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On March 30, a regular meeting of the MGIMO Academic Council was held, which was chaired by the Rector of the University, Academician Anatoly Torkunov. The meeting was attended by the guest of honor – Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Issues Ruslan Edelgeriev.

At the beginning of the meeting, Anatoly Torkunov gave state, departmental and university awards to the teachers and staff of MGIMO. The title of Honored Scientist was given to the head of the Department of World Politics, Professor M.M. Lebedeva. The medal “For Distinction” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia were awarded to the Deputy Director of the Scientific Library S.V. Rodina and the leading expert of the ESI M.T.Marchan; Honorary diploma of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to Associate Professor of the English language department at MGIMO-Odintsovo I.B. Slabakova. The MGIMO Order “For Merit” was awarded to Associate Professor of the Department of Central and South-East European Languages N.V. Davletshina and Associate Professor of the World Economy Department M.M. Steklov. The professor’s diploma was awarded by the Head of the Department of Management, Marketing and Foreign Economic Activities N.Yu. Konina and professor of the Department of German language E.L. Shubina. Members of the Academic Council warmly congratulated their colleagues.

The central part of the meeting was a speech by Ruslan Edelgeriev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Issues. He spoke about the international climate agenda, the difficulties that states face in implementing the ambitious climate goals set at the global level, and the specifics of the Russian strategy in this direction. R.S.-Kh. Edelgeriev noted the importance of staff training for participation in international negotiations on climate issues and expressed his hope that MGIMO, as a leading Russian university, would be able to contribute to this work.

At the suggestion of Anatoly Torkunov, the Academic Council supported the opening at the School of Applied Economics and Commerce of MGIMO, a master’s program in Environmental Management in the Corporate Sector in the direction of Ecology and Natural Resources Exploitation. The program will be implemented in an online form jointly with the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (St. Petersburg). Part of the program will be a module prepared by the French Paris-Saclay University. Another educational project in the field of environmental and economic activities should be the master’s degree in Sustainable Development Management (in the direction of Management). The presence of partners from the corporate sector predetermined the place of the program in the university structure: it starts within the framework of the School of Business and International Proficiency.

On the eve of the main report, the rector noted the necessity to consolidate research efforts in the field of sustainable development, which prejudged the decision of creation an inter-faculty Center for Sustainable Development. The environmental and climate issues triggered a lively debate and questions from the members of the Council.

The significant part of the meeting was devoted to scientific and organizational issues, the contribution of MGIMO researchers to the development of the University, its economic prosperity and international image.

Director of the Center for Scientific and Innovative projects A.L. Shakhov reported to the members of the Academic Council on MGIMO’s participation in scientific projects and grants, on prospective research topics and the features of financing by the state and through the funds raised by the Endowment and the corporate sector.

A.A. Baykov, Vice-Rector for Research and Global Engagement, provided detailed information on MGIMO’s participation in the QS subject rankings and spoke about the latest results. The vice-rector focused on the role of employers and the professional community in assessing universities and their individual subject clusters. MGIMO’s positions on these indicators are fundamentally superior to referential universities.

The Academic Council approved the presented results of the work and decided to develop a comprehensive program for the scientific development of MGIMO and catalytic measures to support the scientific work of the University staff.

Following the scientific agenda, the Academic Council decided to include in the list of specialties in which MGIMO realizes the right to independently award academic degrees, specialty 02/10/19 – “Theory of language”.

The Academic Council reviewed the competition cases and recommendations for the awarding of academic titles.