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Results and prospects of Project 5-100 discussed at a seminar in UrFU

February 17, 2016

On 11-12 February, the Ural Federal University (UrFU) hosted a seminar-conference of Project 5-100, attracting the participation of more than 500 representatives of the university community, as well as Russian and international experts. The event was opened by the UrFU team led by Rector Victor Koksharov, who talked about the most successful practices of his university.

For two days, specialists discussed the various changes in rating methodologies, university publications (as a means of promotion of scientific results in the world), creation of an effective recruitment mechanism, and the international competitive abilities of universities.

Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia) expressed his opinion about the interim results of Project 5-100 to the press and participants in the event: “I believe that the Project is developing successfully. Entering the ranks of global elite is a  difficult and time-consuming process, but we can already see that our universities are showing real progress. This has to do with higher-than-anticipated growth of the amount scientific research and with the fact that since the number of foreign students studying in our country has doubled, we are getting more income from non-budgetary sources”.

The media forum of the Ministry of Education and Science in the Ural Federal District ran  parallel to the seminar. The main topic of the forum was the development of a single information environment in the area of science and education. The program  was supplemented by a PR workshop 5-100 featuring the following speakers: Anna Usacheva (Director of the Department of Information Policy of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia), Alexei Fayustov (Director of UrFU Media Center), Vadim Vorobyev (Head of PR at NRU HSE), and Anna Veklich (Head of Strategic Communications at ITMO University).

Alexei Fayustov used the fall of the meteorite in Chelyabinsk as an example of how one event can trigger several opportunities to promote a university. Thanks to the meteorite, UrFU was able to draw attention to its own meteorite research, master’s degree program and the university repository.  Vadim Vorobyev listed the methods, instruments, and techniques that can be used to make a university truly open. In addition to having an outstanding website, Vorobyev named the following “transparency tools”: a communications team, projects which can “open” the university to society, and opinion-sharing platforms for university employees. Anna Veklich informed the audience of how  ITMO University has, in a very short period of time, managed to form a pool of experts who are ready to become an important link in academic communication. In 2014 there were only 5 such experts, while last year 30 had emerged. The plan for 2016 is for 45-50 individuals to rise to such a formidable level.

Participants in the round table “Scientometric indicators for assessment of research and ratings” -- organized by the Project Office in cooperation with Elsevier and Thomson Reuters -- discussed the changes in the methodology of the Times Higher Education rankings and the various approaches to assessment of research, including the use of altmetrics.

Nadezhda Polikhina (Deputy Executive Director of Project Office 5-100) summed up preliminary results for 2015 in terms of scientometric indicators of Project universities by noting an increase in the number of publications and their citations in the Web of Science and Scopus databases as well as the increase of the number of publications co-authored by foreign scientists in journals with a high impact factor.

The presentation of Galina Yakshonok (Consultant for Analytic Solutions at Elsevier) and Anton Stativka (Deputy Head of Department at Project Office 5-100) was devoted to the effect  of publication citations in Scopus on the universities’ indicators in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16. Based on their analysis of university scores in the rating, the speakers concluded that having highly cited publications alone without high scores for other ranking indicators cannot guarantee a top position in global ratings.

An analysis of the main directions of research at Project universities based on the information provided by InCites and SciVal was also presented at the round table. The speakers (Anton Stativka and Sergei Paramonov- Project Manager at Thomson Reuters) pointed out the areas where the highest number of university articles is traditionally published and in which areas the number of publications has been increasing most rapidly in the last few years.

During those two days UrFU hosted meetings of the following working groups of the Global University Association: “Succession Pool”, “E-learning”, “English environment”, “Study of internal university environment” and “Cooperation with foreign partners”. In June 2016, the 16th seminar-conference of Project 5-100 will be held in Sechenov First Medical State University in Moscow.