Singapore and South Korea are ready to share experience of development of higher education with Russia

19 may 2015

A new research paper, prepared by Tatyana Yuzhakova and Inna Karakchieva, experts of the Analytical Center, presents the main approaches to the formation of public policy in the higher education system in Singapore and South Korea, with an emphasis on effective mechanisms to improve the university system of the two countries.

Countries, characterized by "an educational boom", rapidly developing, which reached over the past decade leading position in the education market and now are defining educational trends, are of interest no less than the recognized "educational" leaders - Europe and the United States. It is all about countries in Southeast Asia, and above all - Singapore and South Korea.

Young (in comparison with the Russian system), created in just 50 years, the education system of Singapore has received the worldwide recognition. Experts point out that the basic idea underlying the state policy in the sphere of education of the country, is the human potential as a major resource for the development of the country. To transform Singapore into a global educational "epicenter", the government has invested millions of dollars into creating a powerful educational network, programs have been developed to attract foreign students, branches of leading universities were opened, a modern campus was built. As a result, universities have provided a huge number of students from Asian countries with a place to study at, which eliminated the need to get a visa and go to study in the US or Europe.

The education system of South Korea is also relatively young (its rapid development has been developing for past two decades), but it already has a top position in rankings among OECD countries. Developing and reforming university education system, South Korea reduces the amount of public funding of  inefficient universities and conducts the process of internationalization. The program "Study in Korea" was developed, a system of accreditation for the recruitment and support of foreign students was  introduced, a program of "Asian campuses" with the international system of double diplomas (realized with China and Japan) was adopted, the support of programs of joint inter-university research was launched.

Experts of the Analytical Center noted many similarities between the educational practices of Singapore, South Korea and Russia. Countries aim to achieve the global leadership in the field of international education and quality of educational services. Not only Russia has something to learn from leaders of the educational market in South-East Asia, but they, in turn, show great interest in the Russian educational system, especially in the field of higher education and the talent development system, experts say.

Read more in the article "The general approaches to the formation of educational space in Singapore and South Korea (in higher education)" in the scientific journal «European science».