Erasmus Staff Training Week in Romania

On April, 24 – 28 2017 MSUPE specialists (Igor Barkan - Office of International Affairs, Valeria Shorokhova - Department of Cross-cultural Psychology and Intercultural education) took part in the Erasmus Staff Training Week 4th edition organized by the West University of Timișoara (Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara, Romania). 

The Training week joined representatives from 26 universities of European Union and partner countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, South Africa, Serbia).
The programme contained: acquaintance with the West University of Timișoara, presentations of participant universities, the Erasmus+ programmes’ presentation, job shadowing sessions, different social and networking activities.
Erasmus Staff Training Week gave MSUPE participants an opportunity to:

  • discuss the perspectives of educational and scientific collaboration with the staff members of the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology and Dr. D. Moza, a specialist working in the area of cross-cultural and social psychology;
  • sign a Cooperation Agreement between MSUPE and West University of Timișoara;
  • complete an Erasmus+ assignment agreement to West University of Timișoara for MSUPE students and professors on the fall semester;
  • complete an Erasmus+ assignment agreement to MSUPE for West University of Timișoara students on the fall semester;
  • schedule a visit agreement to MSUPE for Dr. M.L. Năchescu, West University of Timişoara International strategy coordinator.

Moscow State University of Psychology & Education express gratitude to colleagues in West University of Timișoara for the interesting and informative programme and is looking forward for further cooperation!

On April 3-7 in the framework of Erasmus+ teaching mobility program 2016-2021 a group of professors of Moscow State University of Psychology & Education visited the University of Roskilde (Denmark). Organization of the program became possible because of the EU funding of the joint project for teaching staff international mobility between MSUPE and University of Roskilde.

MSUPE was represented by: Head of the Department of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems of Multicultural Education - Oleg Khukhlaev, Head of Information and Analytical Department – Anna Shvedovskaya, and the Head of MSUPE Center for Evidence-Based Social Design – Anna Tikhomirova.

O.E. Khukhlaev, A. V. Tikhomirova, A. A. Shvedovskaya,E. Schraube, H.Sønderstrup-Andersen

The educational model of the University of Roskilde is built on a project-oriented and problem-solving approach to the education and management of the educational organization. The program of the visit was aimed at the presentation of experience and ongoing projects of the University of Roskilde. Key activities of the program included: the participation of the MSUPE specialists in the work of project student groups in the framework of the educational process, acquaintance with the scientific institutes and centers included in the University structure, discussion of mutually interesting professional topics, and lecturing. During the program, along with a presentation of MSUPE for the audience of Roskilde staff and students, the MSUPE specialists gave the following lectures for the students:

Perceptions and attitudes about European issues and values among Russian bachelor students (qualitative research within the framework of Erasmus + project. (O.E. Khukhlaev)
«Developing the ideas of cultural-historical approach: 10 years of scientific publications» (А.А. Shvedovskaja)
«Evidence-based approach and integration of professional competencies as the basis of social design» (А.V. Tikhomirova)

During the visit MSUPE representatives made a presentation about MSUPE, the VII International Summer University ISCAR for postgraduate students and young scholars was announced, as well as several proposals for the development of inter-university cooperation were made.

The mobility program participants emphasize the depth and richness of academic programs and special impressions from exploring the educational space of the University: "Walking around the campus is a special pleasure: Pleasant panoramic windows of the library overlooking the mini lake; Admirable enthusiastic students who are engaged in specially designed spaces for projects called "khuzy"; Hammocks in working areas and well-organized space in the offices of professors; The presence of a kindergarten with a flexible system of discounts for parent-students is also a pleasant moment. There is a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, but at the same time it is an active working atmosphere. "

We express our deep gratitude to our colleagues in Denmark, in particular, Hans Sønderstrup-Andersen, the Head of the Training Department of the Institute of People and Technology of the University of Roskilde, to Hans-Sønderstrup-Andersen, to professors Rashmi Singla and Ernst Schraube for their cooperation and brilliant organization of the program! We express our special gratitude to our compatriot, Professor Margarita Vladimirovna Popova, who is currently an employee of Roskilde University, for her active participation in the organization of this project and support at all stages of its implementation!

