UTMN Enters Top 5 of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Ranking

Admissions 8 September 2017

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation has published its annual ranking of Russian universities, based on the results of the 2016-2017 academic year.

The University of Tyumen showed positive dynamics and this year was ranked among the top 5 Russian universities, holding 4th position, which is 8 places higher than last year. 

“UTMN is a regular participant in Potanin Foundation projects, but we have never achieved such success before”, commented UTMN Rector Valery Falkov. “This result has been made possible by UTMN’s participation in the 5-100 Project, which has already changed the University. We have managed to build a flexible internal culture, which is open to change, we’ve implemented innovative management practices and many colleagues have expressed a wish to actively contribute to the University’s transformation. As a result, our position in the Potanin ranking has improved by 48 points in the last 3 years. This ranking influences the development strategy of higher education establishments and reflects the state of the intellectual environment within the university”.

The ranking is based on an aggregated expert evaluation of the participants’ performance in the Fellowship competition for postgraduate students and the Grant competition for professors. The ranking also considers the total number of full-time masters students in the current academic year and the number of Foundation competitions winners.

This year, 16 UTMN masters students and 8 professors won Potanin Foundation scholarships and grants, giving the University of Tyumen 3rd place according to number of funding winners.

The Potanin Foundation ranking of Russian higher educational institutions has been published since 2004. Today, it is one of the most accurate independent evaluations of the quality of education at Russian universities.

The results of the 2016-2017 ranking were published by the TASS Russian News Agency in Moscow as part of the seminar The Reputation Management of a University and a Region: the Rules of the Game, organized by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and the National Training Foundation.

According to the Potanin Foundation’s director, Oksana Oracheva, participation in the Foundation’s projects allows universities see themselves from a different angle and understand the impact of decisions made by the university administration.

“The development of an educational environment promoting innovation, social activity and the search for something new is important to us”, emphasized Oksana Oracheva. “The Foundation doesn’t help universities directly, but it supports the most talented students with scholarships and gives grants to motivated professors for the development of new masters programmes. Through this, the university become an environment that pushes students and professors outside the limits of one university. Personal success stories give the university the opportunity to capitalize on the individual’s work and, in turn, improve its reputation”.    



The Potanin Foundation is one of the oldest foundations in modern Russia, established for the realization of large programmes in the spheres of education and culture.

The Vladimir Potanin fellowship programme, launched in 2000, is one of the Foundation’s largest projects. Since its start, more than 26 000 students and 2 000 professors from 83 universities have received Potanin scholarships and grants. Currently, 75 universities participate in the Fellowship programme.


Source: UTMN Office of Strategic Communications

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/priyem/327667/

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