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

1. Results of collaboration between St Petersburg University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and academic institutes

The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Sergei Lyulin, took part in the Rector's meeting to discuss the results of collaboration between St Petersburg University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and academic institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The St Petersburg University's Vice-Rector for Research Sergey Mikushev told that there was a considerable number of joint projects between the University and the Russian Academy of Sciences, with over 25% of publications by St Petersburg University researchers published in collaboration with the colleagues at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Research agreements

No

Name of research

Funding organisation / Ordering company

Directions for research and development / St Petersburg University Resource Centre

1

Typology of the Niger–Congo languages

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

Language and linguistics

2

Development of mathematical model to filter ground waters at the emergency site of the minefield SKRU-2 (Uralkalii)

Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg branch

Geology

3

Assessment of influence of the Sosnovoborsky nuclear industrial complex on migration conditions of radionuclides in ground waters

Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg branch

Geology

4

Geochronological study based on the improved variant of the radioactive carbon method of the late Pleistocene sediments in the sections of the Lower Ob River

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Earth Sciences / interdisciplinary

5

Geochronological study based on the improved method of the radioactive carbon method of bottom sediments of the Sea of Azov

The Southern Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Earth Sciences / interdisciplinary

6

Optimisation of the methodology of synthesis of grafted copolymers based on polysaccharides and silicone. Development of approaches to create materials based on synthesised polymeric products

Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Polymers

7

Magnetic fields of the active zones on the Sun at the coronal heights

St Petersburg branch of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Astronomy and Astrophysics

8

Study of electronic and spin structure of the Dirac materials and two-dimensional systems with large spin–orbit interaction

Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics

Condensed matter physics

9

Chaotic dynamics of the low-mass bodies and satellite systems of exoplanets, code 'Exoplanets-9'

Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Astronomy and Astrophysics

10

Study of the h-BN-based nano-structures doped by various atoms

Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Nanotechnology

11

Study of thin films of various compounds synthesised on the silicon substrate by using electronic microscopy techniques

Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Nanotechnology

12

Synthesis by using atomic layer deposition (ALD) of films of various compounds on the silicon substrates of various orientations, including those with epitaxial film of silicon carbide, and study of physical and chemical properties of the structures

Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Innovative technologies of composite nanomaterials

13

Structural phase change in micro- and nano-sized samples of nickel-containing intermetallides

Kotelnikov Institute of Radio-engineering and Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Nanotechnology

14

Research of samples of the ordering company by using translucent and scanning electron microscopy techniques and ion-beam processing of the surface

Grebenshchikov Institute of Silicate Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Nanotechnology

15

Nuclear magnetic resonance study of the carbon nanodots

Ioffe Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Centre for Diagnostics of Functional Materials for Medicine, Pharmacology, and Nanoelectronics

16

Study of the metamaterials and structures AIGaAsSb-AsSb

Ioffe Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

X-ray diffraction techniques of research

17

Influence of microstrains and size of crystallites LiFePO4 on the efficiency and resource of Li-ion batteries

Ioffe Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

X-ray diffraction techniques of research

18

Study of the physical properties of the materials for hydrogen energetics

Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Centre for Diagnostics of Functional Materials for Medicine, Pharmacology, and Nanoelectronics

19

Study of the physical properties of the materials for hydrogen energetics

Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Physical methods to study surface

20

Study of dielectric properties of substituted composite oxides with a pyrochlore-type structure

Komi Scientific Centre of the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Centre for Diagnostics of Functional Materials for Medicine, Pharmacology, and Nanoelectronics

21

Study of the handwritten manuscripts by using the Raman spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, and photography

Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Optics and laser technology to study matter

22

Study of the material base used in restoration and conservation of the paper documents by using optics and laser technology

Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Optics and laser technology to study matter

23

Application of optics and laser technology to study handwritten monuments

St Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Optics and laser technology to study matter

24

Design of the luminescent complexes of transition metals based on bis- and tetrakis-phosphines

Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Optics and laser technology to study matter

