18 February 2018
Over the last few years, Russia has been concerned about the quality of its universities. The country has taken a keen interest in established global rankings and has started the 5 TOP 100 project to get five universities into the world’s top 100 universities. In addition, two new global rankings based in Russia, Round University Ranking and the Three Missions University Rankings, have appeared.
It seems that the drive for university excellence will continue. University World News has reported on further proposed measures of quality control for Russian higher education. An article by Eugene Vorotnikov reports on the completion of a three-year campaign to rationalise or optimise the system which saw the number of universities including branch campuses fell from 2,268 to 1,171 between 2014 and 2017.
The new program will assign universities to four risk categories according to how far they have avoided various bad practices such as not providing for disabled people or absence of documented title to property.
The objective is to conduct inspections where the risks are highest and to give institutions enough time to correct any problems before being closed.
The article cites a comment by Igor Remorenko, Rector of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, that the current system of accreditation in Russia is obsolete and does not meet the needs of employers.
University World News