Association of leading universities, ALU, is a Russian non-governmental nonprofit organization established in 2010 to facilitate public expertise of legislative and other initiatives in the area of higher education and science, as well as collective representation of its members and a coordinating body for their joint activities.
ALU members top domestic higher education universities rankings and include innovative universities, federal universities, national research universities, Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint-Petersburg State University – about 40 in total.
ALU is currently chaired by rector of Saint-Petersburg University professor Nikolay Kropachev.
Prof. Nikolay Kropachev about the Higher education development in Russia (available in German only)
You can find more information in ALU Profile.