25

Thermal analysis of geopolymers

Tananaev Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Rare Elements and Mineral Raw Materials

Thermogravimetric and calorimetric research methods

26

Obtaining data on the research plan under the grant from the Russian Science Foundation (Agreement No 19-75-20033)

D. O. Ott Research Institute of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductology

Biobank

27

Obtaining data on the research plan under a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (Agreement No19-74-20136)

Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Biobank

28

Obtaining data on the research plan under the grant from the Russian Science Foundation (Agreement No 19-74-20102)

Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Biobank

29

Work on sequencing nucleic acids at one-time customer requests in accordance with the research methodology specified in the application followed by the preparation of a relevant report

Karelian Research  Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Biobank

30

The mechanism of formation of late rare-metal carbonites: from magmogenesis to hypergenesis (Agreement No 19-77-10039 with the Russian Science Foundation)

Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Geomodel

31

Electron microscopy and microanalysis of mineral raw materials using a scanning electron microscope Hitachi S-3400N Oxford X-Max 20 with energy dispersive analysis with the preparation of a relevant report

Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Geomodel

32

Influence of pollutants on microbiota at the cellular and population levels

St Petersburg Scientific-Research Centre for Ecological  Safety of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Cultivation of Microorganisms / Environmental Safety Observatory

Publication activity of St Petersburg University and Russian Academy of Sciences (number and level of joint publications) * in 2020

 

Number of publications indexed in Scopus (SciVal data)

Overall number

Q1 and Q2

pcs

% of the overall number of publications by St Petersburg University

pcs

%

Publications by St Petersburg University

4,383

100

2,235

51

among them are joint publications with the Russian Academy of Sciences (in all profiles of the organisation)**, (overlapping is possible)

1,323

30

677

51

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

1,018

23

567

56

RAS – St Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute

114

3

94

82

RAS – Ioffe  Institute

101

2

54

53

RAS – Siberian Branch

87

2

61

70

RAS – St Petersburg Department of Steklov Institute of Mathematics

85

2

33

39

Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

59

1

28

47

Russian Academy of Medical Sciences

56

1

31

55

RAS – Institute for Nuclear Research

54

1

53

98

* Organisations with over 50 joint publications

** Not all of the Russian Academy of Sciences' organisations have a separate profile in Scopus / WoS

Joint events of St Petersburg University and academic institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences

No

Name of the event

Dates

Name of the institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

1

4th Stability and Control Processes Conference in memory of Professor Vladimir Zubov

5 October 2020–9 October 2020

V. A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences RAS, St Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

2

15th International Conference 'Game Theory and Management' (GTM 2020)

5 October 2020–9 October 2020

Institute of Applied Mathematical Research of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

3

Annual Joint NDACC-IRWG & TCCON Meeting

11 May 2020–15 May 2020

Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

4

Series of research seminars

monthly, online

Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

5

Dogilev's readings

December 2020

Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

6

International Scientific Conference 'Human Abilities and Mental Resources in the World of Global Changes' dedicated to the 65th  anniversary of V. N. Druzhinin

30 October 2020–31 October 2020

Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

7

Ananiev Readings – 2020. Psychology of military, enforcement and governmental services: achievements and development prospects

8 December 2020–11 December 2020

Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

8

International round table 'Strategies for the development of the Baltic region: a view from Russia and Germany'

1 October 2020–2 October 2020

Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences

9

International Conference 'Youth Diplomacy – Baltic Vector'

26 November 2020

Centre for Belarusian Studies of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

10

Foresight 2030: Youth Diplomacy in Russia and the Nordic Countries

27 November 2020

Centre for Belarusian Studies of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

11

Presentation of the project 'Northern Allies: the USSR and Canada during the Second World War'

17 December 2020

Institute for US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Sergey Mikushev noted that for the second year in a row since 2019, St Petersburg University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have been cooperating within the framework of Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No 1781 dated  30 December 2018 'On the implementation of scientific and scientific-methodological guidance by the federal state budgetary institution “Russian Academy of Sciences” and research-methodological administration of research and technical activities of research organisations and educational institutions of higher education, as well as expert evaluation of research and research-technical results obtained by these organisations, and on amendments to some acts of the Government of the Russian Federation'.

