Sergei Sobyanin: Innovations Must Enable High-Quality Government Services

The city has presented its latest healthcare, education, and social services programs, including Moscow Longevity, Moscow E-School, My Work, and Moscow Polyclinic Standard+.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has participated in the Third Forum on Regional Social Innovations. As part of the event, Moscow has demonstrated its innovative social development initiatives.

Speaking at the forum, Sergei Sobyanin emphasized the role of innovations in enabling the provision of quality government services to every citizen. 

“Innovations are key to ensuring our country's competitive advantages and safety,” said the mayor.

“Russia's annual social expenditures exceed 10 trillion rubles. For the majority of the regions such expenditures account for more than two thirds of their budget. Improving the efficiency of social services by at least 10 percent is equal to trillions of rubles in additional funding. This is the true value of innovation in the social sphere,” added the mayor.

Moscow puts special emphasis on introducing innovation in education.

“The main innovation of recent years is the transition to per capita funding. By reducing the administrative headcount and refocusing funding on teachers, we've been able to significantly improve the quality of education,” said Sergei Sobyanin. 

The city is making efforts to promote vocational education in public schools by offering dedicated engineering, medical and IT programs. Young Muscovites have a chance to gain hands-on experience at some of the city's top companies. 

“The city opens to education and becomes part of the educational continuum. These are important innovations that lay the foundations of our future. Because education is our future,” added Sergei Sobyanin.

Evaluations by global experts confirm the high quality of teaching in Moscow's schools and universities. Several international rankings have placed Moscow in the list of top five educational systems in the world.

An interactive exhibition on social innovations at the forum is featuring several programs recently launched in Moscow. Among them are My Work dedicated to new approaches to employment and Moscow Longevity focused on senior citizens. 

An exposition by the Moscow Healthcare Department is showcasing its digitization efforts. The department's exhibition stand is featuring a primary care pediatrician's office, a waiting area designed in accordance with the Moscow Polyclinic Standard+, and a physician's office with professional equipment.

Local schools and universities are presenting their achievements at the Education City stand, which is also featuring information on Moscow E-School. 

“Any teacher can visit the site of the Moscow E-School library and download any class scripts or textbooks or upload their own and receive grants if these classes are popular among peers,” emphasized Sergei Sobyanin before the opening of the forum. 

He added that in just a year Moscow teachers had prepared close to 35 thousand scripts for various classes. Their peers in other regions of Russia can use these materials free of charge.


21 june 2019