SibFU is in the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100

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In October 2015 the SibFU joined the federal Project 5-100, which is supposed to enhance the international competitiveness of the Russian universities among the world’s leading research and education centers. The project involves 21 universities now.

For joining the project, the SibFU has developed and presented the Program to improve the international competitiveness, which continues the SibFU Development Program for the 2011-2021 in the part of the arrangements aimed at the University to access the global research and education market. Applied significance of the program — the promotion of the SibFU in the international rankings.

Overall, the expected result of the Project 5-100 by the year 2020 is the entry of at least five Russian universities in the first hundred of the global education rankings.

Target model of University Development: SibFU as a world competence center of innovation, development and heritage preservation of northern (taiga and arctic) territories. Siberian Federal University-Corporation combining high level of basic and applied research with the training of personnel for high-quality production and sole proprietorship.

The Mission of the Project 5-100: comprehensive maintenance of rational use of unique territories rich in renewable resources, this maintenance is to combine balanced approach to the application of Eco technologies and energy-efficient technologies of natural resources management in the context of maximum environmental protection; creating of advanced educational research and innovation infrastructure; new knowledge and technologies advancement; creation of high value added production to facilitate the solving of crucial economics tasks.

Leading Scientific Schools and Focus Research Areas

  • Forest science and forest management, biophysical ecology of forest land, climate change, biogeochemistry

    Research areas:

    • forest genetics;
    • dendroclimatic monitoring of forest watch in Northern Eurasia;
    • dynamic mapping of boreal forests;
    • research in the field of genomics and bioinformatics of different living organisms;
    • applied innovative research for the development of biological products for forest satiation;
    • climate history of holocoen in Eurasia according to dendroclimatic data;
    • microanatomy of tree-rings in physiology, ecology, climatology and archeology
    • biogeochemistry of ecosystems in Eurasia;
    • genomic studies of basic boreal softwood forest forming species and their most dangerous pathogens in the Russian Federation;
    • forest pyrology.
  • Biology and biotechnologies

    Research areas:

    • scientific basis development for degrading biopolymers production (PHAs), technologies and production establishment of degrading bioplastics Bioplastan™ (polyhydroxyalkanoate, polyglycolide) for medicine, pharmacology and other spheres with high market potential.
  • Physics, Chemistry, New materials

    Research areas:

    • micromaterial, nanostructured material and nanophotonics research;
    • physicochemical stabilization method of thermal-physical properties of nanoliquids;
    • development and research of new nanomaterials, photonic crystal- intermetallic- mechanoactivation-amorphous-organic materials;
    • dew electrotechnical- heat-insulating- chemically-stable materials for non-ferrous and ferrous metal industry and building industry;
    • nanoparticles and their structure with preselected configuration controlled by resonance laser radiation;
    • developing of magnetic laminated heterostructures and interlayer coupling and transport properties research;
    • vacuum plasma-chemical evaporation-condensation process research;
    • composite material development and research;
    • design and research of nanoparticles-modified hard-alloy composites with enhanced mechanical and performance characteristics;
    • resources-saving technologies of germanium and rare-earth metals fabrication, compound oxide matters synthesis and developing of new materials on their base;
    • technology concepts development of nanoscale nitrides, metal oxides and carbides and their physical, chemical and processing characteristics research;
    • research of physical and chemical properties of compound oxide matters offering nonlinear optical properties;
    • new technologies of advanced cracking;
    • synthesis, structure and properties of bioligand metal complex as a base for the development of a production process for compounds, products and materials of practical use;
    • petrochemical catalytic processes research to develop a through production technology of motor fuel offering better performance characteristics;
    • methods of chemical noncovalent binding of nanoscale organic structures on solid mass surface with a view to developing new sorption materials with targeted physical, chemical and analytic properties, solid state sensitive elements and test systems;
    • simulation of structure and properties of pnictide thin films of transition metals.
  • Radio-engineering

    Research areas:

