There are 22 universities in Russia featured within the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, eight of which are placed among the top 400 universities worldwide. Russia also boasts a substantial presence in the QS University Rankings: EECA, a ranking of the 200 leading universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with a whopping 64 Russian universities currently featured.
Over the past decade or so, higher education in Russia has undergone significant change, with 390 billion rubles (~US$6.3 billion) allocated between 2011 and 2015 for upgrading facilities and technical equipment at Russian universities, and improving training for teaching staff.
Additionally, in 2003, Russia signed up to the Bologna Process, pledging to bring its system in line with the majority of other countries across Europe. This means that many universities in Russia now offer a choice between a four-year bachelor’s degree and a five-year specialist degree. Russia’s higher education system was ranked 26th in the world, in the first edition of the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings.