July 25, 2011

Dmitry Medvedev demanded the intervention of the prosecutor's office in connection with the extortions in point of the sea trade unions in the ports

Dmitry Medvedev demanded the intervention of the prosecutor's office in connection with the extortions in point of the sea trade unions in the ports.

“I think that this is probably totally illegal fees, and if so, then it is cause for intervention of prosecution, in order to slap the brain of everyone who collects the fee, if we are talking about using the authority of union leaders”

In addition, Dmitri Medvedev has asked for assistance Russian trade union of seamen: given the high prestige of the trade union at the international level, and strong contacts with foreign colleagues, he is able to unite all the sea unions to achieve a common goal. The President noted that in 2008 Russia made an attempt to unite the international community in combating terrorism at sea at the summit of the G-20, but did not get adequate support.

In the issue of Russia's preparations for the ratification of ILO Convention "On the Maritime Labour" in 2006 the parties also came to an understanding. Chairman of RTUS suggested bringing Russian laws to conformity with the Convention.

"We first met with the president and managed to convey to him our proposal, said union leaders of RTUS Igor Pavlov. It certainly would be beneficial to union members and trade union movement as a whole. After meeting with us and listening to our opinions, Dmitry Medvedev stressed the authority of independent trade unions. We hope that this is not the last meeting of such kind and in the future our position will be considered". 


May 23, 2011

State Maritime Academy of Makarov began training of specialists of fighting fires on ships

State Maritime Academy (GMA) of Makarov (St. Petersburg) has started training of specialists of fighting fires on ships on the basis of the maritime training center for the very first time, according to the press service of the academy.

Multimedia training course in fire fighting on the expanded programme is intended for use as e-learning, estimation of progress and achievements of the sailors, whose duties include management of fire fighting, according to the International Code of Training and Certification of sailors and Watchkeeping as amended in 2010, this shall enter into force on June 1, 2012.

Multimedia learning module "Fighting fire using advanced programme" is an electronic textbook, which contains the following parts: guidance on fire fighting on ships, the organization and training of firefighters parties, inspection and maintenance of equipment and systems for fire detection and fire suppression, investigation and reporting of cases of fires. Theoretical material contained in the module is accompanied by drawings, diagrams, photos, animations and video clips. For independent verification of knowledge the module includes a testing section.

The course is designed in accordance with copyright terms of reference and will be used in the training center for survival at sea in Marine Center of GMA from June 1, 2011.


May 18, 2011

S. Aristov about establishing a single Transport University On May 17, 2011 the Ministry of Transport held a meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Transport Education. According to the press service of the Ministry of Transport, the key address “On the concept of creation of the Moscow State Transport University” was presented by the Secretary of State - Deputy Transport Minister Sergei Aristov.

"Creating General Transportation State University is, in fact, the beginning of the second phase of reform of the transport education," - said Sergey Aristov. As a pilot project he mentioned the creation of the Moscow State Transport University on the basis of existing transport educational institutions.

According to S. Aristov, the University will consolidate efforts of the best scientific and pedagogical staff and allow avoiding duplication by consolidating departments and faculties of management, legal, economic, socio-economic disciplines, and also creating a single point of methodological guidance.

The Deputy Minister reminded that during the first phase of modernization of the transport system of education network of educational institutions subordinate to federal agencies was reorganized. Formation of the 19 vertically integrated educational complexes of rail, air, sea and river transport, including 83 secondary specialized schools as branches, is completed.


March 31, 2011

Regions must be allowed to form a government order to universities for the necessary specialists

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev considers it to be necessary to allow the regions to form a government order to universities to train specialists they need.

Today during the meeting with the governor of the Chelyabinsk region Michael Yurevich the Head of state drew attention to the fact that the region's leading universities prepare specialists of unclaimed professions. "Of course, this is a common disaster. Still, at some universities that are associated with companies such as Magnitka, students receive career guidance that is the necessary for the plant. They easy flow into the enterprise after their graduation"- said the president.

The Governor noted that, under the Ministry of Education, the regional authorities can form the training of specialists in order only at the secondary level of vocational education and working specialties.

The President stressed that in his opinion, “the regions can not be interfered with in forming the order to universities and colleges for the determined specialties demanded in the region”, but this order, he said, "must be coordinated with the business." As for vocational education institutions, according to the president they must be transferred either to businesses, or to the regional government. Medvedev also underlined that in some regions there are several one-type or similar in the profile educational institutions in the sphere of technical professional education. "They need to be united and become larger, making them more powerful" - he stressed.


February 17, 2011

Putin is against of inviting civil aviation pilots from abroad 

The Prime Minister of the RF Vladimir Putin considers creating the training centers for pilots in Russia to be more efficient, than inviting them from abroad.

