MIPT is included in the list of Russian universities which will be able to award doctoral degrees independently, as stated in the regulation signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on August 23, 2017. According to the document, approved universities will have the authority to award Candidate of Sciences and Doctor of Sciences degrees, form dissertation councils and vest them with rights they deem appropriate.
According to the decree issued on May 17, 2017, the universities allowed to award scientific degrees at their own discretion must meet certain requirements: they must have a dissertation council, provide a minimum of 1 million rubles a year per faculty member for research purposes and have less than 1% of refusals from the Ministry of Education and Science to grant doctoral titles to candidates who defended their theses the previous year.
Vitaly Bagan, development director at MIPT, thinks that the right to award doctoral degrees is a valuable asset to the university’s reputation. “We will be able to form dissertation councils in different fields faster by attracting MIPT graduates who work in leading laboratories in Russia and abroad. It will give us more opportunities to draw the attention of external experts to the work of our doctoral students and improve the quality of their theses. Also, the decree entitles us to form dissertation councils for thesis defense in English,” says Vitaly Bagan.
Besides MIPT, the list includes 18 universities and 4 scientific organizations. You can see the full list here.