Acting Deputy Chairman of Primorsky Krai Government visited JINR

News, 19 July 2022

On 13 July, Acting Deputy Chairman of the Primorsky Krai Government and Minister of Education of Primorsky Krai Elvira Shamonova visited the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Cooperation in the field of education was discussed at the meeting with representatives of the JINR Directorate.

At the meeting at the JINR Directorate, the guest was welcomed by Scientific Leader of the Institute, RAS Academician Victor Matveev, Chief Scientific Secretary Sergey Nedelko, Head of the International Cooperation Department Dmitry Kamanin, Deputy Head of the Department of Science Organisation Activities Alexey Zhemchugov, Deputy Director of JINR University Centre Alexander Verheev. A MLIT Senior Researcher, curator of the JINR Information Centre at the Far Eastern Federal University Oksana Streltsova took part in the meeting as well.

“We believe that our mission is to strive to ensure that science and education develop in Russia, which is the country of JINR location, and in all the JINR Member States. We should exchange experience and would like to contribute to the promotion of science, culture, and education in Vladivostok,” Victor Matveev said in his welcoming speech.

Elvira Shamonova, in her turn, said that a difficult staff situation had developed in Primorsky Krai since universities in the region did not provide training for physics and mathematics teachers, while the average age of school teachers exceeds 50 years. “Today, the most serious universities and scientific organisations of the region are ready to improve the situation,” Elvira Shamonova said. Thus, the Ministry of Education of Primorsky Krai, in agreement with the Far Eastern Federal University, has taken a number of steps to solve the problem of staff shortage. For example, starting from this academic year, it is assumed that students entering the FEFU Master’s degree programme in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology would work in parallel in schools of Vladivostok. Also, FEFU young scientists are ready to work with the tenth classes in physics and mathematics at the Federal University. Practical and laboratory work in biology will take place at the Aquarim.

The parties expressed a common opinion that the solution to the staff problem in education required an advanced training of teachers. The possibilities of organising visits to JINR by teachers and masters from Primorsky Krai, student practices and internships, as well as visits by schoolchildren were discussed. It was proposed to use the experience of cooperation on the basis of the JINR Information Centre in Kamchatka to conduct virtual tours of JINR laboratories and online lectures by scientists of the Institute. The Minister of Education of Primorye proposed to develop cooperation, including one at the new House of Scientific Collaborations of FEFU – a practice-oriented centre for additional education of children for the development of their key competencies.

The parties scheduled the next working meeting for October 2022 in Vladivostok, where the official opening of the JINR Infocentre at FEFU is planned for this period.

In the frames of the visit, the Acting Deputy Chairman of Primorsky Krai visited the exhibition “JINR Basic Facilities” in the Cultural Centre “Mir”, the NICA complex, the factory of superconducting magnets in VBLHEP, as well as the DC-280 cyclotron in FLNR.