Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts

Putin sent greetings to the 10th National Forum of School Librarians

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants, organizers and guests of the 10th National Forum of School Librarians Mikhailovskoye 2017.

The message reads, in part:

“Your forum has become a respected research and practice platform for discussing current issues related to the improvement of library services, the modernization of school libraries and the provision of the latest technologies to them.

The attainment of these goals is crucial for the development of education and for the personal growth of our young people. Libraries have always been the centers of education and useful recreation and also unique depositaries of scientific knowledge and our rich historical and cultural heritage.

We must attract the broadest possible public attention to this issue and also focus financial, organizational and personnel resources towards these goals.”

The Mikhailovskoye Museum Reserve, where the 10th National Forum of School Librarians is being held, is associated with the life and work of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

Greetings to Tavrida National Youth Educational Forum.

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants, organizers and guests of the Tavrida National Youth Educational Forum taking place in the Republic of Crimea between July 3 and August 31, 2017.

The message reads, in part:

“Today we can say with confidence that this forum has become an excellent and popular platform for active and talented young people who are sincerely dedicated to meaningful and important ideas and are prepared for a result and a practical outcome. The full program, as always, allows participants to become involved in constructive and creative discussions with experts, representatives of government authorities and business, academic figures, educators and cultural workers, and gain valuable life experience.

The program, of course, includes various competitions and sporting events in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

I believe this forum will give a start to new and promising initiatives and will write a brilliant and unforgettable page in the history of the wonderful youth project that Tavrida undoubtedly is.”

The forum’s participants include around 3,000 young people aged from 18 to 30, including teachers of creative occupations and young professionals in various creative fields from all across Russia.

Putin met with young specialists of Kalashnikov Concern

Vladimir Putin met with young specialists of the defense enterprise Kalashnikov Concern and pupils who won science and technology contests and competitions.

Russian President with young specialists of Kalashnikov Concern and pupils of Udmurtia schools.
Russian President with young specialists of Kalashnikov Concern and pupils of Udmurtia schools.

The defense concern plans to form an educational cluster in the region in order to train personnel for the enterprise at the secondary school level.

To fulfil this task, the Government of Udmurtia, the Kalashnikov Concern and the Republican State Centre for Multi-Component Computer Environments signed, in the presence of the head of state, an agreement on cooperation in providing science and technology education to young people and getting the younger generation involved in innovation.

The President attended the signing of an agreement between the Government of Udmurtia, the Kalashnikov Concern and the Republican State Centre for Multi-Component Computer Environments.
The President attended the signing of an agreement between the Government of Udmurtia, the Kalashnikov Concern and the Republican State Centre for Multi-Component Computer Environments.

Vladimir Putin with young specialists of Kalashnikov Concern and pupils of Udmurtia schools.
Vladimir Putin with young specialists of Kalashnikov Concern and pupils of Udmurtia schools.

Meeting with graduating class teachers.

The meeting on the eve of Graduate Day was attended by homeroom teachers whose students scored high during the final performance review and distinguished themselves in the preparation and holding of extracurricular events.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At the meeting with the head of state, teachers spoke about the peculiarities of the educational process in secondary schools and about fostering good values in teenagers, and also discussed opportunities of general educational institutions to provide career guidance.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon, friends. I meet school teachers more or less regularly – not as often as I would like to but still regularly – during meetings with winners of various contests, on celebratory occasions or in connection with student results.

However, I have never met with instructors or homeroom teachers, especially on the eve of graduation day. Therefore, at the outset of our conversation I would like to extend my very best wishes to you, your students and their families on this holiday.

The holiday is truly unique. Every person, almost every person remembers it as a good and vivid event in our lives and destinies. Of course, they and you had to work hard to make it happen.

Today we are witnessing the development of many new, interesting, and effective methods and new ways of teaching. New technology is being introduced. Everything meets the requirements of today – at any rate we are striving for this. This leaves an imprint on your current activities and results.

