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Experts from Russia and China will evaluate journalism education
Experts from Russia and China will evaluate the educational program of the Higher School of Journalism –Journalism and the New Media. This is the first Russian educational program for journalists to be accredited by international experts. The commission is headed by Liu Chan, from China.   - Today China is one of the leading countries in media education, and at the same time it is a huge market for applicants, many of whom are interested in Russia. Chinese accreditation will be additional evidence that there are people in Russia who can offer a suitable education in journalism, - explained Ilya Myasnikov, dean of the Faculty of Journalism at TSU.   For three days, experts from the National Center for Professional and Public Accreditation (Russia) will work at TSU with specialists from the Higher Education Evaluation Center of the Ministry of Education, P. R. China. The chairman of the commission is Professor Liu Chan, Director of the European Center for Media Studies, Advisor for International Relations at the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China.   International experts will evaluate the quality of the Journalism and New Media program, in which students study the theory of journalism, the psychological and legal foundations of media activities, and editorial management. They learn to search, analyze, and visualize information and master digital skills. The program's partner is the TASS news agency, whose journalists conduct seminars and master classes for TSU students.   - We are united by one goal: we want the program to be competitive, to meet all the requirements of the Chinese and Russian sides, and to be very informative,- said Viktor Dyomin, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs. - We will do everything to provide the necessary materials. Our experts will help you get the most useful and objective information about the program.   Experts from Russia and China will meet with teachers, students, graduates, and practicing journalists; will hold an informational seminar on the export of education; and will visit a television studio, a photo lab, and the printing house of the Higher School of Journalism.   Currently, five TSU educational programs are internationally accredited: International Relations, Finance and Credit, Psychology, Philosophy, and Management. The development of an external independent assessment system is aimed at improving the quality of education and competitiveness of TSU educational programs, taking into account the interests and needs of students and employers. Obtaining a quality mark from leading accreditation agencies guarantees recognition of the quality of education worldwide.  
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Cream with xenon, created in Tomsk, conquers the international market
Scientists at the TSU Laboratory for Biochemistry of Transport Systems have developed a transdermal method for delivering biologically active substances into the body using xenon, an inert gas. The technology is applied to producing creams, in conjunction with the nanocenter Sygma (Tomsk). Now, one of the first products developed by TSU biochemists, a cream with a whitening effect, has successfully entered the market in Southeast Asia: it is sold in Malaysia and Vietnam, where light skin is considered the standard of beauty.   - Xenon is an inert safe gas that has unique physicochemical properties,-  says Alexander Verkhovskiy, head of the TSU Laboratory for Biochemistry of Transport Systems, director of the small innovative enterprise NONEKS. - It is not toxic, is not subject to biotransformation in the body, and is devoid of side effects. We managed to develop a technology of xenon saturation of liquids, which allows us to use it as an enhancer for delivering biologically active and medicinal substances into the body, thereby improving the properties of ointments, creams, and gels.   The first product using the technology of TSU biochemists was the cream with a whitening effect. A company from the UK, the Eurasia Consortium Ltd (Oxford), helps promote it. A product called “Snowdrop” is already sold in Malaysia and Vietnam, Brazil, and the UK. China, Japan, and Indonesia are also considered as possible markets. In all these countries, the cult of fair skin is widespread, as it is considered a symbol of health, beauty, and high status.   For the Russian market, scientists have developed several special recipes that, depending on the composition, provide the cream with a moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, or rejuvenating effect.   The TSU Department of Innovations in Science and Technology is in talks with several large companies that have shown interest in the line of xenon cosmetics.   Now biochemists are finalizing a new recipe that includes natural components isolated from Siberian wild plants, cedar oil, and fir extract, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.   Along with this, the laboratory staff is continuing fundamental research on the properties of xenon. The future results might be used to manufacture a patch in which xenon acts as an enhancer for transdermal delivery and enhancer of the action of drugs to patients with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and other cognitive disorders.    
