The education of the future. How to make universities competitive

How to increase the accessibility of higher education, increase the competitiveness and infrastructure supply of universities, employ graduates and support young talent & ndash; these and other questions were answered by the participants of the Strategy session. & nbsp; The best solutions developed & nbsp; will form the basis of the Far Eastern University Development Program.

In Khabarovsk & nbsp; under the direction of & nbsp; Minister of Higher Education and Science of Russia Valery & nbsp; Falkov & nbsp; and Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexey & nbsp; Chekunkov, with the active participation of & nbsp; governors of the Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev and the Kamchatka Territory Vladimir & nbsp; Solodov & nbsp; & nbsp; Strategic session “ Development of science and higher education in the Far East. & # 39; & # 39 ;; Rectors of Russian Far Eastern and leading universities, representatives of authorities, representatives of a single development institution & ndash; Far East and Arctic Development Corporation. The event, which took place on November 25-26, brought together around 100 participants.

On the first day, the participants of the strategy session were divided into six groups to identify the main problems of science and education in the Far East in the following areas: competitiveness of universities, employment of graduates, human resources universities, accessibility of higher education, working with talents and educational infrastructure. The event was moderated by representatives from leading Russian universities.

The group work was preceded by keynote addresses by federal ministers and governors.

Thus, the leader of & nbsp; Ministry of Education & nbsp; noted that it is necessary & nbsp; to create the conditions for the most capable and best prepared school graduates to receive a quality education in the Far East, so that the region & nbsp; come to receive an education, and in the future live and work & nbsp; young & nbsp; from all over Russia.

Far East and Arctic Development Minister Alexey & nbsp; Chekunkov & nbsp; stressed that the quality of higher education predetermines the socio-economic dynamics of the region for decades to come. & Nbsp; The strategic session will find the most effective and possibly non-standard ways to modernize the higher education system that will be put in place by universities in the Far East on a new trajectory, make it a powerful base for a strong economy & nbsp; which is in the process of being created & nbsp; in the Far East.

Governor of Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev said he was convinced that a promising point of growth for the region would be its inclusion in the project to create an interuniversity campus. A new educational and scientific ecosystem will be created on campus, which will bring together talented young people and become a launching pad for new ideas and initiatives.

In addition, on the perspectives of higher education within the framework of the program of state support to universities “ Priority 2030 '' said scientific adviser Andrey Volkov. In particular, it was noted that the program, & nbsp; which will allow the concentration of resources to ensure the contribution of Russian universities to the achievement of national objectives & nbsp; development of Russia for the period up to 2030, in order to increase the potential scientific and educational level of universities and scientific organizations, as well as to ensure the participation of universities in the socio-economic development of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, today & nbsp; 3 universities from the Far East are participating. & nbsp;

On the second day of the strategy session, the groups drew up proposals for solving the problems of science and higher education in the Far East, outlined the day before.

In this & nbsp; work, informational support to participants of the & nbsp; strategy session & nbsp; was provided by a series of lectures covering the successful experience and developments of leading Russian universities, the development of the infrastructure of educational institutions in the Far East, educational programs and research in the agro-industrial complex. & Nbsp;

Vladimir Avdeenko, & nbsp; Director of the Agro and Biotechnology Development Department of Innopraktika, one of the organizers of the strategic session, & nbsp; in his report & nbsp; & nbsp; 'Global transition to agro-industrial complex 4.0: a window of new possibilities for teaching and research programs'; noted that the agro-industrial complex & ndash; this is what, now and in the future, will globally influence the way of life and development of the Far East, its position within the country and on the outer contour . & nbsp;

At the end of the session, the groups presented their projects in each of the six areas. Among the main proposed activities that can be included in the Far East Program for the Development of Science and Higher Education, it is worth noting the cooperation of universities and regional authorities, financial support of federal universities and teaching staff, advanced training and retraining of teachers to alleviate the staff shortage in new areas of knowledge, the development of & nbsp; and the optimization of the educational infrastructure of universities, including digital. It was also proposed to expand the client list for targeted training for private companies and investors implementing large projects in the region, to create a venture capital fund for student projects and to set up a venture capital fund for student projects. ; introduce a graduate support system, develop cross-border cooperation and attract students from the Asia-Pacific countries and other regions of Russia.