Before this decree entered into force, St Petersburg University had held open university competitions (offering the possibility of participation to scientists from any organisations in Russia and worldwide) and attracted external scientists for expert evaluation of applications. Among them were scientists from academic organisations and members of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2018, 120 experts (all of them are external) carried out expert evaluation of applications. 43 out of 120 experts (35% of the total) were from the academic institutions and members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and other organisations. External qualified expert evaluation allows the University to move forward more efficiently (about 10% of projects are cut off as low-quality projects).

On 28 January 2021, the University was the first among the universities that are subordinated to the Government of the Russian Federation to conclude an agreement on: the procedure and deadlines for submission of the projects on research topics to the Russian Academy of Sciences; a draft plan of research and reports on research and experimental developments funded from the federal budget; obtained research and (or) research-technical results for the reporting financial year; deadline for the assessment and preparation of conclusions on research topics, draft research plans, reports by the Russian Academy of Sciences; and a draft of the Strategic Plan of St Petersburg University for 2021–2030.

As part of the agreement between the University and the Russian Academy of Sciences, in 2020 the Russian Academy of Sciences carried out expert evaluation of: the results (reports) of research that was conducted at the University in 2020; new topics for 31 research projects (via new competitions); and the development of the draft of the Strategic Plan of the University up to 2030. The experts of the Russian Academy of Sciences made some remarks on only four projects on new topics ('Effective and safe electrochemical power sources using electrolytes based on ionic liquids', the head of the project is Vladimir Chizhik; 'Photocatalytic platform for the transformation of organic molecules in flow-through photoreactors’, the head of the project is Mikhail Kinzhalov; 'Development of scientific foundations for the creation of bioactive surfaces of titanium materials for bone implantation and study of the effect of the surface geometry and chemical composition of ceramic nanocoatings on the mechanics and biomedical properties of the implant’, the head of the project is Nikita Morozov; 'Assessment of biogenic risks in the Arctic region: environmental, geographical, and biological aspects’, the head of the project is Andrei Selikhovkin; and on two ongoing projects ('Laboratory of Biological Psychiatry', the head of the project is Allan Kalueff; 'Study of genomic, proteomic and metabolic characteristics of biological objects’, the head of the project is Kirill Volkov). The opinion of the experts at the Russian Academy of Sciences on four new topics was taken into account when summing up the results of the competitions at St Petersburg University, and none of these new projects was supported. The comments on one of the ongoing projects ('Laboratory of Biological Psychiatry') were eliminated and a positive conclusion of the Russian Academy of Sciences was received. For another project ('Study of genomic, proteomic and metabolic characteristics of biological objects') it was not required to resubmit the materials for consideration, these comments would be taken into account by the project members when reporting in 2021. All 45 submitted research reports received a positive conclusion from the Russian Academy of Sciences. The experts made comments on seven projects that would be eliminated when submitting reports for 2021 on all these ongoing projects.

Within the framework of the national project 'Science', St Petersburg University and the institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences submit and win joint applications for scientific competitions. For the second year in a row, the world-class centre 'The Euler International Mathematical Institute' created jointly by St Petersburg University and St Petersburg Department of Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences has been operating. The world-class research centre 'Agrobiotechnologies' brings together such organisations as the Federal Research Centre 'Fundamentals of Biotechnology' of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Federal Research Centre 'Informatics and Management' of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Every second application from St Petersburg University for the competitions of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education is submitted jointly with the institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Deputy President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Advisor to the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Professor Sergei Lyulin, who graduated from St Petersburg University in 1994, noted in his speech that recent years had seen the revival of the traditions of good relations between St Petersburg University and the Russian Academy of Sciences and a revival of the relationships between the administration of the University and the Academy.  He said that the scientific publications of scientists from St Petersburg University and the Russian Academy of Sciences were of very high quality, with about half of them being included in the 1st and 2nd quartiles of scientometric bases. Professor Sergei Lyulin reminded that St Petersburg University had recently held the opening ceremony of the Pythagorean Theorem installation as part of the event ‘A Year to the Congress – Countdown'. This was the first event in a series of events leading up to the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), which will be held in the Northern Capital in 2022 (Presentation of an art object at St Petersburg University opens a series of events to mark the International Congress of Mathematicians 2022).

