Project 5-100 International Council meeting held in MoscowMarch 25, 2017
A meeting of the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centres (Project 5-100 International Council) was held on March 17-18, 2017. It was chaired by Olga Golodets, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, and attended by Olga Vasilyeva, Minister for Education and Science, German Gref, President and Chairman of Sberbank, and international members of the Council.
“Boosting reputation of Russian education and recognition of Russian universities in the global education market are our objectives since it helps support our technologies and develop the economy in the long run. The Council provides specific recommendations to every university on how to develop further and become more competitive and recognized in the global coordinate system,” emphasized Olga Golodets.
During the meeting, 21 leading universities selected competitively in 2013 and 2015 to receive state support in order to enhance their competitiveness among global research and education centres presented their 2016 results, 2017 road maps and research projects.
“All Project 5-100 participants have very ambitious programs in the most topical areas, often not even broached in Harvard or London. However, many ideas can only be implemented in close collaboration with leading international universities. Nevertheless, Russian universities are distinctly different from all other institutions around the world in having access to opportunities created by Project 5-100,” said Malcolm Grant, Chairman of the National Health Service and member of the Project 5-100 International Council.
The following decisions were made during the Council session:
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have been recognized as leaders in road map implementation who scored more than 7 points. The group of leaders also includes National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Tomsk State University and ITMO.
Far Eastern Federal University, Kazan Federal University, Tomsk Polytechnical University, Novosibirsk State University, Sechenov University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Tyumen State University and Urals Federal University scored less than 7 points.
Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Lobachevsky University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Samara National Research University, LETI, Siberian Federal University and South Urals State University got less than 4 points.
Recommendations on enhancing universities’ competitiveness are being developed pursuant to the resolutions of the Council meeting. The Council intends to review participants’ road maps for 2018-2020 in its autumn session and make final decisions on appropriations to universities for the next project phase.
“We presented 2016 program results, objectives for 2017, three major research projects and also shared our key challenges. The tough part was that we only had ten minutes to present and then had to take Council members’ questions about our international collaborations and their underlying principles. We were also asked about our approach to creating a university change management system. I believe the Council members had a keen interest in what we had to say. In turn, their questions helped us assess our work and take a different look at the changes and development of the university,” commented TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky.
“Council members were genuinely interested in our work, so the presentation was followed with a lively discussion. Naturally, further development of SUSU was the main focus. Computer Engineering and Supreme School of Medicine and Biology (our new department) have generated most questions,” noted Alexander Shestakov, SUSU Rector.
“When compared to the average Russian university, 21 Project 5-100 participants stand out for their significant achievements. Project’s overall strategy is to help universities transform into research-led institutions. Over these four years, Project 5-100 participants have nearly tripled the number of their highly cited articles in Scopus. We notice substantial progress both in terms of publication activity and research focus, as well asstrengthened cooperation and participation in the most prominent international projects and research collaborations,” pointed out Andrey Volkov, Academic Dean of SKOLKOVO School of Management and Deputy Chairman of the Project 5-100 International Council.
“Project 5-100, just like other academic excellence initiatives, focuses on research-led universities. They are few in any given country, so it’s important to identify their needs and make sure they can be globally competitive,” said Philip Altbach, the founder of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (USA) and a member of the Project 5-100 International Council.