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TSU is the best non-capital university in the Materials Science
Tomsk State University has risen by 129 positions in the U.S. News & World Report - Best Global Universities Ranking. In the subject area Materials Science TSU took the 285th place among the universities of the world and the 3rd among Russian universities, passing ahead only MSU and National University of Science and Technology MISiS.   A distinctive feature of this ranking, which has been published for more than 30 years, are strict criteria for the selection of participating universities. The focus of the ranking is on research and academic reputation of universities.   In the overall ranking, TSU is ranked the 6th out of 14 Russian universities in the Best Global Universities and the 572nd among the universities in the world. In total, the ranking includes 1,250 universities from 75 countries. TPU, the second Tomsk university which enters the ranking, takes the 919th position.   Also, TSU entered the three subject areas of the ranking. The best result is in Materials Science, here the University took the 285th place. In Physics TSU is the 255th among the world's universities and the 7th among Russian. In Chemistry, TSU ranked the 407th in the world and the 4th among Russian universities, passing ahead only MSU, NSU, and Saint Petersburg State University.   Best Global Universities Ranking is based on 13 indicators, including Publications, Total citations, and Global and Regional research reputation. Data for the calculation of indicators are taken from InCites - an online tool for assessing and comparing scientific organizations and research based on scientometric information in the Web of Science database.   Best Global Universities Ranking has been issued for more than 30 years for American universities, in the international format, it is published for the fifth time. To be ranked among universities, a university must either enter the top 250 according to the Clarivate Analytics global reputation survey or have at least 1,500 publications in the Web of Science Core Collection for the period 2012-2016.
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TSU confirmed its high positions in Arts & Humanities of ТНE ranking
TSU has confirmed its high positions in the subject ranking of the British Times Higher Education (THE) edition in Arts and Humanities. Like the last year, Tomsk State University was included in the group 201-250.   It highlights the universities that are leading across art, performing arts, design, languages, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, theology, architecture, and archaeology subjects. Universities are assessed for each of these subjects according to five criteria: Teaching: the learning environment; Research: volume, income, and reputation; Citations: research influence; International outlook: staff, students and research; and Industry income: innovation.   The ranking in addition to TSU includes 4 Russian universities: Moscow State University (the 66th place), Saint Petersburg State University (group 176-200), Kazan Federal University (group 201-250), and the Higher School of Economics (group 201-250).  
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TSU has created a the center for the protection of intellectual rights
 In September, Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Rights, a new research and educational center (REC) of TSU, began its work to train world-class specialists who are able to protect the intellectual property interests of clients. Students will learn how to enforce the legal protection of inventions, and learn the means of individualization and the rules of copyright compliance. TSU is one of the first universities in Russia to implement an educational program in this area.   The REC’s partner is Gazprombank, which is interested in highly qualified specialists in the protection of intellectual property.   - The need for highly qualified lawyers with special competence in intellectual property and copyright protection is great both in the whole country and especially in Siberia, the Urals, and the Far East, - said Azat Antonyan, director of the REC. - Now almost all scientific and educational centers in this area are concentrated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. This does not meet the needs of the social and economic (including innovative) development of the Asian part of Russia and the development of international collaboration.   According to the director, advanced training and professional retraining in this area are of interest to engineers, IT specialists, and scientists.   Courses on intellectual property for bachelor’s and master’s students of the Institute of Law began this semester. Students are learning, among other things, legal regulation in the acquisition and protection of intellectual rights. For example, they will learn about the regulation of trade names and trademarks, copyright, and protection of inventions and other intellectual property.   In 2020, Azat Antonyan said, a Master’s program will open. Similar programs already exist in the Higher School of Economics and the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property (RSAIP). TSU will be the first Russian university beyond the Urals to train such specialists.   Currently, the recruitment for an advanced training program in intellectual property has been announced for practicing lawyers, patenting specialists, scientists, and other people interested in protecting intellectual property.   The strategic objective of the new REC is to become the leading global center for research in intellectual property and intellectual property protection. TSU lawyers are planning to prepare proposals for the improvement of the Russian civil legislation in the protection of intellectual property and copyright, to attract international and international partner companies. In December, TSU will hold a conference with the participation of leading international organizations dealing with these issues, including in the IT and pharmaceuticals areas.    