The staff of the University of Roskilde will visit MSUPE in October 2017 with a return visit.

XIII Conference on Psychology of Education

On the April 25-26 at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) leading Russian educators and psychologists discussed the actual problems of the work of school psychological services in the framework of the XIII All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “Psychology of Education: The teacher-psychologist in the world of school “.

More than 300 representatives of educational organizations, centers of psychological, pedagogical and medico-social support, pedagogical and psychological universities and other specialists took part in the conference. They discussed the approbation and implementation of the professional standard “Teacher-psychologist (psychologist in the field of education)”, professional training of school teachers-psychologists and the organization of the work of the psychological service in the educational system.

Special attention was paid to psychological work with children with problems in development, as well as to the mental health of school children.

“The world of childhood in modern society has faced the new risks. This is the spread among the students of the forms of dangerous “leisure”, as well as the involvement of adolescents in illegal movements, violence against children, bullying and cyberbullying, generated by the digital world. These challenges are a real danger to the lives and health of children, especially to the mental and psychological health. That’s why we, the representatives of the professional community, will have to define strategies and mechanisms to minimize the impact of such risks on children, ” – Vitaly Rubtsov, rector of MSUPE, told the RIA news.

He also noted the relevance of such problems as social and educational inclusion of various categories of children; depressive, suicidal, deviant behavior in adolescents; problems of orphans and children with special needs and disability.

“The request of a childhood for professional help is very high. Teams of adults should protect the younger generation, especially, the experts in the field of education. We need to develop more vigorously the complex of sciences about education, including the psychology of education, pedagogical, social sciences. At the same time, it is increadibly important for work with childhood to be interdepartmental and interdisciplinary, ” – Vitaly Rubtsov said.

The 6th ISCAR Summer University

On June 28-July 3, 2016 the 6th International Summer University for PhD students & young scholars “Cultural-historical psychology: interdisciplinary research perspectives” was held in Moscow State University of Psychology & Education with the support of the International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research (ISCAR).
According the tradition of ISCAR Summer Universities held in MSUPE since 2010, the event brought together international experts in the field of cultural-historical theory & activity approach & participants from all over the world.
See more on ISCAR SU official website.

27-28 June 2016

International Symposium “Scientific school of Vygotsky: traditions and innovations”

The opening ceremony was held by the rector of MSUPE, professor Vitaly Vladimirovich Rubtsov, and by the President of the International ISKAR Society, Professor Malcolm Reed. The leading world experts in the field of cultural-historical psychology and activity theory took part in the Symposium, including Harry Daniels (director of the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research of Oxford University, Professor (UK), Dr. Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont (Professor of the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), Manolis Dafermakis (Dafermos) (Professor of the University of Crete; member of the Executive Committee of the international society ISCAR (Greece).

The plenary session began with a report of the rector of MSUPE V.V. Rubtsov on the topic: “Current research in the scientific school of L.S. Vygotsky “. Reports were also made by:

• Daniels H.R.“Research into Interdisciplinary social practices: L.S.Vygotsky`s influence”
• Perret­ Clermont A.­N. and Perret J.F. “The influence of the ideas of L.S.Vygotsky and J.Piaget on modern research of development problem”
• Reed M.J. “The problems of modern cultural and activity research: from personal experience as President of the International Society of Cultural­historical Activity Research (ISCAR)”

The round table “New approaches to the study of learning and development in the context of cultural-historical psychology and activity theory” took place on the second day of the Symposium. The round table was held by:

• Veresov N.N. – Professor at Monash University, member of the Executive Committee of International Society for Cultural Activity Research – ISCAR (Australia)
• Dafermos E. – Professor at the University of Crete, member of the Executive Committee of International Society for Cultural Activity Research – ISCAR (Greece)
• Rubtsova O.V. – Head of the Center for interdisciplinary research of childhood, MSUPE (Russia)

