Inside Higher Ed reports that Russian universities continue to recruit more international students. And they’re doing it for a specific purpose.
“It is about the rankings game — the more institutions rise up the rankings, the more money they will receive from the 5-100 program,” she said of Russia’s flagship higher education funding project that aims to have five universities in the world’s top 100 by 2020.
“Everyone understands [that] this aim is nearly impossible,” Nefedova added.
Something else appears impossible, too, the story notes.
Russia is failing to capitalize fully on its support for international students, owing to its failure to bring more of the highly skilled international graduates that it had trained into its labor market, Nefedova said.
If you’re going to recruit them and teach them, then you might as well keep them. Logical, no?