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New Eurasia Foundation newsletter for 2012

  1. 1. NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONIN THIS ISSUE: № 12 S P E NEWSLETTER C I A L I S S U E• NEW EURASIA FOUNDATION PROGRAM NEWS• ANNOUNCEMENTS• CALENDAR OF EVENTS OUTCOMES FOR 2013 20123/9, 3-rd Syromyatnichesky Lane, bldg.1, NEW EURASIA FOUNDATION (FNE) is a Russian nonprofit organization established in Moscow in 2004. The New5th floor, Moscow, 105120, Russia Eurasia Foundation improves the lives of Russian citizens by consolidating the efforts and resources of thePhone: 7 (495) 970-1567  public, private, and nongovernmental sectors and implementing social and economic development programsFax: 7 (495) 970-1568 at the regional and local levels that are based on the most advanced domestic and international expertise and innovative technologies.
  2. 2. PROGRAM NEWS EDUCATION NEW EURASIA FOUNDATION At present the New Eurasia Foundation implements the following education projects: • Enhancing university research and entrepreneurial capacity – “EURECA” • Organizing scientific and education projects’ international expertize • Study-tours, trainings and retraining programs • Community universities: Phase 3 • Community schools in Russia: an outlookIn 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation continued implementing various projectsand programs within the framework of its “Education” activity area, both inRussia and abroad. These projects and programs are focused on the followingprincipal issues: development of technology transfer systems at institutions ofhigher learning, assessment of research and education projects by internationalexperts, development of international activities of Russian institutionsof higher learning and their associations, modernization of primary andsecondary vocational education with participation of employers, developmentof community education practices at the level of regional education systems,engagement of Russian institutions of higher learning in socio-economicdevelopment of local communities, and collaboration between tertiaryeducation, private businesses, and regional governments. 2
  3. 3. PROGRAM NEWS EDUCATION ЭE ЭВРИКА EURECA«EURECA» was initiated ENHANCING UNIVERSITY RESEARCH NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONby the US-Russia Foundationfor Economic Advancementand the Rule of Law (USRF) AND ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACITY –in partnership with the RF Ministryof Education and Science. “EURECA”: INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPIt is implemented in compliancewith the priorities of the National BETWEEN RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN«Education» Project and the pilotproject designed to create UNIVERSITIESnational research universities.The «EURECA» program has beenincluded in the project portfolios Over the course of the pilot phase of the program (2010‑2012) its participantsof the Working Group for Education took part in a great number of networking events; the participating USand the Working Group and Russian universities implemented a series of collaborative pilot projects;for Innovations of the US-Russian there was created a system designed to provide information and advisoryPresidential Commission. support to Russian institutions of higher learning pursuing innovationThe pilot phase of the program development goals; and a number of Russian universities significantly(2010‑2012) has been completed. enhanced their entrepreneurial potential and capacity for commercialization of research and technology transfer. During that period representatives of more than 40 leading Russian universities at­tended more than 20 networking training sessions, seminars, and workshops on the most rel- evant development issues of innovative and entrepreneurial institutions of higher learn-GENERAL OUTCOMES OF THE PILOT ing, methods of strengthening the role of institutions of higher learning in the regional and national innovation economies, and the prospects of integration of Russian institu-PHASE OF THE PROGRAM tions of  higher learning in  the  global innovation community. Some of  those network- • Development of  institutional innovation ing training sessions were hosted by the pilot universities of the program, i.e. Nizhniy ecosystems required for  entrepreneurial Novgorod State University (NNSU) and  St. Petersburg University of  Informa­ion Tech- t universities to emerge. nologies, Mechanics, and Optics (ITMO), and attended by the leading Russian and in- • Development of  the  mechanisms and  po- ternational experts and «EURECA» program participants. They presented the outcomes tential required for  institutions of  higher of  their university research commercialization activities, experimental design and  de- learning to  integrate themselves into re- velopment activities, as well as technological audit activities, including approaches, gional economic development processes. methods, and the place and role of institutions of higher learning in com­ ercialization m • Development of  the  mechanisms of  inte- of research. grating Russian universities to the national and international innovative community. • Development of  new US-Russia relation- ship formats through long-term mutu- ally beneficial cooperation between institu¬tions of  higher learning and  busi- nesses and governments. • Development of  a  new format for  a  large- scale and  systemic international program implemented in  compliance with  the  key national priorities and global economy de- velopment trends. 3
  4. 4. EXAMPLES OF NETWORKING CONFERENCES, FORUMS, In addition to the numerous networking events, the program’s suc-WORKING MEETINGS, AND INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS cessful experience has been made freely accessible to those inter- ested in developing the entrepreneurial potential of Russian institu-CONDUCTED IN THE COURSE OF THE PILOT PHASE tions of higher learning public and disseminated via the designatedOF THE PROGRAM: “EURECA” program website,, the • The conference-seminar “Developing the innovation infrastructure of “EURECA” Program” group created by a group of Russian universi- the leading institutions of higher learning”, organized and held by the ties on Facebook, websites of the pilot universities - http://eureca. New Eurasia Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Educa- and, publication tion and Science of the Russian Federation (December 2010, Moscow); of various materials generated by the pilot projects, success sto- • A visit paid by the top executives of 17 Russian leading universities to ries, analytical and methodological materials, as well as resource the United States of America, in partnership with the Associations of manuals, such as: the leading Russian and US universities, RF Ministry of Education and • EURECA Resource Book “EURECA” Program: a complex university Science, and American Councils for International Education – the US research development system: the case of the St. Petersburg operators of the “EURECA” program (April 2011, USA); University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics • International conference “Global experiences in collaboration between (ITMO) – a pilot university of the program”. universities, private businesses, and regional governments in the field • EURECA Resource Book “EURECA” Program: entrepreneurial of technology transfer”, hosted by MISiS (September 2011, Moscow); university and regional development opportunities: international • International conference “Economy of leadership and innovations: experience and Russian context - experience of the Nizhniy youth engagement formats ” (November 2011, Kazan); Novgorod State University – a pilot university of the program”. • Annual conference on the implementation of outputs of the first year of • EURECA Resource Book “University – region – business: working the pilot phase of the program, “Developing the research and entrepre- together towards integration”. neurship potential of Russian universities: EURECA”, focused, among other things, on developing relationships between universities, au- thorities, businesses, and industrial enterprises (January 2012, Los Angeles). • Working meeting “Education. Innovations. Social capital. University and the innovation ecosystem of the Russian Far East and the Asian- Pacific countries” (January 2012, Vladivostok); • Networking conference “Innovation ecosystem of universities and their role in regional innovation development – lessons and solutions for successful commercialization”, held as part of the VI International Forum “From science to business” (May 2012, St. Pe­ ersburg); t • International conference “We are building our future today: universi- ty – region – business” (November 2012, Moscow); • International forum hosted by the Nizhniy Novgorod State University “Entrepreneurial university – innovative region” (November 2012, Nizhniy Novgorod); etc. 4
