World-Class Russian Education!

The goal of Project 5-100 is to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market.


Olga Vasilyeva


Deputy Chairman of the Council 

Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

In 1979 graduated with a degree in Choir and Conducting fr om Moscow State Institute of Culture.

In 1979–1982 was employed as teacher of music at schools Nos. 578 and 91 of Moscow.

In 1982 was admitted to the Evening Studies Department of the Faculty of History, Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Correspondence Studies, and graduated in 1987. In 1982 started teaching History of Russia in senior classes in school No. 91 of Moscow.

In 1987 was admitted to the Ph.D. program in the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

In 1990 defended her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “The Soviet State and Patriotic Activities of the Russian Orthodox Church during the Years of the Great Patriotic War.”

In 1990–2004 was employed at the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences. At the Institute she progressed from Junior Researcher to Leading Researcher and Head of the Center of History of Religion and Church of RAS Institute of Russian History.

In 1999 Vasilyeva defended her Doctoral dissertation at RAS Institute of Russian History, entitled “The Russian Orthodox Church in the Policy of the Soviet State in 1943–1948.”

In 2002 she headed the Department of Religious Studies of Presidential Russian Academy of Civil Service.

In 2007 Vasilyeva graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a major in International Relations.

In February 2012, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Culture of the Government of the Russian Federation.

In early 2013, Vasilyeva was appointed Deputy Head of the Office of President of the Russian Federation for Public Projects, wh ere she oversaw implementation of public projects in education, carried out joint activities with public unions and other civil structures.

On August 19, 2016 by order of the President of the Russian Federation, Dr. Vasilyeva was appointed Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

In 2005 O. Yu. Vasilyeva was awarded the academic title of Full Professor; she served as advisor to three Doctoral dissertations, and more than 25 Masters' dissertations.

She has written over 160 articles and 8 books.