MOSCOW, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — Monitoring of activities of Russian higher education institutions, the first results of which were published on Thursday, will be conducted annually, Russian Deputy Minister of Education and Science Alexander Klimov told a news conference on Friday.
"The practice will be constant, as long as the Education and Science Ministry exists. The data will be gathered by January 1 every year. It will take at least three months to sum up the work results," Klimov said.
"I hope that by April, no later, we will receive the data for January 1, 2012 – what the dynamism is, where we are moving, especially since some institutes are reorganized, somewhere leaders are changed, and somewhere strategies have been worked out. Everything is important," he added.
The official said 120 non-state higher education institutions already submitted their data to the ministry for the monitoring. "We will have discussion with them. I think we will come to some consensus on publication of their data. When – I can't say," the official said.
The ministry in its official website on Thursday published the full results of the monitoring of the work of state higher education institutions as of January 1, 2011. On the list are 502 institutions and 930 branches, and according to the document, 136 institutions and 450 branches need some reorganization.
A number of rates were taken into consideration in the assessment – educational, scientific, research, international, financial and economic activities and the infrastructure.
The monitoring lasted from August 15 to September 15. State institutions entered their data on 50 parameters into the single information system.
The ministry in September and October verified the received data. The criteria to assess the efficiency of work of state institutions were widely discussed by experts and were approved by the Russian Union of Rectors and the Association of Leading Universities of Russia.
The largest number of inefficient institutes is in Moscow and St. Petersburg – 20 and 10, respectively. All the higher education institutions in the Chechen Republic (they number three) are found inefficient, including Chechen State University.
Leading for the number of losers among branches are the Moscow Region (26), the Sverdlovsk Region (23), the Nizhny Novgorod Region (21), the Rostov Region (21), the Krasnodar Territory (18), Tatarstan (14), Dagestan (14) and some others.
Earlier, Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov said the programme to optimize the system of higher education institutions on the basis of the monitoring results would be ready and submitted to the government in March 2013. As a result, the number of institutions may be cut by 20 percent and branches by 30 percent, he noted.