How highly is Russian science rated by the international academic community, and is there evidence that government support has been an important driver behind an increase in Russian universities’ publication output? A brief study of the Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) abstract and citation databases provides an answer.
To assess a country’s global academic standing in terms of its universities’ research activity, one can look at the number of publications in sources indexed by the international Scopus and WoS databases.
At the end of March 2019, Russian scientists authored over 98,000 publications in Scopus-indexed titles and over 75,800 publications in WoS-indexed ones.
Russia has been gradually improving its positions in Scopus over the past 15 years. The number of publications by Russian scientists included in the database rose from 36,650 in 2003 to 49,702 in 2013 to 89,449 in 2017. They were most numerous in such subject areas as physics and astronomy, engineering, materials sciences, chemistry and mathematics. Publications dealing with quarks, neutrinos and air conditioning and ventilation had the highest citation index (FWCI) value.
According to Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) data in InCites Benchmarking & Analytics (retrieved on March 11, 2019), Russian researchers published 382,935 papers in 2013-2018. This makes up 2.4% of a total of 16,051,825 major academic publications in WoS-indexed natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities journals and puts Russia in 15th place among 223 countries.
The Times Higher Education (THE) announced the most international universities in the world. The rankings table includes 177 universities from 30 countries all over the world.
Three of them are universities-organizers of the Olympiad: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (136th), Novosibirsk State University (161st), National Research University Higher School of Economics (162nd).
The ranking was compiled using four indicators: proportions of international students and staff, international co-authorship score, and international reputation metrics collected for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.
The lists of winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad have been published on the pages of subject areas:
Winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad will choose universities for free education in the master's degree until April 15
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has offered a range of tuition fee waivers to attract talented prospective students from abroad and reward them for high academic results.
Types of tuition fee waivers:
10 percent for those completing an internship or participating in a summer or winter school at MIPT.
15 percent for applicants scoring more than 85 points out of 100 in the admission tests.
20 percent for those graduating from an undergraduate, graduate, or pre-university program at MIPT.
20 percent for students and graduates of partner universities and foreign MIPT students on joint programs and international academic mobility programs. The discount applies to the next tier of education after the one granting the discount.
20 percent for academic performance: scoring 7 or more in all exams and final tests over the two most recent semesters, having no outstanding (or settled) academic debts or incurred disciplinary action.
Waivers for olympiad winners:
100 percent for the winners and runners-up in IMO, IOI, IAO, IOAA, IChO, IPhO, EuPhO, Romanian Masters, and International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad.
50 percent for the winners and 20 percent for the runners-up in the Phystech Olympiad, as well as 10 percent for the winners and runners-up in any of the contest’s qualifying rounds.
25 percent for the winners and 15 percent for the runners-up in IEPhO; IJSO; IATI; the International Space Olympiad in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics (Russia); International Zhautykov Olympiad in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics (Kazakhstan); Phystech.International; Open Doors; “I’m a Professional”; and the final and pre-final stages of national school student olympiads.
To receive a tuition fee waiver, an applicant or student needs to submit an application to the administration of the Phystech School of interest. More details are available in the text of the provision (available in Russian).
TSU Higher IT School (HITs) has joined Apple’s iOS Developer University Program. This program is designed for universities that have iOS development courses in their curriculum. It provides access to resources for developers and help in using devices for testing applications developed. Students studying the development of mobile applications for iOS will be able to go through all the stages of their creation in practice, from the inception of an idea to publication in a store.
The training of specialists who develop mobile applications has been organized at TSU since 2016 with the support of the Tomsk office of the Russian company KODE. In 2018, TSU students won three prizes in the DigitalSkills championship finals, including first place in the Mobile Application Development competency.
On March 21, a Forest Biosecurity Center will be opened at the University of Tyumen. This forestry project is going to become the first output of cooperation between UTMN and the Northern Arizona University (NAU), Flagstaff, USA.
In July 2018, our universities signed a cooperation agreement in the spheres of forest biosecurity that was supposed to entail creation of joint research laboratory.