2. Work of the University's experts within the framework of the 'Initiatives of social and economic development of Russia'

On behalf of the Rector, a team of experts headed by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics Otar Margania is engaged in preparing the materials to develop the 'Initiatives for the socio-economic development of Russia up to 2030, that are developed by the Government of the Russian Federation and should determine the ways as to how to solve the tasks set in the July Decree of President Putin On the national development goals of the Russian Federation up to 2030'. Developing the initiatives includes a number of stages, including the formation of strategic projects; analysis of the prerequisites necessary for calculating the effects; assessment of the effects of the project implementation on indicators of national development goals; and selection of the strategic projects according to the degree of their impact on the achievement of national development goals.

The representatives from the University took part in the following work: analysis of the prerequisites necessary for calculating the effects and the selection of the strategic projects according to the degree of their impact on the achievement of national development goals.

When analysing the prerequisites necessary for calculating the effects, the experts were offered to assess the prerequisites for the 'Environmental Agenda and the Global Trend for the Implementation of ESG Principles', including an analysis of global demand for hydrocarbons; plans to achieve carbon neutrality; measures to combat greenhouse gases; the development of green energy in Russia and in the world; Russia's strategy within the global trend for decarbonisation; the environmental situation in Russian cities; changes in investor requirements; and the introduction of ESG principles in the activities of companies and the economy as a whole. The experts have developed a multi-level methodology for a comprehensive assessment of social and economic effects, including the selection of key statistical indicators of environmental sustainability and the implementation of the ESG principles in the Russian Federation, regions and companies; calculation of integral indices; compilation of rankings; clustering of regions and enterprises to determine the parameters of their low, medium and high environmental sustainability; calculation of correlation coefficients; construction and analysis of economic and mathematical models to identify the impact of environmental sustainability indicators; responsible investment in economic growth and investment attractiveness of the Russian Federation, regions, cities, companies; development of recommendations for the federal and regional authorities, enterprises to achieve targets for environmental sustainability; ESG compliance; and responsible investing.

Selecting strategic projects according to the degree of their impact on the achievement of national development goals included expert evaluation of 55 strategic projects in various areas of social and economic development to assess their contribution to the achievement of national goals. For the initial assessment, a methodology was developed that included drawing up a map of project effects in terms of the indicators of national goals, and ranking of the projects based on the identified factors and indicators of project performance. The following factors of project efficiency were assessed: prospects of using the results; scale of implementation; completeness of the development; depth of scientific study; and degree of probability of success of the implementation. Based on the methodology, the projects were selected that would be advised to include in the initiatives for social and economic development. The selected projects were re-ranked to assess their contribution to the achievement of national goals.

The work was well organised and appreciated. The experts from the University hope for further fruitful cooperation on this and other issues in the development of the 'Initiatives for the social and economic development of Russia'.

3. Current issues with organising the teaching and learning process

Last week, the Virtual Reception received 55 enquiries from students and academic staff, including 23 enquiries on academic and methodological issues, addressed to the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods. 24 enquiries were sent to the e-mail of the Vice-Rector. 

The enquiries vary in topics: organising summer practices during the COVID-19 pandemic; academic transfer to the University; eliminating academic failure; additional courses at the University; a state monthly student allowance; a certificate of confirmation of passing exams; obtaining a diploma; obtaining a certificate on the issuance of a diploma; including the results of online courses in a diploma; obtaining status certificates; issuing a document of education in advance; obtaining a diploma with honours; passing a test in online courses by an international student; an exam to become a candidate of sciences; and a test with proctoring. 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 and interim and state final assessments are completed, and students are on holiday. There are practices in some areas of study.

