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TASS Launches Russian Scientists Newsfeed

Alexander Povalko, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia

A new project by Russian news agency TASS, the launch of the Russian Scientists Newsfeed will create the infrastructure to distribute Russian science news abroad. The servce, which was debuted on February 8th on Russian Science Day, is a project started by MIPT (the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology), NRI HSE (the National Research Institute Higher School of Economics) and Skoltech (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) in collaboration with the Russian news agency, TASS.

At the launch, Russian and foreign journalists took part in a round table discussion coinciding with Russian Science Day. They were joined by representatives from universities, the scientific community and government officials in the field of science and technology. Alexander Povalko, Russia's Deputy Minister for Education and Science, was joined by Rector of MIPT Nikolai Kudryavstev, the Director of the Kharkevich Institute (Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences) academic Alexander Kuleshov, the first Vice-Rector of NRI HSE Leonid Gokhberg and the Vice-Rector of MIPT for scientific work, Tagir Aushev.Minister Povalko had this to say in front of reporters with regard to Russia leading in science:

"We must make universities and the Russian scientific community speak out about their achievements, shaping a positive image of Russian science not only here, but also abroad.”

With the vision to project Russian science news of new discovers to world media, the new TASS plaform aims to vigorously promote the Russian sciece agenda. Just last month Povalko helped launch Russia’s Project 5-100 international study portal. That project helps international students withcourse search function, and details on some 2,800 undergraduate and graduate courses, and a step-by-step infographic guide to applying to a Russian university. Furthermore, the launch of a website via the initiative helps the government’s strategy to internationalise Russia’s universities, following the launch and expansion in recent years of Project 5-100, which aims to boost international intake and see five institutions in the top 100 universities worldwide.

Clearly, the recent initiatives are aimed at not only disseminating Russian scientific discovery. The goals of the various programs are aimed at accentuating and building a wider innovation base within Russia as well.