Scientists from our universities conduct collaborative research as part of the Russian Science Foundation’s project “Symbiotic mites of bark beetles on main forest-forming coniferous trees in Western Siberia”. In March 2019, the first joint article by researchers from the UTMN X-BIO Institute and NAU School of Forestry was published in the leading journal in the field of acarology, “Experimental and Applied Acarology" (Q1).
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has held a contest to select the best proposals of English-taught graduate programs to be implemented under Project 5-100. A brief overview of the five winning programs follows below.
This program is focused on the formation of competencies that enable graduates to develop digital business strategies, implement projects delivering digital innovation, and create international projects in the field of digital technology.
This program offers an in-depth understanding of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and the scope of its applications. A significant part of the course is devoted to the challenges faced by this technology and ways of overcoming them. The students will gain experience developing DLT solutions, learn to create applications based on Hyperledger Fabric and the technology stack provided by the Ethereum platform and EOS.
Those taking the course will study the processes of cyber object formation, functioning, and evolution to identify the sources of security breaches. The lectures also examine methods for determining breach source characteristics, as well as source classification and measures for protecting cyber objects from all identified and studied breach sources. The graduates will also learn to work with network, smart, and end devices and cloud services, including wearable electronics and the internet of things.
International Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology
Master of International Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology is a practice-oriented program for graduates of technical universities from around the world. It aims to equip the students for realizing international tech-driven business projects. The program offers a platform for establishing a venture enterprise.
Students taking this program will learn to process and analyze large amounts of information on biological objects, both of the kind available now and expected to be available soon, with regard to the tendency toward exponential growth of such data (for example, sequenced genomes, resolved spatial structures of biomolecules and their interactions). The program also looks at how molecular diagnostics methods are developed and new drug targets are chosen.
On February 27, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global analytical agency, published the results of the QS World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings by Faculty.
Two Russian universities are among 100 best in the world – Novosibirsk State University (Natural Sciences, 68th position) and Higher School of Economics (Social Sciences and Management, 75th position).
Four universities, organizers of the Olympiad, are among the top 200 in the ranking: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology), Higher School of Economics (Art and Humanities), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Natural Sciences), and Novosibirsk State University (Engineering Sciences and Technology).
At the same time, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and ITMO University went up more than 100 positions in the ranking of the "Engineering Sciences and Technology."
MIPT (Engineering Sciences and Technologies), NITU MISiS (Engineering Sciences and Technologies, Natural Sciences), and HSE (Arts and Humanities) improved their position by more than 50 positions.
This is the first time RUDN has been included in the QS Art and Humanities ranking.
In total, 12 universities - organizers of the Olympiad are among the best in the QS subject rankings: Higher School of Economics (16 rankings), Novosibirsk State University (12 rankings), Tomsk State University (8 rankings), Tomsk Polytechnic University (8 rankings), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (7 rankings), Ural Federal University (7 rankings), National University of Science and Technology MISiS (6 rankings), ITMO University (6 rankings), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (4 rankings), Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (4 rankings), RUDN (2 rankings) and Sechenov University (1 ranking).
The full rankings and methodology can be found at: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2019
Selkups. Save as ... is a multimedia project of the TSU Higher School of Journalism that received two bronze awards at the international competition The Best of Digital Design, which is held by the Society for News Design, SND. The project is dedicated to one of the smallest nations of the world - the Selkups.
Projects in digital journalism area take part In the SND competition. The results of 2018 were summed up by 13 experts from the USA and other countries. Along with the TSU project, the winners of the competition this year were the works of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, National Geographic, South China Morning Post, and other brands in the world media market.
The project Selkups. Save as ... received awards in the categories of Use of Multimedia and Website Design.
Such contests also suggest which areas should be developed: the greatest number of awards are related to data journalism, interactive interaction with the reader, and experimental formats. And this means that they need to be even more actively included in the project work today.
For two years, UTMN volunteers have been realizing an environmental project “5R” (Refuse, Reduсe, Reuse, Recycle, Recover), initiated by Hussein Sadykhov, a student of the UTMN Institute of Chemistry. Currently, Ekaterina Mogilnaya, a student of the UTMN Institute of Biology and alumnus of the Russia Youth Environmental Program, manages the project that aims to form and develop environmental thinking of UTMN students and staff.
