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On Monday, October 21, the first meeting of the interdepartmental commission for monitoring the effectiveness of Russian universities was held. One of the participants of the meeting, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chairman of the State Duma Education Committee and head of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Management Board, spoke with the newspaper Izvestiya about the meeting’s results.— What did the commission discuss?— Firstly, there was a vote on the question of categorizing teaching universities into a separate group for evaluation according to supplemental requirements. Unfortunately, only 12 of the 32 commission members voted in favor...

23.10.2013
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Despite the fact that the Russian Center began operating only a short while ago, much has already been accomplished. To learn about its everyday activities we spoke with its director – Professor Elda Garetto. — Elda, tell us a little about what has already been done at the center in this short period of time? — From February to May communications courses for A1 students were held here. Right now we are hold courses for those who wish to the TORFL [Test of Russian as a Foreign Language]. We regularly host screenings of films by Russian directors. On May 9 in cooperation with the Association of Russian Compatriots in Italy...

31.05.2013
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

In line with a now established tradition, conference events were supported by the Sevastopol youth organization Forty-Fifth Parallel and the Ukrainian public organization Russian School. The III International Conference “Language and Personality in a Multicultural Space” was held in late April at the Sevastopol Humanities University. The event was organized by the Russian and Foreign Language Studies Department of the School of Philology (Sevastopol Humanities University) and the Russian Language Learning and Teaching Department of the Philology School of the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Participants of the...

13.05.2013
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Education

What is better for modern-day schoolchildren: take the Unified State Exam (USE) or specific entrance exams to a tertiary institution? Is it necessary to take into account the Grade Point Average as was the custom in Soviet years? And what is happening to our education in general and to the teaching of Russian in particular? All these questions were discussed last weekend in St. Petersburg State University at the VI session of the Public-Pedagogical Forum organized by the interregional public foundation “Center of National Glory” (CNG) in collaboration with SPbSU and Herzen University with the assistance of the Russian Academy of...

18.04.2013
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

On March 20, the United Russia faction in the State Duma recommended appointing Vyacheslav Nikonov as Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education. Mr. Nikonov currently serves in multiple positions, including Chairman of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Management Committee, Dean of the Moscow State University School of Public Administration and First Deputy Chair of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs. This recommendation will be brought up for a vote before the Duma on March 22, and Mr. Nikonov is expected to be appointed. – Many know you as a political scientist and not as a specialist in education. What do you know about...

22.03.2013
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

The State Duma is considering in a second reading the Law on Education in the Russian Federation. The Civil Chamber has proposed substantial amendments to the legislation. One of the proposals is to increase the passing grade for entry into study programs for profile professions in order to weed out unqualified students. Dean of the MSU School of Public Administration and Chairman of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Management Board Vyacheslav Nikonov commented on the proposed changes.“Before we make these sorts of decisions, we need to at least have clear criteria for matriculating into a university. These delineations at certain...

28.11.2012
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

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