of St Petersburg

students

2,000 roubles per month (higher education), 1,600 roubles per month (vocational education)

Galina Starovoitova Scholarship

students

2,000 roubles per month

Scholarship to the fellow students from the Baltic States

students

2,000 roubles per month

Scholarships to the students from among             children-orphans             and

abandoned children

students

2,000 roubles per month

Andrey Petrov  Scholarship 

students

2,000 roubles per month

Daniil Granin Scholarship in the field of linguistics and literature

students

2,000 roubles per month

Zhores Alferov Scholarship in the field of physical sciences

students

2,000 roubles per month

Personal scholarship in the field of information technologies

students

5,000 roubles per month

Personal scholarship in the field of physics

students

5,000 roubles per month

Personal scholarship in the field of mathematics

students

5,000 roubles per month

Personal scholarship in the field of chemistry

students

5,000 roubles per month

Personal scholarship in the field of the

Russian language

students

5,000 roubles per month

The information on the competitive selection order and time frame for every scholarship is published on the University portal in the section on Extracurricular activities.

The Russian Government Scholarship is one of the traditional scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and aspirantura students. The applications were accepted in February and March. In April, the candidates were approved by the Academic Council of St Petersburg University. In order to receive the scholarships of the Russian Federation Government in the academic year of 2021/22, in May, the University submitted the documents on 34 students and 20 aspirantura students selected from several hundred honours students to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia. Students in the fields of Chemistry (7 candidates), Biology (6 candidates), Applied Mathematics and Control Processes (4 candidates) and Earth Sciences (4 candidates) were most active. Aspirantura students in the field of Physics (6 candidates), Mathematics (3 candidates) and Chemistry (3 candidates) were most active.

It was noted that although the students are annually informed about the competitive selection and the application process has been completely transferred online, the number of candidates for this personal scholarship has reduced in comparison to the 2020/21 academic year by 37% among undergraduate and graduate students and by 16% among aspirantura students. 

In this regard, the meeting participants noted that many undergraduate, graduate and aspirantura students express dissatisfaction with the amount of ordinary and even increased academic scholarship. At the same time, the majority of them do not even try to take part in the scholarship competitions they are eligible for. The meeting participants underscored the importance of work among the academic staff of institutes and faculties aimed at motivating undergraduate, graduate and aspirantura students to take part in scholarship competitive selection and helping them with the application process.

9. The achievements of St Petersburg University students in the field of sport

On 29-30 May, the final stage of St Petersburg University student competition in rugby-7 took place with the participation of 12 teams. The University combined team won the championship among the higher education establishments of St Petersburg beating the team of the Military Institute of Physical Culture in the finals with the score 24:12. The team players were:  Leonid

Artemev, Georgii Dolgopolov, Artem Zhuravlev, Mikhail Zaritskii, Kirill Knel, Mikhail Kondzhariia, Anton Kunchuliia, Ilia Makhin, Nikita Makhin, Artem Morozov, Denis Semikov, Nazar Sergeev, Gleb Starodubtsev. 

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The University rugby players have reached the final of the Student Rugby League that will take place in Moscow in July 2021. 16 teams from all over Russia will compete for the title of the best student rugby team.

On 28-31 May, the Russian Championship in diving among women and men born in 2003 and younger took place in the ‘Nevskaya Volna’ Water Sports Centre (St Petersburg). Elizaveta Sadykhova, first-year master's student in Business Informatics, took first place in the Obstacle Course for 100 metres. Elizaveta is a member of the Russian Federation diving team, an international master of sports, frequent winner and laureate of Russian and international championships.

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10. The St Petersburg University Collegium of Honorary Professors discussed the activity of the Alumni Association

Gennady Bogomazov, Chairperson of the St Petersburg University Collegium of Honorary Professors, reminded the meeting participants that on 24 December 2020, the University representatives held a meeting with the Alumni Association under the initiative of the Rector. The issues of electing the president and the board of the association were discussed (Minutes of the Rector's Meeting dated 28 December 2020). On 14 January, a meeting of the Association

Board took place, where the Rector and other University representatives were invited. At that time, the colleagues from the Association expressed concern that the local acts of this organisation fail to comply with the current legislation. However, this issue was not discussed, since Sergei Belov, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Chairperson of the Permanent Committee on Legal Issues of the University’s Academic Council, was denied the floor, after which the University representatives had to leave the meeting (Minutes of the Rector's Meeting dated 18 January 2021).

