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Moscow State University president calls for a new world rating of universities

November 21, 2013, 22:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 21, 21:42 /ITAR-TASS/. Arrangement of a new international system of university ratings is likely to reflect the image of a modern university in more detail, president of Moscow State University (MSU) Viktor Sadovnichy told a news conference on Thursday.

Sadovnichy expressed his scepticism about the impartiality of the ratings failing to rank lots of Russian universities even among the world’s top five hundred. Existing popular ratings take into account only achievements in mathematics, physics and chemistry, a citation index in 25 top scientific journals as well as the number of Nobel Prize winners among the graduates, he said.

Criteria for establishing the university ratings should be more diversified and should bear in view “the quality of education, the employers’ and the graduates’ opinions as well as social importance of the university,” the MSU president said.

“The rating should be broader in reflecting real life. I’m sure European universities will give us their backing as they’ve got similar problems and similar questions. Even Saudi Arabia has made up its own rating and their point of view on the place of a university in the society is closer to ours", Sadovnichy said. 

“We should contact foreign associations and centres for establishing such a rating,” he said adding that with the consent of a reliable independent agency it could be easier to “gain support, organise necessary work, hold consultations and try it out.

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