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TPU is ready to start a new academic year on September 1

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийTPU is ready to start a new academic year on September 1

TOMSK, May 22 – RIA Tomsk.Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) does not plan to postpone the start of the new academic year and expects students to start classes from September 1, the university’s press service said on Friday.

Earlier it was reported that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation moved the date for the USE from spring to a later date. Only those eleventh graders who intend to enter higher education institutions will be taking it in 2020. On Thursday, May 21, President Vladimir Putin announced the start of the USE for applicants to universities from June 29.

"The exact start date for the USE has been determined. This makes it possible to adjust the admission campaign, prepare for the new academic year and start it on September 1. The shift in the deadlines for August will give applicants and universities extra time so that anyone interested in higher education can go to universities", – the first vice-rector of TPU Andrey Yakovlev is quoted.

He emphasized that the pandemic and related restrictions have highlighted the urgent need to tackle the digitalization of higher education. Since March 17, 12 thousand students and graduate students have gone to distance learning at TPU. All classes at the university are held in webinar mode, access to more than 1.2 thousand online courses in LMSMoodle is open. A session and diploma defense will also be organized online.

According to Yakovlev, TPU from the very beginning of the transition to distant provides technical and methodological support to other educational organizations in the Tomsk region and beyond.

Thus, TPU experts conducted webinars for school teachers and additional education teachers, and provided their resources to students of other universities. Specialists of Tomsk Polytechnic University have created a special LSM Moodle server for the work of teachers and students of Sevastopol State University, where they placed digital resources developed at TPU.

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