The Charter of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association was approved in the course of establishing the organisation in 2014 at the general meeting of the founders. The draft of the Charter was widely discussed in the University community. The Charter (The Charter of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association dated 8 August 2014) established that the highest governance body is the general meeting of the association members. In general, the governance structure was defined in paragraph 7.1 of the Charter in the following way:

  1. General Meeting of the Association members
  2. Executive Director – single executive body
  3. Board – collective executive body headed by the Executive Director
  4. Advisory Council – expert counselling body headed by its chairperson
  5. Auditor – control and auditing organ
  6. The President is not a governance body of the Association

As the highest governance body, the general meeting of the Association members had the following competences: changing the Association Charter; defining the priority fields of activity; forming the Association Board for the term of seven years; and electing the Association President (paragraph 7.3 of the Charter).  The decision was made by the majority of votes with the presence of a quorum (over a half of participants listed among the Association members present at the general meeting) (paragraph 7.5 of the Charter).

The President is elected for five years (paragraph 7.28 of the Charter). Upon the registration of the Association, the governance bodies were formed. The Association President was also elected for the term of five years. In 2014, the University and the Association signed an agreement.

In 2016, the general meeting of the Association introduced changes into the Charter (Minutes of the general meeting of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association members dated 13 February 2016). As a result, the governance structure of the Association was described in paragraph 7.1 of the Charter in the following way:

  1. General Meeting of the Association members
  2. Executive Director – single executive body
  3. Board – collective executive body headed by the Executive Director
  4. Advisory Council – expert counselling body

The competence of the general meeting of the Association members and the decision-making order were generally preserved.  The term of the Board was reduced to five years (paragraph 7.10 of the Charter).

The Charters of the Association from 2014 and 2016 provided for the possibility to hold a general meeting of the Association members in the form of a conference, but the procedure of organising the conference was not specified. In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, the Charter should specify the procedure of organising the conference. The Association website has no information about any normative acts of the Association regulating the conference organisation at that time. There is also no information about the conference on the website of the Association.

Meanwhile, despite the fact that in accordance with paragraph 7.3.1 of the Charter (Charter of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association dated 13 February 2016), the

‘approval and change of the Association Charter’ is within the competence of the general meeting of the Association members, the subsequent and current Charter of the Association was approved in 2019 by the decision of the conference (Charter of the St Petersburg University Alumni

Association dated 18 May 2019) instead of the general meeting of the Association members.

There is no information whatsoever on the website of the Association on the order, participants and grounds of holding the conference. There is also no information why the conference was held instead of the general meeting of the Association members.  At the same time, the Association website features a document in Word format (without any signatures and stamps) with the information about the decisions taken at the general meeting of the Association members.

The governance structure of the Association was radically changed in the new Charter ‘adopted by the conference’. The structure looks in the following way (paragraph 7.1 of the Charter):

  1. Conference of the Association members – supreme body
  2. Executive Director – single executive body
  3. Board – collective executive body headed by the Executive Director
  4. Advisory Council – expert counselling body

Thus, the conference became the highest governance body instead of the general meeting. 

What is the procedure of selecting the conference delegates? In accordance with paragraph 7.2.2 of the Charter, an Association member elected by the delegate to take part in the conference has the right to participate in the conference. The procedure and order of electing the participants by the delegates is specified in the Provisions on the order of organising and holding the conference approved by the Board.

The Association Board has approved the Provisions. The Provisions state that the delegates to take part in the conference are elected based on the following quota: one representative on the part of 100 Association members (paragraph 2.2 of the Provisions).

The information who are those 100 Association members electing the delegate is missing both in the Provisions and on the Association website. The information on the order of defining the ‘voter districts’, which district the candidate runs for, and if there are any districts at all is missing. The information on the number of votes collected by the conference delegated is also missing.

Apollinariia Avrutina took part in the election of the conference delegates and witnessed the way the delegate elections were organised. It turned out that it was enough for Apollinariia Avrutina to receive three votes (one of which was her own vote, since you can vote for yourself) to be granted the status of the conference delegate. It remains unknown who are those 100 Association members that elected her. The Association website still has no information on the details of the voting results including the list of participants. The website has no information on any details of the voting that took part after 2018.

The Association President is elected for the term of five years based on the Charter version adopted at the general meeting in 2014 and 2016, and even based on the Charter version ‘adopted by the conference’. Thus, the President appointment term terminated no later than the spring of 2020 even if we take into consideration the time of the Association registration.

However, the person previously elected the Association President continues to call themselves a president after the appointment termination, namely, at the end of 2020. At least, the Association President is not its governance body.