  5. 5. E. V. UGRINOVICHTHE EVENTS THAT CONCLUDED THE PILOT PHASE the Director of the Department for International AffairsOF THE US-RUSSIAN “EURECA” PROGRAM DESIGNED of the RF Ministry of Education and ScienceTO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESEARCH “…Over the course of its next phase the program will retain itsAND ENTREPRENEURSHIP POTENTIAL OF RUSSIAN systemic nature and scale to ensure sustainability of results forUNIVERSITIES, WERE HELD ON NOVEMBER the development of education and the sphere of innovations in27 – 29, 2012 IN MOSCOW AND NIZHNIY NOVGOROD. Russia” The international conference “We are building our future today: Univer- sity – Region – Business” took place on November 27, 2012 in Moscow. JOHN BEYRLE The conference was attended by E. V. Ugrinovich, the Director of the US Ambassador, a member of the Board of Directors of the Department for International Affairs of the RF Ministry of Education and US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Science, John Beyrle, the US Ambassador to Russia (2008 – 2011), top Rule of Law executives of the USRF, New Eurasia Foundation, American Councils for International Education, and representatives of some of the leading Rus­ “...“EURECA” is unique in that it helps create new and mutually sian universities. beneficial forms and mechanisms of cooperation between Rus- Representatives of the pilot universities – St. Peters­ urg National Re- b sian and American institutions of higher learning and engage search University for Information Technologies, Mechan­cs, and Optics i regional governments and representatives of the sphere of in- and Nizhniy Novgorod State University named after N. I. Lobachevsky – novations in this cooperation”. presented the mechanisms and structures they had used to design effec- tive models of international cooperation, workforce train­ng, innovative i entrepreneurship, including youth entrepreneurship, and development V. V. NEFYODOV of universities’ sustainable innovation ecosystems for the benefit of inno- the Minister of industry and innovations vation development of the regions and the country upon the whole. They of the Nizhniy Novgorod region also identified their most promis­ ng development avenues. i The Moscow events were followed by the international forum “Entrepre- V. V. Nefyodov noted that the Nizhniy Novgorod region was one neurial university – innovative region” that was held on November 28 – of Russia’s largest innovation centers with a powerful techno- 29, 2012 at the Nizhniy Novgorod State University. The forum enabled its logical potential: “The cooperation with US universities helps participants to identify and discuss entrepreneurial university develop- us grow this potential. The primary objective of our international ment methods, organization of international technology transfer activi- collaboration is to bring together Russian experiences and Amer- ties, and the role of university in the development of an innovative region. ican potential to create products that are able to serve for the The forum was attended by more than 200 participants, including rep- benefit of mankind”. resentatives of some of the leading Russian and American universities, regional governments, businesses, investors, business angels, profes- sional business associations, innovative Russian and US regions, as well as leading experts and researchers. The forum proceedings were organized in the form of panel discus- sions where the outcomes of the pilot projects implemented within the frame­ ork of the “EURECA” program were presented, e.g.: experiences w in co­ peration between NNSU and Purdue University (USA) in promot- o ing in­ ovative entrepreneurship among youth, NNSU and Maryland Uni- n versity (USA) in promoting in­ ovative partnerships with local and global n business,as well as experiences in coop­ ration between ITMO (St. Pe- e tersburg) and University of California in Los Angeles (USA) in designing a business accelerator model. The program of the forum also included an open workshop for students and graduate student, “Entrepreneurship for students and young scientists”, conduct­ d by a group of instructors from e Purdue University (USA). 5
  6. 6. CHANGES BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS • Changes in the status of the pilot institu- tions of higher learning – the “EURECA” program helped enhance the status of the Russian pilot universities and their respec- tive projects. • “EURECA” stimulates internal mobilization of university personnel thereby forming the core of new culture carriers who pro­ otem and engage in innovation activities. The program has helped create an interest- ing, skilled, interdisciplinary, creative, and construc­ tively spirited teams consisting of young and more elderly people. All of them became more capable to set ambi- tious goals and achieve exemplary results in many ac­ivity areas, thanks in no small tOUTCOMES OF THE PILOT PROJECTS part to the “EURECA” program. In the course of the pilot phase of the “EURECA” program (2010 - 2012) two pilot Russian research • Changes in attitudes towards innovations universities – NNSU and ITMO – built effective partnerships with some of the leading US universities within the pilot institutions of higher learn- that enabled them to enhance their capacity in commercialization of research and technology trans- ing — proliferation of the spirit and taste fer, develop and improve their innovation infrastructure in compliance with modern technological for innovations. requirements, and acquire new opportunities for accessing national and global innovation markets. • Changes in motivation for involvement in innovation activities thanks to the emer- As a result of its partnership with Purdue University the Nizhniy Novgorod State University has be- gence of an active young “core”: most par- come a center of innovative entrepreneurship having created the “Education and Entrepreneurship ticipants of the project teams are young, Engagement” system comprised of methodological materials and new training programs for instruc- enthusiastic, and creative specialists. tors and researchers, the Center of Innovative Student Entrepreneurship, a model of competition of • Changes in the nature of collaboration innovative youth projects, “InnoBusiness”, an interfaculty business incubator of innovative student with other institutions of higher learning – projects, and the “InnoForum” web-portal (www.innoforum.