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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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One click to open all doors
A Master's degree in Russia? Sign me up! Students from all over the globe can now study for free on a Master’s program at one of Russia and the world’s top universities thanks to Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project that has just been launched in Russia.   Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project is Russia’s first international competition for prospective Master's students. The competition is held with the support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency; the Association “Global Universities”acts as the organizer. The project is the first to give students from all over the world a unique opportunity to enroll in a Master’s program in Russia without entrance exams and using a single-window system: entrants can choose any one of more than 500 universities in 80 Russian cities, from Kaliningrad to Siberia and the Far East. That includes universities listed in top international rankings, such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, as well as 21 leading universities participating in Project 5-100 – a Russian academic excellence initiative aimed at strengthening the position of the Russian education on the global market. Winners of the competition will enjoy early admission and tuition-free education in a university of their liking.International Competition ‘Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project’   Tomsk State University welcomes the participants of the international competition Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project!   TSU is organizer of Biology, Psychology, and Philology and Linguistic subject areas.   WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?   International students, stateless persons, and Russian citizens living abroad, who already have a Bachelor’s degree or those who are completing a Bachelor’s program in 2018 can take part.   COMPETITION STRUCTURE   Qualifying round (December 1, 2017 – February 16, 2018) - portfolio contest   Registration opens on November 15th! Portfolios can be uploaded starting on December 1.   Final round (March 5 - 15, 2018) - online test   Both rounds are held online.   AWARD WINNERS   Participants who have successfully passed the two rounds and whose overall score puts them in the top 25% shall be deemed ‘Award Winners’.   LANGUAGES   Russian and English    
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Representatives from 18 EU countries visited the Jean Monnet Center
EU Ambassador Markus Ederer and embassy representatives of 18 EU countries met with scientists from the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence/Center for European Studies TSU - one of the first centers for European studies established in Russia. In addition, delegation members answered questions from Tomsk State University students.   At the meeting, which took place in the conference room of the Research Library, Markus Ederer, the European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation, noted the activity of Tomsk State University in European studies. TSU is one of the Russian leaders in the number of Erasmus grants - the EU program aimed at supporting collaboration in education, vocational training, youth, and sports.     TSU was one of the first universities in Russia to receive a grant to create a Centre of Excellence named after one of the founders of the EU, Jean Monnet. Centre researchers are engaged in studying the experience of the European Union in youth policy and democratic processes to strengthen civil society in Russia at the regional and local levels. Special attention is paid to the situation of young people in Europe and Russia, in order to assess its role in society from the economic, political, social, and cultural points of view.   - We created the center when relations with the European Union were very complicated, however, we actively applied for EU grants and won them. Five projects on various aspects of EU research have already been completed. And for us this meeting is a huge recognition: both as a university that does important and necessary work, and as a separate center on the part of the European partners, - says Professor Larisa Deriglazova, Director of the Centre.   At the meeting, students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and the Faculty of Historical and Political Science had the opportunity to ask questions to the ambassadors of the EU countries. Despite the limited time, the students were able to learn about educational opportunities in the EU countries and about the priority areas of research.   - It was nice that Markus Ederer noted the public activity of our university, because he and researchers from TSU often come in contact with each other at various meetings. In addition, TSU is the country's most active university in the Erasmus program, - Eduard Galazhinsky, TSU’s Rector, summed up the results after the meeting. - We discussed with the ambassador that the next step would be to invite individual ambassadors for more meaningful visits so that they can get to know the university more seriously, meet with the region, bring delegations. As it was with the ambassador from the Netherlands: the delegation that came with him has more than 30 people, including representatives of companies and researchers.   The Rector added that this visit is an important event for strengthening relations between the EU countries and Russia. In addition, this is a unique opportunity for TSU students to communicate with people “who make world politics today”.  