“ The quality and accessibility of higher education has a significant impact on the decision of young people to stay in the Far East or come here to study. This is how a strategic session took place at a very opportune moment, during which two federal ministers worked for two days in collaboration with the community of the rector and the regional authorities. All members have been divided into 6 tracks. On our site, we have analyzed and proposed measures to increase the employment level of graduates of universities in the Far East. We have looked at Targeted Training and believe the list of organizations that can act as a client for Targeted Training needs to be expanded by adding residents from ASEZ, FPV, and participants from other projects from across the country. Investment, including those implemented without state participation. In addition, the university itself should act as a modern recruiting agency, improving communication with employers, updating my training programs, focusing on the promising staffing needs of the university. economy of the region. On all tracks, specific proposals have been made to improve the quality and accessibility of education, develop the infrastructure of universities, work with talents and, in general, increase the competitiveness of Far Eastern universities, 'said Hasan Hasanbalaev, director of human resources. department of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation .

According to him, regional authorities play an increasing role in the development of universities. And in this regard, Russia is in step with global trends. “ The key message here is 'a strong university' strong region. & # 39; Indeed, by developing a higher education institution, the region improves the demographic and socio-economic situation, attracting applicants, releasing qualified graduates into the labor market, involving non-resident and foreign students in life. city, '' added Hasan Hasanbalayev./p>

The leader of & nbsp; Ministry of Education & nbsp; Russia Valery Falkov & nbsp; said: “ We are approaching the creation of a full-fledged development program for universities in the Far East. And these two days of intensive work allowed us to see the peculiarities of almost all the universities. Of course, this territory requires a particular, unconventional approach, an individual attitude towards each region and each university. This is how the program will be formed. There is still a lot of work to be done: selection conditions, financial basis, regulatory framework, etc. I think it would be fair to make this program part of the Priority 2030 project. Then universities in the Far East will find themselves in a big family of universities aiming for disruptive development, and will be able to adopt the best practices. & # 39; & # 39;

“ During the strategy session, we discussed not how to improve an individual university, but how to improve 40% of the territory of our country. Much work has been done to solidify the experience of the whole region. We will strive to increase the connectivity of Far Eastern education with nationwide education and attract federal universities to the region for launch joint programs. Two of these programs are started by the HSE on the basis of Khabarovsk University of Economics and Law. Until 2024, there will be fifteen of these programs. The close interaction of universities with employers is important. This will correctly predict demand and more children to study for free. And, of course, there is a need to develop the 'education infrastructure', '' and mdash; summed up the outcome of the event, the head of the Russian Far East Development Ministry Aleksey & nbsp; Chekunkov. & nbsp;

Mikhail Degtyarev thanked the heads of & nbsp; Ministry of Education & nbsp; and the Russian Far East Development Ministry for the opportunity given to the region to serve as the main platform to discuss science and higher education in the region. & Nbsp;

“ These two days have shown: the current situation with higher education in all subjects is approximately the same. Therefore, the assessment and opinion of leading experts & ndash; participants in the session & ndash; were necessary to determine the main directions of the future development of universities. It is important to understand that it is only in close connection between universities and scientific organizations with regional authorities and the real sector of the economy that high results can be achieved not only in the improvement of the higher education system, but also in the development of the subject and the country as a whole. It is only in strict compliance with these conditions that the need for the economy and the training of personnel will be synchronized, ”stressed the Governor of Khabarovsk Territory.

The Ministry of Education and Science & nbsp; Russia plans to do regular strategic sessions devoted to the development of science and higher education in the Far East. Valery Falkov proposed an initiative to organize the next similar event in six months.


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