Experts Confirm a Shift in Emphasis in the Cost-Sharing in the Sphere of Higher Education

29 september 2015

Experts of the Analytical Center prepared the next issue of the Bulletin on the state of education in Russia, dedicated to the topic of higher education in Russia and abroad.

The chapter "Russian Education by Numbers: 2015" presents comparative statistical and estimated data on the numbers of workforce, quantity of organizations and financing of the higher education system in Russia in the period from 2010 to 2015. The chapter "Economic instruments for increase of access to higher education" contains information and analytical materials on the best international practices of involvement of economic instruments into the higher education system in order to expand access to higher education. The criteria, the main approaches used in the international practice are analyzed. The chapter "International Law" includes the news in the field of legal regulations for assurance of the accessibility of higher education in Brazil, where the Government established a special fund to finance students in order to create conditions for the equal access to higher education, and in July 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Education approved new rules and procedures for the selection of applications and the allocation of funds.

Experts consider in detail possible economic tools to increase access to higher education, noting the transition of higher education from an elite system to a mass one. Every year around the world more than 150 million people (in the past 10 years, this index increased by 53%) go to high schools. Also, experts consider the shift in cost-sharing in higher education: the tuition fee formerly lying mainly on the state, currently is divided among users of education services - students, parents, customers, etc. Among the new economic instruments are considered education credits, taxes and loans, as well as a system of fundraising.

For detailed information check the Bulletin "Economic Tools of Increase of Access to Higher Education."

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