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The list of the 22 Russian Universities, which have been considered to be the best for foreign students, "the friendliest universities", were presented on September 27th at the multimedia video press-conference Moscow – Beijing – Baku – Kishinev entitled "The best Universities of Russia: choose yours" held by Dmitriy Guzhelya, the deputy head of Federal Agency for the CIS issues, living abroad compatriots and international humanitarian cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), and Natalya Tyurina, the manager of the project "Social navigator" of the news agency "Rossiya Segodnya". Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and the National Research University Higher School of Economics are only included in the list among the other economics universities.
Included in the list the Russian universities are recognized by Rossotrudnichestvo and "Rossiya Segodnya" leaders in engineering education, education based on economy of the future development and in education and research activities for foreign citizens. List of the universities is based on the analysis of the universities websites, questionnaires, opinions of foreign students placed in different social networks, as well as on the basis of surveys of representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo abroad and foreign embassies in the Russian Federation.
The number of foreign students, the demand for educational programs, scientific (laboratories, companies, projects) and social (dorms, gyms, sports clubs, swimming pool) infrastructure, availability and quality of services available to foreign nationals are were analyzed on the base of the websites and questionnaires data. The most important factors for assessing the quality of education were the presence and range of English language programs and the participation of the University in international rankings.
Dmitry A. Shtykhno, vice-rector for development of PRUE, took part in the press-conference of "Rossiya Segodnya".
The list of the friendliest universities is placed on the news agency "Sputnik"'s website.