Four universities banned from accepting new students

Russia's state education watchdog, Rosobrnadzor, has added four universities to a list of educational institutions that will be prohibited from enrolling new students from this autumn, the agency said in a statement last week, reports The Moscow Times. The addition of two universities in Moscow and two in Dagestan bring the list of educational institutions blacklisted in recent days to 12.

The capital-based universities include the Moscow Institute of Entrepreneurship and Law and the Institute of Foreign Languages. According to Rosobrnadzor's website, the institutions lacked the requisite educational equipment, library subscriptions and textbooks.

The Russian government has embarked on a large-scale programme to improve the quality of higher education. President Vladimir Putin wants five Russian universities to rank among the world's top 100 by 2020. As part of the effort, the government has put universities under increased scrutiny. At least 77 universities have been stripped of their licenses since the beginning of the year.
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