Six Universities Join Project 5-100October 26, 2015
Six new universities have joined project 5-100, having successfully presented their academic excellence programs to the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Leading Global Research and Education Centers chaired by Dmitry Livanov – Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
Dmitry Livanov has commented on the process of selection of the new participants: “The Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of the Leading Russian Universities met in Vladivostok to sum up the results of the contest. A total of 18 universities were approved to participate in the final stage of the contest. Each university presented its program and answered the questions posed by the Council members and experts in attendance. Voting was conducted in two rounds. Ten universities made it to the second round and six were selected for the Project: Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Siberian Federal University, University of Tyumen and South Ural State University”.
The Minister added: “I would like to especially note the universities who were admitted to the second round, but did not make it into the final six. Their presentations and programs also impressed the Council. They are: MAI, Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Saratov State University and Southern Federal University. Despite the fact that these four universities were not selected for Project 5-100, we are going to provide special support measures for these institutions outside the framework of the Project.”
Prominent representatives of the Russian academic community, public officials and global education experts participating in the discussion of the contestants’ presentation included these notables: Philip Altbach (Founder of the Center for International Higher Education in Boston), Michael Crow (President of Arizona State University), Edward Crawley (President of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology), Koenraad Debackere (Managing Director of the Catholic University of Leuven), Malcolm Grant (Chairman of NHS England), Tsui Lap-Chee (Vice-Chancellor and President of the Hong Kong University), Min Weifang (Executive President of the Chinese Society for Education Development Strategies), Andrei Volkov (Professor, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO) and Igor Agamirzian (CEO of Russian Venture Company).
At present, 15 leading Russian universities are participating in Project 5-100. Over the last 2 years they have managed to significantly improve their positions in global university rankings: in September this year, 9 Project members got into the annual Times Higher Education Rankings and in October, 2 Project universities were listed in the TOP 10 of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe & Central Asia.