International Reputation and Innovation: XVIII Project 5-100 Seminar startedNovember 10, 2016
XVIII Project 5-100 Seminar-conference commenced at the Phystechpark of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology on the 9th of November. In his greeting speech, Tagir Aushev, MIPT Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs and Strategy, described “Phystech System” strategies and achievements and told about the Brain Research Centre opened in MIPT. Vice-Rector put forward MIPT’s evolution within Project 5-100. “In three years, we have created 41 labs at MIPT. On the one hand, we are recruiting renowned scientists from around the world, on the other, about ten labs from 41 have been created by young researchers, mostly graduates of the Institute. This has been a positive experience, the labs pay dividends, they are visible both in public and innovation spheres, they are actively transforming their research into technologies”, stressed Mr. Aushev. Andrey Baturin, Head of Scientific Division, and Taras Pustovoy, Director of the Centre of Innovative Education Technologies, presented other MIPT best practices. Their reports focused on effective lab administration, online education, MIPT digital education achievements and prospects.
These presentations were followed by Times Higher Education plenary session and roundtable, with reports by TES Global Managing Director Trevor Barrat, THE Data and Analytics Director Duncan Ross and Melanie Garcia, THE Brand Manager. The experts provided a comparative review of ranking methodologies and explained the details of the one employed by Times Higher Education (including the changes of 2015-2016 and the logic behind them). Duncan Ross delivered an overview of the global positions of Russian institutions and detailed successful and unsuccessful cases of individual universities in the rankings. The roundtable looked into proper global positioning of universities, development of an overall Russian ranking and more detailed subject ratings. Russian universities need to strengthen their international collaborations and reputation-building efforts to bolster their global positions, noted Duncan Ross in his talk about international rankings.
Vladislav Popov, the founder of StudyQA, GSA agency and the largest Russian-speaking online community on overseas education, conducted a workshop for university staff and executives responsible for international student recruitment. The conference continued with Science Slam, a scientific standup show where scientists of Project 5-100 universities gave witty speeches about their research. Each of the six participants had 10 minutes for his presentation. Although science slams have been conducted in Russia for the last three years, this was the first one to see battles between different 5-100 universities (MIPT, MISiS, MEPhI, Novosibirsk State, Tomsk State and ITMO). The slam was extremely popular: spectators were engaged in the interactive sessions and asked many questions. Victory was awarded using a noise meter to measure the volume of applause in decibels. Boxing gloves, the сhallenge tournament trophy, went to NSU researcher of pharmaceutical applications of genetic engineering Nariman Battulin.
The first day of the seminar-conference ended with an open discussion on increasing the number of international contracts by universities, participation in international contests and initiatives (as well as their development prospects). Anna Shornikova, Director of MIPT International Collaboration Centre, moderated this discussion.