Putin made this announcement at the governmental panel, responding to the report of the Vice Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov, who said that the Russian airlines lack the qualified pilots of the wide-body airplanes, because their training lasts 10 years.

“Employ the instructors and teachers, train our pilots and create the training centers”, — the head of the government advised.

“Otherwise, we will substitute the labour market”, — he explained.

“I don’t claim that it is forbidden to do that, but we should not turn this into a rule”, — Putin asserts.

It should be noticed that, for example, in the USA and Germany only the citizens of the countries can become civil aviation pilots. The same rules exist in many other countries.


February 14, 2011

Medvedev: we should provide funding for professional technical colleges, otherwise they will look like in the seventies 

Regional administrations have all the possibilities for creating material and technical base of the educational establishments, as the President of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev announced at the session on Monday.

Governor of the Leningrad region Valeriy Serdyukov suggested working out together with the Ministry of Education the system of primary professional training within the frames of which one could pass from three year education to one year education

“We can’t create a modern material and technical base in professional and technical colleges today”, — Serdyukov said.

In this regard he suggested doing practical training at the enterprises with good modern technological equipment.

“In professional and technical colleges education lasts 2,5-3 years and we don’t get the specialists that we need”, — the governor noticed.

He also suggested introducing preferential tax treatment of the enterprises that will create educational places and “allow doing practical training, which will provide possibility to train specialists this way”.

“I’m not against the fact that the training course may be shortened”, — Medvedev said.

“But I can’t understand why you say that we can’t create material and technical bases for educational establishments.” — Medvedev asserted.

“You should use your possibilities and possibilities of regional budget and entrepreneurs. As we agreed, regions and business should join forces for improvement of secondary professional and technical educational establishments, otherwise they will look like in the seventies when professional and technical colleges just appeared”, — Medvedev underlined.

“We should provide funding for the educational establishments”, — the President announced.


February 9, 2011

New system for drivers training appeared in Saratov 

The pilot project of training of drivers and assistants of engine drivers is an innovative elaboration of the team of the Saratov road technical school. “RZD” administration highly appreciated the importance of the education programme.

40 students started learning the new programme. Over 100 people will complete their training by the end of the year. 272 drivers will get education in 2012.

New programme provide 33 weeks of training. Cutting of the education time is achieved by means of exception from the curriculum of the subjects that are not topical any more. However, new disciplines are introduced and the number of practical training hours increased. Practical training is conducted in the road technical school and work practice is conducted in workshops of locomotive depot and electric locomotives. The course of training is divided into 2 stages and ends in qualification examinations.


February 3, 2011

Several educational large-scale breakthrough projects will be implemented in the Ulianovsk region

Minister of Education of the Ulianpvsk region Yekaterina Uba reported that activity of the ministry in the nearest 10 years will include development of educational innovative technologies, structural modernization of education, transition to continuous education and conducting of effective youth policy.

“Educational system of the region participates in implementation of the range of breakthrough projects, providing personnel training for the clusters of the region, — Yekaterina Uba noticed. — 5 regional resource centers on the basis of educational establishments of primary and secondary professional education were created for the recent three years”. Such centers train specialists in the following spheres: agricultural (mechanical and technological college of the Staraya Kulatka village), machine-building (Ulianovsk professional and pedagogical college), air craft building (Ulianovsk technical college), building (professional college) and medical spheres. Besides, a regional educational and technical center “BOSCH” is created (on the basis of professional college ¹ 2).

Minister said that the project for creation of all necessary conditions for training of specialists for water transport is currently being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Transport of the Ulianovsk region and interested employers (Ulianovsk river port, Kriushensky shipbuilding plant).


January 25, 2011

Crewing companies inspected in the Far East of Russia 

On Tuesday in the Far East the mass check of the companies giving employment to Russian seamen on vessels under foreign flags started.

41 such companies function in the region, though there are illegal firms without license for carrying out such activity. The check of crewing companies giving employment to seamen, is performed within the frames of struggle of marine labour unions of the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region against the “convenient” flags of Cambodia, Mongolia and small island countries having no fleet.

“Slave labour and late payment of the lowest in the world fleet salary takes place on these vessels due to the fault of crewing companies”, — Chairman of the Far Eastern Regional Organization of the Seafarers Union of Russia reported. In case any problems or complicated situations occur on vessels, crewing companies take no responsibility for seamen. For instance, remember the accident with the schooner “Partner” under the flag of Cambodia, the crew of which consisted of 14 Russian seamen. For the present moment the bodies of five seamen are found. The rest of the crew are missing. The crewing company that gave employment to the seamen still remains a mystery.


