North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) is a multidisciplinary university, the leader of continuing professional education in the Far East and in the Arctic zone of Russia, which plays a key role in the sustainable socio-economic development of the country.
Today, NEFU research projects cover almost the whole range of areas relevant for the development of the Arctic and are implemented in the following areas: preservation of health and ensuring active longevity of the population living in the Arctic and the North, medical genetics, cell technologies and regenerative medicine, together with Busan National University (Republic of Korea), Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery, Vavilov Institute of General Genetics and others; climate studies, ecosystems of the North in order to ensure their sustainable development and biodiversity conservation; development and introduction of new technologies adapted to the extreme conditions of the Arctic and the North; studies of the mammoth fauna remains and paleogenetics; research, preservation and revival of the language and culture of the peoples of the Arctic.
Over the past year, NEFU approved 13 major research areas in which fundamental and applied research is carried out. Most studies have been on the humanities. According to Konstantin Krivoshapkin, NEFU Vice-Rector for Science and Innovations, in the future technical sciences, which have all the prospects for this, should be included in the subject rating.
“Research at the university is carried out only on a program-competitive basis - by participating in various competitions, our colleagues, departments, laboratories win grants, and refinance research,” he said.
One of the new and significant areas of NEFU is the preservation and development of the languages and cultures of the peoples of the North. The Olonkho Research Institute, a special TV channel, an information system portal have been created for this.
In 2018, funding exceeded more than 390 million rubles, which included funds from grants from federal funds, various research funds, local budget funds, and work is also underway to increase funding indicators from foreign funds and programs.
In total, last year, 33 university research projects were supported - all of them became winners of the competition. The university received the support of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to create an integrated university center for the innovation, technological and social development of the macro-region on the basis of NEFU.
n 2017, an agreement was signed on cooperation to conduct routine testing of tires at the site of the road department, and in 2018, in the framework of the project “Study and evaluation of the properties and characteristics of rubber types, features of operating tires at low temperatures,” test experiments were conducted. “The work bore fruit - the official opening of the first stage of the university testing ground took place on February 1, 2019 in the ‘Kangalassy’ ADZ,” added the NEFU Vice-Rector for Science and Innovations.
Another major university project is a project by the NEFU Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, which in 2017 received support at the fifth competition for a grant from the government of the Russian Federation. Under the won grant, an international research laboratory was opened at the university.
"This year, work was carried out on the development of fundamental, high-scale concepts and analysis of splitting algorithms, their application for applied problems specified in the project was also considered," explained Konstantin Krivoshapkin. "In 2018, two international conferences were organized with participants from foreign countries and Russia. Our young scientists, undergraduates underwent training at various foreign institutions, for example, the University of Texas, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and others. Funding amounted to more than 30 million rubles a year."
Last year NEFU showed high achievements in scientific activity and took decent positions in domestic and international ratings
The Vice-Rector also added that publishing activity continues to grow at NEFU. "As of February 1, publications in the scientometric database amounted to more than 1350 articles, and in the Scopus database - more than 1632 articles,” stressed Konstantin Krivoshapkin. "It is planned that the NEFU Bulletin journal will be included in the list of licensed journals of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles. The "Mathematical Notes" scientific journal has been recommended for entering the Scopus international database.”
NEFU is integrated into the processes of regional development, the growth of its influence is of progressive nature and expressed in the complication of the system of interaction with the main stakeholders. Further prospects for the development of the university are determined in accordance with the needs of the labor market of the Far East and the Arctic zone of Russia. “The university has emerged as a socially significant intellectual center, an institute of interdisciplinary and broad public dialogue, a center for long-term forecasting of the macro-region,” said Konstantin Krivoshapkin.
Currently, the university, together with leading domestic and foreign research and educational centers, is working on global problems of the future, producing ideologies and futurological works based on long-term global forecasting. These are the “Foresight of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) until 2050,” which became the basis of the Strategy for the socio-economic development of the region until 2030 with the definition of the target vision until 2050, and “The human capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) – 2030.”