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

1. Admissions processes

At St Petersburg University, admissions process for degree programmes is still underway. The dead line to submit application documents to study bachelor's and specialist’s programmes on the state-funded places was 29 July 2021. The ranked lists of applicants were published on the University website on 2 August 2021.

75,582 applications were submitted to study on the government-funded basis and fee-paying basis, updated 1 August 2021. It is 46.3% more that in the previous year. In 2020, there were 51,670 applications submitted by 1 August 2020. 1,264 out of 75,582 applications were submitted to study on specially allocated places (on 1 August 2020, there were 413 applications, i.e. a three-fold rise), among them were 891 applications from applicants with disability (on 1 August 2020, there were 284 applications, i.e. a three-fold rise); there were 494 applications for sponsored places (on 1 August 2020, there 137 applications for sponsored places, i.e. a 3.6-fold rise). It was also noted that among those who were recommended to be enrolled for study in some academic programmes were many applicants who had a right to be enrolled without having to take entrance examination.

The University is currently organising entrance examinations, including assessment of portfolio, for master's programmes implemented in an intramural form of study. The University continues to accept documents to: bachelor's and specialist’s programmes on a fee-paying basis; master's programmes implemented in intra-extramural form of study; clinical residency programmes; and non-university level higher education. The deadline for submitting the documents to study postgraduate programmes for training research and teaching staff was 2 August 2021.

As part of the admissions process for international students, the University and Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation are preparing the documents that are necessary to enrol those who have successfully passed entrance examinations and have been recommended to be enrolled: preparing a document for study; visa policy; and enrolment orders for international students whose documents for study have already been received from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation on the government-funded basis.

On 30 July 2021, the Government of the Russian Federation held an extended session for the federal bodies that had a right to govern educational institutions of higher education and for the rectors of universities that reported to the Government to discuss the issues relating to usage of the federal information system – super service 'Admissions online'.

They discussed the issues relating to: modern processing of applications and documents by educational institutions submitted via the super service; accuracy in presenting the obtained information by the educational institutions; rules and regulations for preparing and publishing the competition lists of applicants of bachelor's and specialist’s programmes; and rules and regulations for organising acceptance of the consents for enrolment. The University has been successfully accepting the documents via the super service (read more in Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 26 July 2021). About 12% applications have been submitted via the super service 'Application online'.

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

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation published Order

No 458 that partially became in force on 1 August 2021. The order specifies the Rules and regulations for defending the doctoral dissertations based on the overall number of works that was approved by Decree No 426 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 20 March 2021. The website of an organisation must have a list of the publications of an applicant. If the publications are not possible to read online, they must be submitted in paper. St Petersburg University introduced the possibility to defend doctoral dissertations based on the overall number of publications in 2016 (Order No 6821/1 dated 1 September 2016 and Order No 6129/1 dated 4 June 2021).

Additionally, the Order of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education introduces a right to include candidates of sciences and PhDs in the dissertation councils that shall account for 25% at most (the draft of the order on introducing the relevant amendments to form dissertation councils at St Petersburg University has been developed and is currently being discussed). The order also specifies the concept of the conflict of interests that must be taken into account in forming dissertation councils. St Petersburg University solved this issue as long ago as 2016 (Order No 6821/1 dated 1 September 2016).

The University is four up to five years ahead of the federal regulations for organising defences of dissertations. The Rector of the University, Nikolay Kropachev, told that the University was not ahead as all universities across Russia were different as were the councils that were formed according to the rules of the Higher Attestation Committee of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. The University was entitled to operate under its own rules and regulations to test new working schemes in Russia. If they prove to be effective, they can be adopted by other institutions across Russia (in case these institutions are ready to adopt them).

If you defend your dissertation as a research report based on your works published during the recent 10 years and submitted to be defended, the number of publications should be at least 50 for humanities and 30 for technical sciences. Although the requirements are high, there are nevertheless those who are intended to defend their dissertations based on their publications.

The rules and regulations for preparing research and teaching staff on the postgraduate programmes (postgraduate military programmes) shall come into force on 1 September 2021. They will specify the form and the content of the certificate of postgraduate studies, names of the programmes to prepare teaching and research staff, and other issues.

There are a number of requests to issue documents in foreign languages that prove that the degree has been awarded. The Virtual Reception received an enquiry submitted by Mr Kuryndin. He suggested issuing a diploma of candidate of sciences or doctor of sciences both in Russian and English. The University has a right to issue the diploma both in Russian and English as the University is entitled to issue documents of its own format. The division that is responsible for organising the work of the dissertation councils has been instructed to develop a draft of the new diploma and prepare an order for new certificates in English and Russian. It should be noted that translation of the diploma into English means there may be several variants of translation of the academic degrees.