December 17, 2010

Decisions made at the conference to be fixed in the Resolution “Manpower Policy” are accepted till December 28, 2010

Decisions made at the III All-Russian conference “St. Petersburg — the Sea Capital of RUSSIA. Manpower Policy” held on December 16-17, 2010, will be fixed in the Draft Resolution, including delegates’ initiatives on preparation of specialists for the transport branch.

Organization committee of the conference accepts initiatives for improvement of legislative base in sphere of staffing support of the transport complex of Russia within the frames of following issues:

  • State regulation in sphere of staffing support of transportation modes;
  • Influence of educational reforms on preparation of specialists in transport sphere;
  • Preservation of the system of continuous field professional education;
  • Development of new organizational forms of collaboration of establishments of professional education and employers;
  • Introduction of federal educational standards in specialties of transport sphere;
  • Conditions of educational complex funding;
  • Preparation of specialists in sphere of provision of transportation security;
  • Modernization of material and technical base in educational establishments and etc.

Delegates’ initiatives are available till December 28, 2010.


December 14, 2010

St. Petersburg State University of Means of Communication became the official partner of the III All-Russian conference “Manpower Policy”

On December 17 within the framework of the III All-Russian conference “St. Petersburg — the Sea Capital of RUSSIA. Manpower Policy” the master class “Practice of effective HR-budgeting in transport organizations” under the guidance of the teacher of the Institute of Applied Psychology of the Higher School of Economics, Director General of “AMT Consult” Ms Murashova, took place in St. Petersburg State University of Means of Communication.

St. Petersburg State University of Means of Communication is one of the oldest higher technical educational establishments in Russia. Established in 1809 as an Institute for preparation of engineers in construction and exploitation of highways, bridges, channels and ports and later, railroads, it remained the only higher transport educational establishment of the country during the whole XIX century.


December 13, 2010

Putin hopes for contribution of graduates of the Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University into development of Russian roads 

Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin congratulated the Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University on the 80th anniversary, as press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reported on Monday.

“For the past decades the University became a large educational and scientific center and a leader in preparation of highly qualified specialists of various professions”, — the greetings telegram informs.

Putin noticed that the University may be proud of its professor and teacher team and a lot of generations of graduates that “contributed much into development of national road complex and whole Russian economy”.

“Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University will keep its leading position and its graduates will support its prestige”, — the Prime Minister underlined.

Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University was founded in 1930. The main aim of the University is preparation of highly qualified personnel for automobile transport, road, bridge and airdrome building, production of road construction equipment and automated control systems in the transport branch. The University holds the leading position in engineering and scientific preparation of citizens from foreign countries and performs preparation of specialists for 67 foreign states.


December 6, 2010

Smirnov: the new law will improve professional education 

Chairman of the Board of Directors of specialized secondary educational establishments of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, director of St. Petersburg technical college of management and commerce Viktor Smirnov told about the future of primary professional education after the law “On education” will be adopted.

Viktor, the draft law eliminates primary professional education. This issue aroused discussion and caused concern about the fact that professional technical colleges will be closed.

— This refers to change of terms. The current professional colleges will be included into secondary professional education. Professional technical colleges give basic professional and full secondary education. However, only 30% of study time is determined to training and the rest — to general education subjects. Speaking about high technologies we should notice that the level of specialists’ training should be also improved. We lack scientific research and professionals who could conduct it. If the level of training of working personnel doesn’t satisfy the employers, we should find out the reasons. If we plan to train professionals we should provide time for professional education. The new law aims at improvement of the professional education.

In this case, if professional technical colleges remain, does it mean that only names of educational establishments will change and the quality of personnel training will stay the same?

— Everything will depend on the conditions that the government will create — on funding and support of employers and society. Educational establishments need modern resource base.

Professional technical colleges also give obligatory general secondary education. Besides, if a pupil fails to pass the Unified State Examination, he or she may not receive General Certificate of Education, but will be capable of getting a working profession. Will elimination of primary professional education change the situation?

— No. One may receive secondary professional training after the 9th and 11th forms. Everything will remain, only time of education may differ: for instance, after the 9th form time of education will be longer for one year and a half.


December 2, 2010

Fursenko: a process of decreasing of the number of universities began in Russia 

From January 1 the law, according to which a license of university may be withdrawn, comes into force, as Minister of Education and Science Andrey Fursenko reported.

He claimed that the new law will provide perpetual license for educational establishments but will harden the punishment for breaking the rules of the license. However, decreasing of the number of universities had begun before the new law came into force. For instance, the number of branches of universities gradually decreases. The students are granted the possibility to change for another university.