There was an enquiry submitted by a student in Humanities and Arts. The student could not attend the exam as she did not receive a link to enter the system to retake the discipline 'Introduction to the Humanities' by email. A check-up is in progress, and a response will be prepared.

Most heads of the academic and research divisions did not hold the meetings with the student councils in the past week.

The Acting Director of the Institute of History held a meeting with the Chairperson of the Student Council. They discussed the format of study in the 2021/22 academic year.

The administration of the Faculty of Biology held a meeting with the representatives from the Student Council to discuss travelling summer practices. Today, we are working on transforming the practices into the blended format.

From 17 May 2021 to 9 July 2021, the University held the state final assessment of graduates of 2021.

5,122 graduates defended their graduation projects:

No

Area of study

Doctoral programme

Bachelor's programme

Master's programme

Specialist’s programme

non-university level higher education programme

Total number

1

Biology

21

77

98

   

196

2

Asian and African Studies

4

92

43

   

139

3

Journalism and Public Relations

9

184

171

   

364

4

Earth Sciences

18

142

150

   

310

5

Arts

 

63

33

19

 

115

6

History

22

109

78

   

209

7

Physical Training (non-university level higher education )

       

237

237

8

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

 

32

29

   

61

9

Mathematics and Mechanics

30

103

56

7

 

196

10

Medicine

14

   

59

 

73

11

Medicine (non-university level higher education )

       

7

7

12

International Relations

31

171

172

   

374

13

Management

6

162

93

   

261

14

Political Studies

7

60

37

   

104

15

Control Processes

15

157

92

   

264

16

Psychology

15

61

88

39

 

203

17

Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

108

57

   

165

18

Sociology

6

103

90

   

199

19

Dental Medicine and Medical Technologies

1

   

23

 

24

20

Physics

38

74

75

   

187

21

Philology

39

212

288

   

539

22

Philosophy

20

86

75

   

181

23

Chemistry

25

57

53

   

135

24

Economics

19

175

187

   

381

25

Law

6

 

192

   

198

 

Overall number

346

2,228

2,157

147

244

5,122

For the defence of the graduation projects, 3,774 students (73.7%) received 'excellent'; 1,098 students (21.4%) received 'good'; 240 students (4.7%) received 'satisfactory'; and 10 students (0.2%) received 'unsatisfactory'.

No

Area of study

Doctoral programme

Bachelor's programme

Master's programme

Specialist’s programme

Non-university level higher education programme

Overall number

unsatisfactory

satisfactory

good

excellent

unsatisfactory

satisfactory

good

excellent

unsatisfactory

satisfactory

good

excellent

satisfactory

good

excellent

satisfactory

good

excellent

 

1

Biology

 

1

2

18

   

10

67

 

3

13

82

           

196

2

Asian and African Studies

 

1

 

3

3

3

9

77

 

2

15

26

           

139

3

Journalism and Mass Communications

   

1

8

 

15

33

136

 

10

44

117

           

364

4

Earth Sciences

 

1

3

14

 

8

24

110

 

8

29

113

           

310

5

Arts

         

1

15

47

   

4

29

1

1

17

     

115

6

History

1

1

6

14

 

9

18

82

1

3

13

61

           

209

7

Physical Training (non-university level higher education )

                             

50

86

101

237

8

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

           

3

29

 

1

5

23

           

61

9

Mathematics and Mechanics

   

2

28

 

2

15

86

 

1

6

49

 

1

6

     

196

10

Medicine

   

1

13

                 

11

48

     

73

11

Medicine (non-university level higher education )

                               

4

3

7

12

International Relations

 

1

5

25

1

6

34

130

 

4

24

144

           

374

13

Management

   

2

4

 