For example, the academic degree 'Кандидат юридических наук' (Candidate of Law) can be translated as follows:

  • Candidate Juridicheskih Nauk
  • Candidate of Legal Sciences
  • Candidate of Sciences in Jurisprudence

How the translation of the academic degree sounds in English is important. The translation shall therefore be assessed by experts in philology at the University. The text in English with the transcripts of academic degrees is not a text of the state document, but a translation because the list of academic degrees is stipulated in the Russian language in the federal laws. The participants of the meeting are sure that the diploma in Russian and English will enable Russian scientists and scholars to gain international recognition and facilitate the search for international colleagues from universities and research organisations abroad to develop joint projects.

3. Measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) at St Petersburg University

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation presented recommendations for organisations under the surveillance of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The document lists the legal acts to operate in accordance with in solving the issues relating to prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus infection among staff and students. The position of the University remains the same. The University is to follow the recommendations of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) at St Petersburg. The University continues basic sanitation of the University premises: halls of residence, laboratories, buildings, according to the approved schedule. The University buildings have hand sanitiser dispenser machines. The restrictions related to mask regime and social distancing at the University buildings are still not to be eased as the current number of the vaccinated staff and students or staff and students who have suffered from COVID-19 during the last six months is 3,000 at most. This number is evidently not enough to develop a herd immunity.

As the epidemiological situation shows, the lessons from 1 September 2021 will be delivered in a blended format. They will be delivered in a face-to-face format, by using information and telecommunication technologies, or in a hybrid form. When moving in the halls of residence, students shall provide all necessary documents and a COVID certificate, or a notice that they have medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated, or a notice that they have suffered from COVID-19 during the last six months.

If Rospotrebnadzor at St Petersburg adopts decisions similar to those adopted in Moscow, the University is to follow the same measures as Lomonosov Moscow University and other universities in Moscow have. The University staff and students are advised not to wait for these decisions to be adopted in order to prevent the situation when they will be forced to get vaccinated to be allowed to deliver or to visit face-to-face classes.

4. Inspection by the Prosecutor's Office upon revealing educational documents and other materials from Bard College in St Petersburg University

On 21 June 2021, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, published information on its website in relation to recognising the activities of the foreign nongovernmental organisation 'Bard College (USA)' as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation and information on sending the data to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to include Bard College into a list of foreign and international nongovernmental organisations whose activities are recognised as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation, and the publication of this information (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 17 May 2021).

On 24 June 2021, an information letter issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation was received. The letter informed educational institutions about the decision adopted by the Prosecutor General's Office and contained a link to the updated list of organisations published on the official website of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and in the newspaper 'Rossiyskaya Gazeta'. On 22 June

2021, in accordance with the decision adopted by the Prosecutor General's Office, Sergey

Andryushin, Deputy Rector for International Affairs of St Petersburg University, sent a letter to Bard College on terminating the collaboration between the University and Bard College and terminating all agreements signed between the University and Bard College. (Terminating the collaboration with Bard College, Minutes of the Rector's Meeting dated 28 June 2021).

After the information on Bard College was officially published, St Petersburg University issued orders to exclude the representatives of Bard College from the Academic Council of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg University, research and methodological committees, and councils of the relevant academic programmes (Order No 6697/1 dated 22 June 2021 'On Amending Order No 1742/1 dated 2 April 2014 “On the Temporary Composition of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Liberal

Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg University”'; Order No 6682/1 dated 22 June 2021

'On Amending Order No 8060/1  dated 11 September 2020 'On the approval of the composition of the research committees for interdisciplinary research in the field of natural sciences and humanities for 2020-2021”'; Order No 6694/1 dated 22 June 2021 'On the new edition of the clauses of Order No 5549/1 dated 6 June 2018 'On the approval of the council of the master's programme VM.5670 * “Curatorial research””’; Order No 6695/1 dated 22 June 2021 'On the new edition of Order No 8020/1 dated 4 October 2016 'On the approval of the council of the bachelor's programme SV.5045 * “Liberal Arts and Sciences””’; Order No 6698/1 dated 22 June 2021 'On the new edition of the clauses of Order No 4834/1 dated 24 May 2018 'On the approval of the council of the master's programme VM.5620 * “Music Criticism””’).

