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Scientists from Russia and Belarus Discuss Chemistry in Education, at PSU

The Faculty of Chemistry at PSU has initiated the 6th Prikamie (Perm Territory) Congress of Chemistry Teachers, titled “Continuing Chemistry Education as a Tool to Overcome Modern Challenges”. For four days, off- and online, chemistry school teachers and university staff from all over Russia and the Republic of Belarus are discussing the challenges and perspectives of modern chemical education.

The Congress unites several key partners, to name the Faculty of Chemistry at Moscow State University, the Association of Teachers of Chemistry, the “Chemistry at School” Magazine, the Petroleum+ Perm School #102, award-winning teachers and experts in chemistry. The Congress provides a broad overview of online resources for schools, colleges and higher educational institutions, as well as  explores students’ progress in chemical science using competitive environment and dedicated study groups.

“For the Perm Territory, which has been long associated with “big chemistry”, the objective of training highly qualified personnel for the chemical industry is especially important. Teachers of chemistry play an important role in that process. For a number of years, the Congress has been bringing together experts and industry professionals, teachers and students of various levels – serving a platform for sharing established practices, discussing challenges and prospects in chemical education,”

states Professor Irina Mashevskaya, Congress organizer, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

Earlier in 2021, Counselor of Republic of Belarus, paid a visit to Perm State University (PSU). Mr. Vitaly Voytik, Adviser on Trade and Economic Issues, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Yekaterinburg met Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector to discuss cooperation with scientific and industrial bodies of Belarus, stating education as one of the key priorities for such interaction in the future.

Besides education, possible cooperation in chemistry involves technical solutions in ecology and agriculture. About 40% of global potash salts are being produced in Belarus and Russia, and so does bring their industries closer. The Republic of Belarus lays special emphasis on cooperation with the Perm Territory, since the official signing of the cooperation agreement in 2016. Since that time, the trade turnover between Belarus and Perm territories raised up to $ 500,000,000.

“The Republic of Belarus is becoming an important partner of the Perm Territory. This opens up wide opportunities for both PSU and Belarusian enterprises. The University acts as a key member of the Perm Scientific and Educational Center “Rational Subsoil Use”, as well as the Photonics Competence Center, creating an extensive scientific and industrial base for international cooperation. As the IT sphere is extensively developed in Belarus and Perm, the interaction of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU with Belarusian colleagues offers new prospects in artificial intelligence research,”

commented Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector, in 2021.

PSU Students Return to Campus

Starting from 9 March, 2022, Perm State University resumes classes for full-time undergraduate and graduate students. The corresponding order has been posted on PSU website.

Mixed mode- and part-time students will continue studying online. Postgraduate students and individual graduate groups might continue incorporating online activities, on faculties’ request.

“Most of us have been online for a long time. Now that the steady character of the epidemiological situation allows us to get back to classrooms. The live communication with student mates and teachers should help switch to usual life. Please, show respect for the others and yourself: wear masks and use campus sanitizers. These measures are necessary to protect every staff member and student, as well as keep the full-time study mode going on,”

comments Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

Since 17 January, PSU has been working in a mixed study format. The campus has been open to those types of activity which require particular lab equipment and related software.

PSU Wins Priority 2030 Program, Gets Government Support

Valery Falkov, Head of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Russia (Министерство высшего образования и науки РФ) summed up the results of the selection of higher institutions, eligible for the annual state support of RUB 100 million. PSU has become one of 106 universities included in this list, as a result of the Contest selection, run on 18 September.

“Having won the competition, Perm State University will use its extra sources to reach for a new standard of education and partnerships. PSU is heading to overall adoption of individual learning plans and network educational programs – allowing to meet students’ interests and market expectations. We will also continue to develop the institution of tutorship and educational program managers, the latter responsible for constant update of learning process,”

comments Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

Addressing PSU staff meeting on 29 September, Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov highly praised personal qualities that the University team showed in its most difficult time – helping the wounded, calming students, providing mutual support and working hard, both in office and online.

“All your actions are much appreciated and incredibly valuable,” emphasized Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov. “Now is the time to come back to life. Perm State University will have to carry many important decisions about the campus security and further development of the university. We need to keep the unity we all share today. It will help the University step forward.”

Distance Learning Mode Extended at PSU

From 4 to 9 October, distance learning mode (online classes) will be offered to full-time and part-time undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, as well as those studying at PSU College of Professional Education.

