UNIVERSITY RECTORS AND TOMSK RESEARCH INSTITUTES SIGNED BIG UNIVERSITY CHARTER
On November 19 there was a meeting of the Tomsk consortium of scientific and educational organizations in the course of which the Rector of the Tomsk State Pedagogical University Andrey Makarenko along with the other rectors of universities, research institutes of Tomsk signed the Charter of the Big University..
The document outlines the basic principles of collaboration. The key points are the joint work and the academic freedom of each partner. Scientific, educational and organizational activities will allow forming the international brand "Big University of Tomsk" and to promote it and Tomsk in general as the first city-university in Russia.
"We consider that the vector set by Tomsk to unite the efforts of scientific institutes and universities is very important: in the modern world, it is necessary to achieve global goals. The actions of the scientific and educational community within the Big University of Tomsk are truly a unique and exemplary example. We see the results of such consolidation — Tomsk universities showed themselves very well in the Priority 2030 project and have already received support from the government (assistance in the construction of an interuniversity campus and other large projects is planned", — said Minister of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov.
According to Governor of the Tomsk Region Sergey Zhvachkin, the date chosen for signing the Charter of the Grand University is symbolic. It was on this day that the outstanding Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, founder of the first university in Russia, was born, and this day has become a professional holiday for teachers of higher education.
The universities plan to work together to create a city-university ecosystem and provide a world-class education in Tomsk. The universities and research institutes of the Big University will implement joint educational programs of all levels - from undergraduate to postgraduate and residency training, as well as interdisciplinary programs in priority areas of training for the country's economy.
"Pedagogical University actively interacts with all Tomsk universities.'Space Lesson',one of the large-scale projects in Russia aimed at popularizing the space sciences and the prestige of domestic cosmonautics among young people, united the efforts of three universities: TPU, TPU, TUSUR, and the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry. Our university is a participant and organizer of postgraduate schools together with TSU, TPU, and SibSMU. In collaboration with SibSMU we carry out activity of federal innovation platform 'Transformation of medical and pharmaceutical education model on the basis of innovative pedagogical approaches', the project 'Pedagogization of medical education' will be launched on the basis of Laboratory of medical and pharmaceutical education. The signing of the Big University Charter will certainly allow for a more effective inclusion of the "pedagogical education" component in programs primarily aimed at international students, when along with engineering and medical specialties, a student will be able to get a pedagogical education. In the future, such education will give him the right to work as a higher school teacher. Pedagogical education, integrated into research, educational and training activities of Tomsk universities will be one of the important factors to strengthen the competitiveness of Tomsk universities in the international arena of education and promote the brand of 'Big Tomsk University', - commented Rector Andrey Makarenko.
The Big University of Tomsk will implement activities to improve the level of comfort and security of infrastructure for study, work, life, and leisure of students, graduate students, and young scientists. One of the largest joint projects not only for Siberia, but also for Russia will be the construction and development of a new campus on the left bank of the Tom River - a unique scientific, educational, and technological innovation platform. The Great University projects will be aimed, among other things, at raising Tomsk's status to the best of the world's cities for higher education.