Separate collection of waste plastic and paper is now available at the UTMN Institute of Biology, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Institute of Earth Sciences, and Institute of Finance and Economics.
Despite there is a waste sorting plant in Tyumen, separate waste collection is still very important, as the quality of materials after the plant sorting is worse due to contamination by non-recyclable or food waste. Separate waste collection helps to reduce the amount of waste landfilled in the region and therefore reduces environmental pollution. By sorting waste materials, it is possible to save up to 70% of money spent on mixed waste management services.
The final round of the Olympiad is held from February 18, 2019 to March 7, 2019 in the proctoring form in accordance with the schedule of the Olympiad.
The schedule of the final round for each subject area is available on the website of the Olympiad. There are 3 hours to pass the tasks in each subject area.
To take part in the final round, participants are requested to fill out the registration form in their personal account and provide the following information: all passport details and a valid photo or a scanned copy of the passport of good quality and resolution for establishing the participant’s identity. Participants who are invited to take part in the final round but who have failed to provide the required information within the established time are not allowed to take part in the final round.
After providing the required information on the "Final Round" page of the Olympiad website, all participants will be sent the Technical Regulations for the final round.
At the scheduled time, participants of the final round are to enter the Olympiad electronic platform using the link on the Olympiad website. Participants should log in using their username and password. After that, they have to complete the identification procedure: they are to look straight into the webcam of their computer or a laptop for 1-3 minutes and keep their passport, which they had previously uploaded to their personal account, next to their face.
UTMN professor Ekaterina Lobanova has developed a course for international students interested in studying the Russian language – “Theater in Russian”. Students of the American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) became the first ones to take the course.
The course also helps in training pronunciation, articulation and intonation. Moreover, it prepares for working in a Russian-speaking team. The classes includes both group and individual work. Despite the course aims to unleash students’ creative potential, there are no specific theatrical qualifications required.
More than 20,000 participants from 158 countries have registered for the Open Doors Olympiad.
Participants selected the following subject areas:
Business and management – 4528 participants;
Computer science – 4010 participants;
Political science – 2398 participants;
Economics – 1824 participants;
Biology – 1545 participants;
Physics – 1475 participants;
Mathematics – 1277 participants;
Philology and linguistics – 1209 participants;
Psychology – 956 participants;
Chemistry – 816 participants.
There is one week left until the end of the first round. 3000 participants have already completed the portfolio and now are preparing for the final round. You can find the schedule of the final round here: https://od.globaluni.ru/en/doc_final_schedule_en.pdf.
More than 17,000 participants from 151 countries have registered for the Open Doors Olympiad. The leading subject areas are business and management, and computer science. More than 3,000 participants have chosen each of them. More than 2000 students have registered for political science.
2100 participants have already completed the portfolio and preparing for the final round. The schedule of the final round you can find here: https://od.globaluni.ru/en/doc_final_schedule_en.pdf.
THE has announced the results of the Emerging Economies University Rankings spanning 43 countries across four continents. THE notes that Russia is the fourth most represented nation in the rankings, with 35 universities ranked - up from 27 previous year.
Universities-organizers of the Open Doors project claim eight of the top 100 positions of the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings: MIPT (12th), MEPhI (16th), HSE University (22th), TSU (49th), TPU (51th), ITMO University (53th), NSU (62th), and SPbPU (87th).
Two universities-organizers of the Open Doors project listed in the top 200 best universities: NUST MISiS (104th), and RUDN (117th).
Top 300 of the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings includes Sechenov University, UrFU, and ETU “LETI”, which has entered this rankings for the first time. FEFU features in the top 400.
Some of universities have considerably improved their positions over the last year. RUDN University has risen from 251-300 band to the 117th position in the list with particular improvements across teaching, citations and international outlook. SPbPU (87th) scales up 18 positions with improvements to research, international outlook scores, citations and industry income pillars. HSE University climbs 10 places to joint 22nd, ITMO University rises from 57th to 53th and MEPhI has improved its position by 3 places.
THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018 comprises 450 universities from 43 countries classified by FTSE, as advanced emerging, secondary emerging or frontier. The list assesses universities across four continents including Brazil, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, etc. The ranking is based on the 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research), and industry income (knowledge transfer).