15

84

63

 

3

41

49

           

261

14

Political Studies

   

1

6

   

22

38

 

1

7

29

           

104

15

Control Processes

 

1

3

11

 

3

24

130

 

3

15

74

           

264

16

Psychology

   

3

12

1

5

13

42

 

4

10

74

2

6

31

     

203

17

Liberal Arts and Sciences

         

2

14

92

 

1

19

37

           

165

18

Sociology

     

6

 

5

33

65

1

6

26

57

           

199

19

Dental Medicine and Medical Technologies

     

1

               

1

9

13

     

24

20

Physics

   

5

33

   

8

66

   

7

68

           

187

21

Philology

 

2

3

34

1

2

37

172

1

9

43

235

           

539

22

Philosophy

   

2

18

 

3

14

69

 

1

19

55

           

181

23

Chemistry

 

1

2

22

   

4

53

 

1

4

48

           

135

24

Economics

 

1

 

18

 

13

58

104

 

3

63

121

           

381

25

Law

     

6

         

20

60

112

           

198

 

Overall number

1

10

41

294

6

92

472

1,658

3

84

467

1,603

4

28

115

50

90

104

5,122

The average mark for graduation projects is 4.69. The average mark in areas of study:

No

Area of study

Doctoral  programme

Bachelor's programme

Master's programme

Specialist’s programme

Non-university level higher education programme 

Total number

1

Biology

4.81

4.87

4.81

   

4.83

2

Asian and African Studies

4.50

4.74

4.56

   

4.68

3

Journalism and Mass Communications

4.89

4.66

4.63

   

4.65

4

Earth Sciences

4.72

4.72

4.70

   

4.71

5

Arts

 

4.73

4.88

4.84

 

4.79

6

History

4.50

4.67

4.72

   

4.67

7

Physical Training (non-university level higher education )

       

4.22

4.22

8

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

 

4.91

4.76

   

4.84

9

Mathematics and Mechanics

4.93

4.82

4.86

4.86

 

4.85

10

Medicine

4.93

   

4.81

 

4.84

11

Medicine (non-university level higher education)

       

4.43

4.43

12

International Relations

4.77

4.71

4.81

   

4.76

13

Management

4.67

4.30

4.49

   

4.38

14

Political Studies

4.86

4.63

4.76

   

4.69

15

Control Processes

4.67

4.81

4.77

   

4.79

16

Psychology

4.80

4.57

4.80

4.74

 

4.72

17

Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

4.83

4.63

   

4.76

18

Sociology

5.00

4.58

4.54

   

4.58

19

Dental Medicine and Medical Technologies

5.00

   

4.52

 

4.54

20

Physics

4.87

4.89

4.91

   

4.89

21

Philology

4.82

4.79

4.78

   

4.79

22

Philosophy

4.90

4.77

4.72

   

4.76

23

Chemistry

4.84

4.93

4.89

   

4.90

24

Economics

4.89

4.52

4.63

   

4.59

25

Law

5.00

 

4.48

   

4.49

 

Overall number

4.82

4.70

4.70

4.76

4.32

4.69

                       

The state final assessment was held by 1,426 State Assessment Committees:

No

Academic and Research Division

State Assessment  Committee for the final  state examination

State Assessment Committee for the graduation project defence or final State Assessment Committee

Total number

1

Faculty of Biology

1

44

45

2

Faculty of Asian and African Studies

34

36

70

3

School of Journalism and Mass Communications

4

69

73

4

Institute of Pedagogics

1

1

2

5

Faculty of Arts

 

28

28

6

Institute of History

3

77

80

7

College of Physical Culture and Sports, Economics and Technology

 

27

27

8

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences

 

12

12

9

Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics

 

54

54

10

Faculty of Medicine

33

46

79

11

Medical College

 

