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TSU is a co-organizer of an academic alliance with Spain
Eight Spanish and Russian universities have announced the creation of an academic alliance that will develop collaboration and strengthen cultural and, in particular, scientific and educational ties between the two countries. Four universities became initiators from the Russian side: TSU, MISIS, RANEPA, and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy. From the Spanish side, the alliance includes the University Carlos III of Madrid, University of Oviedo, University of Valencia, and Rovira i Virgili University.   The signing of documents between universities is planned in April. The number of participants is expected to grow because other universities are showing interest in the project. The authors of the initiative hope that over time the alliance will become a platform for conducting civil dialogue between Russia and Spain in various areas. The meeting of the participating universities was held in Moscow under the auspices of the Embassy of Spain in Moscow.   - So far there are no students from Spain at TSU, but already more than 20 students are from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. And actually, students from Spain can be interested in studying with us, just as now Italian students are. The alliance collaboration will develop not only in humanities and language but also in technical sciences, where Spain is very heavily invested. We are interested in mutual collaboration, - comments Artyom Rykun, TSU Vice-Rector for International Affairs.   He added that there are plans to exchange students in those disciplines that are of interest to all parties, summer and winter schools, and further, scientific interaction or joint programs.   Over the past 10 years, TSU has concluded collaboration agreements in science and education with five Spanish universities: Cordoba, the Balearic Islands, Murcia, Santiago de Compostela, and Granada. In addition, joint projects in botany are developing with the University of Zaragoza, and in physics we collaborate with the University of the Basque Country. TSU also works together with the Russian-Catalan Cultural Center “Commonwealth” in Barcelona.   - We hope for qualitative development in collaboration with the University of Valencia, one of the strongest in Spain, and the University Carlos III of Madrid, because this is one of the most dynamically developing universities in the country. For some types of the Erasmus program, they are leaders in Europe, they have a very large number of international students, and most importantly, more than 60% of the programs they teach are in English, which is unusual for Spanish schools, - said Artyom Rykun.
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Nano-sized diamond will improve materials for maritime transport
An experiment on the introduction of nanoscale diamond into an aluminum melt using ultrasonic treatment at the Brunel University (London, United Kingdom) has been completed. The result will be used to create new materials, mainly for maritime transport. The experiment was conducted at the Brunel Center for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) under the guidance of Dmitry Eskin, Professor at TSU and Brunel University London.   No one had previously synthesized alloys with nanodiamonds; for this, larger particles or graphite were taken. Scientists at TSU view diamond as a promising material for the production of hardened alloys, although other nanoparticles are also used.   The resulting materials can be used in the aircraft, automotive, and space industries for the manufacture of shells, interior decoration, and other elements not related to the actuators (engines, gearboxes). They will reduce the weight and improve vehicle safety parameters.   - The experiment on the introduction and distribution of nanoparticles in aluminum alloy was carried out in order to understand how to increase the mechanical characteristics of the alloy during technological processing (ductility, weldability, and others) and operation (corrosion resistance), while maintaining the quality, - says Nikolai Kakhidze, a Master’s student at the Faculty of Physics and Engineering, who just has returned from internship at the Brunel University. - For the introduction of nanoparticles into the aluminum alloy, we used special ligatures with nanoscale diamond, which were obtained by the original method of shock-wave compaction patented by TSU (RF Patent No. 2654225).   Nanoscale diamond is a powder of diamonds, with a particle size of several nanometers. Master alloys are auxiliary alloys used to introduce other elements into the liquid metal. In this experiment, they are rods that will later be quite convenient and technologically advanced for use in production.     The experiment showed that the resulting alloy is of high quality, without pores and defects. Thus, the parameters chosen by scientists made it possible to introduce nanoparticles into the alloy without degrading the quality of the starting material; this will further contribute to a significant increase in mechanical properties.   The production of new light alloys based on aluminum with enhanced characteristics is an urgent task for materials science. The introduction of even a small amount of nanoparticles (less than 1%) can lead to a significant increase in the physical and mechanical properties of inexpensive aluminum alloys. Such compounds will have a lower cost compared to the analogs currently used, where the expensive scandium is used for ligatures.   The study was conducted in the TSU High-Energy and Special Materials Research Laboratory as a part of the project related to the production of materials for marine shipbuilding.   BCAST is a division of the Brunel University London. It is engaged in innovative research in crystallization control technology, the development of methods for processing liquid metal. They also conduct their own applied research with individual industrial partners.
