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Second issue of the Bulletin "Higher Education in Russia and Beyond" ("HERB")

January 27, 2015

The second issue of the English-language Bulletin dedicated to problems of higher education "Higher Education in Russia and Beyond" ("HERB") has been published recently. The Bulletin is aimed at bringing current Russian, Central Asian and Eastern European educational trends to the attention of the international higher education research community. HERB is a supplement to the journal “International Higher Education” which has been published by the Higher School of Economics – a participant in Project 5-100 – since 2014 in partnership with the Center for Institutional Studies (Boston College, USA).

The second issue of the Bulletin is dedicated to the challenges faced by the university community during times of change. The official Foreword from the Editorial Team expresses the following conclusion: “Post-Soviet transformations entailed financially and institutionally difficult conditions upon universities and faculty. Now it is already possible to analyze how particular countries and their academic systems responded to transition and evaluate the consequences,” Naturally the assumption is that much can be learned from these examples.

The issue under discussion opens with an article written by Yana Roschina (Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Higher School of Economics) where the author presents the results of her research on how Russian university teachers combine various types of activity, including both teaching and research. This topic is continued by Yana Kozmina (Researcher at Higher School of Economics) who analyzes how the preferences of teachers are related to the various aspects of their work in universities (job satisfaction, research productivity etc) and compares those teachers who have attained a special status with those who have not.

In his article “The Sources of Post-Soviet Professional Power”, Mikhail Sokolov (Professor, European University in St. Petersburg) talks about the reforms in Russian higher education and the current relationships between university faculty and university administration.

Ivan Pavlyutkin (Associate Professor in the Department of Economic Sociology, Higher School of Economics) in his article “Gifts, Debts or Pin Money? On the Moral Ambiguity of Academic Contract in Russian Higher” analyzes the changes which led to reforms in employment contracts in Russian universities.

Marek Kwiek (Professor and Director, Center for Public Policy Studies, UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy, Chairholder, University of Poznan, Poland) uncovers the connection between research productivity of Polish scientists and the degree of their involvement in international collaboration projects.

The joint article “24 Years after the Fall: indicators of Post-Communist Science,” written by Ivan Sterligov (Head of Analysis Unit, Office of Research Evaluation, Higher School of Economics) and Alifia Enikeeva (Expert at Analysis Unit, Office of Research Evaluation, Higher School of Economics) is devoted to the key trends of development of university science among the countries of the former Soviet Bloc.

The article by Maria Yudkevich (Vice Rector of Higher School of Economics) and Elizaveta Sivak (Junior Researcher at Center of Leadership Development in Education, Higher School of Economics) covers the impact of changes which have taken place in the past two decades on the university community of two of Russia’s largest cities – Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In her article, Bojana Culum (Assistant Professor at the University of Rijeka, Croatia) makes the paradoxical conclusion that despite low productivity and weak internationalization, Croatian professors have greater job satisfaction than many of their foreign colleagues.

The final article of the Bulletin was written by Martin Galevski (University of Oxford) and lists the main thesis of the first global research paper dedicated to the challenges faced by the modern academic community in Macedonia.

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