Dr. Richard Ernst Joins Rector of TSU and Team for Successful Presentation to Russian Ministry of Education and Science; TSU is Now among Top 7 and gets Significant Extra Funding

Friday, November 3, 2017

Scientist in Residence, Dr. Richard Ernst, joined the Rector of Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Siberia and his team for their presentation on October 27, 2017 to an international evaluation committee organized by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The Russian government has launched a well-funded project, Project 5-100 (news article #1, news article #2) to improve the quality and international rankings of Russian Universities through a competitive program in which the best and most rapidly improving Russian Universities can get significant extra funding.

The TSU delegation joined the other 20 top Universities at the ornate Sevastyanov House (also knows as the Ural residence of the President) in Yekaterinburg (Ekateringburg) to make their case. Each group had about 30-40 minutes in front of the Committee, giving both opening statements and answering questions.

Dr. Ernst had the opportunity to join the presentation team, owing to him being the leader of a so-called "Mega Grant" worth 90 million rubles (about $2 million CAD) to TSU for setting up an LA-ICP-MS facility as a regional/national U-Pb dating facility.

One of the questions asked of Dr. Ernst was about the potential for expanding collaborations between TSU and international Universities such as Carleton University.

The result was a spectacular success (News article, Translated News article). TSU was judged to belong in the top 7 group of Universities in Russia and as a result will receive about an extra 800 million rubles in federal funding next year.


Outside of Sevastyanov House

Dr. Ernst