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Ludmila Verbitskaya

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Ludmila Verbitskaya

President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL), President of St. Petersburg State University

Professor Ludmila Verbitskaya is a member of the Russian Academy of Education. She has a Doctorate in Philology.  She graduated from Leningrad State University in 1958 with a degree in Russian Language and Literature. She has been the head of the Department of General Linguistics of St. Petersburg State University since 1985.

Ludmila Verbitskaya became Deputy Rector for Education at the university in 1984 and later was promoted to First Deputy Rector of the University. In 1993 she was named Acting Rector and then elected Rector and took office in April 1994.

In 1995 Verbitskaya was elected as full member of the Russian Academy of Education (RAE) and member of the Presidium of RAE’s Northwest branch. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from a number of Russian and foreign universities (in Italy, USA, Japan, Slovakia Republic, China, etc.)

In 1999, Ludmila Verbitskaya was elected President of the Russian Society of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (ROPRYAL). She has been President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) since 2003.

Rector Verbitskaya is Deputy Chairperson the Advisory Commission on Science, Technology and Education of the President of the Russian Federation. She serves on several federal committees, among them the Russian Government Committee on Russian Language, the judges’ panel of the Russian Federation Presidential Prize and the Russian Government Prize in Education, among others. She played a large part in the Russian Government Commission tasked with developing a new national educational doctrine.

Rector Verbitskaya is deputy head of the Russian Union of Rectors. She is also Chairperson of the Presidium of the Council of University Rectors of the Northwest Federal District and Co-chair of the Association of Classic Universities.

She has been elected to the leadership of The European University Association, The International Association of Universities, The Association of Baltic Universities, and The Eurasian Association of Universities.

Ludmila Verbitskaya is also Vice-President of the Coordinating Committee of the Russian-German St.Petersburg Dialogue forum. She has served for many years as a member of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO and of the Coordinating Commission on UN Special Programmes.

Rector Verbitskaya also works as advisor to the Governor of St. Petersburg on education, science and mass media, and is a member of the Governor’s Committee on Science and Technology and the Presidium of the NGO Civil Society. She is also a member of the Saint Petersburg City Council.

Ms. Verbitskaya’s work has been recognized by the many awards and honours, including the order of Friendship, the order for “National Service” III degree and IV degree, the French Legion of Honour, the French “Academic Palm” award with the title of “Commander”, the “Knight’s Cross for Service of the Republic of Poland”, the Ukranian Medal of Honour of Grand Duchess Olga III, the medal of honour of Saint Grand Duchess Olga III from the Russian Orthodox Church, and the title of “Honorary Employee of Higher Education in Russia”, among others.

In 1997 Rector Verbitskaya was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, Great Britain. She was awarded the Russian Federation Presidential prize in Education (2001) and the Russian Government Prize (2007).  Ms. Verbitskaya was named an honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg in 2006.