“As a result we will get more opportunities to receive high-quality education”, — the Minister claimed.

He asserted that about 50 universities in Russia “are the leaders” and will continue functioning. Fursenko believes, that 100-150 universities minimum have good potential in this respect.


November 26, 2010

Venue of the conference “St. Petersburg the Sea Capital of RUSSIA. Manpower Policy” is changed. The event will take place in Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

The conference that will be held on December 16-17, 2010, will take place in Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg.

The participants of the event who have already reserved rooms in Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, will be transferred to the place of the conference for free.

The participants who haven’t reserved rooms yet, may choose any of the above stated hotels.

We hope that change of the venue of the event won’t trouble you!


November 26, 2010

Murmansk region will invest about 7 billion roubles into education in 2011

About 6,914 billion roubles will be allocated for education in the Murmansk region in 2011. Only 6,5 million roubles will be granted for development of education by the federal budget. Such funding is provided by the draft law on the budget of the Murmansk region in 2011, 2012 and 2013, as the regional ministry for economic development reported.

665,6 million roubles will be allocated for development of the initial professional education. About 486 million roubles — for secondary professional education. Over 65,67 million roubles will be invested into professional training, additional and advanced training, 258 million roubles will be allocated for youth policy and health improvement of children and 592 million roubles — for other educational issues.

The above stated expenses are also planned for implementation of regional programmes, such as “Development of priority directions of professional training of the personnel of research and technology sphere” (3 mln roubles), “Building healthy way of life patterns and organizing rest, health improvement and occupation of children and teenagers” (202,3 mln roubles) and etc.


November 25, 2010

Putin: deficit of qualified workers may endanger Russia and EC 

Deficit of working technical specialties may result in closing of a number of enterprises in Russia and EC as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wrote in the article of the German journal «Suddeutsche Zeitung».

“Today less talented young people in the EC countries and Russia want to get technical education. They don’t see prospects in working as engineers or qualified workers. They choose other specialties that demand lower qualification. Thus, design bureaus and engineering companies may leave our continent soon”, — writes Putin.

The article is coincided with participation of the Russian Prime Minister in the IV annual economic forum of top-managers of leading German companies organized by «Suddeutsche Zeitung» on November 25-26.

The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation underlined negative influence of the crisis on science and education: “We should admit that we get behind in a number of directions in education and science.”

Putin underlined that Russia is ready to suggest carrying out research works in Russian universities and scientific centers.

Putin also notices that Russia and EC should support expansion of student, professor and teacher exchange and interaction of young scientists and specialists. “We would like Russian students to study in universities of the EC. In return, we are ready to host young people from the European countries. Academic mobility, mutual practical training and other forms of exchange are extremely important because they contribute to creating the single technological and corporate culture”, — the Prime Minister writes.


November 23, 2010

RZD will allocate 1,5 billion roubles for implementation of projects in sphere of labour, industrial and environmental security

One of the main issues discussed at the research and practice conference “Technosphere and Environmental Security on Transport” organized by OJSC “RZD” and Saint Petersburg State University of Means of Communications, was training of highly qualified specialists in environment and labour protection.

Chief engineer of the Octyabrskaya Railway Vladimir Zinner reported that in 2009 the project for introduction of the system of internal audit in labour protection and industrial security, worked out by specialists of the international company “DuPont” is implemented. The main aim of the project is decrease of the level of occupational traumatism and number of professional diseases.

Implementation of the project allowed to transit from response to employees’ diseases connected with industrial process to the system of assessment, prevention and management of professional risks. Thus, we managed to start reforming of the system of labour protection management.

Besides, an important step of improvement of the system of labour protection management on the road was introduction of distance education and check of knowledge of managers of main professions. Within the frames of implementation of this project knowledge of 160 managers of the road complex in labour protection was checked in the current year. In 2011 about 800 managers will pass distance education on the Octyabrskaya Railway.


November 23, 2010

OJSC “Transneft” will take part in the conference “Manpower Policy”

Director of the Personnel Management Department of OJSC “Transneft” Yelena Shchurova will report at the conference “Manpower Policy” that will be held on December 16-17 in Saint Petersburg within the frames of the “UNITED RUSSIA” Party Project “St. Petersburg — the Sea Capital of Russia”.

Today about 50 thousand km of oil trunk pipelines and 261 oil pumping stations belong to Transneft. Besides, the company transports 93% of Russian oil.

In May 2010 according to the results of “Business and Education” All-Russian Monitoring Programme held by the Russian Rectors’ Union, OJSC “Transneft” became a laureate of the First national rating of business partners of higher educational establishments of the Russian Federation.


