The Russian government decides to continue internationally promote Russian universitiesJuly 4, 2018
The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that it is important to ensure competitiveness of Russian education in the world at the meeting with rectors of universities held on July 4.
'By 2024, we are to become one of the top five countries in terms of scientific research. The task is challenging. Academia went global long ago: students, scientists and teachers choose where they would like to work and implement their ideas. However, not only people compete for positions at these universities, but universities also compete for these talents,' he said and added that improving the quality of Russian higher education and, more importantly, making it more attractive for young specialists and scientists, improving the academic environment and increasing the availability of educational and research infrastructure are the only measures allowing us not to lose this competition.
The enrollment campaign is actively conducted at Russian universities. This year it is planned to enroll nine thousand students more than in previous years. Overall, universities are to enroll over 514,000 students. In the next six years, Russia is to deal with important issues stated in the Presidential Executive Order No. 204 as of May 7, 2018. According to the Order, it is important to ensure competitiveness of Russian education at an international level and make Russia one of the ten leading countries in terms of the quality of basic education. This is the direction taken by the Russian government in 2013.
According to experts, Russia is one of the countries with the highest demand for higher education in the world: nine out of ten parents would like their children to graduate from universities. The government understands this and is actively developing national projects in the sphere of science and education which are to integrate national plans for development and make them more detailed, specify the mechanisms for their implementation and provide funding. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova supervises these issues, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education headed by Mikhail Kotyukov is working on this.
'I would like to remind you that we have been included in several world rankings due to Project 5-100. We always say that rankings while not entirely important are indicators recording the movements made (by the universities) in the league tables and showing at least the dynamics. No matter what our ranking is, as this is always subjective. We understand that a number of rankings reflect the peculiarities of certain groups of states. The Anglosphere and the Asia-Pacific region are not the same in terms of this. Nevertheless, the changing ranking is certainly a trend, and we should pay attention to this.’ said Dmitry Medvedev in his conversation with rectors. He also noted that the leading Russian universities should play an active role in the development of education and science in regions.
We would like to remind you that at the end of April the meeting of the 11th Congress of the Russian Rectors’ Union took place. At the meeting, the issues which are mainly within the competence of the government were discussed. After this event, an issue related to allocating funds for increasing competitiveness of Russian higher education at an international level was discussed at the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. 'We allocate large sums for increasing competitiveness of Russian education at an international level and improvig its quality,' said the Prime Minister and added that during the previous period, from 2013 through 2017, over 50 billion rubles were allocated for relevant programs. 'We have achieved certain results. Last year, 11 Russian universities were included in the world's top 100 leading universities. We will continue this work and we understand how difficult it is. Of course, decisions do not provide for achievements, as the achievements result from hard work of all persons and organizations involved in this: universities, government, business and employers. I would like to emphasize that this work will continue,' stated Mr. Medvedev.