BRICS University Summit Attracts Best UniversitiesDecember 9, 2015
From 2-4 December 2015, the BRICS & Emerging Economies University Summit was held in New Delhi. The event was organized by Times Higher Education (UK) and O.P. Jindal Global University (India). The Project Office of the Russian Academic Excellence Program acted as a partner to the event for the second time – the previous Summit was held in December last year in Moscow, and The Project Office was involved then as well.
The Indian capital attracted leaders of the best universities of BRICS countries and other nations, including representatives from Project 5-100 universities. The Summit was opened by the President of India - Pranab Mukherjee. Following Mukherjee’s welcoming address, Mikhail Strikhanov (Rector of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI) – who was among the key note speakers at the event -- made a presentation devoted to the future of ‘by-subject rankings’. He advocated the quest for further improvement of rating methodologies, but advised returning to the old way of emphasizing the results of scientific collaboration projects and excluding self-citations from the calculations of ranking indicators.
At the plenary session, Alexei Falaleev (Head of Expert Support of the Russian Academic Excellence Project) informed his foreign colleagues about the achievements of the academic excellence initiatives in Russia and presented several possible options for international cooperation with the Project.
The focus of the Summit zeroed in on the need to build world-class universities in emerging nations. The key event of the forum was the announcement of the results of THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, where Russian universities have significantly improved their positions compared to last year: their number in the rating increased from 7 to 15.