28 August 2019
PIE News has an article by Callan Quinn reporting on the current status of the Russian 5 Top 100 academic excellence project. This is an effort to get five Russian universities into the top 100 universities as ranked by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings or the Times Higher Education(THE) World University Rankings. The article notes that Russian universities have become more globally competitive, developing joint programmes and attracting more students.
Russian universities have steadily improved their international standing. There are now four Russian universities in the top 500 of the Shanghai rankings compared with two in 2004 and eleven in the top 500 of Round University Ranking compared with nine in 2010. That, however, is still well short of the target.
At the moment only Lomonosov Moscow State university, which is not in the project, is in the top 100 of the QS and Shanghai rankings but not in the THE rankings.
Despite this, the project has had a positive impact on the country’s higher Daria Yuryeva, leader of the project, is reported as saying that it “is enabling 21 Russian universities to move forward… The launch of this initiative gave a salutary jolt to the country’s higher education system, causing universities to reassess their performance, start benchmarking themselves against the best international institutions and set new, quantifiable objectives.”