Russia to Acknowledge Diplomas from 210 Foreign Universities

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May 30 – No additional state evaluation will be needed for diplomas from a selection of 210 foreign universities now acknowledged in Russia, according to a government order published last Friday by Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

The selected universities, which represent 25 countries, have been featured on such lists as the Academic Rankings of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The government-approved list includes mostly world-renowned top-tier schools as well as mid-level ones.

Britain’s Cambridge, Oxford and York universities and famous American institutions including those from the Ivy League such as Yale University stand side-by-side with an assortment of U.S. state schools and outliers like Case Western Reserve University and Tufts University.

Most of the selected are in Europe, with 28 in Britain and 61 in other European countries. Then North America with 66 American and 14 Canadian schools in selected list. Third is Asia, with 11 Chinese, 9 Japanese and 3 South Korean universities included in the list.

The other universities on the list include eight in Australia, three in Israel, two in Brazil, two in New Zealand, two in Singapore and one in South Africa.

Meanwhile, other foreign universities’ graduates will still have to go through a four-month bureaucratic procedure if they want to have their diplomas officially recognized in Russia.

Government officials hope that the new regulations will help lure foreign researchers and entice Russian expatriates to return from abroad.

The awarding of last year’s Nobel prize to Russian scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who work and live in Great Britain has once again given rise to the issue of taking measures to prevent “brain drain” abroad and to establish a good work environment for promising inventors in Russia.

The issue was made especially pressing by Geim’s demonstrative refusal to return to Russia in order to continue his work within the framework of the Skolkovo innovation city project. In the opinion of Geim, who is a citizen of the Netherlands, the reason why he had to leave Russia is that there were neither facilities, devices or funds for experimental research nor a normal work environment.

That suggests solving the “brain drain” problem not only requires stand-alone measure like the acknowledgement of foreign university diplomas, but also a combination of complex valued measures together with a broadside approach to the general situation.

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