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TSU physicists work in the area for which the Nobel Prize was given
The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for research in laser physics. The winners were Arthur Ashkin (USA) “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”, which allows the movement of individual molecules using laser radiation, and Gérard Mourou (France) and Donna Strickland (Canada) “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses”.   Currently, many teams are conducting research in laser physics. Such work is carried out at three TSU faculties: Faculty of Physics, Faculty of Radiophysics, and the Siberian Physical Technical Institute (SPhTI).   - At the Faculty of Physics, staff and students of the Department of Plasma Physics are involved in this work. At the Institute of High-Current Electronics of the SB RAS, they are engaged in the development of high-power pulsed gas lasers, - said Sergey Filimonov, dean of the Faculty of Physics. Employees of the Department of Optics and Spectroscopy are working in the same area. Together with the StrAU Institute of Biomedicine, they research the use of lasers for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.   Yuriy Kistenev, director of the Institute of Biomedicine, is confident that the development of optical tweezers that was awarded the Nobel Prize will allow scientists worldwide to use noncontact methods for manipulating micro-objects and make new discoveries.   - What are optical tweezers? The laser is focused, a non-uniform field is created, and a small particle is placed into it. The particle is held there, and then with it you can make various manipulations. This is a breakthrough technology that will open new horizons for science. It allows you to work in a contactless manner with microscopic objects using laser light, commented Yuriy Kistenev.   For more than a quarter of a century, the former dean of the Faculty of Innovative Technologies, Anatoly Soldatov, has been developing laser technologies at TSU. Under his supervision, laser systems for strontium vapor, which have no analogs in the world, were created. In particular, the device for cutting bones and other biological tissues was invented.   At the Faculty of Radiophysics, laser technologies are used in the study of digital holography, laser sensing, and femtosecond laser optics. At the SPhTI, the Laboratory of Organic Electronics deals with laser problems.  
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TSU campus tour by Turah Parthayana
Turah Parthayana, a Youtube blogger from Indonesia and a student of Institute of Economics and Management of Tomsk State University (IEM TSU) made a campus tour in which he told about the sights of the University:   https://www.youtube.com/embed/JL134TYumlE
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Geographers are designing a model for forecasting natural disasters
TSU researchers from the Faculty of Geology and Geography with colleagues from Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU) are working on a new tool for forecasting natural hazards caused by climate factors. The software product will allow predicting such phenomena as landslides, destruction of river banks and flooding of residential areas. The obtained results can be used to carry out planned preventive activities and undertake emergency actions.   – Russia and Japan have common problems due to natural phenomena: landslides and destruction of river shores, – said Associate Professor Vadim Khromykh. – In Japan the main factors are earthquakes and torrential rains in the mountains, which threaten cities and cause loss of life. In Russia bank caving and landslides bring on collapse of dozens of buildings. For example, in the city of Kolpashevo the river banks have moved dozens of meters inland concaved by the river Ob.     As the basis of the model for predicting natural disasters, researchers plan to use GIS technologies which are actively developed by TSU Faculty of Geology and Geography. GIS technologies will be combined with the Japanese pattern “Decision Tree” developed for forecasting landslides. At the same time, analysis is carried out on the basis of the digital terrain model - parameters that influence the landslides are calculated for each model cell: average slope angle, elevation and so on. Also features of the soil are added. Then the algorithm "Decision Tree" is applied: the system, using the entered parameters, calculates the probability of the landslide development in a particular cell of the model.   – That’s a kind of a neural network system, – said Associate Professor Vadim Khromykh. – Capacity of this system is constantly increasing as data is accumulated. We plan to use this product together with our GeoPortal, which was developed for Tomsk region administration. The GeoPortal is used by regional emergency services to control emergencies in high-risk periods, for example, during spring high water. Application of two digital products will expand their capabilities due to a synergistic effect.      As Vadim Khromykh noted, the researchers expect financial support from a Japanese source. Recently, a group of Russian and Japanese researchers submitted joint applications for two grants. One of them is a part of a large e-ASIA project which aim is development and support international joint research projects in the East Asian region. The third partner of this application is Indonesia which also has to deal with the problem of landslides entailed human and economic losses.   The author of the Japanese version of “Decision Tree”, the researcher from Tokyo Metropolitan University Assistant Professor Daichi Nakayama has recently visited TSU as a member of a representative delegation, who arrived at TMU-TSU Joint Symposium. The Japanese colleague spent about a month at TSU: he took part in joint field studies at TSU premises for student geographical practical work in Khakassia (Malaya Siya village), run a two-day workshop for students and lecturers of TSU Department of Geography, during which he demonstrated advantages of new technologies. Japanese partners plan to use the new digital tool for predicting landslides in the Japanese Alps, meanwhile the TSU researchers are going to apply it mainly for forecasting dangerous situations in residential areas located along the Siberian rivers Tom and Ob.
