Russian Higher Education in Figures

Russian higher education in figures 4,766,500 students

PRussian higher education in figures 798 universities with international students enrolled

Russian higher education in figures 221,400 international students

Russian higher education in figures 896* universities

530 state universities

366 private universities

29 national research universities

10 federal universities

2 with special status:
Picture №5 - Russian higher education in figures MSU Picture №5 - Russian higher education in figures SPbSU

319,300 faculty members

2,000 international faculty members

43,500 professors

109,400 associate professors

45,100 Doctors of Science

174,600 Candidates of Science

* Rosstat data on the number of universities in Russia (not counting branches) in the academic year 2015/2016.


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