25 Nov 2017 17:19

Russian universities strengthen positions in global education - Education Ministry

MOSCOW. Nov 25 (Interfax) - The Russian higher education is becoming increasingly recognizable abroad, Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva said on Thursday, commenting on the results of a Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) international ranking of universities in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

"We are pleased to note that the national higher school is gaining ever more influence in global education by drawing active attention to itself both from the student and scientific community and from leading western rating agencies," Vasilyeva was quoted by her ministry's press office as saying.

In the latest Top 100 BRICS ranking, Russia has increased its representation from 19 to 25 universities, "and each one of the universities has improved its individual positions," the minister said.

"Efforts to develop and spread the Russian higher education will be continued both under the priority project [entitled] 'Universities as central spaces for innovation creation' and as part of this year's priority project 'Developing the export potential of the Russian education system'," Vasilyeva said.

The recently published QS ranking of top universities in BRICS countries includes 68 universities with Russia's Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in the fifth place, up by two positions from last year.

The top 50 includes ten Russian universities: the MSU, Novosibirsk State University, St. Petersburg State University, Tomsk State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technologies, Bauman Moscow State University, National Research Nuclear University (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Higher School of Economics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and Tomsk State University.

The first one hundred includes 25 Russian universities.