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Experts discussed the results of the Project 5-100 Council meeting

November 7, 2018

November 7, at the XXV Project 5-100 Seminar-conference Marina Borovksaya, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, announced the results of the meeting of the Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities among Global Leading Research and Education Centers.

According to the results of the meeting, the Council divided Project 5-100 universities into the three groups. HSE, ITMO University, MEPhI, MIPT, MISiS and TSU are included into the top tier. The second group consists of KFU, RUDN, Sechenov University, SPbPU, TPU, UrFU and UTMN. The third group comprises FEFU, IKBFU, LETI, Samara University, SibFU, SUSU and UNN.

The universities are divided into the groups based on their featuring in the international rankings, achievements of performance indicators, including scientific and educational activities, international outlook and internationalization, financial indicators etc., and Council evaluation. This will involve further differentiated financial support provided by the State to the Project 5-100 universities featured in one of the three groups.

In accordance with the Russian Federation Government Decree No. 211 of March 16, 2013 the Council also sets the coefficients that are used to estimate and calculate subsidies. This year the Council proposed that the following coefficient values shall be used: 7 for the 1st group, 3.5 for the 2nd group of universities and 1 for the 3d group of universities participating in Project 5-100. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education will prepare proposals regarding the allocation of the subsidies to the Project 5-100 universities in 2019-2010 on the basis of Council’s suggestions.

At the plenary session of the XXV Project 5-100 conference the recommendations given to the 21 universities by the Council have received a special attention. Deputy Chair of the Council Andrei Volkov believed that Project 5-100 universities should focus on human resources development and capacity-building, improving their organizational and management practices, strengthening research and outlining their unique educational models.

Volkov stressed out the importance of cooperation between universities and industry: “Universities have to ask themselves what they have to offer to modern industry, are they capable of developing solutions that will make attractive business partners.”

Andrei Volkov also noted that Project 5-100 is aimed at transforming universities into leading research centers, hence the universities need to outline the directions of their further development. “A significant share of all the publications made in scientific journals by Russian universities are made by Project 5-100 participants. It is not a few percent share anymore, it is an important input into Russia’s scientific potential. We have to outline our research policies, we have to decide in which direction we want to go and what we have to focus on,” said Andrey Volkov.

According to Volkov, Project 5-100 universities have to focus on their main development priorities, including  research disciplines relevant to the priority areas. He also noted the need for closer and precise positioning of the universities when creating their development strategies. Volkov believes that universities need to have a very strong understanding of how they want to position themselves in the national and international education systems and how they are going to reach their goals. They have to set realistic goals and deadlines, stressed Andrei Volkov.

Deputy Chair of the Council also urged universities to attract and encourage talented and gifted international students. In his view, students’ high skill-set is an asset to the teaching and learning environment of the universities, whose alumni are competitive on the local and international labor markets. Marina Borovskaya echoed to this: “Project 5-100 universities are very interested in making a strong trend out of their graduates’ employment in the leading international companies,” she said.

The Government of the Russian Federation approves the amount of funds to be allocated between Project 5-100 universities in accordance with the proposals made by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Ministry, in turn, makes its proposals based on the recommendations given by the Council regarding the value of coefficients used for calculating subsidies.