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Reading Fairy Tales? PSU Contributes to International Museum Day!

Tianyao Song (China), PhD student from the Faculty of Philology and PSU Department of Public Affairs have joined the Perm Regional Museum / Museum of Permian Antiquities for the International Museum Day (18 May).

Tianyao Song has read a traditional Chinese fairy tale about the Old Man and the Owl – reaching a wide Internet audience of Russian children, gaining as far as 4,8К views.

Tianyao has also shared a story about her family back home in the native city of Liáoyuán (遼源) from Jilin province. She complemented the story with a little workshop in Chinese language, concentrating upon most frequent words from the tale.

“Recently we have started “secret tours” around the Permian fossils and dinosaur remains, using head flashlights in the dark – to ‘unlock’ the time veil, and ‘re-discover’ the history. Following the COVID-19 restrictions, we rearranged it online, reading stories for little children in the bedtime”

Julia Glazyrina from the Museum of Permian Antiquities

PSU joined the project as it both obtains several museum collections in various subjects, including history, archeology, minerals, botanics and others. The University also maintains contats with its alumni working at various local museums.

In 2018, Perm University History Museum obtained a Top UMAC AWARD (University Museums and Collections) by for its Campus Martius museum public space project, along with support by Vladimir Potanin Foundation.

The Permian is a geologic period and system which spans 47 million years from the end of the Carboniferous period 298.9 million years ago (Mya), to the beginning of the Triassic period 251.902 Mya. It is the last period of the Paleozoic era; the following Triassic period belongs to the Mesozoic era. The concept of the Permian was introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, who named it after the region of Perm in Russia.

PSU Goes Up the RUR Ranking List

Perm State National Research University (PSU) has improved its position in the Russian University Ranking 2020, moving up five positions to the Bronze League, as reported today by the Round University Ranking (RUR) Agency. With assistance by Clarivate Analytics IP Solutions, RUR annually evaluates global and Russian universities.

When compiling the rating ranks, data on four aggregated indicators was taken into account: teaching, research, education, research, international diversity and financial sustainability. In two of them – financial sustainability and education – PSU occupies 44th and 48th places, which corresponds to the Silver League.

According to overall national indicators, PSU I ranked 59th out of 82 Russian universities, included in the final table this year. It should be mentioned that the prevailing amount of the ranked universities belongs to Moscow and St Petersburg, pushing ‘non-capital’ institutions in for tougher competition.

The rating experts have ranked the Russian Federation universities into five leagues: the Diamond League (places 1 to 16), the Golden League (places 17 to 32), the Silver League (places 33 to 48), the Bronze League (places 49 to 64), and the Copper League (places from 65 to 82).

In 2019, PSU became the only university of the Perm krai, entering the RUR subject division. PSU took 31st place among Russian universities and 509th place in the global ranking devoted to social sciences and humanities. In addition, last year Perm University entered the world list of the best universities in the field of life sciences.

Round University Ranking (RUR) is an international world university rankings system which measures performance of 850 leading world universities from 80 countries by 20 unique indicators and 4 key areas (teaching, research, international diversity, financial sustainability). All raw data for RUR Rankings is provided byThomson Reuters. RUR Rankings cover the period from 2010 to the present.

PSU Enters Top-15 Russian Universities, According to University Impact Rankings 2020

According to a new survey by Times Higher Education (THE, UK), Perm State National research University (PSU) takes the 2nd place among universities of the Volga Federal District and the 12th place among Russian higher education institutions, included in the University Impact Rankings 2020 list.

The University Impact Rankings 2020 assesses contribution of universities to Global Goals for Sustainable Development, UN, globally. The ranking consist of 18 positions: the overall one, and 17 subdivisions for each sustainable development goal.

According to the overall score, PSU stands within a broad 301-400 group out of 767 world universities. For each sustainable development goal, PSU is represented in all 17 ratings. The best indicators among them are as follows:

  • “Life Below Water: education on and support for aquatic ecosystems”: 59th among 242 universities, globally;
  • “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”: 101-200 group among 453 universities, globally;
  • “Gender Equality”: 101-200 group among 547 universities, globally;
  • “Partnership for the Goals”: 301-400 group among 806 universities, globally.

“Every year there are more universities participating the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Initially, 467 world universities were included into the University Impact Rankings list; the next time this amount nearly doubled: 766. Russian higher institutions have also proved to be active: over the year, their number increased from 38 to 47, nationally. The more valuable is the position of Perm State University in that growing competitive list, as we are getting close to top 10, being recently included in all 17 ratings for sustainable development goals, ”

PSU Rector Professor Igor Makarikhin.