    • BIS non-inquiry test stations networking for GLONASS ephemeris time support;
    • algorithms and software for solving ephemeris time tasks of extended precision for GLONASS;
    • hardware and software complex development for GLONASS and GPS navigational signals source and receiver;
    • development of advanced navigation signals of next generation and signal processing techniques for global positioning system;
    • non-inquiry jam-resistant test stations development offering spatial discrimination using an active phased array with digital signal processing;
    • centimeter or millimeter wavelength modular microstrip array development; artificial nonuniform dielectric lens development;
    • low-altitude satellite navigational support system;
    • modern onboard command and measurement equipment development of CCSDS standards for unpressurized spacecraft;
    • phase-measuring antijam equipment development designed to operate in high- navigation area.
  • Mining engineering

    Research areas:

    • opening methods and technologies modernization in underground mines of Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine;
    • ash and slag recycling aimed to platinum group metals extraction;
    • pyrrhotite concentrate treatment process development with the use of bacterial oxidation;
    • recommendations for choosing optimal drilling and blasting parameters for different ore types in the mines of Norilsk Nikel MMC;
    • technological measures aimed to loss enhancement and precious metal reextraction out of cuttings at Nadezdinskij metallurgical plant;
    • analysis of precious metal loss mechanisms and forms;
    • technogenic resource estimate of Norilsk industrial area, technological justification, geological evaluation;
    • scoping study to estimate reserves of Gorevskij lead and zinc deposit;
    • drilling device renovation;
    • special purpose boring device development and technologies of their use in open pits;
    • methodological substantiation of rolling cutter consumption for shothole drilling in open pits and taking measures to improve their durability;
    • surveying at Joint-Stock Sereulskij Mine;
    • technology advancement in sulphide gold concentrate bioleaching;
    • expert review of industrial safety , equipment record and roasting pipeline of the gold recovery plant Olimpiadinskij Mining and Enrichment Combine;
    • methodological and engineering maintenance of drilling in the complex environment of Talnakh ore cluster;
    • research and development of selective slime flocculation methods of rich and impregnated cupronickel ores;
    • scoping study of polymetallic deposits in Transbaikal;
    • scientific and practical support for underground copper-nickel ore mining of Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine.

Position in world’s leading ratings

IndicatorIndicator’s Value Forecast
QS ranking601–650351–400251–300201–250
QS ranking by Subject area «Agriculture & Forestry»151–200101–15051–100
QS ranking by Subject area «Environmental Sciences»251–300201–250151–200
Times Higher Education ranking801+601–800501–800351–400301–350
ARWU ranking500+
SCImago ranking 669650–700600–650600–650550–600
Webometrics ranking1489900–1000800–850500–560350–400
Worldwide Professional University Ranking (RankPro)488400–450350–400301–350201–250
Current position in other ratings

Number of articles in science database per faculty member

Number of articles
in the Web of Science (5 years) 0.630.811.081.622.26
in the Web of Science (3 years) 0.420.630.861.181.64
in the Scopus (5 years) 0.830.
in the Scopus (3 years) 0.580.70.951.311.82

Average citation index per faculty member

Average indicator per faculty member
Yeararticles included in the Web of Science and Scopus databases without duplicationarticles included in the Web of Science databasesarticles included in the Scopus databases
2017 1.751.61.7

Share of the academic and teaching staff with H-index above 10

Percentage shares
YearPercentage shares
2016 1.5
2017 1.7
2018 2.7
2019 3.2
2020 3.8

Share of international students and faculty and staff members

Percentage shares
Yearprofessors, lecturers and researchersstudents enrolled in the key educational programs of the University
2016 1.282.0
2017 2.03.7
2018 3.86.0
2019 5.58.0
2020 8.010.0

Additional indicators

IndicatorIndicator’s Value Forecast
Average USE (Unified State Examinations) score of full-time students enrolled to the University with their tuition to be paid out of the federal budget under bachelor and specialist degree programmes68,168,569,070,075,0
Share of revenues from non-budget sources in the structure of the University's revenues, %23,033,035,038,541,0
Average age of the faculty members5352515048
Total value of the research conducted per faculty member, mln. rubles0,260,40,60,81,0
Share of Master’s degree students with Bachelor’s or specialist degrees gained at other universities, %2326303540

International Advisory Council of Siberian Federal University

The International Advisory Council is a new institution for the University formed for the purpose of supporting significant expansion of its international activities up to, and beyond, 2020.

Its role is to provide the University with high-level guidance on all aspects of increasing of the University’s competitive position in comparison with established international universities.