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U-NOVUS members will develop new services for smart cities
U-NOVUS is the Tomsk forum for new solutions. The opening ceremony was greeted by the Alexey Medvedev, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. On behalf of Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, he recalled that the President of the Russian Federation had set an important task: to make Russia one of the five leading countries in the world implementing research in priority areas of scientific and technological development. To achieve this goal, effective partnership mechanisms of the state, science, and business are needed.   The new format of the fifth Tomsk U-NOVUS forum was presented by its moderator Eduard Galazhinsky, Rector of Tomsk State University (the program operator of the event). He said that the work of the forum will be built in the logic of the triple helix:    - This is a successful interaction between government, science and education, and business. We wanted to consider the challenges and the tasks that today face the regions from these three positions. And we give the start to 12 tracks. I very much hope that today we will be able to give a new movement to the region, and of course Tomsk has no other choice but to become one of the centers of the industrial revolution.   Specialists from large companies, high-tech and innovative business, teams from universities, and research organizations will work together on the challenges of new industries. During the three days of the forum, participants will be able to visit workshops, hackathons, and lectures.   For example, under the U-NOVUS forum, a workshop Digital Solutions for Smart Cities is being held. Its participants are developing the concept of new smart services for implementation in small and medium-sized cities. The task for the workshop was provided by Rusatom Infrastructure Solutions.   The participants of the workshop are faced with the task of developing new services of the Smart City base platform for implementation in small and medium-sized cities. Rusatom Infrastructure Solutions expects to receive the concept of smart services with an indication of the tasks that these products must provide in the cities of Tomsk Region. Participants will also need to evaluate the expected effect of the implementation. Employees of IT companies, the administration of Tomsk, and representatives of universities will work together to solve the problem.  
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The Research Library will have RFID service technology
This academic year, the TSU Research Library will switch to RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification) for serving users. Soon, readers will be able to independently, without library staff, take and return books from the reading rooms using a self-service station, smart shelves, and a book reporter, available around the clock.   - The introduction of RFID technology to the service process is one of the steps towards digital transformation, turning ours into a smart library, - explained Mikhail Shepel, the Research Library director. - Ideally, this technology allows us to achieve completely self-servicing readers. In 2017, we tried it, opening our branch at the Institute of Economics and Management. By December of this year we plan to launch a full cycle of contactless work in the main building of the library.   The system is being introduced in stages: the preparation of reading funds for RFID technology is currently being intensively carried out. Library staff are reviewing the fund, sticking new tags on books, and writing down information about the book (date of issue, title, and anti-theft sign). The library considers the convenient arrangement of equipment. The self-service station is located on the second floor of the new building, in the hall near the subscription desk. Already, you can use its two functions: view your personal account (a list of books issued, charges, and information about a library card) and extend the books issued. In the near future, readers will be able to independently receive books from the reading room fund through a self-service station.   RFID technology helps to save the time of library users and to eliminate queues at a delivery desk. This is especially important considering the fact that on average 1,000 people visit the library per day. At any time, around the clock, the reader will be able to independently return a book without even entering the library, at a place near the entrance. Smart shelves will be additionally installed at the subscription desk and in the Information Center 24/7 for the same purpose. They also work according to the principle “came - placed the books – left the library”: the book put on the shelf is automatically removed from the electronic record of the reader and becomes available to others.   RFID technology is a contactless data exchange technology based on the use of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation. RFID is used to automatically identify and record objects.  
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Experts will calculate prosperity index for a Russian city
Within the framework of the City Prosperity Initiative and the calculation of the City Prosperity Index (CPI) for Tomsk, Tomsk State University jointly with the program UN-Habitat implement a pilot project. Based on statistical data, the university research team will analyze the city productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equality and social inclusion, environmental sustainability, its management, and legislation.   In this project, TSU is represented by Laboratory for Comparative Research in Quality of Life and Research Center for Urban Studies and Regional Development.   -  Tomsk is the first Russian city, which took part in this initiative. By the end of 2018, we are going to calculate CPI and we plan to present the first results at the 3rd Forum of University Cities where we hope to meet representatives of the UN-Habitat program – says Daria Chernikova, deputy head of the Research Center for Urban Studies and Regional Development.   CPI includes six indicators, characterizing quality of life and sustainability of a city’s development, such as: productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equality and social inclusion, environmental sustainability, city management, and legislation. In total, the index takes into account more than 100 variables.   The researchers will work with statistical data, which to be collected with an assistance of the Tomsk city administration, and will conduct a sociological survey among the city citizens. Almost all calculation will be conducted at the university, excepting spatial indicators, characterizing the length and coherence of road network, open public spaces, and the sufficiency of green areas. For global data comparability, these indicators will be calculated by the UN-Habitat using original software.   The work will result in analytical recommendations that can be used for making management decisions and formulating an evidence-based development policy for Tomsk.   -  To ensure the city prosperity we need to use reliable and consistent data to evaluate the effectiveness of certain measures in respect to quality of life, infrastructure management, provision of public goods and during the development of strategies for their sustainable use – underlines Daria Chernikova.    The Cities Prosperity Initiative was launched by the UN-Habitat in 2014. It is based on the use of statistical data on well-being and territory sustainability. Currently, the Cities Prosperity Initiative includes more than 500 cities, it is consistent with the UN-Habitat New Urban Development Program and a urban part of sustainable development goals.
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