Russian universities strengthen their presence in leading global rankings in 2016July 1, 2016
Rankings published by leading agencies in 2016 show stronger presence of Russian universities among Top 200. This year, 12 Russian institutions, including participants of the Project 5-100, made the list, compared to 6 universities in 2015. In 2016, these are Higher School of Economics, Kazan Federal University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State Conservatoire named after Tchaikovskiy, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Novosibirsk State University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Petersburg Mining University, Saint Petersburg State University.
Thus, by the end of first half 2016, the universities have already achieved the objective formulated in the Public Declaration of 2016 Goals and Objectives of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science published by the Public Board with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Under the Declaration, at least 7 universities should make their way into Top-200 Rankings (by subject) in 2016.
In his speech at the 1st International Conference on Academic Excellence Initiatives which opened at ITMO on June 30, Alexander Povalko, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, emphasized the importance of increasing the pace of development of leading 5-100 universities. “At this stage, an important goal for us is to provide universities with all the means required to develop long-term stable partnerships with leading global research and education centers and engage directly in Big Science projects. This will certainly strengthen Russian research and development and assure results for Russian public and corporations,” said Povalko.
Attending the conference and sharing their experience are representatives of over 10 Asian and European countries which run academic excellence programs, including: Jamil Salmi, Ex-Coordinator of the World Bank Tertiary Education Program; Sabine Behrenbeck, Head of Higher Education Department and Head of Excellence Initiative at the German Council of Sciences and Humanities; Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn (Dublin Institute of Technology), President of the European Association of Institutional Research; Farid Ouabdesselam, Head of Excellence Initiative Implementation (part of Investment in the Future Program) of the French National Research Agency (ANR); Toshio Kuroki, Program Director of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative of the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science; Luis Delgado, Deputy Director General for University Modernization and Internationalization (Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport); Waldemar Siwinski, Vice-President of the International Observatory on Rankings and Excellence, President of Perspektywy Education Foundation.
Jamil Salmi noted the fast developments in the Russian Project: “Having been recently launched, Project 5-100 has an advantage over similar initiatives as it can learn from the experience of its predecessors and avoid a series of mistakes. I am much impressed by some plans and initiatives of the universities within Project 5-100, their achievements in terms of transformational visions and plans for boosting research potential, collaboration with corporations, education and internationalization efforts.”
“We are now focused on international ratings but they are not the only system we care for, our universities compare themselves not only to others in the same rankings, they also learn from Chinese, French and German universities with non-ranking strategies,” said Professor Andrey Volkov (SKOLKOVO School of Management), Deputy Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centers.
“ITMO University, one of the 5-100 participants, is a leader in optics, photonics and computer science, and the last several years have seen the most profound change in this university. Many of our endeavors demonstrate a blend of history and future. For instance, today we welcome conference experts and participants to the former manor of the Eliseevs, a well-known merchant family; now known not only for its history, but also for startup accelerators, business incubators and branches of international corporations,” shared Vladimir Vasilyev, Dean of ITMO University, during the conference.