Science and education must ensure a science and technology breakthrough

26 december 2018

"It is in science and education that the country's science and technology potential of the country is forged, new ideas are developed, technologies for future industries emerge, it is also in science and education that is the core of the fourth industrial revolution," said Analytical Center expert Inna Karakchieva, speaking at the plenary session of the Russian National Human Resources in Education forum "Development Pathway".

According to Ms. Karakchieva national project "Science" seeks to foster cooperation, infrastructure transformation and a renewal of human resources. There are three federal projects that set the pace and define the areas of transformation. Thus, federal project "Developing cooperation between science and industry" involves the creation of research and education centers and world class science centers through cooperation between universities, research organizations and companies in the real sector of the economy. These are the kinds of actions that should ensure a breakthrough in science and technology.

"Federal project "Developing cutting edge infrastructure for research and development in Russia" is perhaps the most ambitious as it seeks to create a network of unique mega-science facilities, upgrade the equipment utilized by leading research and development institutes, set up innovative engineering centers and a digital system for managing the services of the research infrastructure," the expert said.

Project "Development of human resources potential for research and development" was discussed the most. The project seeks to create a comprehensive system for training and professional development of researchers and educators but there is still a lot of debate going on about the various models for its implementation.

Ms. Karakchieva identified the barriers holding back the implementation of national project "Science". These include lack of funds for hiring more researchers. Extrabudgetary funds are also needed to fund R&D, however, we're still just looking into mechanism for attracting investments to this sector.

Liquidating these barriers will involve significant improvements to the efficiency of budget spending in the state R&D and higher education institutions. Meanwhile, the implementation mechanisms must involve consolidating science, synchronizing the R&D support tools and creating a single system for managing all civilian science.

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