Launched in 2013, Russia’s Project 5-100, which aims to cement Russia’s place as a world leading academic hub, has provided proven benefits to the nation’s higher education sector. Institutes such as the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have been able to improve their global rankings and increase collaboration with other Russian universities. The Project includes 21 participating universities that, with the help of the Project, have been able to build a new focus on science and international collaborations, as well as support a higher quality of education, staff and interdisciplinary research. However, last month, Olga Vasilyeva, Russia’s minister of education and science, stated that the large funding budget for the Project may be revised due to uncertainties of the outcome. Because of this, the ministry is suspending further consolidations of universities in the country while it examines and possibly revises the details of the Project.

Source: Times Higher Education

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