Reports were made by:

• Chuprikova N.I., Main scientific researcher in the Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Professor (Russia), “Children’s playground in the context of cultural-historical psychology”
• Obukhova L.F., Head of the Chair of Developmental psychology of the Faculty of Educational psychology, MSUPE, Professor (Russia), “Development of ideas of L.S.Vygotsky’s theory in the approach of P.Y.Halperin”
• Elkoninova L.I., Senior researcher of the Institute of preschool education and family upbringing RAE, member of International psychological organization ISSBD, Professor of the Department of developmental psychology, MSUPE (Russia),“The feeling of self-activity in the role play of preschooler”
• Smirnova E.O., Head of the Centre for psychological and pedagogical expertise of games and toys MSUPE, Professor (Russia)“Children’s playground in the context of cultural-historical psychology”
• Rubtsova O.V. Head of the Center for interdisciplinary research of childhood, MSUPE, Professor (Russia), “Ideas of L.S. Vygotsky, I.P. Pavlov and H. Werner for modern psychology“

The Symposium attracted the attention of psychologists, teachers, young scientists, postgraduates, students and specialists from different fields of scientific knowledge. Abstracts of the participants of the symposium were published in Russian and English languages.

The end of the Symposium was immediately followed by the opening ceremony of the 6th International ISCAR Summer University, which lasted until July 3rd.

Videos of the live broadcast of the International Symposium at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education:

The first day
The second day

Students of MSUPE in the West University of Timișoara

In October 2015 the joint application for the organization of academic mobility in the framework of the ERASMUS + program of MSUPE and West University of Timișoara was supported by the European Commission.

In February 2016 the second-year student of the faculty of Magistracy of Social Psychology Khairullina Liana was directed to the training to the Romanian University. During the spring semester she is studying at the Faculty of “Sociology and Psychology” of the West University of Timisoara.

In the correspondence with the department of the international affairs of MSUPE Liana emphasizes special warmth and a friendly atmosphere at the university as well as the high quality of education and the organization of support of foreign students.

Congratulations to Liana with the successful participation in the program ERASMUS +! We wish her a fascinating and useful learning and good luck at final exams!

The third stage of student exchange

The third stage of student exchange between MSUPE and Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) is finished. The main objective for the 12 students of Italian University was studying Russian language and Russian culture. From MSUPE 7 students of the Faculty of “Foreign languages” went to Italy for internship.

Before the start of training a meeting with administration of the University and of the Faculty of “Foreign languages” was organized for Italian students. The meeting focused on the main points of program organization. Students also got acquainted with the history of MSUPE.

Students studied such subjects as “Russian as a foreign language”, “Methods of teaching foreign languages and cultures”, “History”, “Textology (Literature)”, “Psycholinguistics”, “Sociolinguistics”, “Russian literature in the modern world”, and on practical lessons taught second-year students Italian language.

In the framework of program completion students-participants of the Program took part in the international conference “Kuskovskie Readings” where they presented their research projects on linguistics and intercultural communication.

Various cultural events were organized for students. Students visited the Tretyakov Gallery, went to St. Petersburg and Kazan. Deputy Dean of the Faculty of “Social Communication” responsible for educational work organized a walk along the historically significant places of Moscow. It also included a visit to the Bolshoi Theatre.

After completing the program students have passed exams and received certificates confirming completion of educational internship in the direction of preparation “Theory and methodology of of Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures” of MSUPE. As a result of completion of the program participants of exchange have significantly increased the level of knowledge of the language.

We hope that knowledge and skills obtained during the training at MSUPE will help students in further training and professional development in the field of Russian philology and intercultural communication, and will also allow to return to Moscow to continue education in MSUPE and to join Master’s and post-graduate programs.

International UNESCO Chair MSUPE


International UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood” participated in the III Congress of UNESCO Chairs, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and the United Nations


image2On the 14-15 December 2015 the III Congress of UNESCO Chairs dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and the United Nations were hosted in St. Petersburg.