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A TSU graduate presented a book translated from Maltese into Russian
A TSU graduate, Yana Psayla, has presented her translation of the book of the Maltese writer Trevor Zahra at the San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta. Jana is the first translator of works of art from the national language of Malta into Russian. The event was attended by by Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of the Republic of Malta.   The story “Challenges” tells about the adventures of the company of teenagers during the summer holidays: they throw each other challenges, which take a dangerous turn. The book was awarded the National Literary Prize of Malta in 2005 in the category “The best book for young people”, the Russian translation has appeared on the Russian book market in the fall of 2018.   - The translation of the story was easy because, with the help of certain translation solutions, impressive equivalents of phraseological units, expressing a similar idea through images typical of the language picture of the Russian reader’s world, were always found - said Yana Psayla. - The quality of translation depends primarily on the degree of the bicultural status of the translator, which consists in a good knowledge of not only the language but also the mentality of both nations in order to adequately interpret the realities of the original in the translated text. But despite all the remoteness of the linguocultural milieu of Malta and Russia, there were complete equivalents of speech, which indicates a certain commonality of the phraseological foundation of both languages at the junction of universal concepts common to all mankind.   The presentation of the story was organized under the auspices of the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. She attended the presentation, and after she reported on the past event on her Facebook page.     Also present at the presentation were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in the Republic of Malta, Vladimir Malygin, ex-President of Malta, Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and Andrey Muraviev, Counsellor, Director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture. The event was held with the organizational support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Malta and the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Valletta.   Yana Psayla is the author of the first Russian-Maltese and Maltese-Russian phrasebooks in the world and the first translation of the Maltese novel into Russian; this is Trevor Zahra’s novel “The Secret Life of Grandma Genoveffa”. In addition, a TSU graduate has published her own collection of poems in the Maltese language and translated several works by Vladimir Vysotsky. Her books are included in the Library of the President of Malta.
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Scientists from Russia, Poland, and France will study Siberia
The new international research and educational center (REC) Institute of Archeology, Ethnography, and Physical Anthropology has opened at TSU. Scientists from Russia, Poland, and France will explore the peoples and cultures of Siberia from the Stone Age to modern times.   TSU Professor Maria Chernaya is the director of the REC, and the chairman of the board is Vyacheslav Molodin, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The REC includes the Department of Archeology and Historical Local History, the Laboratory of Archaeological and Ethnographic Research in Western Siberia, the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of Siberia, and the anthropology office.   - The REC integrates the divisions of the university with an archeological, ethnographic, and anthropological profile into a single interdisciplinary structure to consolidate resources and efforts to study peoples and cultures and historical processes in Siberia from ancient to modern times,- said Maria Chernaya. - It will serve to strengthen and develop strategic partnerships with academic science and international research centers.   One of the main tasks of the center in education is the expansion of enrollment in graduate school in archeology, including by attracting graduates from other scientific centers of Siberia. This will help TSU become the main platform for the training of qualified personnel for the entire region.   Another project will be creating a virtual museum of Siberian ancient history, which will give the opportunity to become familiar with unique funds whose collection began more than 140 years ago. The virtual museum will make it possible to see objects in three dimensions, read their descriptions, and learn the history of the find.   In addition, under a grant of the Russian Science Foundation, scientists will describe the processes of ethnocultural and biological adaptation of the Russian population of Siberia in the 17th -19th centuries. And in 2020, REC staff is planning to hold an international West Siberian archaeological and ethnographic conference.   The organization of the new REC Institute of Archeology, Ethnography and Physical Anthropology will strengthen the position of Tomsk science in the study of the history of Siberia and will contribute to the growth of the authority and influence of Tomsk State University in the Russian and international space.
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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.  
07.11.2018 Read More
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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