• Please visit Polit.ru website to read Mikhail Sokolov’s comments on a ranking system developed by Vladimir Potanin Fund. Potanin Fund’s ranking is among the most prominent independent rankings of Russian universities.

“For each university the score for different criteria varies greatly. For example, there is no correlation between the score in the first round and the score in the second one. Apparently, each university has its strong points — universities with higher teaching quality ratings has lower ratings in volunteer projects, and vice versa”, says Mikhail. He also mentions that the university ranking is “a measure of enthusiasm and involvement of students from different strata”. Mikhail is sure that “this added gusto makes Potanin Fund’s rating different from traditional ‘stiff-upper-lip’ rankings”.

  • Please visit ‘Postnauka’ website to read an article by Katerina Guba ‘Scientific Journals. Seven Things You Need to Know about Editorial Process’. Why were the scientific journals created in the first place? Why do they use a differentiated approach to assess manuscripts? What are the consequences of blind reviewing in social sciences?
  • Please visit ‘Postnauka’ website to read an article by Mikhail Sokolov ‘Political Regimes in Higher Education: feudal, absolutist and oligarchic universities. The types of university political systems’. The article discusses political regimes applied by different university and examines two cases studies of American and Russian universities.
  • Please visit ‘Polit.ru’ website to read a transcript of Mikhail Sokolov’s lecture ‘University Ranking in Russia. Who Come Out on Top and Why?’ (March 2013, the PAST-Centre).

“All in all, we need to forego the rankings that draw on data collected in universities. Rankings are not a good thing because they tend to have a discouraging effect on universities. To make the situation better we need to use ratings where they are likely to be effective — at the department level or even sub-department level – where people can make informed decisions about what needs to be done to promote science or education”.