November 22, 2010

Training of specialists in certification doesn’t meet modern requirements 

Training of qualified specialists in sphere of conformity assessment is a crucial issue of the field, as Deputy Head of the State Establishment “Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport” Eduard Gunchenko claimed at the Council of the Federal Agency of Railway Transport.

He says that the current situation is escalated by the fact that OJSC “RZD” introduced necessity of correspondence to the international railway standard IRIS and business system ISO 9001 into the procedure of searching for suppliers and partners.

“This demands quite a different level and qualification from the specialists in certification. Training of experts who are involved into the sphere of conformity assessment lacks practice. Courses of training experts in universities don’t teach procedures of conformity assessment and legal basis”, — Mr Gunchenko noticed.

“We continuously meet graduates of universities and advanced training courses who don’t possess practical knowledge that is very important, — the head of the Register believes. — A specialist just graduated from the university can’t deal with conformity assessment. Some of my employees are graduates from the universities whom we had to prepare from the very beginning.”

Mr Gunchenko asserts that one can become an expert in certification only having gained considerable working experience in the industry.

Other crucial issues lie in adoption of standards ISO 9001 and IRIS. While universities teach theoretical course of ISO, specialists in IRIS are not trained at all, as Mr Gunchenko says. This may result in personnel deficit.

Head of the Federal Agency of Railway Transport Gennadiy Petrakov asserts that the issue may be resolved by creating of expertise and test centers of the System of certification on the railway transport on the basis of field universities. Scientific community supported his initiative. National universities are capable of organizing primary training of candidates and their further training, as the Federal Agency of Railway Transport claims. Training of personnel for confirmation of the correspondence to the standards ISO 9001 and IRIS is not an exception. The only difference is that only experienced specialists should deal with this branch. The personnel of “Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport” is ready to support universities in this issue including organization of practical training for students and graduates.


November 15, 2010

In 2011 about 1,5 billion roubles will be allocated for government order for personnel training in the Archangelsk region

The Archangelsk region is the leader in recovery and development of professional and technical education system. In 2011 about 1,5 billion roubles will be allocated for government order for personnel training in the region.

“New government order 2011 is created on the basis of analytical forecast of regional ministry for economic development, special methodology of assessment of human resources and employers. It was made for the purpose of training specialists and workers who will be popular in several years. Strategy for modernization of primary and secondary professional education in the region is being worked out. This strategy will be completed by the end of the year”, — governor of the Archangelsk region Ilya Mikhalchuk said in his interview to the web site of the “UNITED RUSSIA” Party.

Besides, the governor expressed his hope for the fact that Northern Arctic Federal University founded in 2009 will improve the situation with human resources necessary for the Arctic exploration and oil and gas fields exploitation in the northern seas.


November 12, 2010

Fursenko will close and expand weak universities 

Ministry of Education and Science plans to expand a number of universities. The major number of weak universities will be closed and some of them will be joined to stronger ones.

Head of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Andrey Fursenko told that this initiative is being currently discussed with Russian leading universities. Besides, criteria for determining universities giving poor education will be worked out. Among such criteria there is absence of scientific work in universities and unemployment of graduates. The Minister underlined that the department won’t perform large-scale monitoring of universities for revealing drawbacks in their functioning. “Today 1,3 thousand universities and 2 thousand branches are accredited in the Russian Federation,” — he said. Fursenko added that 100 university branches are already closed.


November 11, 2010

Putin: in five years 137 billion roubles will be allocated for development of education in the Russian Federation  

137 billion roubles, 53 billion of which will be allocated from the federal budget, will be invested into implementation of the federal programme for development of education in the Russian Federation in 2011-2015, as the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday at the panel session of the Russian government.

“137 billion roubles will be invested into implementation of the federal programme for development of education, of which 53 billion will be granted by the federal budget and 67 billion — by regional budgets. 17 billion roubles will be attracted from non-budgetary sources”, — Putin said.

The Prime Minister also noticed that within the frames of this programme considerable sums of money will be allocated for support of gifted children and creation of development centers for gifted youth in federal universities and remote schools in research institutes. Besides, modernization of material and technical base of federal universities will continue within the programme.

“Over 300 new professional education programmes in specialties that are popular on the labour market and determine technological prospects of all Russian economy, will be worked out and implemented”, — Putin asserted.

He noticed that it concerns personnel training in sphere of energy efficiency, nuclear technologies and pharmacy.


November 9, 2010

Sobyanin will put an end to Moscow’s liberty in educational issues

Today a new head was introduced to the members of the Department of education of Moscow. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced deputy minister of education of Russia and science of the Russian Federation Isaak Kalin the main teacher of the capital.

