Russia: Academy Produces the Right Chemistry

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 699
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.699b


Moscow—The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), in a bold attempt to get involved in higher education, launched the Higher Chemical College in the early 1990s. The college lures budding chemists with the promise of stipends, graduate training overseas, and instruction from some of the country's top scientists. Its 120 students conduct research in RAS laboratories. The first graduates get their diplomas next month. The college's ultimate impact on Russian chemistry may depend, however, on how many of its graduates end up in jobs abroad.