2

2

12

School of International Relations

42

54

96

13

Graduate School of Management

1

42

43

14

Institute of Earth Sciences

12

98

110

15

Faculty of Political Studies

6

18

24

16

Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Control Processes

1

62

63

17

Faculty of Psychology

39

53

92

18

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

17

30

47

19

Faculty of Sociology

1

29

30

20

Faculty of Dental Medicine and Medical Technologies

10

12

22

21

Faculty of Physics

 

66

66

22

Faculty of Philology

19

133

152

23

Institute of Philosophy

2

52

54

24

Institute of Chemistry

 

20

20

25

Faculty of Economics

6

56

62

26

Faculty of Law

24

49

73

 

Overall number

256

1,170

1,426

The results of the state final assessment in 2021 show that 5,751 graduates receive education credentials issued by St Petersburg University. Among them are:

  • certificates of main general education – 50
  • certificates of secondary general education – 123
  • diplomas of secondary non-university level education – 244, among them are 29 diplomas with honours
  • bachelor's diplomas – 2,460, among them are 549 diplomas with honours
  • specialist’s diplomas – 147, among them are 46 diplomas with honours
  • master's diplomas – 2,161, among them are 960 diplomas with honours
  • postgraduate diplomas – 345
  • clinical residency diplomas – 221

4. Rules and regulations for a research supervisor of the academic programme are approved

Order No 6929/1 dated 2 July 2021 approved new Rules and Regulation for a research supervisor of the academic programme. Previously published Order No 12086/1 'Approving the rules and regulations for a research supervisor of the academic programme' shall be considered null and void.

In comparison with the previous rules and regulations, the present rules and regulations introduce a section 'Assessment of work of the research supervisor' and an annex with the form for the report. They also specify the recommended number of the academic programmes that have the same research supervisor appointed.

The work of the research supervisor shall be assessed according to the results achieved in terms of the internal assessment indicators of the academic programme. The head of the programme shall submit the report once a year up to 1 July. For over a year, we have the parameters of the assessment of the academic programmes that were discussed for a long period of time and approved by the order incorporating all submitted proposals and suggestions. The information to calculate the indicators shall be submitted to the administrative staff upon the request of the research supervisor.

Other responsibilities of the research supervisor that were stipulated in the previous rules and regulations remain the same.

5. Electronic portfolio of the St Petersburg University Academic Gymnasium students

The St Petersburg University students, including those who pursue the programmes of general and secondary general education in the St Petersburg University Academic Gymnasium and/or their parents (legitimate representatives), can form an electronic portfolio in the Student's Personal Account at the University website. They can include their achievements in the section 'Achievements' in the Student's Personal Account at the University website and attach the relevant documents (The St Petersburg University Academic Gymnasium is to be the first among Russian schools to introduce a digital portfolio for students).

In order to form a full version of a student's portfolio, the Department for Youth Affairs transfers information about achievements from a student's profile into the information system 'Students'. Information on personal achievements of students shall be transferred as available. Thus, student portfolios shall be digitised.

Since 1 July 2021, students can log in their Personal Account, specify an achievement and attach relevant documents. A member of the administrative staff who is responsible for verification of the information on achievements in the system 'Students' shall monitor which achievements a student has specified in the Personal Account and verify them in order to include them in the digital portfolio of the student.

The information is published in the section 'News' on the page 'Extracurricular Activities' and in the section 'Instructions'.

Additionally, the University is integrating data on the students that are to be enrolled in 2021 from the information system 'Admissions' into the information system 'Students' in the automated mode.

On 6 July, there was a meeting between the University Rector Nikolay Kropachev and Chairperson of the Education Committee of the St Petersburg Government Nataliia Putilovskaia. Nikolay Kropachev said that the University was ready to provide the Committee, schools of St Petersburg and Russia with the technology of the student's electronic portfolio as a means to record their personal achievements in education and extracurricular activities (Minutes of the Rector's meeting dated 31 may 2021).

6. Participation of St Petersburg University students in international competitions

In the first half of 2021, over 200 University students took part in 33 international competitions, olympiads, and intellectual contests. 22 out of 33 competitions were held in a distance mode, with 170 University students participating in them.