Mr Sobyanin fired Olga Larionova who was the head of Moscow education for 3 years. “Moskovskiy komsomolets” reports that Ms Larionova followed the course of relative independence of Moscow in educational issues.

Thus, the capital participated in the national project “Education” in a different way: Moscow was one of the last countries to start the Unified State Examination, the independent subject “Basics of Orthodox culture” didn’t appear in Moscow schools and the new scheme of payment to teachers wasn’t introduced and relatively high wages were preserved.

The magazine believes that the new head of Moscow education, deputy minister of education Isaak Kalin will put an end to Moscow’s liberty in educational issues.


November 8, 2010

Ministry of Education and Science will attract public and business to evaluation of education 

The Federal Target Programme for education development for 2011 — 2015 provides development of institutes of public evaluation of education: attraction of pupils’ parents, professional associations and business structures to this activity, as Head of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Andrey Fursenko reported at the meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“It is extremely important that evaluation of education changed from departmental to public. Speaking about pre-school institutions and schools, the governing board and involvement of parents is of great importance. Speaking about professional education, it is professional associations and employers who should evaluate the quality of education of specialists”, — said the minister.

He also noticed that the five year target programme will be based on successful experience of regional programmes of unified modernization of education.

“The new Federal Target Programme contains the same idea — creation of pre-school educational establishments, schools, personnel retraining centers in sphere of primary and secondary professional education, including grown-ups retraining”, — the minister claimed.

He also said that approximately in one year along with target programmes the Ministry of Education and Science will start preparing state programmes for education development that will cover the whole sphere.


November 3, 2010

Aeroflot stopped exploitation of eight A320 

The “Aeroflot — Russian Airlines” company stopped exploitation of eight planes Airbus 320 because a part of cabin crew were given a leave due to performance of year norm of flight hours, as a representative of the company informed. “Today exploitation of eight planes is stopped. Four planes more may be taken out of operation as well”, — he said.

At the same time, the representative of the company added that if the Ministry of Transport increases the norm of year flight hours for pilots from 800 to 900 hours, lesser number of planes will be taken out of service.

The Board of Directors of Aeroflot endorsed creation of non-state educational establishment “Aeroflot flying school” that will train pilots for the company. The applicants’ selection and training will start in April of 2011.

Besides, the Ministry of Transport of Russia will increase the limit flight hours for air crews with two pilots from 800 to 900 hours a year.


November 2, 2010

Representatives of Russian leading universities gathered at the first conference in the Ural Federal University 

Creation of federal universities and research centers is an important step in reforming the education system, as governor of the Sverdlovsk region Alexander Misharin announced at the plenary session of the I conference of the leading universities of Russia that took place on November 1.

The first session of the rectorial community of Russia was held on the basis of the Ural Federal University. Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Andrey Fursenko, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of Russia in the Ural Federal District Nikolay Vinnichenko and heads of 35 leading universities of the country took part in the conference.

Andrey Fursenko underlined that today higher school structure changes rapidly. The future of higher school depends on universities. “We must, — the minister claimed, — provide true integration of science and economy and make higher school both respond to and create time requirements. Thus, the ministry waits for rectors’ specific proposals”.

Association of the Russian leading universities is ready to take an active part in reformation of Russian education, as heads of the country’s largest universities — rector of the State University — Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov, rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichiy and rector of Bauman Moscow State Technical University Anatoly Aleksandrov announced.


November 1, 2010

Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs will change the Labour code 

New alterations to the project of Labour code made by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs provide possibility of 60 hour working week.

Grounds for execution of a term contract, for instance for graduates without working experience or for workers retiring on pension may be put into legislation. Freelance work may also become legal. The term during which employer must inform about alterations of the labour contract including its termination, may be reduced from two to one month. Besides, employers suggest granting paid leaves for passing examination only to those workers who they delegated for training.

The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia and the Ministry of Health and Social Development don’t comment on alterations but intend to change the Labour code in sphere of reducing “redundant” social guarantees for workers of hazardous industry in exchange for improvement of working conditions. The Ministry of Health and Social Development and the Federal Service for Labour and Employment may also make alterations to the Labour code.


October 25, 2010

Putin allocated 5 billion roubles for development of 5 federal universities 

Prime Minister of the government of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree, according to which 5 billion roubles will be allocated for development of five federal universities, as press service of the government of the Russian Federation reported on October 23.

“Ministry of Education and Science of Russia will receive 5 billion roubles from the federal budget for implementation of programmes for development of federal state autonomous educational establishments of higher professional education”, — press service reports.

The five federal universities are the Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B. Yeltsin, North-Eastern Federal University named after M. Ammosov and Far-Eastern Federal University.