PSU entered the Times Higher Education list in 2017, and became the first university, territorially, included into the THE rankings.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals of international cooperation, planned to be achieved by 2030. The goals are aimed at improving the health of all nations, combating inequalities, poverty, hunger and the effects of global climate change, improving people’s access to education, drinking water, labor and affordable energy, and promoting ideas of social justice and peace.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings World University Rankings is the annual international rating by the Times Higher Education magazine (UK) based on three sources: universities’ statistics, bibliometrical data by Scopus Elsevier and inquiry poll among academic experts.

Falling Walls Lab Perm, Blitz Format, to Be Held at PSU on 21 September 2020

The update for the Falling Walls Lab Perm, a known blitz conference in popular science to be held at PSU, is 21 September, 2020. The call for applications is also extended until 16 August. Potential participants and those who did not manage to submit an application earlier will be able to share their ideas and join the approved participants list. Consequently, those contestants whose participation had been approved, will not need to re-submit their applications. In August, the registration for spectators and guests of the Falling Walls Lab Perm will be open.

To remind, according to the blitz conference format, the participant is given 3 minutes to present her/his research, business idea or project, using English as the language of presentation. The international jury will select the winner, to be then delegated to the final international conference in Berlin (Germany). The honorary members of the Perm jury in 2020 include: Mr. Mathias Kruse, Consul General of Germany in Yekaterinburg (Deutsches Generalkonsulat Jekaterinburg, see also:

Посольство Германии в Москве – Deutsche Botschaft Moskau); Dr. Andreas Hoeschen, Head of the regional office German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Russia (DAAD Russia) and Director of the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in Moscow, Германский дом науки и инноваций DWIH в Москве); Professor Dr. Eileen Eckmeier, NMUN Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München); Professor Dr. Jürgen Hermes, (Universität zu Köln); Professor Dr. Ralf Brüning, University of Applied Sciences for Medium-Sized Companies (Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM)-Köln). The Jury will be headed by Dr. Ludwig Stroink, Head of International Affairs Office, GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Internationalen Büro des Deutschen Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ Potsdam).

Please, follow the Falling Walls Lab Perm updates and news of the event here.

Photos kindly borrowed from the Falling Lab Perm Jury participating parties, official pages, web links above.

PSU Strikes Agreement with the 3rd Largest University in Southwestern France

Perm State University international contacts wear no tires even under pressure of COVID-19. Recently, PSU has extended a cooperation agreement with the University of Pau and the Adour Region (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) , France). The cooperation supervised by the Department of Linguistics and Translation on behalf PSU, will be extended for another 5 years.

So much memories! We hope you are all doing well!” French students are responding to the news.

The PSU and the University of Pau and the Adour Region have been connected by more than 25 years of mutual exchange, cooperation and friendship. More than 100 students have already visited the universities of Pau and Perm during this time, completed practical training, internships, and became acquainted with French and Russian culture.

The University of Pau and the Adour Region (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is a French multi-site, public university. Founded in 1972, it is based in Pau (département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques) but also in Bayonne, Tarbes and Mont-de-Marsan in the Adour river basin. Coming administratively under the Academy of Bordeaux, it is the third largest university in southwestern France (after Bordeaux and Toulouse), with some 12,000 students.

The city is located in the heart of the former sovereign Principality of Béarn, of which it was the capital from 1464. Bordered by the Gave de Pau, the city is located 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean and 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Spain. Archaeology has asserted that the site has been occupied at least since the Gallo-Roman era. The history of Pau is marked by the birth of Henry of Bourbon (Henry IV), who became famous for his willingness to put an end to the seemingly endless Wars of Religion.

Pau turned widely with the construction of many villas and mansions to accommodate wintering rich people. The city also developed all elements of modernity for their comfort: baths, funicular and railway station. It was at this time that Pau became one of the world capitals of the nascent aerospace industry under the influence of the Wright brothers, crowned heads then pressed there to observe the flight of the first flying school in the world.

The Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, founded in 1972, accounts for a large student population. The city plays a leading role for Béarn but also for a wide segment of the Adour area. An administrative capital, it boasts a dense economic fabric including service activities. Pau also plays the role of cultural capital with many events, including sports. Pau’s heritage extends over several centuries, its diversity and its quality allowed it to obtain the label of City of Art and History in 2011.

PSU and University of Belgrade to Reboot Scholarly Relations

Univerzitet u Beogradu (Republic of Serbia) and Perm State University (Russia), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding – to pursue a mutually beneficial collaboration for education, cooperation, and scholarly activities.

