With no open days to be held offline this spring because of the coronavirus epidemic, Russian universities are harnessing technology to make hopeful students' virtual visits as exciting as the real thing.
Russia's Minister for Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov has called on universities to postpone spring semester exams to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He also announced that final-year assessments might be partially moved online in 2020.
Russian Universities Embrace Online Courses, Virtual and Augmented Reality, As Education Goes Digital
Russia's premier universities, including those that participate in Project 5-100, have extensive ex-perience building digital environments which they are ready to share.
Russia's premier universities, including Project 5-100 participants, are taking instruction online to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among faculty, staff and students. They are following recommendations issued by the Russian Ministry for Science and Higher Education.
In February 2020, a postgraduate study bill drafted by the Russian Ministry for Science and Higher Education passed the first reading in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. The bill brings back the requirement that junior PhD students ('candidates of science') complete and defend a thesis.
On March 4, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based global higher education company released the latest edition of the World University Rankings by Faculty and Subject.
On February 22, 2020, the Russian government issued a directive distributing R10.07 bln in federal subsidies for the year 2020 among the country's 21 premier universities that participate in Project 5-100. The funding, designed to help these institutions better compete with their international peers, is being made available under the Young Professionals federal project that forms part of the National Project for Education.
On March 18-19, 2020, Siberian Federal University (SibFU) will host Project 5-100's 30th Conference titled “Industry-Academia Collaboration: From Regional to Global Competitiveness”. Project 5-100 is a government-funded initiative aimed at making Russian universities more competitive in the global marketplace.
Russia has expanded its representation from 35 to 39 institutions in the latest edition of the Emerging Economies University Rankings compiled by UK-based Times Higher Education (THE).While the Russian contingent is again led by Moscow State University (MSU), at Number 5, it is Project 5-100 participants that have ended up as this country's second and third best universities for the sixth straight year.
As many as 353 Russian institutions show up in the latest edition of the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics), which measures universities' web presence and impact. To compile the league table, the Spanish-based research group Cybermetrics Lab has reviewed nearly 30,000 institutions and ranked 12,000. The top 1,000 of the rankings features 11 Russian universities, nine of them participating in Project 5-100.