Additionally, on 22 July 2021, there was published Order No 7402/1 'On organising the work of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation' that approved the members of the working group to inspect the implementation of the decision adopted by the

Prosecutor General's Office in the Russian Federation. The head of the working group is Acting Deans of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the relevant periods; the members are academic staff at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. By 20 August 2021, the working group was instructed to inspect the following:

  • library stocks
  • teaching methodology documents
  • research plans
  • the Faculty premises
  • the Faculty website to eliminate the information on collaboration with Bard College

On 27 July 2021, Acting Head of the Academic Office in Arts and Humanities (the former head of the office left the service without duly transferring duties and documents to the acting head of the office) was searching for a place to file documents and opened a metal wardrobe for filing office documents at the building of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences where he found the documents of Bard College: duly issued diplomas of Bard College, certificates, and files for documents of Bard College. The documents were analysed, and the data in those documents were compared with the data from the

University's databases of students and graduates.  Among the documents were diplomas and certificates issued for the University graduates of the 2020-2021 academic year.

As the documents concern the foreign non-government organisation 'Bard College, USA', whose activities are recognised as undesirable in the Russian Federation, the information was forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office at St Petersburg. An inspection is currently being carried out on the fact of a possible violation of legislation on the territory of St Petersburg University in terms of storing and distributing information materials of Bard College and assisting Bard College in its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.

5. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process

Over the past week, the Virtual Reception received 31 enquiries on various subjects, including those on organising teaching and learning process and methodological work: format of learning and teaching in the new academic year; teaching people with disability; subject syllabus; advanced training at the University; submitting documents and passing entrance examinations during academic transfer at the

University; elective courses at the University; a diploma supplement issued in the European format; and others.

There were registered nine enquiries submitted by students, with eight out of them relating to the methodological issues: a student monthly allowance; results of the pass/fail tests; issuing notices and transcripts; receiving documents on licensing; and others. In relation to all enquiries, information is collected and there are follow-up check-ups by a range of the University divisions, with all replies sent on time.

Most reports submitted by heads of the academic and research divisions show that the teaching and learning process is completed, and students are on holiday. Over the past week, heads of most academic and research divisions reported that they had no meetings with students as students were on holiday

6. Admission of the Alumni Association's members to St Petersburg University

St Petersburg University has so far issued 5,287 e-passes for the members of the organisations that is generally referred to as St Petersburg University Alumni Association. The pass holders could visit the academic, research, and other events organised on the territory of the University, library, and all University buildings. In 2019, there were 21,538 admissions to the territory of the University by the passes of the Alumni Association; in 2020, there were 8,839 admissions; and, in 2021, there were 5,796 admissions. The decline in admissions is primarily associated with introducing the COVID-related measures to ensure epidemiological safety on the territory of the University.

On 9 July 2021, St Petersburg University terminated an agreement that was signed with the

Alumni Association on 26 October 2014 (Minutes of the Rector's Meeting dated 8 June 2021). This decision was adopted in relation to violation of the current legislation of the Russian Federation by the administration of the Alumni Association that was revealed during the inspection of the documents by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

After the University terminated the agreement, the University had to tackle an issue of the passes that had been issued previously. On 14 July 2021, the Virtual Reception received an enquiry from the University graduate relating to the right to use the e-pass to visit the University Library. As the members of the Alumni Association became the victims of violation of the legislation by the administration of the Alumni Association, the University adopted a decision to extend the period of validity of the passes that had been previously issued.

The number of people who participated in the recent election procedures of the Association was small. Also, there is a lack of accessible and accurate information on the Association's membership. It is therefore necessary to eliminate doubt about the admission of certain members of the Association to the territory of the University. For that reason, a note was issued to the current administration of the Association requesting that it evaluate the relevance of the listed pass holders with the issued passes. The reply to the enquiry has not been received so far. The University will therefore have to evaluate the relevance of the listed pass holders and adopt decisions on a case-by-case basis.

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 19 July 2021

  1. Negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Russian Federation
  2. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  3. New regulations for accepting the results of completing online courses
  4. Organising of and informing about the admissions processes
  5. Science Metrix indexes of St Petersburg University
  6. The number of the St Petersburg University's projects supported by the Russian Science Foundation in comparison with other Russia's universities
  7. Recording responsibilities of academic staff
  8. Accessibility of the St Petersburg University's objects for people with special health needs
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Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 12 July 2021

  1. Results of collaboration between St Petersburg University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and academic institutes
  2. Work of the University's experts within the framework of the 'Initiatives of social and economic development of Russia'
  3. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process
  4. Rules and regulations for a research supervisor of the academic programme are approved
  5. Electronic portfolio of the St Petersburg University Academic Gymnasium students
  6. Participation of St Petersburg University students in international competitions
  7. Violating the University's Code of Conduct by the University staff and students
  8. Measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 infection
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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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