On 2 June, the acting Rector of Voronezh State University Dmitry Endovitsky took part in the 4th International Forum for leading universities that included presentation of the fifth annual ranking of Russian universities conducted by Expert Rating Agency (RAEX). The ranking is aimed at creating an independent system of education quality assessment in Russian universities and evaluating possibilities for their competitiveness enhancing on the market of educational services. These targets were discussed at the forum organised by the international rating agency in Moscow.
The first part of the meeting included the awards ceremony to honour universities and individuals for their contribution to development of education in Russia. Voronezh State University was awarded with an Expert Rating Agency (RAEX) diploma for its excellent reputation in business community.
Among the participants of the forum were representatives of specialised departments (the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Education of the State Duma of the Russian Federation), heads of the leading universities of Russia and neighbouring countries, members of international association IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, authors of rankings, representatives of academic and expert community, best employers, and the media. Among the speakers of the first session "Employers and High School: from Dialogue to Partnership", was Dmitry Endovitsky who gave a talk on instruments used to assess cooperation between businesses and universities.
The day before, on 1 June, Dmitry Endovitsky together with rectors of other leading universities took part in a "round" table discussion dedicated to the project "National University Rating" that was held in the head office of Interfax agency. During the meeting, the international information group Interfax presented the results of the 7th annual National University Rating for 2015/2016 academic year.
The results of the National University Ranking results are published by two parameters – "Educational activity" and "University brand" – before prospective students take their final state exams and choose the university and the programme to complete. Among issues of the "round" table discussion were communication parameters for brands of universities and non-commercial educational and research organisations, educational quality assessment, and new approaches to assessment of university brands value.