October 21, 2010

Professional standards will help universities of the Russian Federation to prepare specialists 

Formulated professional educational standard will help Russian universities to prepare graduates according to employers’ requirements, as Head of the Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency Lyubov Glebova reported.

“Preparation of industry-specific professional standards in different spheres should be speeded up”, — she noticed.

Ms Glebova asserts that professional standard is a criterion that an employer sets as a requirement to professional education system.

“Without such a criterion employer’s requirements are unclear and educational community can’t meet them correctly”, — she said.


October 18, 2010

Naryan-Mar branch of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University will open for students next year 

The Northern (Arctic) Federal University, established in Arkhangelsk, will open its branch in the capital of the Nenets Autonomous District Naryan-Mar. In 2011 first admission will comprise 500 students.

According to the agreement, the university will organize activity of Naryan-Mar branch of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and provide training of specialists with higher professional education and additional and advanced training of personnel. The agreement also provides training of research and teaching staff in the programmes of postgraduate professional education for establishments and organizations. Besides, within the frames of the strategy “Education through out life” it will become possible to involve various groups of citizens into educational process.

Training of specialists for exploitation of the Stockman gas field is of special importance. Thus, the seminar in personnel training for the Stockman gas field, at which heads of “Gazprom dobycha shelf” LLC and “Shtokman Development AG” company were present and three agreements were signed, already took place in Arkhangelsk.

In the Northern (Arctic) Federal University a center of the Arctic cosmic monitoring is being created. Its data - on valuation of deposits, river overflow and environmental situation — will be available on-line and will contribute to process of making economic decisions. Today the Nenets district is a dynamically developing region, in which a young creative management team functions and possibilities of academic science find application.


October 15, 2010

Arctic Forum opened in Arkhangelsk

Arctic forum “To the Glory of Fleet and Motherland!” opened in Arkhangelsk. It aims at contributing to creation of a system of professional orientation among young people of the Arkhangelsk region and solving staffing and crewing issues in marine sphere of activity and gas and oil producing complex.

One of the main events of the forum will be the round table “Promotion of professional orientation work within the frames of collaboration between employers, educational establishments, public organizations and business enterprises”. Issues concerning health of children and young men will be considered in the course of discussion.

Agreements on collaboration between participants of the forum — enterprises, educational establishments and public organizations will be signed at the forum.

A ceremony of initiation of 192 students of the Arctic Institute named after Voronin into cadets and 150 participants of the subprogramme “Solovetskie yungi” into cabin boys took place at the opening of the forum.

Subprogramme “Solovetskie yungi” is implemented within the frames of the programme “I serve the Motherland!” and “Patriotic upbringing of citizens of the Arkhangelsk region”. In 2010 it is implemented under the patronage of the regional government and Ministry of Youth, Sport and Tourism Policy of the Arkhangelsk region with participation of enterprises of marine sphere of activity and educational establishments.


October 8, 2010

Administration of the Primorsky krai suggests learning seafaring in three months 

Citizens of the Primorsky krai received an opportunity to get additional education and a job in a fishery company of the Far East. This opportunity is especially valued by the unemployed.

One can join the groups every month. Professional training is carried out in the following specialties: “seaman”, “ship electrician”, “motorman”, “engineer”, “tallyman”, “fish handler”, “ship electric and gas welder”, “ship turner” and others. The citizens who are registered in the employment center as unemployed get free education.

Duration of training comprises three months. The first month is devoted to academic training on the basis of the Vladivostok Maritime Fishery College and the next two months — to practical training at fishery enterprises. The graduates are employed by fishery companies of the Far East, for instance, by Nakhodka Active Marine Fishery Base.

The college has hostel, refectory, library and gym.

Additional information is available at the department of professional orientation and education of the employment center in Nakhodka.


October 7, 2010

On October 7-8, German and Russian consulting seminar “Technologies and management in logistics. German experience” will take place in Kirov

The topic was chosen with respect to desires of graduates of the Presidential program, because logistics plays a crucial role in the region’s development.

Head of the expert group of the “InWEnt” company Gerhard Persdorf reported that the members of the group participated in creation of a large number of logistics centers world-wide and expressed his confidence that professional tips of German experts will be useful to our specialists and will help them to avoid mistakes. Implementation of the project of the industrial park with transport and logistics center in the town of Kotelnich will be discussed at the seminar. Head of the department of logistics and staff management of the administration of the Government of the Kirov region Alexander Kutergin underlined that some strategies for implementation of this project, for instance funding of the region, including German investments, are already worked out together with the German partners.


