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  • Newspaper

    President's alma mater in quality dispute

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Helen Womack - University World News

    Since taking over the Kremlin last month, President Medvedev, has made it a priority to combat what he calls "legal nihilism" in Russia. A campaign has begun to clean the courts of bribe-taking judges and letters from members of the public, complaining about corruption, have been published on the Kremlin website. Reporting on the results at St. Petersburg, the daily Kommersant said that 83 out of 200 students in the law faculty had failed their state examinations. Some who had received grade 2, the lowest mark, had been expecting to leave with "red diplomas" or distinctions. Among those who failed were students who had paid fees.

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    Vanderbilt researchers find: corruption in former Soviet bloc universities increases, threatens value of higher education

    Russian Federation

    Press

    - Vanderbilt University

    According to a study published in the February issue of the Comparative Education Review, educational corruption in the former USSR and other former communist regimes has increased since the end of the Cold War. Among the immediate problems for students is that a devalued degree adversely affects their earning power. Devaluation of degrees has serious international policy implications, degrades the entire social system of those countries and decreases the likelihood that those graduates will be able to improve their economic standing.

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    Fire at Russian University kills 7 students, injures 39

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Anna Nemtsova - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    At least seven students died and 39 were injured when their university building was caught on fire. The accident occurred because the university, short of money, had rented out the building's lower three floors as office space, blocking the fire exits. As the chief of fire control of the Russian Federation Ministry of Emergency Situation, declared, the university lacked fire alarms, so the emergency services were notified too late.

  • Newspaper

    Russian Federation sets out to fight corruption in education with a new standardized test

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Maria Danilova - Associated Press

    To reduce the use of bribes, the parliament has approved a nationwide, standardized multiple choice test for high school seniors. This would substitute for written and oral admission exams that now leave room for subjective grading – and bribes. The testing requirement is expected to come into force in 2009.

  • Newspaper

    The value of being educated

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Serge Borisov - Transitions Online

    According to Izvestiya Nauki, a corruption-monitoring team at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, university teachers took roughly $923 million in 2004. Some estimates indicate that corruption in universities is rising by 7-10 percent annually. The Highest School of Economics believes one out of ten university lecturers take bribes, and 20% of future students and their parents would be prepared to offer a bribe.

  • Newspaper

    Corruption in Russian medical schools triggers uproar

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Anna Nemtsova - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    An exposé in the Russian edition of Esquire has roiled education and health officials here by detailing the corruption at six medical schools. The magazine in April published nine short articles by medical students describing the various ways they can pay professors in exchange for passing tests.

  • Newspaper

    Code of ethics for international student recruitment agents

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Geoff Maslen - University World News

    An international forum has developed a code of ethics to apply to education agents and consultants who recruit international students for universities, colleges and schools around the world. The forum says the code and an accompanying statement of principles it has also published will facilitate a common approach and raise ethical standards in the recruitment of international students by education agents and consultants.

  • Newspaper

    Can education in Russia be reformed?

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Galina Masterova - Rossiyskaya Gazeta

    A good grade on the new SAT-style exams in Russia costs about 40,000 rubles. Could reform and crackdowns on corruption bring education back from the brink?

  • Newspaper

    Rising corruption threatens universities

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Eugene Vorotnikov - University World News

    The level of corruption in Russian universities is steadily growing despite the efforts of local authorities to eradicate it. According to rough estimates, bribes paid for admission to Russian universities in 2009 totalled $1 billion. This is 40% more than in 2007, with the average bribe rocketing to five times higher in just the last two years.

  • Newspaper

    Cheating is rife in Russia, finds student survey

    Russian Federation

    Press

    Jack Grove - Times Higher Education

    One in seven Russian students readily admits to cheating in university exams and one in 25 students also reports having paid for someone else to write at least one mid-term or final-year paper, according to the annual Monitoring of Education Markets and Organizations Project (Memo), which received responses from almost 3,000 Russian undergraduates in 2013.

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