The Russian educational system, as it has been noted many times by major international experts, is one of the most developed and advanced educational systems in the world. In the context of a changing society the educational system proved to be capable, on the one hand, of adapting to rapid transformations of new realities (while preserving its well-known strong qualities) and on the other hand, to the phase of prolonged evolutionary reformation.
Higher education is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry for Education and Science of the Russian Federation, which is responsible for the accreditation and licensing of higher education establishments, and for developing and maintaining State Educational Standards. Only accredited higher education establishments have the right to issue state diplomas and degrees ensuring full vocational and academic rights, and are covered by the international agreements on mutual recognition and validation of education documents. Only accredited higher education establishments have the right to use the seal with the national emblem of the Russian Federation. All state degrees awarding specific qualifications to a graduate, irrespective of the type of educational institution (University, Academy, and Institute) and the ownership pattern (state, municipal, non-state), are equal in status.
Russia, with the highest literacy rate in the world (99.6%), has become increasingly popular as a destination of higher studies amongst international students due to its global standards of education (with European equivalence) and affordable costs.
The last 15-20 years have seen a surge in the number of international students coming to the Russian Federation. Thousands of Indian students graduate from the more popular Russian universities every year.
Russia has proven prowess in fields like aviation, engineering, aerospace and medicine. The language barrier diminished Russia’s attractiveness as a destination for higher education in the past, but now many Russian universities are offering courses in English, especially in fields like medicine.
The Russian Universities, traditionally occupy leading position in the world. Many of the medical Universities find a place in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s “Directory of World Medical Schools”. This listing make a student graduating from such University eligible to appear for many of the screening tests like the USMLE, PLAB and also the newly introduced “Screening examination” conducted by the National Board Of Examinations, India, under the directive of the Medical Council of India.
Some of the top medical universities in Russia:
• Tver State Medical Academy
• Kazan State Medical University
• Kursk State Medical University
• Volgograd State Medical University
• Lomonosov Moscow State University
• Russian State Medical University
• I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy
• People’s Friendship University of Russia, Moscow