Government reports on development of the leading Russian universitiesSeptember 10, 2014
The Government of the Russian Federation reported on the course of implementation of the Decree of the President of Russia dated 7 May 2012 # 599 “On Measures of Realization of the Government Policy in the Sphere of Education”. This information has been disclosed on the government website.
According to the “Report on the development of the leading Russian universities”, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, taking part in the Project on competitiveness enhancement of the leading Russian universities among the leading global research and education centers, reached the 63rd and 74th place in the international The Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the field of “natural sciences”. Until this moment only one Russian university had been among the TOP 100 in this ranking system, and that was Moscow State University.
According to the text of the announcement, the Council on competitiveness enhancement of the leading Russian universities among the leading global research and education centers has recommended continued support of 11 universities on the basis of the reports of 15 universities receiving government support within the program of the Project 5-100.
The Council also made a proposal regarding the distribution of subsidies provided in 2014 from the federal budget for government support of the leading Russian universities within the framework of the Project 5-100.
The funds will be distributed in proportion to the indicators used to calculate the amount of the indicated subsidies which were approved by the Decree of the Russian Government on 16 June 2014 (# 1053-r).
The Council made changes to the management system of universities. The universities will become autonomous institutions (13 of the 14 universities in question are already autonomous), and amendments will be made to their charters whereby university rectors will be appointed from among the candidates nominated by the supervisory boards of these universities.
Today, university supervisory boards are comprised of representatives of major enterprises and corporations and federal executive bodies of the Russian Federation. This helps to establish ties between the universities and potential employment markets both on a regional and national scale. According to the Government report, in the first half of 2014 all universities have engaged 85 managers with experience of work in leading international and Russian universities and research organizations.
The universities are already implementing more than 200 academic and research projects led by foreign and Russian scientists and/or in cooperation with research organizations and more than 500 research and development projects in cooperation with Russian and international high-tech companies.