27 January 2015
An article in University World News by Eugene Vorotnikov reports that the 5 Top 100 project is in danger as a result of funding cuts by the Russian government. The project aims to improve the quality and international presence of Russian universities and to place five of them in the top 100 of the main global rankings.
The programme was originally designed to last until 2020 and cost US$ 245 million. According to Sergey Orlov, the Russian Deputy Director of Higher Education, universities that have achieved their targets will continue to receive full funding while those that have not will see their funding reduced and may be removed from the programme altogether.
Russian universities have traditionally performed badly in global rankings, although they have recently achieved some success in the Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS plus Emerging Economies Rankings, where Lomonosov Moscow State University reached third place, and the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia rankings, where Russian universities hold the top three places.
In addition, educational loans to students have been curtailed following a withdrawal of government support.
University World News