The Congress was organized by the UNESCO Commission, by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, by the Coordinating Committee of UNESCO Chairs of Russia, the National Council of Project “UNESCO Associated Schools” of Russian Federation, the national Mining University, the Russian State Pedagogical University of Herzen, St. Petersburg University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Committee of Foreign Affairs of St. Petersburg Government.

Among the main objectives of the Congress were:

  • Summarizing the work of Russian UNESCO Chairs for the four-year period;
  • Conformity Analysis of UNESCO Chairs Organization’s priorities in education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information;
  •  Defining participations areas of UNESCO Chairs in the implementation of Agenda for sustainable development up to 2030, as well as related educational goals;
  • Review the issue of cooperation the departments and the UNESCO Associated Schools.

Presentations of the best practices;

  • Analysis of the events, organized by the UNESCO Chairs in celebration of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. Familiarity with the best practices.
Greetings the participants of Congress by the General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova,executive secretary of the Russian Federation UNESCO Commission Grigory Ordzhonikidze,the National Coordinator of the project “UNESCO Associated Schools” in Russia Nella Pruss,Rector of the Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko

On the 14th December at the opening plenary of the Congress the International Seminar of UNESCO Chairs dedicated to the celebration of 70th anniversary of the organization were held.

Best Practices of the UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood” were represented by N.A. Baykovskaya, the chief of international affairs department MSUPE. The report was devoted to the experience of organizing international activities of the Department for researchers and young scientists, educational, scientific and practical activities of the department, as well as prospects of cooperation with UNESCO projects and programs in 2016. Separately it was presented MSUPE specialized scientific journals: International Journal “Cultural-historical psychology” and the journal “Psychological Science and Education”.

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The Presentation of the best practices of the UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood”

The realization of the modules developed by Department of International Research Master’s program “Cultural-historical psychology and activity approach to education” drew a particular interest.

The General Secretariat of UNESCO (Senior Program Assistant UNESCO Secretariat – Ms. I.Nishanyan) was proposed UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood” to make the expert link in the development cooperation subnet UNESCO Chairs, working in the direction of psychological and pedagogical training education workers and social services. The materials about the development of UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood”, proposals for cooperation and an invitation to the international events MSUPE organized in 2016 on the 120th anniversary of Vygotsky will be transferred on a network of Russian and foreign UNESCO Chairs.

With the leadership of the project “UNESCO Associated Schools” (Executive Director of the “UNESCO Associated Schools” in Russian Federation – Ms. N.Larionova) a proposal for development of cooperation with the UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood” was announced in the direction of joint projects Chairs and UNESCO Associated Schools to improve the skills of teachers and administrators of educational institutions (courses, practice-oriented training modules).

The roundtable cluster of UNESCO Chairs in Education

The work of the Congress was continued by the three breakout sessions (round tables), in which the delegates were able to share their experience in the international departments of education, science and socio-cultural issues, to discuss prospects for cooperation and development of joint programs, as well as to establish useful contacts.

On 15th December solemn closing of the II All-Russian Congress were held, it was attended by the General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova, executive secretary of the Russian National Commission for UNESCO Grigory Ordzhonikidze, the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov, Chairman and President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli and others. The Executive Secretary of the Russian National Commission for UNESCO Grigory Ordzhonikidze, read out a greeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Executive Secretary of the Russian National UNESCO Commission – Grigory Ordzhonikidze

The UNESCO General Director Ms. Irina Bokova told in her speech about the meeting with the President of Russia V.V. Putin on the eve of the IV St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. She outlined the key prospects and the value of cooperation between Russian and foreign UNESCO Chairs. “We are proud of UNESCO Chairs in Russia. There are 56 departments – that is the largest number of departments in a Member State of UNESCO. When we speak about UNESCO we have in our mind not only the headquarters in Paris. I think that during these days UNESCO was here in St. Petersburg “, – she said.

