Interfax, Ekho Moskvy launch project to evaluate Russian universities
The Interfax International Information Group and the radio station Ekho Moskvy have launched a new joint project, which is aimed at making a rating of Russian universities.
In October 2009, ZAO Inform-Invest, a subsidiary of Interfax, signed a state contract with the Russian Federal Education Agency for the development of the foundations of an independent evaluation system and the formation of Russian university ratings.
The national rating model developed by a group of researchers is based on the following key indicators:
- the university‘s educational activities (weight in evaluation- 0.2);
- the university‘s research activities (0.2);
- the university‘s social activities (0.15);
- the university‘s international activities (0.15);
- the university‘s brand (0.15);
- public opinion on the university‘s activities (0.15).
The analysis of the information determined the following top ten universities in Russia:
- Moscow Lomonosov State University (100 points)
- St. Petersburg State University (68)
- Moscow Institute of Physics and Technologies (National Research University) (62)
- Russian University of People‘s Friendship (RUDN) (61)
- Novosibirsk State University (55)
- Russian State Pedagogical University of A. I. Gertsen (55)
- Tomsk State University (54)
- Nizhny Novgorod Lobachevsky State University (53)
- National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) (51)
- Far Eastern State University (51)
- Moscow Lomonosov State University (100)
- St. Petersburg State University (82)
- Moscow State Law Academy (MGYuA) (76)
- Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Russian Foreign Ministry (MGIMO(U)) (75)
- Urals State Law Academy (66)
- Saratov State Academy of Law (63)
- State University - Higher School of Economics under the Government of the Russian Federation (GU-VShE) (63)
- Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation (ANKh) (62)
- Russian University of People‘s Friendship (RUDN)) (61)
- Kazan State University (Povolzhye Federal University) (61)
Ekho Moskvy Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov said that "the mission of our new joint project is to solve an ambitious problem, which is very important for the development of the entire education process: to form a national rating of higher education establishments, which will become global in the future."
Interfax CEO Mikhail Komissar said: "We are hoping this project will promote the development and improvement of the quality of educational services in the Russian Federation, and will also increase the competitive power of the Russian education system."
More detail on the project "National Rating of Russian Universities, the methods used to form its rating, and research outcome can be found at www.univer-rating.ru.