No Cooperation between the Education System and the Labor Market

29 march 2016

“Officially, there are around one million of unemployed persons in Russia, but actually their total number is four times bigger. This means that we have institutional and organizational problems and an efficiently operating mechanism is required to solve which,” said Gleb Pokatovich, the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, at the Round Table “Ways to Effectively Coordinate the Labor Market and the System of Higher Education.”

In the course of the event, experts discussed mechanisms of consolidating the professional academic community and employers, and evaluated efficiency of the communication between the higher education system and the labor market through governmental educational standards.

Vasily Pushkin, the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, reminded that the Analytical Center worked on updating the Innovative Development Strategy last year. “The key problem of the innovative development in the country is the lack of cooperation,” said Mr. Pushkin. – “Each ministry lives its own life and it is very difficult to bring them together. However, the information the ministries have is important both to the society and to the education system.”

Inna Karakchieva, an expert of the Analytical Center, who also sees the key problem in poor links between of the labor market and the education system, agrees with him. “Looking at the changing number of students in higher and secondary vocational education establishments, we see, for example, that the share of students and consolidated budget expenses are bigger in the higher education system than they are in the secondary special education”, said the expert. However, the situation does not differ from the global one in Russia: the need for “professions of the future”, employees with higher education, will grow as soon as in the nearest future and the share of jobs that require les qualifications will shrink.

Irina Teleshova, the Deputy Dean of the Economics Department of the Moscow Lomonosov State University, thinks that we have to start with defining the notion ‘competency’ if we want to bring together the higher education system and the labor market. Meanwhile, introducing the notion only will not solve the existing problems and an entirely new system has to be developed. “Competencies are targets and should not be set by the labor market alone. Here we have to find ways for the market and the society to work together,” said Ms. Teleshova.

Russian experts are ready to consider and adopt the foreign practice of the higher education shifting to the competency model, and their mechanisms to improve regulatory and methodological framework, to apply them for aligning federal higher education standards with professional standards.

List of participants

Program

See also:

29th September, 2015 - Experts Confirm a Shift in Emphasis in the Cost-Sharing in the Sphere of Higher Education

16th July, 2015 - State Support to Labor Market in Need of Improvement

2nd April, 2015 - According to forecasts of experts of the Analytical Center, the unemployment rate in Russia won't exceed 8,3% in 2015