On December 10–16, in Hanoi, within the framework of cooperation between the University of Tyumen, the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia and the Russian Center of Science and Culture, was organized a series of events under the project “Mechanisms for promoting Russian language and literature contests in multicultural educational spaces”. The project was financed by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation as part of the state program "Development of Education".
The teachers of Russian had an opportunity to take an advanced training course "Russian language abroad: a variety of techniques and practices." Its main objective is to adopt modern approaches in teaching Russian and find new methods to compensate for the absence of a language environment. In their turn, Vietnamese schoolchildren enjoyed interactive activities and language games.
GreenMetric published the results of the world ranking of environmental sustainability of universities. RUDN took the 41st place among the universities of the world and reaffirmed the position of the “greenest” university in Russia.
RUDN is one of the top 50 universities in the world in terms of “Environmental Education”, “Energy and Climate Change” and “Transport Policy”.
This year, 719 universities from 81 countries took part in the ranking.
The GreenMetric World University Ranking measure universities' commitment to sustainable development and creating “green” infrastructure. The rating assesses universities according to 6 parameters: setting and infrastructure, transportation, waste, energy and climate change, water, and education and research.
Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) launches grants and new academic programs for talented and motivated students in 2019. The best participants in the Academic Excellence and Honors Education (AEHE) program will be able to go on the internship or additional training.
Already in the spring semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, the best FEFU students will receive 50 international travel grants for participation in internships, exchange programs, and summer schools. The university will also allocate 25 grants for the study of a second foreign language and will form five groups for intensive English language programs provided by MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations). 100 students will receive certificates for completing additional online courses from leading FEFU partner universities.
The program started in the fall of 2018, now more than 200 first-year students are participating in the program. During the adaptation semester, they got acquainted with the FEFU educational environment, they were trained in the development of soft skills, including leadership, teamwork, and others. Together with the advisors, the students worked on personal educational trajectories which determine additional competencies they would like to receive during their studies.
Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University ETU "LETI" (ETU "LETI") in addition to Summer Schools, which are in demand by international students from around the world, opens Winter Schools in English and Russian, while increasing the number of programs at seasonal schools in general.
ETU "LETI" increases the number of previously available English-taught seasonal schools up to eight programs covering the main areas demanded:
8. Renewable Energy.
Moreover, to the Summer Schools of the Russian language "Intensive Course of Russian for Beginners (A1 level)", "Intensive Course of Russian Upperintermediate level (A2-B1 level)" and "Intensive Course of Russian for Master and Postgraduate Students (B2-C1 level)" two short-term programs of the Russian language and culture for both Summer and Winter Schools are added: "Russian Language and Cultural Heritage of Russia" and "Gems of Russian Culture in Russian Language", which last for two weeks as the English-taught programs of the Winter and Summer Schools.
Detailed information about the Winter and Summer Schools you can find at the official website of the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI": https://etu.ru/en/study/winter-and-summer-schools/
Since this year, the Cultural Trends Lab has begun its work at the UTMN Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities. It is headed by Lev Manovich, one of the world's leading digital culture theorists, media theorist, founder of the Cultural Analytics Lab, Professor at the City University of New York.
The laboratory develops techniques for identification and effective use of cultural indices — quantitative and qualitative indicators of cultural activity, innovativeness, degree of globalization and cultural diversity. Based on these indicators, one can analyze the relationship between the creative and innovative potential of locations and their socio-economic and cultural-historical development, as well as create maps of territories that demonstrate these indices.
From Nov. 30-Dec. 5, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted the All-Russian Physicists’ Tournament. The event was supported by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the governor of the Arkhangelsk region, and Russian software company ABBYY.
The absolute winners of the competition are team Rubicon from Voronezh, one point ahead of the MIPT team Experience. Both teams got first-place certificates.
A team from South Ural State University placed second. A total of seven teams from the Russian cities of Moscow, Voronezh, Chelyabinsk, Penza, and Arkhangelsk competed in the tournament.
