Presidential Academy hosts 100th defense of a dissertation as independent degree-awarding body

13 December 2021
Presidential Academy hosts 100th defense of a dissertation as independent degree-awarding body

As an independent body authorized to award academic degrees, the Presidential Academy sets up a dissertation council for each specific thesis comprising members with doctoral-level degrees and high research activity indicators who have published papers in the field of research in question.

In 2017, the Government of the Russian Federation approved a list of universities and research centers authorized to award Russian doctoral-level degrees, Kandidat Nauk (first level in the third cycle qualification) and Doktor Nauk (second level in the third cycle qualification). In accordance with the Order of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, starting in 2018, the Presidential Academy has been independently convening dissertation councils, establishing criteria for the dissertations and determining the procedure for awarding, revoking and restoration of the above academic degrees.

“The degree awarding powers have been given to the most respected education providers and research centers, including the Presidential Academy. On December 10, we passed a symbolic milestone – the 100th degree was awarded in this independent system, which relies on high professionalism and double reputation control. The Academy convenes a dissertation council for each specific candidate comprising doctoral-level participants with high research activity indicators who have published papers in the candidate’s field of research. Each of the council members who supported the dissertation then signs the candidate’s new degree certificate. Both the council members and the applicants for academic degrees have to comply with higher requirements in comparison with those established by the Higher Attestation Commission. All dissertations are defended in an open procedure. The power to independently award degrees is an important sign of recognition of the Academy’s research level,” commented Vladimir Mau, Rector of the Presidential Academy.

The 100th thesis presented to the council had to do with Economic Factors of Regulatory Activity in Russia. The applicant, Pavel Pavlov, conducted the study at RANEPA Institute of Applied Economic Research.

The degree awarding procedure is in accordance with the provisions and regulations approved by the Ministry of Education and Science. From September 2018 to December 9, 2021, the dissertation councils at the Academy have heard presentations and awarded 22 Doktor Nauk and 77 Kandidat Nauk degrees in Economics, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, History, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Studies.

Starting from 2020, applicants can choose between a face-to-face meeting and a videoconference; in-person meetings are in compliance with all sanitary precautions. At present, most of the dissertation council meetings are held remotely. This removes many of the organizing problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and enables a much wider involvement of leading professors from the Academy's regional branch network as well as respected scholars from other countries across the globe.

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