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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov held a joint briefing on plans for the development of the industry in 2022. The event was held at the press center of the TASS news agency.

Dmitry Chernyshenko and Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov held a joint briefing on plans for the development of the industry in 2022

At the briefing, Dmitry Chernyshenko launched the second wave of selection of world-class campus projects. The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that, on the instructions of the President, at least 25 of them should be created in the regions of Russia by 2030. The implementation of this task is under the personal control of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. In August last year, the first eight projects were selected. Campuses will appear in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Ufa and Nizhny Novgorod.

“Today we are launching the selection of second wave campus projects. Applications will be accepted until April 1st. It will be held on a special portal of the Ministry of Education and Science “Procampus.rf” on the principle of “single window”. This time, the criteria have been improved and the opportunities for participation have been expanded. Now not only regions, but also special territories can apply. For example, the federal territory “Sirius”, special economic zones and territories of advanced social and economic development. When considering projects, the commission will take into account the inclusion of technology parks in the structure of campuses and work with technology partners,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that projects applying for federal co-financing will be named at the end of June this year.

In parallel, on behalf of the President, work is underway to overhaul the dormitories. Last year, repairs of roofs, facades, engineering systems, as well as interior decoration were carried out in more than 250 dormitories of 94 universities. More than 5 billion rubles were allocated for this. Also, 445 educational buildings of 124 universities were repaired. The cost of the work amounted to more than 6.7 billion rubles.

Valery Falkov added that the renovation of the dormitories will continue in 2022. “There are more than 900,000 beds in university dormitories. This is a very large fund, the state of which cannot be ignored. Therefore, 8.3 billion rubles have been allocated for repairs this year. The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia has already selected 103 universities in 57 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where the relevant work will be carried out,” he said.

According to Valery Falkov, more than 1 billion rubles have also been allocated this year for the overhaul of 33 scientific organizations in 14 regions of the country.

At the briefing, they discussed the upcoming admission campaign to universities in 2022. As Dmitry Chernyshenko noted, on the instructions of the President, work is underway to increase the admission targets annually. This year, more than 588,000 young people will be able to enter the budget. This is 11.5 thousand more than in the previous admission campaign. The emphasis in the distribution of budget places is on the specialization of the regions.

Valery Falkov noted that this academic year, the largest increase in budget places will occur in postgraduate and residency programs, as well as master’s programs.

“If we talk about the distribution of budget places in the areas of training, then a significant increase occurred in engineering specialties, specialties in the field of IT technologies, healthcare and pedagogical sciences,” the minister emphasized.

Separately, Dmitry Chernyshenko and Valery Falkov dwelled on the implementation of a new state program of scientific and technological development. The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that for the first time it consolidated all expenditures on science, which were previously distributed among 34 state programs. GP NTR contains 79 structural elements. It also includes 11 out of 42 new socio-economic development initiatives approved by Mikhail Mishustin. It is planned to allocate about 1.2 trillion rubles annually from the federal budget for the implementation of the state program.

“This year, 587 billion rubles will be directed to the development of higher education, the provision of grants and scholarships, as well as the creation of youth laboratories, support for breeding centers and centers for the collective use of scientific equipment and unique scientific installations. We will allocate about 230 billion more for fundamental research, and 235.3 billion for applied research. Thanks to the implementation of the state program, by 2030 the volume of domestic spending on research and development will increase by more than 2.5 times and will amount to about 3.5 trillion rubles. For comparison: now it is about 1.3 trillion rubles. We will also increase the amount of non-budgetary investments in science – from 53 to 75%. Also, by 2030, we set ourselves the goal of having half of the country’s researchers under the age of 39. Now they are 44.3% of the total number of scientists,” Dmitry Chernyshenko said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also spoke about plans for 2022 to implement two new federal projects – “Advanced Engineering Schools” and “University Technological Entrepreneurship Platform”.

“Within the framework of the federal project “Platform of University Technological Entrepreneurship”, it is planned to create 15 pilot university start-up studios this year. 1.5 billion rubles will be allocated from the budget for this, and we plan to attract another 15 million from private investors. Also, 20 entrepreneurial “boiling points” will be created in universities. For 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, trainings on business competencies will be held,” Dmitry Chernyshenko said.

In total, 5.2 billion rubles will be allocated for the implementation of the federal project this year, and a little more than 2 billion will be attracted from extrabudgetary sources.

The federal project “Advanced Engineering Schools” implies the creation by the end of this year, together with high-tech companies, of 30 advanced engineering schools, where qualified personnel will be trained for the sectors of the economy.

“We will start with the retraining of teachers who will conduct classes in advanced engineering schools. It is planned that 350 people will undergo retraining this year. By 2030 – more than 10 thousand teachers. In 2025, the first 1,500 graduates of the master’s program will go to work in companies that practically trained them. And by 2030 there will be about 40,000 of them,” the Deputy Prime Minister added.

In general, 5.3 billion rubles of budgetary funds have been allocated for the implementation of the federal project this year, and it is planned to attract almost 950 million rubles of private investment.

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