ННГУ.ru) for the innovative NNSU student networking and operation as hubs, i.e. community. resource centers for other institutions of higher learning and their partners. As a result of its partnership with University of Maryland the Nizhniy Novgorod State University has created a Center for Innovative Entrepreneurship and initiated an International Innovation Corridor SOCIAL EFFECTS BROUGHT with the view to expand cooperation between the USA and Russia in the field of innovations and com- mercialization of biomedical research. Russian companies are now able to access the international ABOUT BY THE РROGRAM market via the University of Maryland Business Incubator. By creating a similar facility the Nizhniy • “EURECA” stimulates the development of Novgorod State University will help Russian companies access the national market using the best the innovative entrepreneurship culture international experiences in the field. and environment and enables university students to select their future professions The St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics (ITMO, RF) and develop entrepreneurial skills. It is an- and University of California in Los Angeles (USA) have engaged in their cooperation the Association other opportunity for active and enterpris- of University Technology Managers (АUTM, USA), Massachusetts Export Center (USA), Russia Innova- ing individuals to find themselves within tion Collaborative (Cambridge, USA), National Business Incubation Association (NBIA, USA), National the walls of their alma-mater. Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2, USA), thereby forming a comprehensive university • “EURECA” stimulates internal mobilization research support system, including, for example, the iDealMachine start-up accelerator complete of university personnel thereby forming with $6 million worth of funding available to small innovative businesses in partnership with RSV the core of new culture carriers who pro- Venture Partners LP, the university marketing department, a center for development of youth innova- mote and engage in innovation activities. tions and technological entrepreneurship, a science and technology foresight center, and a business Over the course of one year the program incubator. This university research commercialization technology, including the development of R&D has helped create an interesting, skilled, management skills, business models and virtual prototypes of innovative products, and experimen­ interdisciplinary, creative, and construc- tal specimens of innovative products within the framework of the iDealMachine start-up accelerator tively spirited collective largely consisting has been tested for further integration into the Russian system of tertiary education. New internation- of young people. They set ambitious goals al and interregional partnerships in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship have emerged and and achieve exemplary results in many ac- a network-based partnership of 60 subjects of the Russian Federation was put together to provide tivity areas, thanks in no small part to the information and advisory services in the field of R&D development. “EURECA” program. The Program is sponsored by the US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The program is operated by a consortium of non-commercial organizations represented by the New Eurasia Foundation in Russia and the American Councils for International Education– in the USA. 6
  7. 7. PROGRAM NEWS EDUCATIONThe New Eurasia Foundation ORGANIZING SCIENTIFIC NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONhas experience in and disposesof resources requiredto organize assessment AND EDUCATION PROJECTS’of research and educationprocess of any degree INTERNATIONAL EXPERTIZEof complexity by internationalexperts. A diversified expertbase and a proven method In 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation used its methods and expert access resources to or-that meets the procedural ganize assessment of 37 project proposals submitted to the open grant competition of the RF Government. The project proposals were assessed by a pool consisting of 71 interna-requirements of the leading tional experts from among prominent and distinguished organizationsenable the Foundation In 2012 the Foundation worked hard to expand the base of international experts. At pre-to organize project assessment sent the New Eurasia Foundation has it’s own data base that includes 7,000 internationalin compliance with relevant experts. A wide scope of experts is required to ensure an utmost diversity of candidatesinternational standards. from among foreign experts and avoid unnecessary skews in favor of any particular countryAssessment results are made when organizing assessment of project proposals. The Foundation’s international expertavailable in the form of rankings network is made up of specialists representing more than 40 countries: Austria, Australia,assigned to project proposals Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Spain, Italy,and / or grant applications, as Canada, Cyprus, Chin a, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Po-well as assessment statements land, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, USA, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, etc.prepared by independentexperts from different countriesand organizations. Ongoinginteractions with international The New Eurasia Foundation has al­ By expanding the scope of international experts the Newexperts and a proven method ready used its methods to organize Eurasia Foundation has managed to put together an in-enable the Foundation international expertise for the assess- ternational expert network consisting of leading scholarsto organize assessment ment of the project proposals submit- that represent 36 scientific disciplines: mathematics,on a tight schedule without ted to the open grant competi­tions that computer science and information technologies, phys-compromising the quality. were held by the Government of the ics, chemistry, Earth sciences and adjacent ecologi- Russian Federation in 2010 and 2011 cal disciplines, biology, construction and architecture, in compliance with Resolution No.220, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanics and “On measures designed to attract lead- engineering, chemical technologies, material technolo- The New Eurasia Foundation is an op- ing scientists to Russian institutions of gies, medical technologies, energy and rational use of erator of international expertise in the higher learning”, by international ex- natural resources, ecological biotechnologies, industrial framework of the Open Grant Competition perts. For additional information about biotechnologies, nanotechnologies, medical and health of the Government of the Russian Federa- the initiative of the RF Government, sciences, fundamental medicine, clinical medicine, med- tion for governmental support of scientific the grant competition documentation, ical biotechnologies, agriculture, forestry, fishery, animal research projects implemented by the and the outcomes of the previous open husbandry and dairy science, veterinary, agricultural world’s leading scientists at Russian in- grant competitions please refer to the biotechnologies, psychology, economics and business, stitutions of higher learning, research in- website of the RF Ministry of education pedagogics, sociology, law, political science, social and stitutions of the governmental academies and science as well as the designated economic geography, mass media and mass communica- of sciences, and governmental research website of the governmental initiative tions, history and archeology, languages and literature, centers of the Russian Federation. philosophy, ethics, religion, and history of art. 7
  8. 8. PROGRAM NEWS EDUCATIONThe New Eurasia Foundation STUDY-TOURS, TRAININGS NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONpays a great deal of attentionto supporting internationalactivities of institutionsof learning of different AND RETRAINING PROGRAMStypes. The New EurasiaFoundation helps developeffective internationalcooperation formats, aswell as learn about the bestforeign practices and methodsof their adaptation in Russianconditions. The Foundationhas access to resourcesrequired to organizea wide and diverse scopeof seminars and conferences,study tours, as well astraining and qualificationsimprovement programs. In2012 the Foundation organizedmore than ten study toursto European countries, Israel,and the USA, more than seveninternational conferenceson the most relevant educationdevelopment issues («Weare building our futuretoday: university — region —business», «Innovationecosystem of institutionsof higher learning and theirrole in regional innovationdevelopment — lessonsand solutions for successfulcommercialization»,German-Russian symposium«Knowledge transfer — a newkey objective of institutionsof higher learning:supporting innovationdevelopment at the regionaland international levels», etc.). 8
