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About 1.2 million freshmen will start their studies at Russian universities this year. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister during a meeting on preparing the higher education system for the new academic year.

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Meeting on preparing the higher education system for the new academic year

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection, the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and rectors of higher educational institutions.

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that from September 1, training will begin in 710 universities. Most of them will start working in the traditional pre-pandemic format, using remote technology if necessary.

“In total, about 4.22 million students will start their studies. Of these, about 1.2 million are freshmen. Last year, this figure was less – 1.125 million enrolled. This year, in the most priority areas, the number of budget-funded places was increased: by 11,382 places – in IT, by 5975 – in engineering specialties, in medical specialties – by 6057 places, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Valery Falkov, in turn, noted the high competition in admission that has developed this year, and thanked the leading universities, which accepted applicants for training at their own expense – the winners of the Olympiads and 100-point students who did not have enough budget places.

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted the importance of vaccination, but stressed that the lack of vaccination against the new coronavirus infection is not a reason for refusing students to attend classes at the university.

“With regard to access to infrastructure, laboratories, workshops and attendance at lectures – we did a lot of work with rectors, repeatedly told and explained that regardless of vaccination, students have the right to attend classes, go to gyms and swimming pools and, most importantly, move in in the hostel “, – said Valery Falkov about the work done.

He also said that on behalf of the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Education and Science, the algorithm for organizing work in relation to foreign students has been finalized. Now students from other countries will be able to come to Russia to study, regardless of the resumption of flights. To this end, the Ministry of Education and Science is working together with the Ministry of Health and Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. Foreigners who have a compulsory medical insurance policy will be able to vaccinate according to the general rules of any of the registered vaccines. The rest will have access to Sputnik Light.

“For foreigners, the vaccination rules are the same as for Russian students: minors are not vaccinated, adults – only with voluntary consent,” stressed Valery Falkov.

“All universities are ready for the start of the new academic year in full-time format. At the same time, rectors are aware of the importance of observing preventive measures, and this work is organized. If necessary, all universities are also ready to switch to distance learning, ”the Deputy Prime Minister added in conclusion.

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