The Council monitors and reports the University’s progress towards internationalization and provides feedback, advice and recommendations to the Supervisory Board (the ‘Governing Body’) on re-positioning the University’s global reputation and growing its international network over the next six years.


The main tasks of the Council include:

  • guiding and giving expertise on effective international marketing strategies for the University, including social networking;
  • selecting, proposing and approaching global and regional strategic partners, networks and collaborations;
  • targeting and expanding countries' list for international student recruitment;
  • analyzing and giving professional expertise on international staff recruitement policy (including Visiting Professors, Researchers, Administrators, Lecturers);
  • selecting international standards for benchmarking the University to its peer-group;
  • analyzing and estimating the University research priority directions;
  • assisting in gaining international grants and scholarships for the University, including regional (European, Northern European) development grants;
  • advising on entering international league tables.

The members of the Council

Malcolm Hughes

position: Regents’ Professor, University of Arizona, Laboratory of tree-ring research (USA), Fellow of American Geophysical Union, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA)

Herman H. (Hank) Shugart

position: W. W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Regional Environmental Studies, the University of Virginia (USA), Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of American geophysics Union, Fellow of World Innovation Foundation, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christiane Cornelia Schmullius

position: Chair, Department for Earth Observation, Institute of Geography, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany)

Jacek Oleksyn

position: Professor, Director of the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland), Research Associate and Graduate Faculty Member of Forestry, University of Minnesota (USA)

Hans Ågren

position: Chair Professor in Theoretical Chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)

Prof. Joel Guiot

position: Director of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), at European Centre for Research and Teaching of Geosciences (CEREGE) (France); Director of the interdisciplinary center for environmental studies ECCOREV; Director of the laboratory of Excellence OT-Med on Global Change and natural hazards in Mediterranean

Gregor Berghorn

position: Scientific Advisor to the German-Russian Forum (Berlin), founder and head of DAAD office in Russia (1992–98, 2002–04 and 2009–16), initiator the Institute for Comparative Studies in Russian and German Literature and Culture at the RGGU in Moscow, as well as the “German-Russian Institute for Advanced Technologies” (GRIAT) at TU-KAI Kazan in Tatarstan, ex-director of the German House of Research and Innovation (DWIH) (2011–16)

Strategic academic unit (StrAU) “BIOM TAIGA”

The purpose of the StrAU development is:

To make a contribution to the development of efficient climate policies and economics of carbon both in Russia and other countries by means of advanced scientific research and training of highly qualified professionals with innovative business in interdisciplinary areas such as biogeochemistry of ecosystems, low-carbon economy, sustainable forestry and environmental management.

Siberia is a region with the unique biological diversity, various landscapes and ecosystems from steps to the Arctic area. Its geographical location is a challenge but allows developing the specific network of expedition centers, field research stations and involvement for globally international research and educational community to study and work at North Eurasia.

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Key areas of focus

  • Development of the unique research infrastructure to teach highly qualified interdisciplinary professionals with the competencies in biogeochemistry, climatology, forestry, environmental management and economics of carbon based on project and team learning and involvement into international programs implies:
    • Creating the School of Ecology and Geography based on SibFU Chairs and laboratories;
    • Forming «TAIGA EXPEDITION CENTER» in cooperation with the Expeditionary Force of the Russian Geographic Society that will organize specialized and complex expeditions in Siberia (Putorana Plateau) and Russian Arctic (Barneo station);
    • Developing the “Yenisey Meridian” network of field research stations and practical training facilities that will include reference expedition stations such as DICSON, ZOTTO Tall Tower Observation facility, ALTAI-SAYAN, U-bay, which covers latitude from 50 to 80 N;
    • Supporting the Center for Biodiversity and Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Altay-Sayan branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and UNESCO;
    • Creating the Center of Ecological Monitoring in urban agglomerations;
    • Developing a specialized laboratory on dendroclimatology.
  • Forming a complex Geographical Information System of the North Eurasia ecosystems based on the Earth remote sensing data.
  • Implementing the complex program of Russian and international scientific conferences, seminars and summer schools.
  • Developing a number of academic programs in economics, management, climatic policies, low-carbon economy аnd sustainable environmental management in forestry.
  • Professional development programs for school teachers, university faculty, long-life learning for various categories of consumers both in Russian and abroad, e-learning technology and open educational courses included, as well, for forestry practices.
  • Providing expert and consultancy services to businesses, industrial enterprises and governing bodies in estimating ecological risks, principles of forming low-carbon industrial areas, economics of carbon, climatic policies.

