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RUSSIA. GOVERNMENT STEPS UP FUNDING FOR ELITE UNIVERSITIES PDF Stampa E-mail

The Russian government is stepping up its funding of the 5-100 programme aimed at getting five universities into the global top 100 in international rankings, conceding that it has faced significant challenges due to underfunding and budget cuts. As a result, funding of the promotion of Russian universities in the global arena will grow from RUB34.8 billion (US$599 million) to RUB43.5 billion (US$749 million) during the period 2018-20, according to a recent draft decree, prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science. The aim is to increase the competitiveness of Russian universities in the global market and amounts to recognition of the substantial challenges they face. Currently, the 5-100 programme involves the participation of 21 universities. Its main goal is entering five national universities into the world’s top 100 universities as ranked by QS, Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU. (Fonte: E. Vorotnikov, www.universityworldnews.com 01-09-17)