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Rectors of Russian universities approve the increase in the number of budget places in the regions

Heads of Russian universities are highly appreciated to provide them with additional budget places in the 2021/22 academic year from the Ministry of education. This measure will help gifted students to receive education at the expense of the state in a situation when the pandemic is in the early stages many families have reduced income, said the interlocutors RIA Novosti.

The Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation has allocated the Russian universities 33,7 thousands of additional budget places in the 2021/22 academic year. This was done in response to the message of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly on January 15, 2020.

The additional funded places allocated by the Ministry for new, transparent and understandable method of calculation of admission quotas (PCC), which directly takes into account modern trends of the labor market of the region, said the acting rector of Tyumen state University (Tyumen state University) Ivan Romanchuk.

"Logically, our University increased the budget places in natural Sciences and IT-areas of training in baccalaureate and specialist degrees, including those that are associated with the development of Biosafety and bioinformatics. There are also more places for pedagogy, they are represented as at the head University and at our two branches. This is extremely important, as well as meet our strategic goals for individualization of school education in the region," — he told RIA Novosti.

According to him, in recent years TSU has significantly changed the range of master's programs, a new competitive program, therefore, the increase in PCC in biology, psychology, Economics and law the University has received with satisfaction.

"Overall, we have allocated additional budget of 880 seats. We have ambitious plans to attract University entrants with high points of unified state examination", — said Ivan Romanchuk.

A new, transparent, the principle of distribution of budget places takes into account such indicators of the University, as the employment and income of graduates, academic performance of the University, cooperation with partners, said the Vice-rector for academic Affairs of don state technical University (DSTU) Vladimir Kolodkin.

"The additional capacity we received in the areas of training, which our results say about the effectiveness of the implementation of educational programs. This year we have identified 145 additional funded places for such strategically important for the development of our region direction of a bachelor degree as Photonics, power engineering, IT-directions, construction. We expect that next year the University will receive additional funded places, and prepare for the enlarged set. For us it is an indicator that the University is moving in the right direction," — he told RIA Novosti.

The allocation of additional funded places to the Ministry of education took into account the quality of education, relevance of areas of training from the point of view of the needs of socio-economic development of the region and country and, as a consequence, demand for graduates, said the acting rector of the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) Andrei Yakovlev.

"For the next academic year TPU has received 776 additional funded places, including 616 — full-time form of education and a 160 — by correspondence. These seats are allocated to 28 bachelor, 32 master degree programmes and five areas of specialty. The largest increase of budget places got popular among students of a direction "design", "ecology and nature management", "biotechnology", "innovation", "technosphere safety". This opens up new opportunities for our future students and the University as a whole and have a positive impact on the labor market", — he told RIA Novosti.

Rector of the Belgorod state national research University (NRU "BelSU"), Oleg Polukhin said that he supports the initiative of the country leaders on increase of budget places in the leading regional universities and is satisfied that it has been launched.

"Belgorod University is a leading regional University that is now widely known in Russia and abroad, presented in the international ratings, but I think that in some areas of training we were allocated an insufficient number of budget places. We now have over two thousand budgetary places, and 88 additional seats against this background, it would seem, not so much. But we have, for example, this year was no budget places for the enlarged group of specialties "Economics and management". Well, now the skew in the distribution of seats will be eliminated," he told RIA Novosti.

He said that 76 of budget places was added to bachelor & specialist programs 16 large groups of professions among which the natural Sciences, engineering and Humanities. Also 12 additional funded places the University received in seven areas of residency of their medical Institute.

"Additional funded places we need in areas of training that we open in the framework of the scientific-educational center of world-class "Innovative solutions in agriculture" at our University", — said Oleg Polukhin.

Siberian Federal University received 63 additional budget places, 48 of them are for undergraduate programs related to the economy, architecture, engineering, and construction, said the Vice-rector for academic Affairs, Siberian Federal University Denis guts.

Also the University as the organizer of the winter Universiade of 2019, it was suggested that five additional funded places on the enlarged group "Physical culture and sport". Another 13 seats allocated for the specialty "engineering and technology land transport", "engineering and construction technology".

"Of course, for the Federal University, with an enrollment of more than 27 thousand students, 63 budget places – not such a big number. But all of these areas demand from students. Especially pleasant surprise for us was the opportunity to receive additional funded places at a very popular specialty "Economics and management"" — he told RIA Novosti.

The allocation of additional funded places — a very positive and correct step, according to the rector of the Samara University Andrey Gavrilov.

"Our University had received additional funded places at a wide spectrum of professions, primarily related to information technology and pedagogy. Another part of the field came to engineering, natural Sciences areas (chemistry and biology) and Humanities (social work, Economics, and Philology). Additional seats are not very many, but it's still a nice increase, which for some students this year can be decisive when it comes to the budget," he told RIA Novosti.

Welcome 2020 is in a difficult epidemiological situation, which entailed not only a reduction in mobility, but the decrease in solvency of the population. This means that some talented people who under other conditions could do to pay tuition, this year may be lacking, according to the Deputy Director for educational activities concerning the receipt and pre-University education of the Ural Federal University (Urfu) Elena Avramenko.