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Best Practices and New Development Strategies for Academia to be Addressed at Project 5-100's 29th Conference in Moscow

November 15, 2019

On November 19-20, 2019, the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE) will host Project 5-100’s 29th Conference as part of the National Project for Education. Project 5-100 is a government-funded initiative aimed at making Russia’s top universities more competitive globally.

Leading domestic and international experts in higher education and research will join university representatives and government officials in studying the best practices of this country's premier universities, with a focus on the most compelling instances, and updating strategies for advancing higher education in Russia.

Project 5-100 runs regular conferences to help Russia’s top universities implement their competitiveness-enhancing programs by providing them with a platform for sharing experiences, studying success stories, analyzing performance and discussing current issues. These events are also intended to promulgate the expertise and best practices of leading Project 5-100 participants among other domestic universities.

The upcoming forum will look into ways to make Russian higher education more marketable globally, study cases of successful cooperation between authorities and flagship universities in Russian regions, address issues bearing on cross-border academic collaborations and explore approaches to analyzing global university subject rankings for guidance on how best to pursue transformation of this country's higher education institutions.

A plenary session dedicated to improvements in the global competitiveness of top Russian universities is scheduled for Day One. Their experience of going through a comprehensive transformation as participants in Project 5-100 will be brought into focus, alongside the results of the October meeting of the Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Education Centres, and the outlook for Russian higher education in light of the government's plans to hold a new competition in 2020 to select universities whose global competitiveness efforts it will support. The competition will be conducted in accordance with the Young Professionals Federal Project that makes part of the National Project for Education.

Coincidentally, the first day of the event will see the release of the latest THE global university rankings for physical and life sciences, clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects, and psychology, which will provide further material for discussion.

Other topical issues relevant to the progress of Russia's higher education that will be aired at the conference include strategic planning as applied to university development; international cooperation and public relations; global academic collaboration; participation in fairs and congresses; evolution of scientific journals; cutting-edge educational technologies, etc.

Attendees will be welcome to visit PRUE's labs and research sites, such as a transport marketing research institute, a research institute for nutrition and healthy longevity, a center for monitoring the social and economic development of Russian regions, a shared research facility, and an advanced composite materials lab. This scientific tour will be complemented by a cultural one, which includes a virtual stroll through the State Russian Museum (a major St Petersburg-based collection of Russian art) and a real-life walk around PRUE's own history museum and exhibition showing how its predecessor, Moscow Commercial Institute, operated during WWI, etc.