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Minister Kotyukov: education, science, technology and innovation to play the key role in the economy

October 12, 2018

Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotyukov held his first press conference on October 10. He outlined the main challenges the ministry faced in relation to the different pillars of sustainable innovation development and areas where education, science and research integration was crucial for achieving the development goals. 

In an increasingly knowledge-based world economy, access to technology had become a vital component of any viable development strategy. Russia understands the urgent need to further develop and make use of the existing scientific and technical knowledge and emphasizes the need for developing appropriate digital technologies, intellectual production technologies, advanced, environmentally sound, cost-effective and easy-to-use technologies, intellectual communications systems and high tech healthcare, so as to seek more comprehensive solutions and strengthen national industry and economy capabilities to cope with risks and challenges.  

This trend continues to support and streamline the development of science, research and innovation. In recent years, efforts to evaluate and assess research activity have increased. One of the many quantitative indicators available for S&T evaluation and assessment is the research influence, that is, primary research journal articles.  

The ministry would campaign for Russia to remain attractive working destination for academia, to gain top placements regarding the number of scientific publications and patents as part of the 2024 campaign, widening international research cooperation and academic mobility.  

Russia has to double the amount of publications, said Kotyukov speaking at the press conference. This country is to boost intellectual property creation as well, also through encouraging entrepreneurship at universities, intensifying public-private partnerships and etc. 

Minister Kotyukov also called for active cooperation between research institutions, universities and industry that would streamline the economic development by providing industry with competitive technological solutions and skilled professionals. New national science and education projects will contribute to the further integration between research, education and industry, believed Kotyukov.  

Minister Kotyukov also stressed the need for increasing global competitiveness of the Russian universities.  

Russia has 15 universities listed in the top 500 of the world university rankings, there are 11 universities featured in the top 100 of the world university rankings by subject. “We are currently ranked 17th globally by the number of universities listed in the most prestigious world university rankings. Project 5-100 has 21 participants. Together with the rectors of the Project 5-100 universities we are developing projects aimed at improving Russia’s positions in the rankings”, told Kotyukov.  

Project 5-100 remains one of the pillars of internationalization in the horizon 2020 and a driver together with other state initiatives in education, science and research. Since 2013, Project 5-100 universities have implemented about 5,000 research and development projects in cooperation with Russian and international high tech companies. However, the measures and efforts aimed at increasing the number of papers published in Q1 journals, improving citation impact scores, research scores in the rankings and international outlook are to be extended.

During the press conference, Mikhail Kotyukov also noted that the gross financing of research and development will be increased up to 2% by 2035.  

Beyond that, Kotyukov promotes not only better engagement in scientific issues of all the parties concerned but claims the need of further development of the career guidance programs for school students, and Russia's leading universities have to be a part of them.