The competition is akin to a physics “skirmish” where teams are pitted against one another to solve problems, present solutions, and defend them in front of opponents and the jury. The tasks are known in advance and constitute tough research problems for which no complete solutions are available in the literature. The winning team gets to participate in the 2019 International Physicists’ Tournament, to be held in April in Lausanne, Switzerland.
More than 5,000 participants from 121 countries have registered for the Open Doors Olympiad. Business and Management, and Computer Science are the most popular subject areas. More than 1,000 participants have chosen them. More than 500 students have registered for Political Science and Economics.
UTMN (Tyumen State University) has become the second higher education institution in Russia, which got the European accreditation of the Bachelor’s degree program in public administration "State and Municipal Management". In 2017, the Higher School of Economics was the first university in Russia to get this accreditation.
The European accreditation means that Tyumen University trains future state and municipal employees and heads of government enterprises in compliance with the European higher education guidelines. The bachelor's degree program "State and Municipal Administration" is accredited until September 30, 2021.
Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) President, Nikita Anisimov, visited Seoul National University and Hanyang University (Republic of Korea) on December 3-4. The main agenda was the expansion of cooperation in the field of education and science.
Acting President of Seoul National University, Chan Wook Park, said he was interested in opening a joint two-diploma program and increasing the number of students and staff participating in academic exchanges. President of Hanyang University Young Moo Lee discussed the creation of an educational program on business management and conducting a conference on the development of humanitarian relations between Russia and the states of the Korean Peninsula.
Far Eastern Federal University is developing ties with 40 partners from the Republic of Korea. Programs of academic exchange and support for talented students, scientific projects in the field of Korean studies, archeology, and nanoelectronics are being jointly implemented in cooperation with the largest universities, research centers and companies in the country. More than 30 South Korean students receive education at FEFU in various fields.
Source: FEFU website
The II CTF Russian Cup is one of the country’s largest information security tournaments. Competitions were held on November 30 – December 1 in the Skolkovo Innovation Center. 21 teams-winners of regional competitions and CTF development teams took part in the finals.
Since December 2018, the Ural Federal University has opened a new opportunity for pupils and students of Mongolia to study the Russian language remotely. This was announced during a video conference between UrFU and the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Ulaanbaatar. To get full information on the educational program, students from several Mongolian universities participated in the video conference.
The Russian language courses at Ural Federal University include 144 hours of free online lessons, tutoring and ongoing information support. Every week, course participants will receive useful information in order to improve their Russian skills.
As a result, students and schoolchildren will be able to improve their Russian language skills in a few months, prepare for the exam and eventually become an UrFU student. At the beginning and at the end of the course, the organizers will conduct a test, which will show their language level. Classes will begin as early as December 2018, and will end at the end of April 2019.
Within the II Moscow International Investment Forum (November 29, 2018) Sechenov University has signed bilateral agreement with the Swiss-Russian forum Foundation. The agreement proposes cooperation in medical science and education between Sechenov University and the Swiss universities & university hospitals.
The agreement also provides opportunity to held joint conferences, seminars and round tables, to participate in academic exchange programmes and scholarship completions. Sechenov University will get access to joint educational programmes, supported by the Swiss-Russian Forum foundation, to research projects conducted by the Swiss colleagues.
It’s necessary to note that this year Sechenov University has signed an agreement with the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, which invests in cancer research carried out at the University. The II Swiss-Russian Forum is also decided to hold at Sechenov University.
On November 23, students from India studying at the Institute of Medicine of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University gave a concert “Indian extravaganza 2018”. The concert was a good opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions of India. Today 80 students from India study General Medicine, and 50 out of 80 have enrolled in the course this year. The majority of students came from Maharashtra, and this is their first experience of staying abroad.
On November 22, 2018, the International Accreditation Committee finished its work in the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Members of the Committee represent different Chinese and Russian universities. They assessed the quality of several master’s programmes in two clusters - Philology and Physics.
This is the second time the International Public Accreditation Committee from China has visited the IKBFU and assessed its study programmes. In October 2015, the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University became the first Russian university accredited by experts from the People’s Republic of China.
Times Higher Education (THE) has released the THE World University Rankings by subjects: Computer Science and Engineering Technology.
