AltSU for the second year in a row represents Russia in the top 100 of THE University Impact Rankings 2020

25 April 2020 Department of Information and Media Communications
On April 22, the second edition of the global ranking of the impact of universities on the sustainable development of society, the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020, was presented.

Altai State University entered the TOP-3 of the leading Russian universities in this ranking, ranked 95th in the world and for the second year in a row has represented Russia in the top 100 of this prestigious global ranking.
The most powerful positions of AltSU in the ranking were the contribution to the achievement of the following UN goals in the field of sustainable development of society:
• No. 8 “Decent work and economic growth”;
• No. 4 “Quality education”;
• No. 2 “Zero hunger”;
• No. 15 “Life on Land”.

Within the framework of the UN goal “Decent work and economic growth”, AltSU as a flagship university in Russia is implementing a strategic project for the development program “Sustainable Development of Altai Krai in the Cross-Border Region” approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. This project is aimed at ensuring balanced changes in the territories of Altai Krai, with the increase in investment attractiveness, the development of human capital, the use of natural resources being coordinated with each other, and aimed at future potential and aspirations.

As part of the UN goal “Zero hunger”, AltSU, as a flagship university in Russia, is implementing a strategic project of the AltaiAgroBio development program approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The aim of the project is the creation in Altai Krai of an innovative model of a complete scientific and technological cycle, which ensures the widespread introduction in the agricultural sector of competitive domestic biological products and technologies. The project involves bridging the gap in the regional innovation chain (full cycle), developing and bringing highly effective biological products and technologies to the market to implement biologization processes for agricultural production in Altai Krai.

In the framework of the UN goal “Life on land”, AltSU as a flagship university of Russia is implementing a strategic project of the AltaiBioFarm development program approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The aim of the project is to introduce innovative methods for obtaining and using medicinal raw materials of natural origin and medicines based on them. During the implementation of the project, new methods are being developed and will be introduced to control the species composition of plant materials and products created on its basis, to ensure control of its quality and safety.

Within the framework of the UN goal “Quality education”, AltSU ensures the availability of educational resources of the university for the population, open lectures, summer schools, and the development of a continuing education system.

Thus, more than 5 thousand people undergo further training and retraining at AltSU annually and more than 20 summer schools are held. Almost 1.5 thousand video lectures are posted on the university’s website, an open educational portal on the Moodle platform has been created, which is aimed at external users: applicants, foreign students, students of retraining and advanced training courses, research and production associations. The university’s continuing education platform has made it possible to involve more than 20 thousand residents of the region and from other regions in scientific and educational projects.

The methodology was developed in collaboration with THE partners - Elsevier and Vertigo Ventures. It should be noted that ranking indicators require universities to provide evidence for each of them. Priority is given to evidence that is public. It is evaluated based on a set of criteria, and decisions are cross-checked in case of uncertainty. The university impact rating measures the success of the world's universities in achieving the UN sustainable development goals that were adopted in 2016. Times Higher Education evaluates the contribution of universities to 17 of them.
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