Centers for Innovative Development are in Demand in Russia

6 july 2017

The June edition of the Bulletin with the review of education in Russia was all about the results of reforms in higher education of Russia and abroad. Higher education in the Russian Federation is under constant reformation, but the reforms are held back by the depletion of human resources and the fragility of relationships between the labor market participants, Analytical Center’s experts note. According to the experts, the observed changes in universities are most often a response to demographic, immigration, and socio-economic factors. Nevertheless, there is a number of accomplishments which will be the basis of the future development of the system, from imposing the Federal Public Education Standards to bringing down the key activities to the project-based form.

Despite a number of long-standing problems, the system of Russian universities remains a competitor in the international market for educational services. As analysts point out, we currently see the evolution of a mechanism able to establish and develop professional paths for young people, including means of adaptation to the labor market.

Experts say that it is also true for the secondary vocational education that the choice of strategies for the further development of universities is complicated by the weakness of the feedback needed to improve the efficiency and accessibility of educational services, the insufficiency of innovations in the education technology system and educational content, the absence of a forecasting system or support of management decisions for higher education.

Experts also suggest that the challenges which the modern system of higher education faces are based on the need to ensure its competitiveness on the international scale, and to establish centers for innovative development within Russia. Solutions to these challenges will have to account for the technology changes, active digitalization of everyday life, and changes of roles among students and teachers. Also, as experts believe, the flexibility and variability of interaction, the speed of response to change and overcoming of so-called inertia will be key factors for the success of universities.

For more information, see the “Reforms in Higher Education: Domestic and Foreign Experience.” bulletin.

For other bulletins on current educational trends, see Publications.