I know that you are all from successful schools and you are all accomplished and successful teachers. You have medalists and winners of academic contests but naturally, apart from the strictly professional success achieved by you and your students, you also have to deal with a different component of your work – upbringing.

I suggest discussing all components, your thoughts about the results of this year. Maybe you have suggestions on what else the relevant ministry should be doing and in general, how we should adjust the school system to make it even more effective than it is today.

Needless to say, I hope very much and we all hope that on entering their new, adult life and acquiring new qualities, your students will make the most of the knowledge and skills they received at school. I am referring not simply to knowledge but also – and this is no less important – to the fundamental principles of a person’s attitude to life that you certainly tried to develop in them.

Acquiring knowledge is not easy, especially given the extent of it today, but this task is still secondary compared to the upbringing of young people, which develops in them the right attitude to themselves, their friends, families and the Motherland. These are absolutely fundamental things.

Only if this is achieved it is possible to hope that young people will be well-rounded and content with life while being easy to deal with.

This is what you have been doing not only as experts in different disciplines but also as educators, as homeroom teachers.

We do not have a strict agenda. Mr. Fursenko [Presidential Aide], Ms. Vasilieva [Minister of Education and Science] and I are all at your disposal.



Meeting with graduating class teachers.
Meeting with graduating class teachers.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with graduating class teachers.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with graduating class teachers.
Russian President at the meeting with graduating class teachers in the Kremlin.
Russian President at the meeting with graduating class teachers in the Kremlin.

President's meeting with RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau.

Vladimir Putin met with Vladimir Mau, Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and member of the Presidential Economic Council. Mr Mau told the President about key areas of the Academy’s work and ways for improving training of future public administration staff.

President Putin, Vladimir Mau.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau.
Mr. Mau said that around 100,000 students study at the Academy. In total, 180,000 people a year pass through the Academy, taking part in re-training programmes, raising their qualifications, and MBA programmes. The Academy’s regional network has 53 branches. 

The Academy puts the emphasis on individualising education and offers around 2000 higher and further education programmes. Around 500 people have gone through the programme for training a reserve pool of management personnel. 

Around 800 people will have completed the two-year regional investment teams’ programme. Alongside Russian specialists, it involves teachers from Harvard University, INSEAD, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and a number of other top global schools.

Over the past 6 years, 23,000 heads of schools, cultural, and healthcare establishments, and the relevant sector heads at municipal and regional level have gone through the programme for public-sector managers. Over the past 7 years, 20,000 people have completed the anti-corruption course.

One important project concerns Crimea: over the course of a year, 28,000 regional and municipal officials in Crimea went through a programme to train them in Russian legislation in order to pass qualification exams for the relevant posts.

Over the last ten years, the Academy, together with the Presidential Executive Office, developed and introduced a personality and professional diagnostic system for selecting candidates for the reserve under presidential patronage. 

Mr. Mau noted that Russia has 1.5 million state and municipal officials, whose ongoing education requires much attention. 

Mr. Putin and Mr. Mau also discussed the results of the Gaidar Readings forum, which took place in Moscow in January.


Vladimir Mau.
RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau.
Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Mau.
Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Mau.

Meeting with Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva.

Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva to discuss the current situation in sphere of science, inparticular, support for young scientists.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
Ms. Vasilyeva, let us discuss how you see the situation in science. What are the challenges and problems, as you see them?

Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva:
If you do not mind, I would like to talk about young scientists. Up until 2014, we had negative figures, with young people leaving science. 2014 was a turning point, when young researchers started coming into the sector.

This is the result, above all, of work on your instructions, which lay the foundation for the instruments we develop. In 2015, we had 379,000 researchers, of whom 8,500 were new to the sector.

Support for developing these young scientists’ careers takes several forms. Above all, there is the first grant, the seeding grant that young scientists can obtain upon their first application to the fund.