Russia has 16 universities listed in the Computer Science rankings table, 9 of them are organizers of the Open Doors Olympiad. ITMO University has risen five places to joint 71st, which puts it on the podium in the regional table and strengthens its position in the top 100. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT (101-125 band) – another Project 5-100 university - has been ranked among the world's 125 best universities in this subject. The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (201-250 band) held its position among the top 250 universities in the world a second year in a row.
Seven organizers of the Open Doors Olympiad have entered the rankings for the first time: NSU, HSE, ETU “LETI”, SPbPU, TSU, TPU, and UrFU.
In the THE World University Rankings by subject: Engineering and Technology Russia is represented by 28 universities, 10 of them are organizers of the Open Doors Olympiad.
The Project's leader in the ranking is TPU (201-250 band). It is followed by MIPT, TSU and ITMO University, which have landed in 301-400 band. The Project's third-best performers are MEPhI and SPbPU (401-500 band).
HSE, ETU “LETI”, FEFU and UrFU have been listed in the THE subject rankings for engineering and technology for the first time.
The subject tables employ the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings, brought together with scores provided under five categories. However, the overall methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields. See the full rankings results here:
A delegation from Indonesia headed by the Deputy Governor of North Sumatra, one of the largest provinces of this country, has visited TSU. The guests got acquainted with the developments of the University in biotechnology, information technology, and the production of products from materials with shape memory, and visited Artlife - the TSU company partner. At the meeting with the TSU Rector, they discussed the possibility of creating the TSU preparatory faculty in Indonesia.
12 Indonesian students and one graduate student are studying at TSU, they have chosen international relations, geology, biology, and economics. Another 18 future TSU students are studying at the Pre-courses Department. The university actively collaborates with Indonesian universities. Five joint summer and winter schools have been held for students from both countries since 2014. TSU has collaborated with Udayana University, Padjadjaran University, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, University of Pattimura, Pertamina University, Gadjah Mada University - Indonesian Harvard, a university that the President graduated from.
Indonesia is among the countries that are priorities for TSU in terms of the export of education.
From Nov. 19-23, the All-Russian Student Olympiad in Theoretical Mechanics was held at Kazan State Power Engineering University. The overall team ranking was topped by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
The competition included a theoretical and a computer contest. In the theoretical round, MIPT student Vasily Yugov finished at No. 2, and the other three members of the Institute’s team were among the top 10 highest-scoring students. They are Andrey Uimin, Alexander Smirnov, and Ivan Ermakov, the latter performing out of competition. In the computer contest, the two-man team of Vasily Yugov and Ivan Ermakov came in first with 60 points out of 60.
A total of 106 students in 30 teams from Russian universities took part in the olympiad.
MIPT has repeatedly topped the overall team ranking, as well as placing first in the computer contest, at the All-Russian Student Olympiad in Theoretical Mechanics. Last year, Vasily Yugov was third in the individual ranking.
According to the study carried out by the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Tyumen was ranked first among Russian cities with the highest quality of life. Grozny, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi are also in the top five.
The researchers took into account six key indicators including the quality of medical care, state of roads, development of culture and education, work of city authorities as well as assessment of the housing and communal services’ work by the local residents.
Tyumen was in the top ten in all ratings that ensured its position in the final ranking.
The University of Tyumen has also contributed to the city’s development. In recent years, it has implemented such projects as the School for Gifted Children, the Center for scientific creativity FabLab, the Open school of law and others. The university tries to solve the problem of inclusion and create a supporting environment for Tyumen citizens who are disadvantaged with reduced mobility.
The League of Volunteers has an important social role to play. Open lectures, given by the leading researchers, thinkers and public figures, radically alter the city’s intellectual space, while youth projects establish a new creative reality. The city is changing and becoming more attractive for talented researchers and gifted enrollees.
To assess the quality of life, the study used the results of the research conducted in 78 cities with a population of more than 250 thousand people as well as the data provided by the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (also known as Rosstat).
During one week, foreign and Russian students had a chance to participate in cross-cultural events and get acquainted with the educational, scientific and other opportunities provided by the University of Tyumen.
The students visited the leading research and academic units: the School of Advanced Studies (SAS), the Polytechnic School and the Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO), where they learned more about education process and various training programs.
