Fifteen higher educational establishments of Russia have won a contest for subsidies, which will help upgrade their positions in the world university rating.
The winners were named at a meeting of the Council for Higher Competitiveness of Russian Universities amongst the Leading Educational and Scientific Centers of the World on July 5-6, 2013, the Education and Science Ministry told Interfax.
The open contest was announced on May 8, 2013, in fulfillment of the presidential order to have no less than five Russian universities on the list of the top 100 world universities by 2020.
A Russian government resolution issued on March 16, 2013, said 9 billion rubles would be invested for the higher competitiveness of Russian schools.
The program stipulates joint educational programs with foreign universities, recruitment of foreign professors and international mobility of students and professors, the ministry said.
Fifty-four schools applied for participation in the contest but only 36 of them met the criteria of scientific research, attractiveness to prospective students, engagement in the global academic market and positions in world university ratings.
The Council selected 15 schools to enjoy the subsidies starting from 2013. They were judged by their plans for improving international competitiveness, potential for taking higher positions in world university ratings and their current status.
The winners are the Far Eastern Federal University, the Kazan (Volga) Federal University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the MISIS National University of Science and Technology, the Higher School of Economics, the MIFI National Research Nuclear University, the Nizhny Novgorod Lobachevski State University, the Novosibirsk State University, the Samara Korolyov State Aerospace University, the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, the LETI St. Petersburg Ulyanov (Lenin) State Electrotechnical University, the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics, the Tomsk State University, the Tomsk Polytechnic University and the Urals Yeltsin Federal University.
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