Strong ideas for the new timeNovember 13, 2020
The event, organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and the Roscongress Foundation, brought together representatives of the educational, scientific and business communities, federal and regional authorities. The main task of the forum was to discuss the best ideas for the development of the economy, social and technological spheres.
Speaking at the forum, Rector of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) Andrei Rudskoy noted the advantages that the inclusion in Project 5-100 gave universities. “Participation allowed us to establish our position in the region, in the country, in the world. As a result, we position ourselves in the domestic and global markets. It was such a breakthrough project. Of course, there were drawbacks, there were also shortcomings, but it is necessary to evaluate it by results. The environment at universities has changed, we, the participants of 5-100, fully feel ourselves equal participants in the world scientific and educational community, "- said Andrei Rudskoy. Speaking about the international integration of universities, the rector cited SPbPU as an example: “If in 2013 we had only 0.8 publications per employee, for example, in Scopus, now this figure has grown 7 times - to 5.9 publications per teacher. The number of foreign employees increased from 1% to 13.2% ”.
“I agree with what my colleagues have said: universities have taken a global position,” said Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Digital and Technological Development. He noted that “the real goals of Project 5-100 imply that universities become the authors of initiatives and breakthrough projects, which are reflected in the high citation indices of scientists, the attention of the authorities, corporations and the media,” and clarified that “the achievement of formal indicators is a consequence of breakthroughs, not their goal. "
“Russian universities today feel like equal participants in global academic processes, and this is a great achievement,” said HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov at the panel discussion “Higher School: Ice Age”. He recalled that the task of achieving academic leadership, set by the President of the Russian Federation in 2005, was largely fulfilled by universities in terms of various indicators. At the same time, the collectives of universities coped with "the danger of cheating and the construction of Potemkin villages," said Yaroslav Kuzminov, since "during the implementation of programs within the framework of 5-100, this danger was seen and reflected." “As a result of open international competitions, our compatriots who once left Russia, but now they are interested in working with us, came to us. Foreigners have arrived and are also happy to be engaged in educational and scientific projects. This means that our students have the opportunity to learn from the best,” - said Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISIS.
She stressed that the university, which claims to be a leader, faces two tasks: responding to the challenges of the time and the demands of the business community, as well as defining its own scientific and educational agenda. The new Strategic Academic Leadership program, which will replace Project 5-100, should also meet these objectives. “This is a very important program. This is a continuation of the globalization that our universities have entered. This is an opportunity to initiate and implement your own bright and ambitious scientific and educational projects,” - added Alevtina Chernikova.