  9. 9. EXAMPLES OF INTERNATIONAL STUDY TOURS, TRAININGAND QUALIFICATIONS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED IN 2012• International study tour «Entrepreneurial strategies of leading • Study tour “Collaboration between Dutch universities and American universities: practices and partnerships for territorial private businesses; technology transfer. Dutch experiences development», December 2012, Boston, USA. The study tour in commercializing university research”, October 2012, was organized for representatives of the Southern Federal Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen, Eindhoven (Netherlands), and University and Penza Technological Academy and covered Leuven (Belgium) – hosted by the Maastricht University. The the third function of universities, development of socially- study tour participants included representatives of the Ural entrepreneurial universities, and collaboration between Federal University named after the first RF President B. N. Yeltsin, institutions of higher learning and local stakeholders for the Southern Federal University, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic benefit of university and territorial development. For additional University, Far-Eastern Federal University, State University information please refer to the website of «Talloires Network», of Chechnya, and St. Petersburg Academic University – a one of the study tour organizers. research and education center in the field of nanotechnologies• Study tour «Management of innovation technologies: of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Academic University). Israeli experiences», December 2012, Israel. The study The study tour participants learned about the best practices tour participants included representatives of three Russian in collaboration between universities and businesses, universities: Tomsk State University, Higher School of Economics, commercialization of research, and technology transfer. They and State University of Chechnya. In the course of the study also designed their own university marketing plans, university tour their Israeli colleagues demonstrated a full spectrum of management action plans, tools of planning and control over methods that are used to enable researcher (inventor) - manager the strategic university management cycle, as well as forms of partnerships to bring innovative technologies to the market. collaboration with businesses.• Meeting of top executives of Russian and Dutch institutions • Conference “Innovations after 2013”, July 2012, Amsterdam of higher learning, «Russian - Dutch interuniversity partnership: (Netherlands). This international event was organized by the new academic and research priorities», November 2012, Association of Universities in the Netherlands in partnership Moscow (Russia). The meeting was hosted by the Higher School with the New Eurasia Foundation and Association of the Leading of Economics in partnership with the Association of Universities Russian Universities. The purpose of this conference was to in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the New Eurasia Foundation. The identify promising areas for cooperation between Russian and purpose of the meeting was to organize cooperation between the Dutch universities and put together collaborative action plans leading Russian and Dutch universities and explore possibilities for the year of bilateral relations between the Russian Federation for implementation of collaborative research and education and the Netherlands scheduled for 2013. programs. 9
  10. 10. • Qualifications improvement program «Education quality management and innovative instruction technologies: KARL DITTRICH experiences of French universities», May 2012, France. The former Rector of the Maastricht University and designer qualifications improvement program participants included of the independent system of accreditation of Dutch top executives, administrators, and instructors from the and Flemish institutions of higher learning North-Eastern Federal University named after M. K. Ammosov, Mordovian State University named after N. P. Ogaryov, and “We came here full of hopes and expectations and we count Belgorod National Research University. The training program on having a productive dialogue with our Russian colleagues. consisted of three thematic blocks: global experiences and Global cooperation is sometimes taken for granted as we sign the two-tier structure of the French tertiary education system; hundreds of various kinds of agreements. But it is not until sci- university management and education quality management ence and researchers standing behind them agree to collaborate at the national and institutional levels; innovative instruction in specific areas that these agreements become truly useful and technologies: experiences of French universities and colleges. effective. I am glad that over the past two days we have focused on specific scientific disciplines and research areas where we can achieve collaborative results”. • German-Russian symposium “Knowledge transfer – a new key objective of institutions of higher learning: supporting innovation development at the regional and international levels”, April 2012, Kassel (Germany). The symposium was organized by the “East – West” research center and University of Kassel in cooperation with the New Eurasia Foundation and Tomsk Polytechnic University with participation of the German Society for Research on Eastern Europe (DGO) and financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Scientific Research of Germany within the framework of the Russian – German year of science. The symposium was attended by rectors and vice-rectors of institutions of higher learning, leaders of technology transfer departments, representatives of governmental ministries, university and trade associations, foundations, as well as the leaders of collaborative German – Russian research and education projects. The symposium participants discussed a variety of issues falling within the following two problematic areas: 1) Knowledge transfer as an innovative method used to support the development of science and regional practices and 2) International transfer of knowledge and technologies between Germany and Russia. 10
  11. 11. PROGRAM NEWS EDUCATIONIn 2012 the New Eurasia COMMUNITY UNIVERSITIES NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONFoundation continuedimplementing its “Communityuniversities: phase 3” projectdesigned to promote thesocial function of tertiaryeducation in Russia, collectand disseminate best practicesin implementation of thesocial function of universities,and organize networkingbetween Russian and foreigninstitutions of higher learning. Establishment of information and resource cent­ PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS ers designed to promote the social function of uni­ versities at six Russian institutions of higher learn­ IN 2012 ing, including the Ural Federal University, Northern • Leading Russian institutions of (Arctic) Federal University, Tomsk State University, higher learning have joined the ITMO, Kostroma State Agricultural Academy, and discussion of the place and role of the Novokuznetsk Branch of the Kemerovo State the social function of universities – University, is viewed as the principal out­ ome of c these issues were discussed in the the project. In addition, the participating universi- course of the conferences hosted ties put together a portfolio of the best “universi- by the Higher School of Economics ty – local community” collaboration prac­ices. So t and Tomsk State University; far they have collected 30 such practices and they • The Perm State University was the plan to collect 60 more by the summer of 2013. first of the leading Russian uni- The participating universities are dissemi­ ating n versities to incorporate the social information about these practices among other in- function of university in its overall stitutions of higher learning in the course of panel strategic development program. discussions, seminars, and conferences. 11
