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Russian Universities' Competitive Prospects to Be Debated in Moscow

October 18, 2019

The discussion will focus on improving Russian universities' global competitiveness through 2024 and extending the government support program

The Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Education Centres , which is also the governing body of Project 5-100, will hold its 12th session on October 24-26, 2019, in Moscow.

The event will bring together Russian and international academics, government officials in charge of reforms in education, world-renowned experts and higher education researchers to discuss ways of improving Russian universities' global competitive standing in 2020-2024 and chart the path forward for this country's higher education system.

Since 2018 the council has been chaired by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, with Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Andrei Volkov, the academic policy adviser to the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, acting as deputies.

Project 5-100 universities will brief the council on the progress made in implementing their 'road maps', or sets of measures designed to make them more competitive in the global education marketplace. These reports will inform the council's advice to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on providing government support to universities in 2020.

The council will also review preparations for next year's competition to sel ect the universities that will receive government funds beginning 2021 under the Young Professionals Federal Project. Following the discussion, experts will issue recommendations for adjusting competition requirements.

Regulations relating to the provision of government support to universities for the purpose of improving their competitiveness, including the terms and conditions of the selection process, will be revised during 2020. Changes will also be made to the council's setup.

No fewer than 30 universities are expected to become recipients of government support, with one or more institutions selected fr om each federal district and one or more apiece chosen fr om at least 10 regions (federal subjects). Federal subjects are Russia's constituent entities. For administrative purposes, they are grouped into federal districts.

According to Mikhail Kotyukov, government support is crucial to creating an environment that would help universities enhance their competitiveness and transform themselves into hubs for cutting-edge R&D. The minister has also stressed that it is important for universities to branch out into new research fields, in addition to developing those areas where they have an established reputation.

The Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Education Centres is a standing advisory body on issues relating to the development of Russia's premier universities, set up in 2013 by Government Order No. 211 dated March 16, 2013.