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Russia and China: find the difference
Zhang Yaliang is a student from Baoding, China who has just has finished the preparatory Russian course at TSU. He can be found on evenings cooking with his friends and they toss words between them. Zhang  has already acquired a Bachelor’s degree and is on his way to obtaining a Master’s here at TSU.    How long have you been in Russia?   -For eight months.   Why did you choose to come to Russia?   -Because I wanted to learn Russian well. As you know, there are many people in China and many students. Although there are many universities for students to attend, only a few to get into a good university. I attended a not so good university, the conditions weren't good. But the conditions here are good. Also, I have friends who studied here at TSU that's why I came here.   Where did you beginning learning Russian?   -I began learning Russian in China but It was very bad. When I was there I didn't want to study Russian. I just didn't want to. I just wanted to play with friends, and that was all.   Tell me about the Russian classes.   -It was difficult sometimes, but overall it was fine.   Do you speak with your Chinese friends in Russian?   -Of course not. [laughing] But almost every day I speak with a Russian friend.   Do you feel satisfied with your level of Russian now?   -Now, it's fine. I can almost speak with people. But sometimes it's difficult to understand and difficult to say what I want to say.   Are you more confident in your ability than when you arrived?   -Yes. Eight months is a long time but my Russian is not so good. If I tried harder to study it would have been than now.   Why didn't you try harder?   -It doesn't mean that I didn't try hard, just that if there was the possibility for me to try even harder then it would be good. Not bad. In all of the sections, the result was fine. But I think it was a bit easy. Here, in the Pre-university Preparatory Faculty, the classes are fine. I have a friend who studied in the Philology Faculty and it was difficult.   What are your plans after completing your Master’s?   -I’ll be here for two years more. Perhaps I'll work in Tomsk as a translator. There are many Chinese factories in Tomsk.   What are some of the things which you’ve found to be different from China?   -The buildings, the people, the culture.   How so?   -For example, we usually fry, you need a long time a long time to cook. Russians prepare quick and easy meals. Also, I lived in the south of China, the air is very bad there. The first time I came here I was surprised, the air is very fresh air.
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The first defense of a PhD TSU dissertation was held
On August 27, the first defense of a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy TSU (PhD TSU) in the historical sciences took place at the University. The candidate was Supreet Singh Sethi, a graduate of the Faculty of History and a young scientist from India. He presented a work on the specifics of US–India relations. Members of the council recognized it as worthy and voted to award the degree.   Supreet Singh Sethi became the first graduate student at TSU to whom the Academic Council of the University will award a PhD TSU with a university degree diploma. He defended his dissertation on general history on the topic “The Significance of India in the US Pivot to Asia (2011–2017)”. He analyzed the importance of India for US policy in the Afghanistan–Pakistan and Asia–Pacific regions.   Since 2014, 7 postgraduate programs in English have been implemented at TSU. These are PhD programs where postgraduate students from Bulgaria, Holland, Pakistan, India, Algeria, and China also study. It was at their request that the decision of the TSU Academic Council in 2016 formed and introduced its own system of awarding the degree of PhD TSU.   - Very high requirements are set for the defense of a PhD thesis at TSU. For example, the main scientific results should be published in peer-reviewed scientific publications included in the international citations Scopus or Web of Science - at least 3 publications. In addition, the members of the council should have scientific papers on the topic of the dissertation listed in Scopus or Web of Science, - said Tatyana Kasatkina, head of the Department of Postgraduate Study at TSU. - Today we saw a worthy level of preparation for both the dissertation and in his scientific and qualification work.   Specialists and experts on the topic of the dissertation from TSU and leading Russian universities were included in the temporary board that was formed for the defense of the dissertation. The chairman was Vasily Zinoviev, Professor at the Faculty of Historical and Political Sciences of TSU.   - This is TSU’s next step in our gradual entry into the international education system. It means that we can not only prepare Bachelors and Masters among international students, but also postgraduates who can both defend candidate dissertations by our standards and do work in the Anglo-Saxon system of education, in this case - a doctor of philosophy, - said Vasily Zinoviev. - It is useful for us that we were able to familiarize ourselves with the views of the representative of another country on the relationship of different countries. Also for us this is the first experience of such a defense, but there was no doubt that the work is worthy and of a sufficiently high level and that the specialist knows his business.   By the end of 2018, two more PhD dissertations (in sociology and in the chemical sciences) are planned to be defended at TSU.   The PhD TSU degree was approved at TSU in 2016. Those who have completed postgraduate studies at TSU in PhD programs or have already defended their candidate’s or doctoral dissertation at TSU can apply for it.   Those wishing to apply for a PhD TSU degree should contact the postgraduate department.  
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