  12. 12. KEY PROJECT ACTIVITIES IN 2012 DISCUSSION ON THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF INSTITUTIONSA SERIES OF METHODOLOGICAL SEMINARS FOR UNIVERSITIES OF HIGHER LEARNINGON THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF TERTIARY EDUCATION AT THE RF PUBLIC CHAMBER The first methodological seminar for the participating universities was held on March 15 – 16, 2012. A discussion on the social function of univer- Assisted by a group of experts, the seminar participants agreed upon a certain best “university – lo- sities was held at the RF Public Chamber on cal community” practice presentation format, discussed the principal approaches to organizing an October 5, 2012. information and resource center, and explored opportunities for networking. The key issues included the following: • Social responsibility of institutions of higher The second methodological seminar, “Entrepreneurial university: the Finland case”, took place on learning. August 12 – 19, 2012 in Tampere and Helsinki. The seminar’s intense program was not limited to the • Best practices in collaboration between insti- examination of the University of Tampere’s experience in entrepreneurship. The seminar participants tutions of higher learning and local communi- also visited the Innovative Entrepreneurship Academy of the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, ties: a new education quality. the Tampere Innovation Experience at Demola, the Aalto University School of Economics Small Busi- • Education process development principles ness Center, and the Continuous Education School of the Institute of Marketing (Helsinki). The semi- that take into account the new requirements. nar participants learned about the Finland’s experience in organizing academic, institutional, and • Methodology of public assessment of univer- student entrepreneurship. The methodological seminar enabled its participants to borrow from their sity education quality. Finnish colleagues a number of proven instruments and technologies used to develop the entrepre- The discussion participants concluded that neurial capacity of institutions of higher learning. the situation called for designing a method that could be used by Russian institutions of higher learning to put together reports on their socially meaningful activities. 12
  13. 13. LEADING RUSSIAN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING JOIN THE DISCUSSIONOF THE PLACE AND ROLE OF THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF UNIVERSITIES “Birth and rebirth of universities” was the name of the conference that was The Russian national forum of vice-rectors for education from agricultural held on October 19 – 20, 2012 in Moscow at the Higher School of Econom- universities “Collaboration between agricultural institutions of higher ics. One of the key topics discussed by the conference participants was the learning and local communities as a development mechanism of rural ter- third mission of institutions of higher learning: models and successful prac- ritories” was held on November 26 – 27, 2012. The forum was hosted by the tices of social entrepreneurship and social responsibility. A representative Kostroma State Agricultural Academy. The forum participants were greeted of one of the project participants, Ural Federal University, delivered a report by the Governor of the Kostroma region, S. N. Sitnikov. The forum partici- in which he presented the university’s experience in collaboration with the pants designed and adopted Recommendations of the Russian national local community. forum of vice-rectors for education from agricultural universities “Collabo- ration between agricultural institutions of higher learning and local com- munities as a development mechanism of rural territories”. Among other things, these Recommendations include the following. Projects designed to facilitate collaboration between agricultural institutions of higher learn- ing and their respective local communities, youth, businesses, regional and municipal governments must become one of the most important education activity areas of each agricultural institution of tertiary education. This kind of collaboration will help to not only create new opportunities for profes- sional and cultural development of students via their engagement in activi- ties designed to improve the standard of living in rural territories, but it also will help improve the social image of agricultural institutions of higher learn- ing among the population and governments and create opportunities for implementation of socially meaningful collaborative projects. TThe project is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. 13
  14. 14. PROGRAM NEWS ДВИЖЕНИЕ EDUCATION ОБЩЕСТВЕННО- АКТИВНЫХ ШКОЛ ОБ АКТIn 2012 the New Eurasia COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONFoundation launched the fourthphase of the «Communityschools in Russia: an outlook»project designed to create IN RUSSIAconditions requiredto train community schoolteachers and administratorsat qualifications improvementinstitutes for educationspecialists.PROJECT RESOURCES • Methodological materials required to train community school teachers and administrators; • Training programs for community schools teachers and administrators based on the The primary objectives of this phase include the following: to form sustainable links be- federal state education tween teachers training institutes and qualifications improvement institutes for education standards; specialists involved in training of community school teachers and administrators; to sup- • Various technologies: port the networking among Russian community schools via community school resource –– Tutorship of the school teams, centers; to introduce and promote the community school model in Northern Caucasus. including advisory monitoring The project participants included the qualifications improvement institutes for education (Irkutsk); specialists from three pilot regions: the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and Irkutsk and –– Facilitation and support of Tambov regions. The results achieved by these institutions in promoting the community community school promotion school model are already quite visible. In Irkutsk and Tambov, despite the lack of financial approaches in Northern support, the work performed by the qualifications improvement institutes for education Caucasus; specialists was closely intertwined with the project activities which enabled the project –– Competition of social projects teams to successfully put together a primary network of community schools in the pilot designed by community regions and adjacent territories in Central Russia, Siberia, and Northern Caucasus. schools “People’s project” The team of the Irkutsk qualifications improvement institute successfully introduced a tu- (Tambov); torship and advisory monitoring technology for community school teams. • Development of partnerships and The activities implemented by the qualifications improvement institute for education spe- implementation of collaborative cialists of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria with the view to facilitate the development of projects (with ombudsmen, a network of community schools in the region helped engage the qualifications improve- juvenile delinquency prevention ment institutes for education specialists from the neighbouring North-Caucasian republics centers, heads of municipalities). and in some cases to even overcome certain socio-cultural barriers impeding cooperation. By combining its activities associated with school management boards and community school model the Tambov regional qualifications improvement institute for education spe- cialists managed to reach the national level and it now trains community school specialists from all over the country. 14