September 30, 2010

“Stena” company equipped a lecture hall in the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg

“Stena” company equipped a lecture hall in the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg. The General Manager of Stena in Russia said that this lecture hall allows working on-line and listening to lectures from abroad. Stena plans to continue collaboration with the Makarov Academy and also considers a possibility for opening lecture halls in the Arkhangelsk and Murmansk Branches of the State Maritime Academy. By the present moment Stena has employed 17 graduates from the Academy.

Stena is a Swedish group of companies specializing in international sea transportation and other business spheres.


September 29, 2010

Russian labour market has overcome the crisis 

Average growth of salary in Russia in 2010 exceeds inflation rate by 3,9%, and about 80% of companies plan to increase salary in 2010 by 10% in average, as the authors of “General Industry Survey of Salary and Compensations in Russia in 2010-2011” prepared by the Ernst&Young (E&Y) company conclude.

182 international and Russian companies that provided information on 316 general industry jobs took part in the research.

Partner of the Consultancy Department for Human Resources Management of the E&Y company Zhanna Dobritskaya comments on the survey results: “Stabilization of economic situation has contributed to improvement of the labour market. For instance, we underline the return to pre-crisis tendencies in the sphere of compensations when salary growth exceeded the official level of inflation more than by 2,5-3%. According to the research, the average salary increase in 2010 by 3,9% exceeds the growth of inflation, compensating the fall in real income of workers that was caused by the financial crisis and according to our research, comprised 5,5% in 2009”.

The survey also showed that in spite of softening of economy in the first six months of 2009, the majority of employers paid bonuses according to the results of the year. The planned bonus rate in the current year exceeds the actual figures of 2009 by 3% for workers, specialists and executives and by 10-20% for senior managers.

According to the research, almost half of the interviewed employers intend to increase the number of workers (by 13% in average) and only 10% of the interviewed will reduce the personnel number (by 10% in average). The authors of the survey believe that implementation of these plans will compensate decrease in the number of workers during the crisis, that comprised in average 10% from November 2008 to December 2009.


September 20, 2010

The administration of the Leningrad Region is concerned with the lack of demand for new jobs created for youth 

In 2013 some 20 thousand jobs for youth will appear in the Leningrad Region. This fact notwithstanding, the administration apprehends that these positions won’t be occupied.

This concern was expressed today at the video-conference of the Governor of the Leningrad Region Valeriy Serdyukov and municipal entities of the region. The governor said that the population of the Leningrad region is getting older in average, therefore it is high time to consider the issue of manpower policy.

The head of the region claimed that about 20 thousand new jobs will appear in the Leningrad region by 2013. They will demand “young” highly qualified staff that is lacking in the region. “We will create jobs, but they won’t prove to be effective — these positions won’t be occupied “, — stated Mr Serdyukov. The reason is that there is no higher educational establishments that can provide young people with a quality higher education.

“About 40 universities’ branches function in the Leningrad region. A lot of them are not efficient, they don’t give knowledge and their diplomas are useless”, — explained Mr Serdyukov and continued: “For instance, in Kirishi there is Institute of Aerodynamics, and in Luga — Ss. Cyril and Methodius University. What professions do these educational establishments train?”. “If they give only additional education, then the youth should be informed about it”, — claimed the governor.


September 14, 2010

In Tatarstan graduates from training colleges will receive diplomas of the leading universities

Graduates from a number of establishments of primary and secondary professional education of Tatarstan will get a university diploma. Today Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan Airat Shafigullin presented the new project at the briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Mr Shafigullin said that in Tatarstan in the last three years much attention is paid to promotion of working and engineering professions. The correspondent program implemented in the republic has already proved to be effective.

Nevertheless, Airat Shafigullin is sure that prestige of workman professions should be continuously raised. He has submitted the project of the new target program for promotion of industrial and engineering professions for 2011-2013 for discussion. The draft program is available in the “Plans and programs” section of the website of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Airat Shafigullin considers creating educational clusters on the basis of the largest universities of the republic to be another effective step to promote industrial professions. Their structure will comprise establishments of primary and secondary professional education, thanks to which the multilevel training will be carried out. It is planned that on the basis of the three leading universities — Kazan (the Privolzhskiy District) Federal University, Kazan State Technical University named after A. Tupolev (the former Kazan Aviation Institute) and Kazan State Technological University, training according to the program of primary and secondary vocational education will be carried out. The graduates from these establishments will be awarded university diplomas and will be provided with an opportunity to continue education on the next level.

Airat Shafigullin said that in 2009 200 graduates from the universities underwent retraining on working professions in order to become more demanded on the labour market.

“We don’t plan to make workmen and engineers from every student, — summarized the minister. — We just want to provide all our children with an opportunity for self-realization”.

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