The Russian government has upped its international student quota for universities by a third to 200,000 for this year and put in place plans to simplify visas for students completing a foundation year, as part of an ongoing drive to boost the global profile of Russian HE.
Spending by international students in Russia reached $1.4bn in 2015, following a decade that saw enrolments almost triple to over 280,000. Research predicts spending could increase almost fourfold by 2030 on the back of a continuing boom in enrolments.
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.