http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Eugene Vorotnikov. The Russian government has started implementing its ambitious plans to boost the country’s leading universities' performance in the international arena. According to Igor Fedyukin, the deputy minister of education, this year 15 universities will receive special state grants and at the initial stage the subsidies will be worth RUB9 billion (US$270 million). The action is being taken under an existing state programme to develop education from 2013-20 and a special plan to improve leading universities, which was approved by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The initiative is a response by the government to world rankings of universities. None of Russia’s leading universities appear in the top 100 of the rankings. Read more...