The program of the International Student Week included business games, workshops and sporting events. It ended with a big festival with a gala concert and tasting of national dishes.
“UTMN holds the festival for all comers. Among the participants are students of our universities and colleges, as well as other Tyumen citizens. They are eager to learn more about the culture and traditions of different countries,” said Irina Chelokhsayeva, UTMN student and organizer of the festival.
More than two thousand students from 39 different countries study at the University of Tyumen and more than 800 of them are full-time students. Adaptation to the new cultural environment begins in their first year. To help them adapt quicker, UTMN offers the “Buddy Program” and a team of tutors. There is also a curator of foreign students at every institute.
In 2018, UTMN launched the first Association of International Students (AIS) in the Tyumen Region. There also are Arabic, Latin American, Korean, Chinese and other national centers at UTMN.
In 2018, UTMN Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO) opened its first master’s program taught in English – Plant Biosecurity. Almost 40% of its current students came from abroad.
The master’s program is realized in a partnership with the All-Russian Research Institute of Plant Protection located in Saint Petersburg, so X-BIO students came there to undergo a two-week internship. They joined the Institute’s research teams to try and solve relevant fundamental and applied problems of plant biosecurity. Moreover, X-BIO international students now have a chance to explore Saint Petersburg and learn more about Russian culture and history.
“There’s no doubt that our alumni will have great career opportunities in the spheres of research, higher education and agriculture industry due to their wide scope and research competences gained while working over projects in world-class research laboratories under the guidance of leading Russian and international scientists,” believes UTMN Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs, Andrei Tolstikov.
Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications
Icons on the Olympiad study areas page are now clickable. There is a list of study areas, programs as well as demo versions of the final round tasks on the page. Participants of the final round are selected during the first qualifying round – the portfolio competition. The list of participants of the final round will be published on February 11 - 15, 2019.
More than 1,000 students from 62 countries have registered online to participate in the Open Doors Olympiad. The biggest number of participants - 207 students - chose the Computer Science study area and more than 100 students will be competing in Business and Management, Physics, Economics and Political Science.
On November 12, 2019, Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia, speaking at the meeting of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, with members of the Government, addressed the issue of enhancing the international competitiveness of the Russian higher education and science. The top 500 most authoritative world rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking now include 28 Russian universities. In 2012, there were only seven universities from Russia. Currently, 15 leading Russian universities are among the top 500 universities in the world; 19 universities are included in the top 200 in the subject rankings and 11 universities are among 100 best universities in the world.
“We should not stop halfway enjoying the results achieved. Today, many countries are competing for the best brains and the best technological solutions. Therefore, the work on increasing the competitiveness of the Russian higher education and science should certainly continue. We have been pursuing a clear and ambitious goal: by 2024, Russia should be among top ten countries, which are the most competitive in education and science,” Minister Mikhail Kotyukov is quoted as saying.
“Russia should be among the top five countries of the world conducting research and development in areas identified as priorities in science and technology. It is also extremely important to double the number of international students studying in Russia and set up at least 15 world-class research and education centers”, Minister Mikhail Kotyukov added.
The Global Universities Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency launched the Open Doors Olympiad: Russian Scholarship Project. Russian universities offer more than 300 scholarships to the winners and awardees of the competition.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its fifth QS University Ranking: Eastern Europe and Central Asia (formerly known as the QS University Rankings: Developing Europe and Central Asia). The ranking includes 300 best universities from 26 countries of the region. It is the second time 23 Russian universities have been included in the top 100 higher education institutions.
The Lomonosov Moscow State University and Novosibirsk National Research State University (NSU), which is one of the organizers of the Open Doors Olympiad, retained their high positions in the ranking.
According to the QS University Ranking: Eastern Europe and Central Asia, other universities - organizers of the Open Doors Olympiad have gone up in the ranking - Tomsk State University (13th position), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology(16th position), National Research University Higher School of Economics (23rd position), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (26th position), Tomsk Polytechnic University (35th position), Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (41st position), Ural Federal University (43rd position), National University of Science and Technology MISiS (52nd position), ITMO University (56th position), Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (71st position), and Far East Federal University (87th position).