According to Decree No. 650 of the Government of the Russian Federation issued on May 29, 2017, and published on June 2, foreign citizens pursuing a doctoral degree are allowed to present their theses in a foreign language, provided that the institution where the defense takes place allows for this. The decree was prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science under the mandate of the government after the meeting of the Council for Economic Modernization and Innovative Development held on June 24, 2016, in Saint-Petersburg.
Vitaly Bagan, development director at MIPT:
In recent years, MIPT’s involvement in the development of international cooperation — including within the framework of Project 5-100 — has been particularly active. We have launched a number of international educational programs taught in English and attracted many students from abroad, including PhD students. MIPT also takes part in various international programs such as Erasmus+ that are supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Today there are over 130 graduate students at MIPT hailing from Russia’s neighboring countries like Belarus and Kazakhstan but also all the way from Italy and even Mexico.
Our research laboratories are sufficiently well-equipped to attract a greater number of talented PhD students from all over the world. Our research fits well into the global context, with 45 percent of our publications being produced in collaboration with international institutions. It was daunting that, until recently, talented international students who do not speak Russian were unable to defend their doctoral theses even in English, which is the language of science. That is why the government decree granting them the right to defend a thesis in a foreign language will most certainly help significantly increase the number of doctoral students and expand our geography. For our part, we plan to provide the necessary technical assistance to all our dissertation committees.