PSU Biologists Explore Microbiology, Genetics and Biomedicine, Unite Scholars Global Wide

The Faculty of Biology at Perm State University (PSU) has run the 13th International Conference of Biologists “Symbiosis-Russia ’2022” as part of the “Science and Global Challenges in the 21st Century” Inter-University Forum. The Conference united scholars from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, USA and Uzbekistan.

In total, the Conference participants presented more than 180 reports in microbiology, biotechnology, biomedicine, genetics, botany, zoology, plant physiology, soil science, ecology and nature management.

Key speakers included:

Other international participants included:

On behalf Perm State University, two PSU scholars spoke in the Springer section – Danila Apushkin, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Pharmacology and Evgenia Akhremenko, a researcher at the Laboratory of Experimental Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

“The geography of the Conference participants covered, with no exception, all regions of Russia, and over 45 cities: from Kaliningrad to the Far East, from Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don and Pyatigorsk,” says Mikhail Lyamin, Deputy Dean for Research, Faculty of Biology, PSU.

18 reports in English have been presented at the Conference. Meeting the requirements of the publishers and related ethics, the speakers’ papers have been checked for plagiarism, double-blind peer reviewed by foreign and Russian scholars, and, keeping in mind their relevance, original character and impact – recommended for publishing in the “Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems” series at the SpringerLink digital library, and indexed in Scopus

International Students in Russia and Perm: Part 1, Basic Facts

Russian universities are fairly in demand among many foreigners, globally. How many international students come here to study – Russia, and Perm, in particular?

In 2019/2020 academic year, 315,000 students arrived in Russia from abroad, which is about 8% of the total number of students, nationally. According to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the total number of students in Russia in 2020/2021, both Russian and international, gained up to 4 million.

According to, among foreign students studying at Russian universities, the largest number of citizens is from Kazakhstan (more than 60,000 people) and from Uzbekistan (more than 40,000 people). Other major countries include Turkmenistan, China, Tajikistan, India, Ukraine, Belarus, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova.

Here in Perm there are 15 universities, only 2 of them are private, other all are state-governed and funded. Perm-based higher institutions offer:

  • more than 350 areas of training;
  • more than 200 specialties;
  • 2,000 professions upon graduation.

To mention, Perm State University offers its graduates 549 professions, which speaks for itself.

The number of foreign students is increasing every year. In 2019-2020, according to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Perm krai, 3757 foreign students from 55 countries studied here, locally. The largest number of students came from India – 1,676 students. Perm is also popular among students from Kazakhstan, Egypt, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Morocco, China and Azerbaijan.

Next time we will speak, about the reasons that students from abroad choose Russian universities.

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