  15. 15. In 2011 – 2012 the community school promotion activities in the Tam- bov region were supported by the regional government in the amount of 29.5 million roubles.COMMUNITY SCHOOLSAND PEDAGOGICAL CREATIVITY NEW BOOK PUBLISHED “Community schools and pedagogical creativity” was the name of the co- IN THE “DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION LIBRARY” SERIES ordination session that was held on November 8 – 9, 2012 in Nalchik, Re- In autumn 2012 the “Democratic Educa­ public of Kabardino-Balkaria. The session was attended by instructors of tion Library” series welcomed a new addi­ the qualifications improvement institutes for education specialists from tion – “Introducing a new generation of the Nalchik, Irkutsk, Samara, Tambov, Moscow, as well as members of com- governmental education standards: the munity school teams from the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and five capacity of community schools”, a book school teams from the city of Grozny, Chechen Republic. written by community school expert Dr. The session participants discussed methods that could be used to devel- Grigory Kornetov. The book demonstrates op secondary schools as socio-cultural centers and centers of pedagogic how the second generation of the federal creativity. The teams representing the FNE project pilot regions presented state general education standards can be their achievements in promoting qualifications improvement programs most successfully introduced in community for education specialists based on the community school model. School schools that are committed to democrati­ principals from different districts of Kabardino-Balkaria spoke about zation of secondary education and active their school development programs and shared their initial experiences collaboration with local communities. The in innovative social project management. The session concluded with the book is designated for general education panel discussion “Implementation prospects of the community school institutions, education administration model in Northern Caucasus”. bodies, methodologists, professors of teachers training universities, and everyone interested in the community school model. The project is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. 15
  16. 16. TERRITORIAL PROGRAM NEWSDEVELOPMENT In 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation NEW EURASIA FOUNDATION continued implementing social programs in operation territories of coal mining companies in Siberia and Far East within its «Territorial development» program area. The strategic goal of these programs is to create effective social partnerships including local self- government bodies, businesses, and civil society institutions with the view to mobilize and diversify the regional development resources. The public- private partnerships successfully operating within the social sphere will help coordinate the budgeting priorities, modernization of industrial enterprises, and strategic territorial development goals. 16
  17. 17. “Local community school” is the name of the network-based projectimplemented in 2012 with the view to involve as many operation The local NGO activists that underwent training in fundraising technolo-territories of coal mining companies in socially meaningful activi- gies managed to raise funds for implementation of social projects.ties as possible using the territorial development models tested in For example, in 2012 the public organization of the Verkhnebureinsk dis-2008 – 2010, to expand said activities, and to improve the qualifi- trict “Initiative” raised 1,348,155 roubles to support the development ofcations of the resource centers’ employees. The network-based pro- the Chegdomyn settlement, including the 478,900 rouble grant from theject format helped optimize the budget for continued implementa- National Charity Foundation for the development of the district library, astion of social projects within the key thematic areas of 2008 – 2010 well as 869,255 roubles raised from the government to support the socialand support the “growth points” created back then, as well as to projects presented at the Fair of Social Projects of the Verkhnebureinskraise funds from the federal and regional budgets for the purpose district.of ongoing development of the operation territories (more than sixmillion roubles was raised in 2011). The FNE experts, assisted by the RF Ministry of regional development,In 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation continued disseminating designed the development concepts of the Abakan-Chernogorsk andsuccessful experiences and creating social infrastructure “growth Kuzbass agglomerations, as well as the complex investment plans of thepoints” using the territorial development models successfully test- city of Chernogorsk, Republic of Khakassia, and the settlement of Cheg-ed in 2008 – 2011: domyn, Khabarovsk region.• A popular science museum was opened in the Mukhorshibir district of the Republic of Buryatia in August 2012. Popular science museums are also scheduled to be opened in the settlement of Chegdomyn, Khabarovsk region, and Mikhailovsk district of the Primorye region in 2013.• A small business support agency was launched in the city of Sharypovo, Krasnoyarsk region (registration was scheduled for November 2012);• The first Fair of entrepreneurial projects of the Mukhorshibir district was held on December 7, 2012. 17
  18. 18. Given the great amount of interest The following projects were launched in 2012 as new territorial development mechanisms: demonstrated by the SCEC OJSC operation • “School of social entrepreneurship” – launched in the Khabarovsk and Kemerovo regions and Re- regions in joining the social programs public of Khakassia (in collaboration with the Omsk Center for Social Innovations, a resource center implemented by the New Eurasia Foundation of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives); and the Siberian Coal Energy Company • “Creating a regional-municipal system for promotion of innovative thinking among youth” (Krasno- Regional Development Foundation yarsk and Kemerovo regions). The first science festival was held as part of this project in Leninsk- (applications had been received from Kuznetsky in August 2012. It was organized in partnership with the Kuzbass State Technical Univer- municipalities to implement some of the sity and Siberian Federal University and hosted by the municipal Center for Professional identity. most relevant socially meaningful projects), Taking advantage of its multiyear territorial development experience, in late 2012 the New Eurasia in 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation Foundation joined forces with “Metalloinvest” to implement the “Competition of small business pro- suggested implementing two network-based jects” in the city of Novotroitsk, Orenburg region. The competition organizers received 31 project projects: a small business support project proposals. This collaboration is anticipated to expand thematically and geographically in 2013. and a project associated with professional identity of youth, as well as projects designed to promote innovative thinking among youth. The “School of social entrepreneurship” project was proposed as a new territorial development tool that helps address social issues using business