Our students were among the winners in all competitions. They won 19 competitions, including: Model of the International Criminal Court (national round); Ural Open Team Programming Championship; International Student Competition 'Do you know IFRS?'; International Open Student Internet Olympiad; 7th North Countries Universities Mathematical Competition (NCUMC-2021); Mathematical Competition of the Universities of the Nordic Countries; III International Distance Competition of Scientific Works ‘Sustainable Tourism Development’; International Universiade 'Lomonosov'; International Winter School of History 'Russia and the World'; and Open Doors International Olympiad of the Association 'Global Universities'.

The University encourages students to take part in the student olympiads, intellectual contests, conferences, and other research events. Since 2019, the University has held an annual competition to select those students to provide financial support to take part in the intellectual contests and research events. You can find more information about the competition in the section 'Extracurricular Activities' on the University website.

7. Violating the University's Code of Conduct by the University staff and students

As long ago as November, an enquiry was submitted to the President of the St Petersburg University Alumni Association, Mr Yakunin.  The letter asked him to analyse the request and make a decision in relation to the members violating the University's Code of Conduct, according to the University Ethics Committee, to exclude them from the Association (Decision of the University Ethics Committee dated 15 October 2020). In response (Incoming letter to the University No 01/1-38-118 dated 13 January 2021) the President of the Association said that this issue would be included in the agenda of the conference (The reply from Yakunin). The letter was submitted over half a year ago. Yet there is no reply about the decision adopted in relation to this situation. The members of the meeting told that this was another argument in favour of organising a new Alumni Association of St Petersburg University and Leningrad State University.

8. Measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 infection

The measures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus infection adopted in some universities in Moscow were discussed (the experience of Lomonosov Moscow State University and others).

Today, Lomonosov Moscow State University has approved the following mode for the staff: unvaccinated members of staff cannot work on the University's premises (this is only in relation to those who have no serious medical conditions that prevent vaccination). Yet the members of the staff who have got only the first jab can work on the University's premises. Lomonosov Moscow State University opened mobile vaccination centres and those who are planning to get vaccinated can register for getting vaccinated in an electronic format. The decision is based on the decree issued by the head of the Rospotrebnadzor in Moscow: up to 15 August 2021, 60% of staff should be fully vaccinated. Education is among the areas of activity for which this decree is compulsory. Staff cannot be fired if they are not vaccinated. Yet they can be dismissed from work without being paid a salary.

The Higher School of Economics is in the process of adopting the same measures. There was issued an order 'Measures to implement the decree of the chief state sanitary doctor in Moscow dated 15 June 2021 No 1 “Conducting preventive vaccinations for certain groups of citizens for epidemic indications'' and Decree of the Mayor of Moscow No 32-UM “Amendments to Decree of the Mayor of Moscow No 68-UM dated 06 August 2020 regarding employees of the Higher School of Economics (Moscow)'. According to this order, 60% of employees are planned to be vaccinated with the second jab of the vaccine until 15 August 2021. The Higher School of Economics also provides an opportunity to register for getting vaccinated in an electronic format. To get vaccinated is possible on any day. International staff and students in the Higher School of Economics can also get vaccinated without having to pay for it.

The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) has also started the second stage of the vaccination. Staff and students can get vaccinated without having to pay for it. All necessary instructions on how to get vaccinated can be found on the official website.

Additionally, the Rector Council of Moscow adopted a decision not to allow unvaccinated students to attend classes. This measure shall not influence the quality of education as the distance learning technologies are of a very high quality, according to the Rector Council.

The Rector Council of universities of St Petersburg and Leningrad Region decided to recommend to the heads of universities to organise learning and teaching process in the first semester of the 2021/22 academic year in a blended form. Full-time learning and teaching process on-campus will be possible only if students and staff have been vaccinated or submitted certificates of the presence of antibodies, certificates of PCR or medical conditions that prevent vaccination.

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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 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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