Development plans

  • Creating the Center of Expertise on the issues of low-carbon technology, energy efficiency, sustainable forestry, preserving biological diversity, eco-oriented environmental management and mitigating man’s impact on the environment;
  • Developing expeditions and field schools to enhance the international involvement of students, faculty and research staff;
  • Creating conditions (both financial and organizational) to involve under- and postgraduate students to research projects in cooperation with the Russian and international partners with recognized scientific achievements;
  • Attracting talented youth into the research and educational activities of the StrAU by means of the Postdoctoral positions, projects, etc.;
  • Developing SibFU educational standards for Master programs and PhD SibFU programs;
  • Modernizing the educational system for teaching highly qualified professionals: teaching Master and PhD students in English on individual curricula, developing programs focused on fundamental and applied research in the above mentioned areas.

StrAU key goals in the context of the global education and research agenda and its contribution to the solution of the tasks at hand

  • Developing scientific principles to solve the global challenge of green-house gas concentration and climate changes.
  • Developing an international network of expedition stations based in forests and other ecosystems of North Eurasia to do research of the least investigated carbon storage pool on the Earth.
  • Scientific principles of Russian Forestry activity.
  • Enhancement of sustainable environmental management technologies and low-carbon economy, innovative business development in the field of forestry and environmental management.
  • Supporting the climate policies of the Russian Federation and international community.

StrAU role and its contribution to the University development

The purpose of the University internal development is to form a multidisciplinary subdivision involved in a wide range of international initiatives. The StrAU “BIOM TAIGA” will enhance SibFU position in specific subject ranking systems such as QS Environmental Sciences (top-200), QS Agriculture & Forestry Sciences (top-100), QS Earth & Marine Sciences (top-200).

The StrAU “BIOM TAIGA” will allow consolidating activities of SibFU various departments that are 40% of all the University international work, involving a wide scope of participants from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology to large transnational companies and international public organizations.

The StrAU participants have the best scientometrical index among SibFU research staff.

The School of Ecology and Geography will cooperate with many institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences and will be involved into global initiatives and programs such as International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, IPCC, Montreal process, International forestry association, International Boreal Forest Research Association, UArctic, etc.

Main expected results

  • The School of Ecology and Geography will become a center of interdisciplinary research of boreal and Arctic ecosystems in the context of the global climate changes and carbon cycle;
  • Formation of scientific bases for Russian economics of carbon;
  • The research infrastructure aimed at teaching professionals with interdisciplinary competencies in the environmental protection, sustainable environmental management, climate policies and low-carbon economy will be formed;
  • Enhancing climate policies distribution in cooperation with international associations;
  • The StrAU will enhance developing scientific principles of low-carbon economy in the Russian Federation;
  • The StrAU development as an expedition center, center for environmental protection and biodiversity will increase international activities of all SibFU subdivisions.

Strategic academic unit “BIOENGINEERING CLUSTER”

The purpose of the StrAU development is:

To improve the quality and duration of human’s life and the living standards under harsh environmental conditions, through the development of biotechnological and biomedical fields of studies such as genomics, microbiology, biopolymers and bioluminescence, biochemistry and physiology, biotechnologies, ecosystem productivity and nourishment quality.

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Key areas of focus

  • Training of highly qualified specialists in key areas of Russian scientific and technical development in the sphere of biological engineering;
  • Fundamental studies and applied researches in biological engineering priority areas: biophysics, bioluminescence and biophotonics, water and land ecosystem productivity, microbiology, hydrobiology, biochemistry and genomics, medical engineering, bio-informatics etc.;
  • Participating in the National Technological Initiative , “Biotech 2030” Russian Techno Platform , etc.;
  • Organizing professional assessment system providing advisory services to general public, scientific and educational organizations, medical and ecological centers, businesses, industries and management structures such as Federal Medical-Biological Agency, ect.;
  • Commercializing intellectual property and introducing original devices, reagents, methods for professional research activity and health care products of higher demand into Russian and international market, organizing ecological monitoring and medical diagnostic laboratories;
  • Developing engineering activity in the sphere of biotechnology and biomedicine, starting the operation of Biomedical cluster in Krasnoyarsk in cooperation with Krasnoyarsk and Siberian medical universities (Tomsk city), the Siberian Clinical Center FMBA and other high-tech medical organizations in the format of public and private partnership.

