Now the target numbers for admission between universities are distributed in advance, a year before the admission campaign. For example, in February 2022, a competition was held for the distribution of budget places among universities for the 2023/24 academic year.

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Now the Ministry of Education and Science intends to abandon this practice. Starting from 2024, admission targets will be distributed among universities in the year of the admission campaign.

According to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, a decision has been made to postpone the deadline for the competition for the distribution of admission control numbers for the 2024/25 academic year to January-February 2024. As specified in the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science, in the future it is planned to distribute budget places in the year of admission of applicants for training.

It is clarified that the existing approach to the distribution of budgetary places is not capable of providing a prompt response to a changing situation in order to satisfy the emerging need of the Russian economy for qualified specialists. The innovation will create a flexible mechanism to meet the shortage of personnel.

The press service also added that now the Ministry of Education and Science at the end of the year will form the demand for specialists at the request of the regions. And universities will post admission rules on their websites until April 1.

Formerly online edition “Teacher’s newspaper” led the words of the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, who called the existing system of distribution of budgetary places “bone”. At the same time, she noted that the Ministry of Education and Science deals with this issue in “manual mode” every year. But this requires a systematic solution and called for the development of a mechanism that would promptly and flexibly respond to the changing demands of the economy.