Dmitry Medvedev evaluates Project 5-100April 21, 2016
On 19 April, Dmitry Medvedev (Prime Minister of the Russian Federation) delivered a report the results of activities of the Government in 2015 at a plenary session in the State Duma. Speaking of higher education, the Prime Minister noted the progress of Russian universities and their improved results in global academic rankings due to realization of Project 5-100.
Medvedev said: “We are seeing positive results in the promotion of our universities among the world’s elite which is called the “top 100”. Most importantly, many universities have improved their positions; we are also witnessing an increase in the number of schools which have entered global rankings for the first time. This is very important simply because it means that the quality of education is improving among the most advanced and innovative universities in the Russian Federation. We are definitely going to continue with this program, there is no other way. Some of the universities climbing into the ranks of the world’s best are getting government aid to improve their competitive standing.” The Minister also pointed out that the universities’ promotion in world rankings is directly related to research activities.
In October 2012, Dmitry Medvedev signed a Government Decree N 2006-r “On approval of an action plan to develop leading universities and improve their competitive standing among the world’s best education and research centers”. In March 2013, the Government issued a Decree N 211 “On measures of government support for leading Russian universities for the purpose of improving their competitive standing among the world’s leading research and education centers”. This document determined the amount of budgetary funds appropriated for Project 5-100 and the rules of distribution of these subsidies among the university-participants. Under this Decree the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of the Leading Russian Universities among Leading Global Research and Education Centers was established and its terms of reference were determined.
In July 2013, the Council met to determine which universities would participate in Project 5-100. “The Project was designed for a long period of time; during this period the universities will have to change by many criteria,” said the Prime Minister at a meeting with the Council members.