Mechanisms for ensuring network cooperation need improvement

24 june 2016

The Analytical Center has discussed optimization of the organizational and management mechanisms in education that are used when implementing network cooperation models. The experts analyzed some Russian and foreign cases, identified problems and risks and suggested options for improving existing regulations.

The Analytical Center expert Inna Karakchieva called the participants’ attention to the fact that network cooperation can happen both in education as well as across different areas of activity. “The Federal Law on Education focuses specifically on the implementation of educational programs but that is just one form of network cooperation. Having analyzed the current types of organizational and management models of network cooperation in education we have identified three basic types of such cooperation: pooling the owners of various types of resources, integrative cooperation and a resources platform,” the expert said.

As far as forms of cooperation in the education system are concerned, Ms. Karakchieva noted network educational programs, network projects, experimental network analytical monitoring studies and networking organizational structures in education (associations and consortia).

Lead researcher with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Gulnara Krasnova talked in detail about joint educational projects abroad. “Network universities are taking the world by storm. Countries that export education services are especially active in networked cooperation and the most successful are universities set up at the level of heads of government, for example the Science and Technology University in Hanoi and the Nottingham University in China,” she believes. At the same time, the expert noted that all joint universities in China have alliances with western universities, having created a venue for discussing existing problems with representatives of government organizations. “In Russia, all universities to this day remain isolated from each other, no experience is being shared and the same problems are being tackled time and time again - we definitely need an association like that so common problems can be discussed,” Ms. Krasnova is sure.

Deputy Dean of the Economics Department of Moscow Lomonosov State University Irina Teleshova suggested restructuring the Russian education system to align it with international classifiers. In her opinion, the notion of network cooperation is very loosely defined and at the moment it does not cover or include everything that could be classed as network cooperation. The expert suggested systematizing the definitions included in the term and then working out the regulatory and financial issues.

Participants in the discussion concurred that before further work can be carried out a work group needs to be set up to include representatives of professional unions and public organizations. It is also important to revise the prevailing view on financing, HR potential and organizational and legal mechanisms, the experts believe.