The speech of UNESCO General-Director Ms. Irina Bokova to the participants of the Congress
The UNESCO General Director Ms. Irina Bokova and a President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov

At the end of the Congress a final document was adopted. It included the recommendations for further joint networking departments in collaboration with the educational organizations – participants of the project “UNESCO Associated Schools” in the Russian Federation.

Moscow State University of Psychology and Education is grateful to UNESCO Commission of Foreign Affairs Ministry in Russian Federation, grateful to the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs of Russia, to the National Council of the Project “UNESCO Associated Schools” of Russian Federation for organizing the Congress and the opportunity to represent the best practices UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood “.

On 27-28 June 2016 MSUPE with the official support of UNESCO Commission of Russian Foreign Ministry will host an international symposium dedicated to the 120th anniversary of L.S. Vygotsky “Scientific school of L.S.Vygotsky: traditions and innovations”.


We hope to develop and strengthening our cooperation!

Office of International Affairs MSUPE


The UNESCO General Director Ms. Irina Bokova, The first President of Tatarstan Republic Mr. Mintimer Shaimiev and a Rector of the Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko
The award ceremony of All-Russian Public Movement “For saving people” in the conclusion of a Congress



Office of International Affairs MSUPE

Zhejiang Sci-Tech University

Meeting of the rector of MSUPE V.V.Rubtsov with the rector of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology Songliang QIU


On 20 November 2015 the delegation of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (Hangzhou, China) visited Moscow State University of Psychology and Education. The participants of the meeting were the rector of Zhejiang University of Science and TechnologySongliang QIU, the head of international departmentXiaojun Wang, deans of the faculties and professors. MSUPE was presented bythe rector of MSUPEV.V. Rubtsov; the deans of the faculties and Heads of the Chairs (L.S.Kuravsky, T.Y.Morozov, I.V.Dergacheva, O.E.Huhlaev, B.B.Aysmontas), the head of the office of international affairsN.A.Baykovskaya, press officer and employees of the department of international affairs.

During the visit the Chinese delegation visited faculties and research centers of MSUPE. The delegation made emphasis on the faculty of Distant Learning.During the discussion of educational programs with the dean of the faculty B.B.Aysmontas, Chinese colleagues were interested in the possibilitiesof creating some joint projects.

The Centre for Psychological and Pedagogical Expertise toys and games MSUPE was marked as specially an interesting field for joint working. Doctor of Psychology, the head of the center,professor of a Department of Preschool Pedagogy MSUPE E.O. Smirnova, presented the work carried out on the basis of the center. Chinese colleaguessuggested producing developing toys for children on the basis of the largest Chinese manufacturers, which cooperate with Zhejiang University.

Zhejiang University of Science and Technology was founded in 1897 and nowadays it is one of the top three universities in China. On the base of Zhejiang University there are 59 bachelor’s degree programs, 17 master’s degree programsand also a graduate school was opened. It cooperates actively with universities of Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. The main target of the meeting was expansion of international cooperation with MSUPE.


The cooperation between MSUPE and Zhejiang University of Science and Technology started in 2013 when the students of MSUPE went on training to China for one yearon the basis of Chinese government grants. Currently two students of MSUPEare continuing to study at magistracy on the basis of the grant of the Chinese government. The students won a competition organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of RF. In 2014-2015 a system of Zhejiang’s grants for training of MSUPE’s students was organized in such areas as: Chinese Language and Cross-cultural Communication.

In the frame of official meeting the members of the delegation from China presented a detailed presentation about Zhejiang University and perspective directions for further cooperation. Questions about joint educational programs, researches, increase of academic mobility of students and teachers between institutions were also discussed by the delegation and the rector of MSUPE V.V. Rubtsov.A question about an entry into theBRICS Network University took a special place during the meeting.

At the end of the conversation the rector of Moscow State University of Psychology and Education V.V. Rubtsov and the rector of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology Songliang QIU signed a framework agreement in areas of scientific, educational and social fields.