The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia will hold the contest to update the list of backbone regional universities, said Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Thecontestwillbeheldinautumn, 2018.


Several backbone universities can be excluded from the support program and may forfeit supplementary funding due to inefficiency.

“We will renovate at the expense of those universities that have not coped. There are such universities, and they are quite a few”, — Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, said during the business meeting at Transbaikal State University.

The list of backbone universities will be revised according to the results of the contest to be held in autumn.

Thirty three Russian universities have got the status of backbone universities. Under the program, 33 the largest regional universities will get subsidies to promote  regional development. The program participants were selected by the Ministry’ special commission upon the contest results . One of the requirements for the universities is to produce “a road map” of the university development and to get the regional administration’s support.

In autumn, 2017, the RF Ministry of Education and Science produced the draft government ordinance to provide federal budgeting of 24.9 billion rubles in subsidies. However, the document has not been approved.


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