The fund in question is the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). Overall, your support and extra-budgetary and budgetary support for scientific funds brought in 40 billion rubles last year.
The RFBR received 6000 applications, and 2,500 young scientists received grants. This was the first time that we had 500 applications for support for internships at various research centers. This is an mportant start for young scientists.

Another important source of support for young scientists is the opportunity to take part in mega-grants. We currently have 160 laboratories established through the mega-grant program – also a result of your instructions – and we will have another 40 beginning work this year, bringing the total to 200 at 79 universities. This means we cover practically the entire country.

One of the most important developments is that the laboratories are headed by scientists who had gone abroad and have now returned, or who continue working both here and abroad. What is important here is that they are forming scientific schools – 5,000 people now, including young scientists: 2,000 postgraduates and 800 students, and this system continues to develop.

Of course, the presidential grants also offer huge support, with 600,000 rubles a year for PhDs, one million a year for holders of the Doctor of Science degree, and 22,800 rubles a year for postgraduate students. This offers substantial material support for those who wish to remain in science and pursue their careers in this field.

There are other matters too, legal aspects, now that we have put this system in place. I see this as our success, modest for now, but nonetheless asuccess, that all research andhigher education organizations now advertise their vacancies onour website. They post up to 800 vacancies a month. This creates a transparent selection system that we monitor, and we can say for certain that organizations are now competing for young scientists.

The post-doc system is another important development we have launched this year, and it offers new opportunities for young scientists to continue their professional growth. After all, after defending their PhD theses, these young specialists need to find a place to start building their careers.

We received 2,500 bids and selected 444 people who now have the possibility to work, receive money, and pursue their research for 2–3 years. 120 of the applications came from organisations. This is also a positive development. 

It makes me very happy to announce another first, this time concerning research at the student level. The rector of the Southern Federal University informed me that the university earned 200 million rubles from intellectual property rights last year. This opens up completely new horizons and is a new step in relations with businesses, a new model.

I would like to tell you about another rather ambitious project. Young mathematicians from the St. Petersburg's school, winners of the Fields Medal, came to the Ministry to discuss an idea they have.

The number of articles is on the increase, but while young scientists make up 52 percent in other scientific fields, in fundamental mathematics they account for only 37 percent, and the number of PhD theses defended in this field has dropped by 13 percent. However, fundamental mathematics is absolutely essential for physics, biotechnology, and all other fields.

They have come up with a very interesting project that we are launching now – the Regional Mathematics Centre. It encompasses 10 venues, regional universities. A team would go out there, headed by a prominent mathematician, with five PhD holders, postgraduates, and Masters students. 

They choose the venues and begin cultivating research there, spend a semester or half a year teaching, perhaps even two semesters during one year. This will give young people from those universities an opportunity to do internships at our best institutes: the Steklov Mathematical Institute, the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, and at various universities, and in this way, this school of mathematics will gradually grow and develop. What is important here is that the idea came from the young scientists themselves. In other words, this means a lot to them, and I think this is very important for our project’s success. 

Finally, implementation of the National Science and Technology Development Strategy, which you approved, has opened up new horizons for developing science, and we have set the ambitious task of creating chains that run from research right through to the final product.

To date, we have 100 business organisations that want to work with us. They include not only big organisations that have always supported us, such as Rosatom and Roscosmos, but also small organisations of interest to our young scientists.

We have analysed the figures and what we see is something new, namely, that small technological companies that receive subsidies from us not only return the money, but also make profit. Young scientists are eager to work in these companies, so we see today an obvious interest in these as yet small but very tangible results.

Fundamental science continues to develop as well, and the share of young scientists is growing. It is no exaggeration to say that we have visible results today.

Vladimir Putin:
Science is growing younger.

Olga Vasilyeva:
Yes, it is growing younger, and this is great.



Olga Vasilyeva.
Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva.
Vladimir Putin, Olga Vasilyeva.
Vladimir Putin  and Olga Vasilyeva.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin, Russian President.