The objectives to be achieved by the universities through the Memorandum include:

  • to collaborate to improve the educational process by using educational technologies, including information and media technologies, the Internet, and the computing platforms, for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members of the universities;
  • to develop and enhance multicultural and intercultural competences;
  • to collaborate to develop academic scholarship and applied research I fields of study appropriate to interests of students and faculty of the universities.

To achieve these objects, the universities will seek to:

  • develop academic exchange programs for students and faculty members, with a focus on the creation of joint international educational, scholarly and applied projects;
  • develop joint educational, scientific and practical research projects related to issues identified by members of each university:
  • involve faculties and institutes in joint international projects.

PSU Collaborations with the University of Belgrade

Perm and Serbian scientists collaborate in both in natural sciences and humanities. For a long time, linguists from PSU and University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology have been performing joint sociolinguistic research urban speech.

In 2019, PSU and University of Belgrade fruitfully worked on the monograph on Dams and Reservoirs at Evaporites, and successfully published at Springer Publishing Company. The publication describes the most common geological hazards associated with dams and reservoirs on gypsum-bearing or saline foundations, as well as a set of geotechnical methods for strengthening such rocks:

Milanović P., Maksimovich N., Meshcheriakova O. Dams and Reservoirs in Evaporites / Springer, Cham, 2019. – 157 p. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18521-3 https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-18521-3

The authors of the monograph include Professor Petar Milanovic, University of Belgrade (Serbia), President of the National Serb Group of the International Association of Hydrogeologists; Professor Nikolay Maksimovich, Deputy Director for Research, Institute of Natural Sciences, PSU, as well as Olga Meshcheryakova, Associate Professor of the Department of Dynamic Geology and Hydrogeology PSU, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Geology of Technogenic Processes, Institute of Natural Sciences, PSU.

The University of Belgrade: for Reference

The University of Belgrade (Univerzitet u Beogradu) is a public higher educational institution, the oldest and largest university in Serbia, and one of the most important educational and research centers in Europe. Founded in 1808 as the Belgrade Higher School in revolutionary Serbia, by 1838 it merged with the Kragujevac-based departments into a single university.

The University has around 97,700 enrolled students and over 4,800 members of academic staff. Since its founding, the University has educated more than 378,000 bachelors, around 25,100 masters, 29,000 specialists and 14,670 doctors. The University comprises 31 faculties, 12 research institutes, the university library, and 9 university centres. The faculties are organized into 4 groups: social sciences and humanities; medical sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; and technological sciences.

On the prestigious ShanghaiRanking (ARWU), the University of Belgrade ranks between 401st and 500th place, according to the most recent (2018) global ranking. In 2014, it ranked 151-200, specifically in the areas of mathematics and physics.

PSU Scientists Propose Means to Protect Dams from Destruction

PSU geologists and microbiologists have patented a way to protect dams from destruction at high concentrations of methane at their base. The new method will improve the safety of the operation of those dams dependent on sandy and clay soils.


“Dams based on clay and sandy soils are potentially susceptible to intensive microbiological processes, as a result of which an abnormal amount of methane can be released in underground space, compared to normal conditions. This, in turn, can lead to the softening of soils and the deterioration of their physical and mechanical properties compared with the design, and therefore negatively affect the safe operation of hydraulic structures. We saw our task in resolution of this problem, ” states Artyom Demenev, senior researcher, PSU Natural Sciences Institute.

PSU scientists have suggested that iron chloride (FeCl₃) be injected into the ground through injection wells and emitters. The addition of additional substances will reduce the emission of methane by microbes, preventing the destruction of dams.

“Microorganisms found in sand and clay can consume all kinds of substances and emit methane during their processing. We decided to replace the products they consume with iron chloride, during the processing of which only iron oxide is released in acceptable standards. Thus, methane emissions will be less, which means the properties of soils should not deteriorate, ”

Vadim Khmurchik, senior researcher, PSU Natural Sciences Institute

According to the research team, the solution they propose is cheaper than standard methods of control, as well as environment-friendly.

“Usually, special antiseptics are used to solve such problems, but they are more expensive and toxic than the method offered. In addition, the formation of harmful substances during the implementation of our technology is reduced, in comparison with traditional methods, ”

Nikolai Maksimovich, Honored Ecologist of the Russian Federation, Deputy Director, PSU Institute of Natural Sciences.

The invention by PSU researchers may be applied around the Volga basin and South Russia, as well as other territories with increased methane generation at the base of dams. It’s adaptation also appears reasonable for the use in landfills and waste shafts with significant underground methane emissions.

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