Research and training lead to the first Russian Integrated PhD program
MISiS National Research Technological University has launched the first Integrated PhD program in Russia. It combines research opportunities and different courses of study throughout a 2-year Master's program, followed by a 3-year postgraduate program.

The program will be offered in the field of bioscience and will be run with support from leading Russian research centers, as well as German and British universities.
Three new Russian-British Joint Master programs have been announced
On October 9th, 2019 the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) signed a cooperative agreement with the University of London.

According to the agreement, starting in 2020 RANEPA will run joint programs with the University of London in the areas of Data Science, as well as Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics. A Postgraduate Laws (LLM) program will be also launched with support from the University of London College and Queen Mary University of London.

The programs at RANEPA will be implemented in the Institute of Public Administration and Management, the Institute of Economics, Mathematics and Information Technology, the Institute of Business and Business Administration (IBDA), and the Graduate School of Corporate Governance (VSHKU).

The announcement of the agreement was attended by the British Ambassador to Russia, Sir Laurie Bristow, who emphasized that the launch of these programs symbolizes the developing ties between the academic communities of Russia and the UK, but also the strengthening of relations between the two countries.
Is it cruel to your child to send him to study abroad? A new public discussion has just begun.
An article on this topic has been published on a leading Russian online media, According to experts, an estimated 3% of Russian school children are sent to study abroad, mostly to the UK, USA and Canada. And 1,5% of Russian young people study abroad at the university level. With the average payment for tuition estimated close to $50,000, is it worth sending these students to study abroad? If so, is it better to send them to an international secondary school or to send them at the graduate or postgraduate level? Various opinions on this matter are discussed in the following article (Written in Russian).
Russian Universities top QS rating
The results of the new QS study of the best universities in the category of "Emerging Europe and Central Asia" have been released. These new QS University Rankings for 2020 highlighted 350 universities from across these regions.

Russia took the top three places, outperforming the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, etc. Lomonosov Moscow State University took the first place in the ranking, with St. Petersburg State University coming in second, and Novosibirsk State University in third. 105 Russian higher education institutions were listed on the QS list.

The survey was based on such indicators as academic and employer reputations, papers per faculty member, international research network, web impact, international faculty and international students.
National survey. Getting higher education: in Russia or abroad?
Russian Public Opinion Research Center
On September 25, 2019, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) presented data on how Russians evaluate Russian and foreign higher education.

A third of Russians are sure that education abroad is better (27%). In the age group of young people from 18 to 24, more than half of the respondents (52%) are convinced of this.

Young people more often report having acquaintances, friends, and relatives who have graduated abroad. Generally, 33% of Russians have such acquaintances. Among youth, this indicator is higher: 40% in the age group from 18 to 24 years and almost half of the respondents (48%) in the age group from 25 to 34 years.

More than a third of young Russians have considered studying abroad. The indicators vary from 35% in the age group from 18 to 24 and 41% in the age group from 25 to 34 years.

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University admissions in 2020. The number of graduates is growing; the number of free spots is decreasing!
The number of high school graduates in Russia continues to grow. In 2018 it was 640 000, in 2019 – 678 000, in 2020 there will be almost 713.8 thousand graduates, and by 2024, 823,8 thousand people are expected.

At the same time, the number of budgeted (free) spots does not correspond with the growing number of applicants. For the 2019-20 academic year, the government has funded the following number of spots by degree levels: bachelor programs - 312,440 spots (2,500 less that last year), specialist degrees (5 year programs) - 77110 (almost 3,000 less than last year), master's programs - 128848 spots (almost 80,000 less spots).

Given that the number of high school graduates and foreign applicants is growing by about 2-5% per year, the competition for free spots will average 1.9 people per spot instead of the current 1.4. As a result, the chances of joining a free department will be reduced by about a quarter. In 2020-2021, approximately 57% of the number of high school graduates will be able to study at government sponsored departments. The chances of getting a higher education at the expense of the state will decrease significantly.

Prepared according to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Interfax Agency
Recognition of academic degrees of foreign states
The Russian government has updated the list of foreign scientific and educational organizations that issue academic degrees and ranks recognized in Russia. The new approved list contains 218 foreign scientific and educational organizations representing 23 countries of the world.

The list is updated based on positions of universities in the world educational rankings. To be included in it, a foreign educational organization has to make it into the Top 300 of each of the three following rankings: Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS World University Rankings and Times World University Rating.

In 2019, the list included five new scientific and educational organizations: The Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Free University of Brussels (Belgium), North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Georgetown University (USA), as well as King Abdulaziz University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

Inclusion in the list allows for the recognition of academic degrees obtained in these universities without the need for additional recognition procedures. Holders of recognized foreign academic degrees and ranks are given the same rights as holders of the corresponding degrees and ranks obtained in Russia.
Global education. In 2019, recruitment to the program of international scholarships for Russian students was resumed
In 2019, the recruitment of participants for the Global Education program was resumed. The program started in 2015, but last year no recruitment was carried out. Currently, Russian students are competing for participation in Global Education in order to enter Masters programs at foreign universities in 5 priority areas: science, education, medicine, engineering, social management.

Tuition fees can be reimbursed in case of successful admission to one of the 288 leading foreign educational organizations. The list of foreign universities and areas of study at the levels of master, postgraduate and residency courses is available on the official website of the program.
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