As the Ministry of Education changes its name, new development priorities are established for the National Academy of Sciences

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By Sabina Mamadli

President Ilham Aliyev decreed certain measures to improve national science and education management in Azerbaijan.

In accordance with the decree, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Education was renamed the Ministry of Science and Education.

In addition, the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) and a number of its scientific institutions will continue their activities in accordance with the new development priorities.

In addition, the National Museum of History of Azerbaijan under the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), the Nizami Ganjavi National Museum of Azerbaijani Literature and the Huseyn Javid House Museum are under the Ministry of Culture.

“The Ministry of Science and Education was established by Presidential Decree. The ministry is entrusted with fulfilling state policy, coordinating and managing the activities of scientific institutions. Two new agencies have been set up under the ministry,” the statement said.

In addition, it was noted that a number of scientific institutions were transferred to the Ministry of Science and Education and ANAS institutions.

According to the decree, the list of these institutions and organizations is as follows:

1. Scientific institutions funded from the budget of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan:

1.1 The Institute of Physics;

1.2. The Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics;

1.3 The Institute for Automatic Control;

1.4 The Institute for Radiation Problems;

1.5 The Institute of Information Technologies;

1.6. The Institute of Biophysics;

1.7 The Shamakhi Nasreddin Tusi Astrophysical Observatory;

1.8. Academician Yusif Mammadaliyev Institute of Petrochemical Processes;

1.9. Academician Murtuza Nagiyev Institute of Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry;

1.10. Academician Ali Guliyev Institute of Chemistry of Additives;

1.11. The Institute for Polymer Materials;

1.12. The Institute of Geology and Geophysics;

1.13. Academician Hasan Aliyev Institute of Geography;

1.14. The Natural History Museum;

1.15. The Institute of Oil and Gas;

1.16. The Institute of Botany;

1.17 The Institute of Zoology;

1.18 The Academician Abdulla Garayev Institute of Physiology;

1.19. The Institute of Microbiology;

1.20. The Institute of Dendrology;

1.21 The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology;

1.22 The Institute for Genetic Resources;

1.23. The Institute of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry;

1.24. The Institute of Economics.

2. The Scientific Institutions of the Nakhchivan Branch of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan:

2.1. The Institute for Natural Resources;

2.2 The Institute of Bioresources;

2.3 The Batabat Astrophysical Observatory.

3. Scientific institutions subordinate to the Ganja Branch of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan:

3.1 The Institute for Ecology and Natural Resources;

3.2 The Institute of Bioresources;

3.3 The Institute for Agricultural Problems;

3.4. The Botanical Garden.

4. Self-supporting institutions of the scientific service of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan:

4.1. The experimental industrial plant;

4.2. The science and production association cybernetics;

4.3. The Science and Manufacturing Association Nafta;

4.4. The Ashgar Science and Manufacturing Association;

4.5. The Science and Production Association composite;

5. Hi-Tech Park of ANAS Limited Company under the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

The statement added that this process does not mean the abolition of ANAS but, on the contrary, the beginning of a new phase in the integration of science and education.

“ANAS will continue its activities with a number of humanitarian scientific institutions in line with the new development priorities,” the statement said.

In a separate statement, ANAS management thanked President Ilham Aliyev for opening a new door of opportunities for integrated science and education.

“The decree is crucial for the development of science and education in the modern world, taking into account the country’s new socio-economic realities,” the statement said.

The document states that over the past 10 years, “scientific research potential has been modernized, application-oriented research has expanded, opportunities for the application of modern technologies have been created, and the role of intellectual property in this process has grown.

Furthermore, the statement pointed out the increase in the number of scientific publications by 80 percent in the last 5 years.

“Among the countries of the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan has ranked first every year since 2018. In the last 4 years, as a result of the intellectual property institutional reform, our country has advanced from 71st to 30th place among 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index, and the share of creative industries in GDP has increased from 3.5% to 5%, 3% up,” the release added.

The statement then emphasized that these achievements were made possible by the hard work and dedication of Azerbaijani scientists as a result of the policy implemented by the state in the field of scientific activity over the past 10 years.

“The decree defines new, very important tasks for the scientific and educational community of the republic. Regardless of their position or age, the employees of the republic working in the field of science and education should use all their strength, intellectual potential, administrative and organizational, moral-ideological resources and closer participation in the implementation of state policies led by Mr. President “, concluded the statement.

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