Foreigners in Russian universities

Vladimir Filippov, Rector, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Russian Education Minister, 1998-2004

1951 - Born in Volgograd region
1973 - Graduates, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR)
1979 - Assistant, mathematical analysis department, PFUR
1980 - Receives masters degree
1980 - Head, administration of scientific research, PFUR
1986 - Receives PhD in mathematical analysis, Mathematical Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences
1986 - Head, department of mathematical analysis, PFUR
1987 - Becomes a professor
1987 - Deputy, Moscow city council
1990 - Dean, physical-mathematical and natural sciences faculty, PFUR
1993 - Rector, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
1994 - Academician, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences
1998 - Education Minister of Russia
1999 - Corresponding member, Russian Academy of Education
2004 - Aide to Russian Prime Minister
2005 - Rector, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

Today we talk about studying in Russia. In Soviet times the system of education was rated among the best in the world. And it was absolutely free. Thousands of young men and women from abroad, especially from other socialist countries, came to study in Soviet Universities. But during Perestroika and the tough economic reforms of the 90s, much of the tradition of excellence was lost. But in recent years much has been regained. The question now is whether Russia is again a destination for quality education. We’ll be putting that to the rector of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Vladimir Filippov.