approaches.COMFORTABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT In 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation helped organize the second interregional competition of gentrification projects “Comfortable living environment” in which more than 60 projects from six operating regions of Siberian Coal Energy Company OJSC competed against each other. The competition winners in- cluded the following: • Republic of Buryatia: –– 1st prize – Supplementary Education Center for Children, “Beware of traffic” project (Mukhorshibir); –– 2nd prize – Sagan-Nur Secondary School, “We are tourists and it means” project (Sagan-Nur); • Primorye region: –– 1st prize – “Beryozka” Kindergarten, “Sensory room as the eighth wonder of the world” project; –– 2nd prize – “Balaganchik” Book Theater, “Wonder Forest” Summer Reading Room” project; • Khabarovsk region: –– 1st prize – Central Children’s Library, “Once upon a time on our porch” project; –– 2nd prize – Public organization “Kyokushinkai Karate Chegdomyn”, “We stand for health and sports” project; • Kemerovo region: –– 1st prize – Social Youth Center, “Outdoor Sports Championship” project (Leninsk-Kuznetsky); –– 2nd prize – Children’s Sports School, “Do it with us, do it like us, do it better than us” (Polysayevo); • Republic of Khakassia: –– 1st prize – “Ecological and Patriotic Education of Preschool Children” (Chernogorsk); –– 2nd prize – Secondary education school No.20, “Healthy children – healthy nation” project (Chernogorsk); –– 2nd prize – Charkov secondary education boarding school, “Winter garden at school” project (Ust-Abakan district); –– 3rd prize – Ust-Byur secondary education school, “Children’s Playground “Buratino” (Ust-Abakan district); –– 3rd prize – “Fairy Town” (Beysk district); • Krasnoyarsk region: –– 1st prize – House of Pioneers and Schoolchildren, “Lilac Alley” project (Nazarovo); –– 2nd prize – “Exercise in the morning, exercise in the evening, if you want to be healthy” project (Sharypovo); –– 3rd prize – Youth Information Agency, “Digenesis” project (Sharypovo). 18
  19. 19. NEW SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES: EXPERIENCES IN THEDEVELOPMENT OF SINGLE-INDUSTRY TERRITORIES The interregional conference “New social technologies: experiences in the development of single-industry territories” took place on December 20, 2012 in Moscow. SUMMARIZED RESULTS OF THE SOCIAL PROGRAMS The conference was attended by more than 50 representatives of region- al and municipal governments from across Russia, experts, civil society IMPLEMENTED IN 2012 institutions, regional and municipal institutions of learning and culture • 43 small business and social entrepreneurship projects were launched organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and public associa- in the SCEC OJSC operating territories. tions. • The Chernogorsk and Chegdomyn comprehensive investment pro- The conference enabled its participants to discuss the outcomes of the grams were designed and endorsed by the RF Ministry of regional de- social programs implemented by the Siberian Coal Energy Company velopment. Regional Development Foundation in partnership with the New Eurasia • 32 training seminars were held. Foundation in 2011 – 2012. The conference was comprised of two ple- • About 800 people took part in the seminars. nary sessions and a sequence of panel discussions in the course of which • Two international and two interregional internship programs were im- the event participants analyzed the practices developed to date and put plemented. together recommendations for further collaboration between regional • Three regional and two interregional competitions of social and small and municipal governments, businesses, experts, initiative groups, mass business projects were held. media, and the public when designing and implementing programs aim- • Two regional competitions of children’s innovation projects “Break- ing to support “company towns” and “company settlements” by intro- through into the XXI century” were held. ducing advanced social development technologies. • A science festival was held for senior secondary school students. 19
  21. 21. “LOCAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL:SMALL BUSINESS”The project is designed to introduce a small business de- FROM THE “KRASNOYARSKIY RABOCHIY”velopment model at the municipal level in the Mukhor-shibir district of the Republic of Buryatia, Ust-Abakan, NEWSPAPER, MARCH 28, 2012:Beysk, and Altaisk district and the city of Chernogorsk of This is not the first time that the head of the Novoshakhtinsk (Mikhailovskthe Republic of Khakassia, Novoshakhtinsk settlement district, Primorye region) municipal government, Sergey Ivanchenko, is tak-of the Primorye region, and the city of Sharypovo of the ing part in the projects implemented by the New Eurasia Foundation andKrasnoyarsk region. the SCEC Regional Development Foundation and he says that the knowl- edge he acquires as a result of his involvement helps him a lot in his eve-Key project results: ryday work. “We came here, - said Sergey Nikolayevich, - to see how the• A small business support agency was registered Krasnoyarsk region, Kemerovo region, Khakassia, Altay, and Buryatia oper- in Sharypovo; ate. Our representatives observed the fair in Borodino”. Sergey Ivanchenko• The first municipal fair of small businesses wants to launch a pilot small business support program in his district that of the Mukhorshibir district of the Republic of Buryatia currently boasts about 35 entrepreneurs that would be able to consolidate was held; the fragmented businesses of the Novoshakhtinsk settlement, populated• Training seminars were held for over 150 existing by some 8,500 people, primarily represented by commerce and service en- and aspiring entrepreneurs from the pilot regions. terprises... 21
  22. 22. “LOCAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL:PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY”The project is designed to organize a professional identity system inconsideration of the modern employee requirements. Mobile, com-petent, and competitive graduates capable of promptly acquiringthe professions for which there is a market demand are requiredtoday. At the same time, they must have social competencies andbe independent and mature enough: they must be able to assumeresponsibility for their own lives and know how to make the rightchoice. This is why the notion of professional identity in this projectdiffers from the traditional notion of professional orientation: it alsohas to do with one’s personal identity, one’s attempt to developcertain qualities that make one an independent adult.Key project results:• Three municipal popular science museums were launched (Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo region, Borodino, Krasnoyarsk region, and Mukhorshibir district, Republic of Buryatia).• A popular science museum is scheduled for opening in the Chegdomyn settlement, Khabarovsk region, in March 2013 and in the Novoshaktinsk settlement, Primorye region, in September 2013.• Four regional competitions of children’s innovation projects “Breakthrough into the XXI century” were hosted by the Leninsk- Kuznetsky popular science museum in 2011 – 2012. The competitions received a total of 221 research projects. 22
