Rankings are not the ultimate goal. The goal is to enhance competitiveness of the Russian universities around the globe, to improve the Russian educational system and to develop universities in Russia.
Six more universities have joined Russia’s Project 5-100, an initiative created to get five of the country’s universities into the top 100 global rankings. The successful participants were chosen after presenting their academic excellence programmes.
Russia’s campaign to compete as a higher education destination has begun its second application phase since launching a year and half ago. The next tranche of funding for the Project 5-100 will support universities’ internationalisation roadmaps and, the government hopes, rise in global rankings.
Russia’s 15-strong Association of Global Universities is in the process of establishing a unified student recruitment initiative that aims to recruit up to 15,000 international students annually. It will feed into Russia's ambitious 5-100 project.
The Russian Department of Education has assigned nearly 10.15bn roubles in grants to 14 of its top-performing universities through Project 5-100, which aims to see five of the country's universities enter the top 100 globally ranked higher education institutions by 2020.