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14 Universities-Participants of Project 5-100 entered The V. Potanin Charity Foundation Ranking

September 10, 2015

The V. Potanin Charity Foundation has released the 11th ranking of Russian HEIs participating in the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program. Fourteen Project 5-100 universities are listed in the ranking. The scores are based on the results of students' and professors' participation in the Foundation's educational programs: fellowship competition for master students, grant competition for master degree professors and a Foundation’s School for students and professors.

The result is based on several indicators with equal weight, such as: participation in the grant competition and percentage of winners, average scores of the university, average scores of professor- participants in the grant competition and percentage of winners, indication of a proactive approach of universities in the Foundation’s School, average result of the university in the Foundation’s School. Higher School of Economics is first in the ranking this year, having made astounding progress – it soared from 21st place last year to the top of the list this year. The top 10 includes 4 more Project 5-100 universities: Tomsk State and Tomsk Polytechnic (3rd and 5th place, respectively), Ural Federal University (6th place) and Samara State University, which has risen from 44th place to 10th this year.

The 75 universities ranked in this ranking also include: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (12th place), Kazan Federal University (16th place), Novosibirsk State University (23rd place), Lobachevski University (25th place), Far-Eastern Federal University (28th-29th place), ITMO University (40th place), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (55-56th), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (57th) and National Research University of Science and Technology MISiS (66th).

The results were announced at a discussion organized by the Foundation in partnership with Project Office 5-100. The organizers invited representatives of universities and various experts to discuss the impact of such  rankings on subsequent university strategies. The expert panel featured the following speakers: Mikhail Antonov (Director at Project Office 5-100), Oksana Oracheva (General Director of Potanin Charity Foundation), Victor Koksharov (Rector of Ural State Federal University), Sergei Roschin (Provost at Higher School of Economics) and Veljko Vujačić (Provost at the European University in St. Petersburg). Elena Chernyshkova (Deputy Executive Director of Project Office 5-100) acted as a moderator.

The Potanin Foundation ranking s not a “classical” ranking and is not designed to evaluate universities as a whole, but is focused on master’s degree programs only. According to representatives of successful universities, the secret to successful self-promotion is in the development of attractive and productive programs in the areas of post-graduate studies. Artem Rykun (Provost at Tomsk State) and Alexander Dyachenko (Provost at Tomsk Polytechnic) as well as several other speakers noted that their universities aspire to become the type of schools that are oriented toward developing such postgraduate study possibilities for students. Sergei Roschin said that HSE is offering 17 master’s degree programs in English and is planning to increase this number in the future. According to Roschin, HSE is seeing more and more interest in Russian-language MA programs from foreign students. Oksana Oracheva characterized this ranking as “a different view of the education processes through the prism of a charity foundation”. 

The question before the participants of the discussion was whether or not a university should change its development strategy by trying to adapt to the requirements of various rankings.  “A ranking is not a foundation of a development program, but, rather, an adjustment factor”, said Sergei Roschin. This opinion was supported by many. Tatiana Leonova (Provost at FEFU) reminded everyone present that rankings are not the end-goal, but, rather, an instrument helping universities to evaluate their progress. According to Victor Koksharov, rankings are an important part of the strategy of a university aspiring to world-wide recognition.

“As soon as a university figures out its development strategy, a ranking strategy follows”, said Mikhail Antonov. “As long as this tool is available to us, let’s learn how to use it”, he added. Artem Rykun called ranking and rankings “a language that is understood by all” and added that his university uses rankings, for example, when choosing partner universities. The participants in the discussion agreed that the topic of rankings raises other issues and subjects for discussion – for example, such topics as the change of the content of Russian higher education.