  23. 23. FEEDBACK FROM PROJECT PARTICIPANTSLYUDMILA VLADIMIROVNA POPOVA OLGA ALEXEYEVNA ALMABEKOVAhead of the education administration department of the Institute for Management of Business ProcessesMukhorshibir district municipality and Economy, “International Language Communication” laboratory “… We extend our gratitude to our colleagues from the New Eura- sia Foundation and Siberian Coal Energy Company for working “From what I have learned at the seminar I am going to use the with us. No doubt, our relationships have positively impacted innovative thinking techniques when conducting practical Eng- the operations of our district institutions of learning in 2010- lish lessons”. 2011. … Our meetings mean not only improved pedagogical skills but also an impulse of sorts for new accomplishments”. OKSANA IVANOVNA ODARICHENKO Deputy Principal of Secondary School No.4, ChegdomynIRINA IVANOVNA MIROSHNIKOVA settlement, Verkhnebureinsk district, Khabarovsk regionDeputy Head of the Mikhailovsk district municipality “From what I have learned at the seminar I will use the “Profes- “As an education curator I will use the knowledge I acquired at sion and career” program in my everyday work. I will also create the seminar to create a professional incubator”. an electronic navigator of professions”.FROM RIA “LENINSK” MATERIALS,APRIL 17, 2012: The New Eurasia Foundation marked its third year of operation in our city not only with the traditional competitions “Breakthrough into the XXI Century”, but also with a special seminar “develop- ing innovative thinking among youth” organized especially for the Leninsk-Kuznetsk school teachers. The city pedagogues were glad to become students again. Dancing, singing, and laughter – a good teacher will use them all in their work. Knowing the students’ various thinking types and their individual activation methods are what is important. Methodological materials based on the seminars will be put together to be used by all city peda- gogues. 23
  24. 24. NETWORK-BASED PROJECT“SCHOOL OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP”Project goal: To introduce the “School of social entrepreneurship” SOCIAL EFFECTS FOR THE TERRITORIEStechnology in the SCEC OJSC operation regions with the view to ad- Chernogorsk, Altaysk, Beysk, and Ust-Abakan district of the Republic ofdress social development problems by implementing social entre- Khakassiapreneurship projects. • Additional funds were raised and territorial resources were mobilizedKey project results: to implement social entrepreneurship projects and address social de-• 18 social entrepreneurship projects were designed. velopment problems;• 10 social entrepreneurship projects were launched in 2012. • Children with disabilities demonstrated positive health dynamics;• Two projects (“Obstetric Services” by N. N. Goncharova and • Registered juvenile delinquents found employment by becoming in- “Medical Center “Alternativa” by N. M. Tricheva, Leninsk- volved with the paintball club; Kuznetsky) received honorary diplomas of the Second National • Senior citizens from rural areas were given the opportunity to become Forum of Social Investors and Entrepreneurs (raised investment computer literate. capital).• The initiated projects have benefited 2,786 individuals. Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo region• The initiated projects have provided employment to 56 • Expanded innovation capacity of municipal social agencies and addi- individuals. tional funds raised to support their development;• The total amount of funds invested in the projects is 16,116,800 • Additional investments acquired by the city to address social prob- roubles, including 12,499,800 roubles worth of private lems; contributions and 3,617,000 roubles worth of governmental • Registered juvenile delinquents found employment by becoming in- support. volved with the newly created event organization agency established on the basis of the MBUK “UDK”; “School of social entrepreneurship” is a social technology designed to • Improved health dynamics of the local population (hydro-massage – develop and diversify the labour market, as well as local community ini- a new rehabilitation service for children with disabilities and children tiatives. This technology helps address social problems, including that of with weakened immunity; new individually designed fitness programs employment, more effectively by ensuring financial sustainability of so- for postnatal women; cial entrepreneurship projects. • Diversified health care services in the city afforded by the private sec- tor (a new obstetric care clinic complete with innovative obstetric and gynecological care methods; a new polyclinic capable of daytime and temporary accommodation is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013); • A new recreation venue for children (an indoor skating rink). Chegdomyn settlement, Khabarovsk region • Opportunities for additional investments in the settlement’s develop- ment; • Funds raised from nongovernmental sources to support the develop- ment of municipal organizations. 24
  25. 25. SOCIAL SPHERE PROGRAM NEWS DEVELOPMENT NEW EURASIA FOUNDATION Using various forms of training and productive communication among participants (training sessions, semi- nars, panel discussions, conferences, camps, competitions, study tours, and forums) the New Eurasia Founda- tion transferred and helped introduce new effective technologies and best practices in socialization of citizens and protection of their legal interests, implementation of local community de- velopment initiatives, strengthening of civil society structures, and prevention of conflicts. In 2012 the New Eurasia Foundation launched and/or implemented the4 following social development projects: • “Social integration of young people with disabilities via professional training and employment in the Krasnodar region”, ef- fective May 2012 a.k.a. “Comprehensive social integration of young people with dis- abilities of the Krasnodar region: training, employment, communication”. • “Social adaptation of orphanage and boarding school graduates in Moscow”. • “Disseminating the best peacemaking and conflict-preventing practices in North- ern Caucasus”, effective April 2012 a.k.a. “Mitigating ethnic conflicts by supporting collaboration between the governments and civil society institutions in Northern Caucasus” • “Preventing a conflict in Transnistria by building bridges between governments,In 2012 the “Social sphere development” program area was comprised of projects NGOs, and businesses”.designed to provide comprehensive assistance to people requiring support orfinding themselves in difficult life situations, ensure successful adaptation of thesepeople within society, mutual understanding between them and other membersof society, and to help them find opportunities for self-realization. The targetaudiences of these projects included people with disabilities, orphans and childrendeprived of parental care, youth representing various risk groups, and parents.When designing and strengthening mechanisms of collaboration between societyand bodies of power the New Eurasia Foundation paid a great deal of attention tocollaboration with federal and regional governments, local self-government bodies,and members of the pedagogic community, as well as to enhancing the potential ofits regional partners. 25
  26. 26. PROGRAM NEWS SOCIAL SPHERE DEVELOPMENTThe project «Social integration COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL NEW EURASIA FOUNDATIONof young people with disabilitiesvia professional training andemployment in the Krasnodar INTEGRATION OF YOUNG PEOPLEregion», sponsored by «ChevronNeftegaz Inc» and implemented WITH DISABILITIES OF THEfrom December 2010 untilApril 2012 in partnership with KRASNODAR REGION: TRAINING,the Krasnodar Informationand Training Center has EMPLOYMENT, COMMUNICATIONbeen recognized and highlyappreciated in the region.The project provided morethan 70 young people withdisabilities to acquire trainingin eight professions: morethan 50 of them underwenttraining that was hosted bythe partner organization inKrasnodar, while the others weretrained individually at home.Methodological materials werepublished for each of the trainingcourses.In May 2012 the project on social integrationof young people with disabilities expanded itsboundaries as it started promoting inclusiveeducation. To that end a conference was heldin October 2012 to present the experiencesof the Novorossiysk Gymnasium No.1 wherejoint education of healthy children andchildren with disabilities had become a normand a rule that applies to all. 26