Dmitry Medvedev names enhancing university competitiveness a priority in education developmentAugust 26, 2016
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev named 4 main directions of development for the Russian education system at the meeting of the Presidential Council for Strategic Development and High-Priority Projects. He emphasized development of universities and enhancement of their competitiveness in the global market of education and research services, which are the focus of Project 5-100. Creation of a modern secondary education environment, upgrade of vocational education and development of a modern digital education environment are the other directions identified by the Prime Minister.
“Several objectives are intertwined here. First, we need to leverage our leading universities as a springboard for promotion of innovation so that they can commercialize their intellectual output. Second, we should enhance their competitiveness in the global market for education and research services and dig in at high ranks in international ratings. These objectives are not new. Some progress has already been made. The universities that are ready to develop themselves and their students, and conduct leading-edge research are already competing for state sponsorship. So when they apply for grants, they already find themselves in a competitive environment”, explained Medvedev.
In his April report to the State Duma on Government’s performance in 2015, Medvedev highly commended the progress made by Project 5-100.