Development plans

  • “Bioengineering cluster” StrAU institutional forming and development through uniting biological and biotechnological university divisions as the StrAU core element and building the biomedical cluster around it.
  • Developing and implementing Master and PhD programs in fundamental and applied research, innovative ventures in the sphere of biotechnology. Developing the system of tutors, the active use of e-learning, the inclusion of on-line courses by well-known professors from Coursera into the academic programs.
  • Implementing large projects for the expansion of fundamental and applied interdisciplinary scientific research in the priority spheres of biological engineering.
  • Professional development of the faculty and research staff by means of the professional development, probation and internship programs, the “academic mobility”.
  • Recruiting researchers and post graduate students within the program Postdoc SibFU and PhD SibFU, as well as grant programs.
  • Developing international cultural and academic English-speaking environment.
  • Implementing the program “Leaders and scientists of the future” from the school level up to “The SibFU talented personnel pool” through the promotion of the biotechnological area and gifted youth tutorial.
  • Holding Summer school academy according to the StrAU profile.
  • Promoting the award of the Fund of Nobel Prize winner Osamu Shimomura for gifted students who conduct research in the sphere of bioluminescence.
  • Developing double degree programs with University of Barcelona and ect., the international accreditation of academic programs.
  • Clinical trial and the certification of health care products on the basis of biopolymers, devices and reagents for bioluminescence analysis.
  • Forming the project in cooperation with FMBA concerning personalized medicine development including molecular biochemistry, genomics, bio-informatics.
  • Updating the database of professional experts in the sphere of biological engineering, biology, biophysics, chemistry and medicine, medical cybernetics and engineering.

StrAU key goals in the context of the global education and research agenda and its contribution to the solution of the tasks at hand

  • The solution of the problems, connected with the improvement of life quality and duration through biotechnology and bioengineering;
  • The development of scientific basis and technologies to optimize population nutrition, living in harsh environmental conditions;
  • Post graduate students’ competences development who will be able to ensure qualitative living standards and able to work at the high-tech international level.

The brief summary of StrAU importance and its contribution into the university development

(the aims, goals and target indicators achievement of the university competitive recovery program among world leading research educational centers and “roadmaps” for the period 2016-2017)

“Bioengineering cluster” StrAU is founded on the basis of the School of fundamental biology and biotechnology, which is the research and educational core of the SibFU biological field. The further formation of Cluster for fundamental and applied biology and biophysics will help to boost the concentration of research and advanced educational programs. More than 30% of Master and PhD programs, as well as PhD SibFU program, will be held within the integrated program of the cluster research area.

The StrAU provides high scientometrical results. For the recent 5 years period about 1/3 of all publications in Scopus have been made with these fileds, 40% of international agreements have been signed by the cluster participants. 3 projects of 5 megagrants are being carried out with the support of the Russian Federation Government .

The concentration of human, organizational and financial resources on the key research and technological tasks will allow increasing the number of international faculty members and students up to 25% in the nearest future.

The cluster structural subdivisions are the leaders in using e-learning and teaching in English at the university.

Main expected results

  • Establishing the Center of excellence in the sphere of biological engineering and bringing it to the level of independent self-financing development due to increasing the number of business contracts from academic and industrial partners;
  • Creating internationally recognized Research Institute of Nano-Biophotonics;
  • Increasing the number of courses and academic programs taught in English, the formation and realization of the PhD SibFU program;
  • Increasing the number of publications indexed by Scopus and WoS and increasing citation index per one faculty member of the StrAU (more than 4.0);
  • Creating conditions for consolidation of scientific personnel leaders within common projects and inter-departmental centers: human genomics, bioinformatics, biophotonic, bioluminescent biotechnologies;
  • Organizing the work of the biotechnological engineering center in the sphere of biomedicine, the Licensing and Certification Center;
  • Engaging SibFU into Russian and international collaborations and partnership with leading academic and industrial partners in the sphere of biotechnological engineering.

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