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Sechenov Moscow Medical University hosts 16th seminar-conference of Project 5-100

June 7, 2016

On 6 June, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University opened its doors to all interested visitors and participants in in the 16thseminar-conference of Project 5-100. The opening ceremony was well-attended by notables in the field. These included Igor Kagramanian (First Deputy Minister of Healthcare of Russia), Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia), Peter Glybochko (Rector of Sechenov Med), Grigory Andruschak (Director of the Department of Strategy, Analysis and Forecasting of the Ministry of Education and Science) and Mikhail Antonov (Director of Project Office 5-100).

The first seminar was devoted to best practices of Sechenov Med. The keynote presentation was delivered by the Rector, Peter Glybochko, who focused his attention on the concept of a system of continuous medical education operating within the framework of Project 5-100. He called special attention to the program “Medical Class in a Moscow School”, the opening of the Center of Educational Programs “Preuniversary”, and other projects of the university. Glybochko also said that Sechenov Med has initiated the creation of an International Network Education Consortium in order to implement predictive and preventive care as well as personalized medicine in healthcare practices.

The Rector also noted that “one of the key goals of the university’s participation in Project 5-100 is the development of effective partnerships with leaders in various sectors and subject fields”.

Andrei Svistunov (First Vice President), Tatiana Litvinova (Provost for Education), Olga Morozova (Professor of Pathology) and Victoria Madyanova (Deputy Director of the Higher School of Healthcare Management) also participated in the presentation of Sechenov Med’s best practices.

Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science) opened the second plenary session of the seminar. His presentation was devoted to the interim results of Project 5-100 and its future plans. Povalko noted that the university-participants must now focus on a series of breakthrough studies. The Deputy Minister went on to say that “we have 4 years left in the Project during which the universities will have to continue their breakthrough activities. Now we need to revise our attitude to the money provided by the government and concentrate all resources on a number of select priorities. The priorities which you, universities, have chosen yourselves. And these priorities must be adequate in the big picture”.

At the end of his address, the Deputy Minister spoke about the role of Project 5-100 universities in the development of the entire Russian university system. “Project 5-100 was needed not to improve a select group of universities,” he firmly stated. “We have a large system of higher education and even our foreign colleagues agree that as far as HR potential in education is concerned, Russia is looking quite well. We cannot allow ourselves to lower this level. For this, we need new specially-trained people, including people with experience of work in complex research projects abroad. This will be the contribution of Project 5-100 universities into the development of the entire system of education”.

Irina Karelina (Development Director at HSE) spoke on a positive note, expressing how Project 5-100 universities share their best practices and help each other identify and solve common problems. According to Karelina, various working groups have maintained constant contact and met to share experience at 36 different events during the year. “We try to solve problems which hinder our progress in the Project”, Karelina added. She also noted a series of new initiatives of the association. For example, a Vice Rector Club for education was recently launched. In the near future, the website of the association will be revised and relaunched. It will be designed to provide an effective online platform for constructive dialogue.

On the first day of the seminar Sechenov Moscow Medical University and Kazan Federal University signed a partnership agreement. Rectors Peter Glybochko and Ilshat Gafurov have thus started a joint “academic unit”. It is to be both imagined and assumed that many positive results will accrue from this fortuitous meeting of minds.

We would like to remind our readers that this time almost 700 Russian and foreign specialists are taking part in the conference, which will last until 8 June.