Russian universities have completed the first stage of defense of strategic development programs before the commission of the federal program “Priority 2030”.
According to Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, at least one hundred Russian universities that have applied for participation in the federal program “Priority 2030” will be able to become holders of the basic part of the grant. The selection results will be published on September 27 on the official website of the Priority 2030 program.
Also, based on the results of evaluating the development programs of universities selected for receiving the basic part of the grant under the Priority 2030 program, the members of the Council will determine the number of nominees and universities that have passed the selection to provide a special part of the grant.
Universities will be able to send a special grant to ensure the conduct of breakthrough scientific research and the creation of science-intensive products and technologies, including building the human resources of the research and development sector, as well as ensuring the socio-economic development of territories, strengthening the human and scientific and technological potential of organizations of real sectors of the economy and social sphere.
Members of the Expert Commission spoke about the transformation of the higher education system in Russia through the launch of the ten-year federal program “Priority 2030”, who throughout September worked at meetings and evaluated the programs of strategic development of universities – candidates for participation in “Priority 2030”.
According to the head of the department, Valery Falkov, a third of universities were not ready for future digital transformations and were unable to present worthy development strategies. This is confirmed by the scientific director of the federal program “Priority 2030” Andrey Volkov.
From purely human resources, which are important, universities must move to a research and innovation agenda. In order to teach modern knowledge, skills and abilities, the university itself needs to be on the frontier of research and innovation activities and an innovation agenda,
– Andrey Volkov considers.
But there is good news as well. According to Kira Kim, Deputy Director of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the implementation of the research component in universities is reaching a new level.
During the competitive defense, we got the opportunity to see on the map of the country how and what is being done to transform the research agenda of universities. I am glad that there is a colossal number of universities with huge potential, which covers quite large areas in science throughout the country. And in many ways it is like an evolutionary transition from water to earth: new opportunities appear, new objects and transformations appear,
– she emphasized.
For a member of the Expert Commission, a technology entrepreneur and founder of the first Russian startup studio TechnoSpark, Denis Kovalevich, the Priority 2030 federal program is primarily associated with increasing the level of competitiveness of Russian universities in the context of Russia and macroregions and in the context of the world as a whole.
Programs of this level are mandatory for implementation in any self-respecting country. Universities all over the world are not only and not so much points of direct personnel training, but rather points of production of innovations, creation of start-ups, development of new technologies, influence on regional development,
– Denis Kovalevich is sure.
If we talk about the features of the programs of strategic development of universities presented for protection, then in addition to the strategies for digitalization and the development of additional professional education that are mandatory for the program, many have focused on IT technologies and a great scientific breakthrough. R&D forecasts, a change in scientific direction from academic biology to IT technologies, digitalization of the humanities, the development of individual educational trajectories and the preparation of entrepreneurial platforms were reflected in the programs submitted for defense.
A separate point in the strategy of each university is the number of full-time students. Someone turned out to be ready to grow two and three times in ten years, someone preferred to stay at the 2021 level and concentrate on the selection of the best applicants for increasing the scientific component. It is noteworthy that most of the announced programs received support at the regional level in terms of co-financing the development budget and fully fit into the tasks of the regional economy: personnel, innovations, technologies and even student entrepreneurship in the form of support for startups are scheduled by year.
The main goal of the Priority 2030 program is the formation in Russia by 2030 of more than 100 progressive modern universities – centers of scientific, technological and socio-economic development of the country.
Let us recall that among the 187 university teams that submitted the project, there is also Petrozavodsk State University. The PetrSU team presented the development program to the Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia “Priority 2030” on September 19.
Petrozavodsk State University holds an academic course for the European North of Russia. It is here, in the northern part of the country, that large-scale projects of Arctic data processing centers, the development of tourist routes “High latitudes of the North”, telemedicine, which is so important for small and inaccessible settlements, will be launched. An innovative technological campus will be built, which, according to the rector Anatoly Viktorovich Voronin, should provide advanced training of students for work at enterprises of Karelia.