A single executive body of the Association is its Executive Director. This person is entitled to perform administrative work on behalf of the Association. Upon the resignation or appointment termination of the executive director, the elections of a new executive director should be organised. It means that a general meeting of the Association members or a conference should be conducted as provided by the Charter ‘adopted by the conference’ in 2019. However, if the Charter of 2014 and 2016 states that new elections should be organised after the resignation of the executive director, the Charter ‘adopted by the conference’ in 2019 allows not to hold such elections. The Charter ‘adopted by the conference’ in 2019 states that the elected executive director can appoint an acting executive director with the delegation of authority not only for the period of temporary absence (business trip, vacation, temporary incapacity), but also for the period after the resignation of the elected executive director. The Charter ‘adopted by the conference’ in 2019 specifies no time limit for the appointment term of the acting executive director and no restrictions in his or her authority.

In essence, the acting executive director should organise the conference on electing a new executive director. However, according to the rules specified by the Association Board, it is the executive director (in this case acting executive director) who should approve the conference agenda than cannot be changed by the conference. At the same time, the general meeting of the association members or the conference are the highest governance bodies with the right to consider any issue of importance within their competence. 

During the last conference, the delegates were refused to consider the issue that had not been included into the agenda by the acting executive director.  The issues in adjusting the agenda were not even put to a vote. The Chairperson of the conference stated that the agenda had been previously approved in due order and was not subject to changes.

The authority of the conference was limited in another field as well. 10 candidates wanted to take part in the competition for the executive director position. However, the conference delegates were given only one candidate to vote for, since this candidate had previously been selected and approved by some committee formed by the Board and headed by the acting executing director.    The chairperson provided no explanation to the conference delegates of such decision and no reasons for excluding all the candidates from the elections. At the same time, the Association website features no information on the formation of such a committee. Thus, some unknown committee authorised with advisory and other capacity elected one predetermined candidate from 10 candidates for the executive director position. Then, the acting executive director stated in the agenda that there was only one candidate for the position of the executive director and the voting took place only with that candidate. It should be emphasised one more time that the executive director as the single executive body performs all the current administrative work of the Association.  Thus, the general situation presents a violation of the basic democratic principles of the Association management. And if at the moment of establishing the Association the democratic principles were its main focus, in the recent years the situation has changed dramatically.  

Professor Bogomazov said that on 7 July, the St Petersburg University Collegium of Honorary Professors held a meeting, where Doctor of Philology, Professor Аpollinariia Avrutina shared the following information. Previously, she had put forward her candidacy for the position of the executive director of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association. Having seen the violations in the procedure of electing the delegates for the general meeting and the procedure of the association governance body election, Apollinariia Avrutina turned to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation with a request to inspect the activity of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association. The Ministry of Justice responded and confirmed that a number of violations of the current legislation were found during the inspection (Response).

The letter from the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in St Petersburg states the following:

  1. The Association Charter fails to comply with the requirements of the current legislation of the Russian Federation.
  2. In violation of paragraph 2 of article 65.3, paragraph 3 of article 123.1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the definition of the standard operating procedure of the supreme governance body has been transferred to the Board and the approval of the agenda has been transferred to the executive director.
  3. In violation of paragraph 2 of article 14 of the Federal Law No 7-FZ ‘On nonprofit organisation’ dated 12 January 1996, during the inspected period the Association did not comply with the charter provisions regulating the order of the Advisory Council formation and operation.
  4. In violation of paragraph 1 of article 65.2 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the approval of one candidate suggested by the HR committee to be elected for the position of executive director based on the interview results violates the right of the association members to take part in governing the association and electing the executive director.
  5. In violation of paragraph 1 of article 65.2 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the existing provisions of organising the conference and electing the delegates determined by the Board (the Provisions) violate the right of the association members to take part in the association governance:
  • Not all association members have the information on the conference, since paragraph 3.6 of the Provisions determines different procedures of informing the members (via the provided e-mails of the association members and/or via publication of the information on the official website of the association).
  • The existing procedure of electing the delegates does not allow to determine who exactly those 100 members represented by the delegate are
  • The election of the delegate is limited by the order of application (in case of an equal number of votes for the candidate, only those candidates who had formed their applications earlier become delegates); the quorum on the number of members that should take part in the vote to elect delegates for participation in the conference has not been established.

Having discussed these issues, the St Petersburg University Collegium of Honorary Professors took the recommendations to establish a new Alumni Association of St Petersburg University and Leningrad State University by forming a relevant committee and initiate work on terminating the agreement between St Petersburg University and the old Association.

