Moscow State University to Celebrate Lomonosov's Birthday with Launch of Satellite
Moscow State University is planning to launch a satellite called Lomonosov in honorary of the birthday of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. In 2011, the 300th anniversary of the scientist will be celebrated throughout Russia.
"To mark the birthday of Mikhail Lomonosov , we will launch the Lomonosov satellite to study space. This is a very ambitious program," MSU dean Viktor Sadovnichy said in a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. "With the help of our previous satellites we have discovered new space phenomena. This program is unparalleled in university research around the world."
Prime Minister Putin noted that the government has reviewed the university's development strategy through 2020, noting that is a very substantive document and is based on intensifying cross-referenced research and specifies the use of cutting-edge equipment and methods in education. "I really hope that this university, as has always been the case, will make a big contribution to the development of science," Vladimir Putin said.
He also pointed out, "We have set aside additional funds to implement this program. This financing is stipulated in a government resolution which I signed today. This resolution provides 5 billion robles over the next two years, with 2.25 billion roubles to be spent this year and the remaining 2.75 billion robles in 2011. All in all, the overall financing from non-budget sources may reach 50 billion rubles between 2014 and 2020."
Viktor Sadovnichy noted that the university's strategy incorporates is a large-scale program and envisages ten development priorities "which coincide with the country's overall priorities in the advancement of science. These priorities include certain sectors in which we will assume world leadership." He also promised the prime minister, "We will do our best to make the university the leading university in Russia, as it always has been, setting education standards for the entire country."