Lomonosov Moscow State University is Russia's only representative in the world's top 300 (photo: dpa)

Slow demise of higher education stifles Russia’s economy

There is just one Russian university in the list of the world’s top 300. The collapse of funding for higher education has removed Russia from the global exchange of ideas, and its share of world trade in high-tech products stands at about one quarter of one per cent. With China and India cashing in on investments in developing brain power, Moscow faces the grim outcome of two decades of gross neglect.

<em>There is a proud tradition of achievement in higher education in Russia. But while other emerging market economies have invested heavily in the sector, Moscow governments have allowed it to waste away. Internati...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
China, in particular, took an early lead in climbing the quality ladder, paving the way for its knowledge-based industries to achieve global excellence. And it has paid off
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