The participants of the Rector’s meeting supported the proposal.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting

Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 2 August 2021

  1. Admissions processes
  2. Amending the Rules and regulations for defending dissertations to gain a degree of candidate of sciences and doctor of sciences approved by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia
  3. Measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID19) at St Petersburg University
  4. Inspection by the Prosecutor's Office upon revealing educational documents and other materials from Bard College in St Petersburg University
  5. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  6. Admission of the Alumni Association's members to St Petersburg University
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 5 Jule 2021

  1. Changes introduced into the Federal Law ‘On Lomonosov Moscow State University and St Petersburg University’
  2. Decisions on Human Resources
  3. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  4. On accommodating students in the halls of residence
  5. St Petersburg University visited by the winners and laureates of the all-Russia Olympiads among school students seeking to be enrolled into the bachelor’s programmes in mathematics and computer science
  6. The number of the University projects supported by the Russian Science Foundation
  7. Digital profiles of research and teaching staff
  8. Preliminary results of the assessment
  9. The results of work dedicated to the perpetuation of the memory of Lyudmila Verbitskaya
  10. Organising medical check-ups for students
  11. The response of the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to the enquiry from St Petersburg University
  12. Observing the face mask mandate by the students
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 15 June 2021

  1. Valerii Zapasskii, a scientist of St Petersburg University – laureate of the Russian Federation National Award
  2. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  3. Using the results of The Three University Missions ranking
  4. Taking into account the data of the World University Ranking (U.S. News Best Global Universities)
  5. A series of webinars for teachers of the Leningrad region
  6. Medals of the Russian Academy of Sciences – for young scientists of St Petersburg University
  7. Compensation of expenses for the publication of scientific articles
  8. Violations committed by students of St Petersburg University
  9. Tuition fees at St Petersburg University
  10. Termination of the contract between St Petersburg University and the Alumni Association
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 8 June 2021

  1. St Petersburg University scientists received Golitsyn Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  2. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  3. Events on the margins of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum
  4. St Petersburg University is the best university in Russia in terms of financial management quality
  5. Strategic session devoted to the creation of world-class campuses
  6. The issues related to the University’s Strategic Plan have been clarified
  7. The cooperation between St Petersburg University and Lomonosov Moscow State University in the field of distance learning
  8. Who will receive the scholarships of the Russian Federation Government?
  9. The achievements of St Petersburg University students in the field of sport
  10. The St Petersburg University Collegium of Honorary Professors discussed the activity of the Alumni Association
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 31 May 2021

  1. Professor Petr Iablonskii is awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of St Petersburg
  2. The award named after Professor Vataniar Yagya is established
  3. St Petersburg University staff receiving the Prizes of the Government of St Petersburg
  4. St Petersburg University scientists in ‘The New Knowledge’ marathon
  5. ‘The Architecture of the Siege’ – the best documentary
  6. The use of digital portfolio in the system of general education
  7. The events within the framework of the Korea–Russia Dialogue
  8. St Petersburg University Agreement with Iranian partners
  9. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  10. The enquiry from a student of St Petersburg University
  11. The hybrid format of the graduation ceremonies
  12. The ‘Priority-2030’ programme
  13. Applications of the competition participants seeking academic and teaching staff positions
  14. The disappearance of a student
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 17 May 2021

  1. A session of Petersburger Dialogue Coordinating Committees
  2. St Petersburg University Strategic Plan indicators
  3. Monument to COVID-19 victims
  4. The Office of RF Prosecutor General and Bard College (USA)
  5. Restructuring the St Petersburg University Research Support Service
  6. Organisation of theses defences
  7. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
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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 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 5 April 2021

  1. Kirill Chistiakov has been awarded the title of ‘Honoured Geographer of the Russian Federation’
  2. The Government of St Petersburg Official Award named after Gennady Leonov
  3. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  4. Participation of students in the project on Monitoring Law Enforcement
  5. Organising access to the resources of the Research Park
  6. ‘St Petersburg University Journal of Economic Studies’ (SUJES) has been included into Scopus database
  7. The Prize of Elsevier company
  8. The results of the joint competition of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the Iran National Science Foundation (INSF)
  9. Interaction of the University with Iranian partners
  10. The installation of a memorial plate to Vladimir Mavrodin
  11. The status of the reorganisation of St Petersburg University
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 29 March 2021

  1. Operation of the St Petersburg University Centre for Financial Literacy in 2020
  2. Professor Detlef Bahnemann is elected to the European Academy of Sciences
  3. How laboratory data sheets work
  4. Dmitri Mendeleev and St Petersburg University
  5. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  6. Questions about the reorganisation of St Petersburg University
  7. Arbitration Court sustains St Petersburg University’s claim against the Territorial Fund for Compulsory Medical Insurance
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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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