The Government of the Russian Federation was instructed to ensure the coordination of events of the Science national project aimed at creating world-class research and educational centres, a network of megascience-class installations, and events as part of the national projects Education, Housing and Urban Environment, and Safe and High-Quality Roads.
The instructions to the Government are related, in particular, to the number of students admitted to budget-funded education programmes and quotas for employer-sponsored higher education programmes; the participation of local government representatives in supervisory councils of federal state institutions of higher learning; various issues of financing higher education programmes, conducting research at federal institutions of higher learning and research organisations funded by the federal and regional budgets.
Also, instructions to the Government concern the involvement of federal state institutions of higher learning in the regions’ socioeconomic development; regular update of the list of the most in-demand, new and promising jobs that require vocational training; reorganisation of federal state institutions of higher learning that have been considered inefficient.
The Government was instructed to ensure the implementation of a pilot project to hold federal level assessment of the quality of higher education programmes, as well as the implementation of a pilot project to develop and introduce a digital system to forecast the needs of Russian regions and major employers in skilled personnel.
Other instructions to the Government deal with expanding the autonomy of higher education institutions and reducing excessive state regulation in education; financing academic mobility of students, researchers and teachers; participation of employers in the modernisation of vocational and higher education institutions’ infrastructure and in practical training of students; providing world-class Russian institutions of higher learning, research organisations, research and educational and research centres with skilled research and teaching staff.
Separate instructions concern enhancing the efficiency of state support provided to students, postgraduates and young researchers.
The Government was also instructed to consider the design and establishment of a fundamentally new promising synchrotron radiation source that will surpass the technical characteristics of foreign analogues that already exist or are under design, as well as a new research and educational nuclear medicine centre, and to determine the sources of financing these undertakings.