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Higher Education

These Are The 5 Best Universities In Russia

Russia is one of the most popular destinations for international students in Asia. It presently has the most graduates in higher education in the world, at around 54 percent. While Russia constitutionally guarantees free education to all its citizens, higher education subsidies are not easy to get since there is a lot of competition.

The Russian education system is competitive and high-quality, particularly in the field of medical science and technology. In addition, you can avail many benefits which are not available everywhere such as education subsidy.

Standing high and proud, there are many universities in the country which are world-class and have attained an international reputation. These are universities responsible for shaping the Russian higher education system as it is. In this article, you will find out what these universities are. I have compiled a list of 5 such universities which are considered the best in and outside Russia.

  1. Moscow State University.
    Also known as Moscow State University, it is the highest-ranked Russian university in the world. It was established in the year 1755 by the famous polymath, Mikhail Lomonosov. Housed with staff and students running in thousands, it has created a place for itself as an institution with academic excellence. Moscow State University is ranked 134th in the world in the 2019 CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities in the world ranking. Courses offered in the university are multi-fold and include geology, history, law, journalism, mathematics, fundamental medicine, military training, world politics, foreign languages, and psychology. It is best known for its courses on physics, computer science, modern languages, and mathematics.

  2. Saint-Petersburg State University.
    Saint-Petersburg State University is the oldest university in the country and is federal-state owned. It was established in the year 1724 by virtue of a decree passed by Peter the Great. It has been known by a number of names in the past such as Main Pedagogical Institute, Petrograd Imperial University, and Leningrad State University. In the ​CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities in the world rankings 2019, Saint-Petersburg State University has a global ranking of 350 (out of 500) institutions.
    Presently, there are total 24 specialized faculties operating in the university including Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Military Faculty, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Psychology.
    A fun fact about the university is that it has produced many presidents of the country, including the incumbent President Vladimir Putin.

  3. Novosibirsk State University.
    Situated in Novosibirsk, Serbia, Novosibirsk State University is one of the leading educational institutions in the country. It enjoys the reputation of producing academic elites of the country. It was established in the year 1959 and has more than 2000 academic staff members and about 7000 students. The 2019 CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities ranking placed Novosibirsk State University as the #415 best in the World.
    Presently, the University runs programs to train its students in the Russian language. It even offers six levels of Foreign Language course in Russian. It offers all kinds of courses but is best known for courses in physics, mathematics, archaeology, and chemical engineering.

  4. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University.
    More commonly known by its short-form MIPT, it is a university which was established in the year 1946 and is known for training students in the field of theoretical and applied physics, mathematics, and related areas. It runs around 11 departments including Innovation and High technology, Nanotechnologies, Radio Engineering and Cybernetics, and Molecular and Biological Physics. The 2019 CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities ranking placed Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University as the #458 best in the World.
    The reputation of the university is worldwide, considering it has been home to 7 Nobel prize winners, and other great scientists such as the solution-finder of Hilbert’s twenty-first problem, Andrei Bolibrukh and the inventor of MESM, Sergei Lebedev.

  5. Tomsk State University.
    The last one on the list is Tomsk State University, which is also known as National Research Tomsk State University. It is situated in Siberia and was established by virtue of a decree passed by Emperor Alexander II in the year 1878. It offers instructions in Russian as well as English.
    The University has 23 institutes and faculties, with thousands of students enrolled in various courses offered. It runs many courses including military education, economics, law, physical education, history, chemistry, journalism, foreign languages, Computer Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Philology, and Innovative Technologies. Tomsk State University was ranked #381 in the ​CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities in the world ranking 2019.
    There is also the famous Scientific Library which houses 4 million copies which has given the university much acclaim. It has produced many remarkable students such as Henry Dunant and Nobel Laureate Ivan Petrovich Pavlov. It is one of the best performing universities among BRICS universities.


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Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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