Project 5-100 representatives speak about the advantages of Russian universities at APAIEMarch 9, 2016
On 2 March 2016, representatives of Project 5-100 spoke at the 11th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) in Melbourne, Australia. Alexei Falaleev (Head of Expert Support of Project Office 5-100) delivered a presentation devoted to the impact of academic excellence initiatives similar to Project 5-100 on international strategic cooperation. Falaleev spoke about the implementation of the Project and of the new members that came aboard in 2015. He also listed the achievements of the universities in the area of internationalization: the increasing number of international students and lecturers, the development of the English-language environment within universities, and the growth of the number of joint projects and educational programs with the Project’s partners. The Head of Expert Support went on to discuss the Project’s practice of holding quarterly seminar-conferences; moreover, he invited his foreign colleagues to participate in one such event which will be held in Moscow during June 2016.
Timothy L. Schmidt (Advisor to the Vice President for Education at MISiS) spoke at a session devoted to higher education in BRICS countries. Having briefly introduced the history of university education in Russia, Schmidt focused his attention on the advantages of Russian universities for international students – the quality and affordability of education, quotas for free tuition, and the leading positions, comprising a variety of subjects, held by many of our universities. Schmidt noted that during the 2014/2015 academic year, more than 220 thousand international students studied in Russia. According to a survey involving 3000 students which was organized by the Center for Sociological Research last year, 78% of foreigners are completely satisfied with the quality of education they are getting in Russia.
Mr. Schmidt also spoke about the attractiveness of Russian universities as leading research centers. In certain areas, such as physics, astronomy, engineering, math, chemistry, and the materials science – the number of academic papers published by Russian universities is substantially greater than the average in the rest of the world. “A third of all publications in Scopus is prepared within the framework of international collaborations,” the speaker noted. This number is greater than both the global indicator and the BRICS figures, and points firmly in a positive direction for Russian institutions of higher learning as they continue to make their mark in the global arena.