Russian Deputy PM Tatyana Golikova Sees Regional and Industrial Universities Admitted to Revamped State-Financed Competitiveness ProgramOctober 26, 2019
A meeting the Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Education Centres, which acts as the governing body of Project 5-100, got underway on October 25, 2019, in Moscow. Over two days, Project 5-100 universities will brief the council on the progress made in implementing their 'road maps', or sets of measures designed to increase their competitiveness in the global education marketplace, and unveil plans for further action.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who has led the council since 2018, opened the meeting which was also attended by the council's two deputy chairmen, Mikhail Kotyukov, Russia's Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Andrei Volkov, the academic policy adviser to the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.
In her keynote address, Tatyana Golikova expressed a hope that some regional and industrial universities would be admitted to the revamped program for enhancing the competitiveness of Russian higher education, which is to be Project 5-100's successor under the National Project for Education. A competition to sel ect participants for the new program is scheduled to be held in 2020.
Tatyana Golikova expects to see not only federal but also regional universities take part in the competition. She thinks that some, if not many, of the 40 such institutions that have been set up by the governments of federal subjects (Russia's constituent entities) could well hold their own against current Project 5-100 participants. Tatyana Golikova further calls for broadening the program's geographic reach and enrolling more industrial universities, a development which both the authorities and universities themselves appear to favor. Healthcare universities are a case in point, with only one currently on board but more potentially eligible. There is interest, too, in getting transportation engineering and agricultural universities involved in the program, she said.
The 2020 competition will be held under the Young Professionals Federal Project that makes part of the National Project for Education. No fewer than 30 universities are slated to become recipients of government funds aimed at bolstering their competitiveness from 2021, with at least one institution drawn from each federal district (a federal district unites several federal subjects). Following the meeting, the council will issue recommendations for adjusting competition requirements.
Tatyana Golikova went on to observe that, in addition to guiding the development of the participating universities, Project 5-100 helped to promote healthy competition between them, which contributed to the advancement of Russia's higher education as a whole. She said that, while some institutions had emerged as leaders and others might have struggled to meet expectations, all of them had benefited fr om this new challenge, which had caused them to engage in good-natured rivalry and be emulated by other universities that aspired to join Project 5-100. This initiative, she believes, fully deserves to be regarded as a flagship project that has won a firm and creditable place in this country's academic world.
In 2019, the Project 5-100 universities' competitiveness programs have moved into their final stages. Kazan Federal University (KFU) was the first to report on the implementation of its 'road map' at the ongoing meeting, along with 11 other Project 5-100 institutions.
These reports will inform the council's advice to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on continuing government support to Project 5-100 universities in 2020.
Also yesterday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met council members and presidents of Project 5-100 universities to discuss the performance of the project and the government's plans for providing further support to Russian universities with a view to making them more competitive globally.