“Distance learning has been extended in order to ensure the necessary security measures at the University. In addition, we are seeing an increase of covid-19 cases in the Perm Territory, so it would be wise to take our staff and students’ care into consideration,”

states Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

The access to the University campus remains restricted. For further info, please, see our updates.

PSU Sets Coordination Center for Preventing Extremism

The new Center will deal with techniques and tutorial tasks of preparing info and educational materials to prevent the involvement of young people in destructive organizations, as well as promote better social and cultural adaptation of international students. The center’s specialists will conduct advanced training courses for employees of educational institutions.

“We are going to engage best Russian experts to prevent tragedies long before criminal strikes. The tasks of our experts will also include building trust and positive dialogue with young people. This is necessary in order to identify potential danger as early as possible,”

says Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

In October, Perm State University (PSU) will host a month of safety, during which students and staff will be instructed and trained in various emergency maneuvers.

“It is necessary to introduce an information analytical system that will unite work with all the regional youth at schools, colleges and universities. We will be able to use software products from several companies, allowing to monitor social networks, starting with ‘alert’ keywords, phrases and images. It is also necessary to ensure data exchange between secondary educational institutions and universities,”

said Elena Malkova, PSU Vice-Rector for Youth Policy.

For 2021, the Center’s plan includes the creation of a group for science and learning support of activities aimed at forming a civic position among young people. The Center will analyze the best practices in tat field, and set trainings among university staff supervising youth activities.

Overcoming Anxiety: A Word by PSU Rector and Services Contact

In his official address to public audience, expressing deep condolences to families of those tragically shot to death or under medical treatment, Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, Rector of Perm State University, stated, that the circle of victims is much wider.


“We will feel the heavy burden of the psychological consequences of what happened for a long time to come. If you experience tension, fear, confusion, anxiety, difficulties in communication with students, colleagues or relatives, do not try to cope on your own. I am asking you to immediately contact professional psychologists, who will definitely help you!”

Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov said.

To remind, psychological guidance for teachers, students, staff and their families has been organized at the dormitories (hostels) of Perm State University. Psychologists work daily on campus until 26 September from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

On PSU campus:

  • Dormitory 2: ul. Bukireva, 16, Head of Student Dormitories’ Office, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 5: ul. Petropavlovskaya, 115, Legal Clinic #122 or Lounge Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 6: ul. Petropavlovskaya, 117, Lounge Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 7: ul. Petropavlovskaya, 121, Student Council Room, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 8: ul. Genkelya, 5, Briefing Room, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 9: Study Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 10: Dorm Head’s room, ground floor.

Hotline phones:

  • Ministry of Emergency Situations, 24/7: (+7 342) 258 40 02, (+7 342) 258 40 01 (ext. 595);
  • Helpline 8 800 2008 911;
  • Emergency social assistance: 8 800 100 83 05.

Local Service Centers in Perm:

  • Regional Center for Psychological, Pedagogical, Medical and Social Support: ul. Ekaterininskaya, 98 (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 212 89 70);
  • Regional Psycho-Therapy Center: ul. Geroev Khasana, 20 (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 244 28 02);
  • Regional Center for Psychological, Pedagogical and Social Assistance: ul. Kazakhskaya, 71 (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 262 80 60, (+7 342) 262 80 85);
  • Perm City Psychological Center: pr. Komsomolsky, 84a (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 299 98 00).

Please, remember, that all enquiries by our international students and partners might be primarily  addressed to International Department of Perm State University.

On Challenge of Tragic Shootings, 20 September, 2021 Official Address by Rector of Perm State University

Dear friends, students, teachers and staff of Perm State University, Russian and international partners,

There is no private grief in a broad university family. Today, the trouble has come to our campus home. We grieve for those who died and think of those who are fighting for their lives. I express my deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims.

Emergency services did everything possible to protect those who were at the University at the time of the tragedy. Most importantly, we felt each other’s support. The University, the Perm region and the city are providing all possible help to those affected.

I am asking anyone associated with our University and caring about the tragedy to unite and show compassion, supporting those in need. You may commemorate the victims’ memory outside the Eastern entrance to the University from the Dzerzhinsky street, by Building 5.

21 September is announced as the Day of Mourning in the Perm Territory.

We grieve and stand together,

Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov,
Rector of Perm University

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