Russia Among Leading Nations for Talent Development

7 november 2017

"Today, when creativity is playing an ever increasing role in the economy, Russia is among the leading nations on the talent development index: 15th out of 134 countries in the world and 4th among the G20 nations," said Inna Karakchieva, Analytical Center expert, speaking at the International Education Salon in Ufa where she presented a report on the National System for Identification and Development of Young Talent: Trends, Risks, and Opportunities.

The expert is of the opinion that it is talent that sets the pace and the direction for future growth and determines the level of sustainability of economic development, both at the regional and the national level. For this reason, properly configuring a nation-wide system for finding and helping talented youth so that it follows the modern trends and, more importantly, creates new trends, will not only allow the Russian economy to become more competitive but also create new niches and industries on the international market.

This is especially relevant for regions and countries where young people are leaving en masse, Ms Karakchieva believes. Opportunities for fulfillment and feeling support and appreciation increases the level of trust for the state among the young.

Today, having decided to upgrade the economy in terms high tech and research development, the government has prioritized the development of systems aimed at promoting creativity, personal growth and fulfillment by means of creating new communication paradigms and network cooperation in hybrid space while trying to get external stakeholders to engage with the process as much as possible. In this context, a key trend is the growing interest in the system of supporting and developing talent both in Russia and abroad, the expert is conviced.

One piece of evidence confirming this fact is the establishment of national systems and the emergence of a large number of specialized management bodies focusing on finding and developing young talent. There is also a growing government support: more projects are being financed with more money being allocated to each project; there are more programs, awards and commendations, the level of engagement and interest in intellectual competition among countries is growing as well. Ms Karakchieva said that one important trend in the development of systems for managing young talent has to do with changing the paradigm of how this work should be organized. This involves different initiatives, from providing support to very young children, aged 0-6, following new discoveries in physiology, psychology and pedagogy, creating new educational paths (kindergarten, school, vocational school, college, family), to upgrading school curricula and digitizing monitoring and support functions.

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