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Mikhail Kotyukov: Project 5-100 sets new standards for higher education institutions in Russia

November 8, 2018

Times Higher Education is holding its first global Research Excellence Summit, hosted in partnership with Russia’s National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) this year in Moscow.

The two-day event, which will end Friday, is designed to provide and share unique data insights into the performance of universities across the globe in the natural science fields, promote the discussion on measures to stimulate research and development in the natural and physical sciences, build the culture of research and excellence-promoting initiatives. Russian and foreign experts will consider the most promising research areas, which are on the verge of breakthrough. A day earlier MISiS hosted the XXV Project 5-100 seminar-conference.  

In welcoming the participants of the Summit, Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, highlights in particular the importance of developing national universities into world-class research powerhouses. He emphasizes the fact that the first global Research Excellence Summit, hosted in partnership with Russia’s National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), is organized in Moscow. Minister Kotyukov notes that research in Russia is now more accessible to the international scientific community, it is starting to change also in terms of publications, research citations, patents and other metrics. There are signs that Project 5-100 providing with resources and research-driven efforts gives Russia’s leading universities new opportunities to undergo further development and transformation, strengthen their positions at the national and international levels.

While noting the implementation of Project 5-100, Mikhail Kotyukov stresses some positive markers in the development of the universities. “This project sets new standards and rules for all the Russian universities to follow, regarding openness, setting priorities, focusing on the main goals and achieving them,” he says. Universities and authorities are stepping up efforts, and the next round would not be put on hold.

According to a Presidential Decree of May 2018 at least 15 new research and education institutions will be set up in Russia in order to strengthen strategic partnerships between universities, research units, industry and regional authorities. The goal is to promote research and innovation, to develop international partnerships and to facilitate social and economic development of the regions.

Andrei Volkov, Deputy Chair of the Project 5-100 Council, noted the need to establish a network of innovation clusters, promote and encourage the integration of such clusters. According to the experts, at the heart of major innovation clusters is found dynamic research environment, they have been one of the main providers of innovation, research and development and scientific publications, fostering the collaboration needed to develop new ideas and bring them to market in foreign countries for the last 30 years.

According to the rector of MISiS Alevtina Chernikova, since Project 5-100 start-up, the university has set over 30 new research laboratories and 3 world-class engineering centers, which are led by the leading Russian and international scholars.  

The Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation believes that universities are to serve as an important integration platform building new synergies around shared objectives and new methods of cooperation. “We have to ensure a significant increase in the publication activity and the amount of patent applications of the leading universities. We also have to step up the funding of innovation development. Solving of these ambitious tasks demands cooperation between multiple sides. We expect the universities to bring up the new generation of researchers in all the key sectors of Russia’s economy,” said Mikhail Kotyukov.  

The summit, on the theme “Institutional transformation towards world-class research in the natural sciences”, hosted the launch of four THE subject rankings: physical sciences; life sciences; clinical, pre-clinical andhealth; and psychology