Roadmaps, ratings and competencies discussed in MISiSNovember 14, 2013
On 14 November 2014 the National Research University MISiS (one of the winners of the government grant) hosted a seminar dedicated to the progress of the universities’ roadmaps. Several roundtables were organized during the event. More than 100 representatives from universities, the Ministry of Education and Science, various companies and media holding were present.
A. Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation), A. Chernikova (Rector of the National Research University MISiS), M. Antonov (Director of the Project Office of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo), E. Glukhova (Deputy Director of the Center for Situational Analysis NII RINKTSE), Vitaly Darovskikh (Cornell University, USA), Amos Leval (Israeli Institute of Technology “Technion”) participated in panel discussions along with other representatives of corporations and non-government educational institutions.
During his speech, Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation) advised the university-winners not to focus too much on getting into ratings: “This is only one of the indicators; you should not focus all your efforts on it. You must think of the development of the university and enhancement of its competitive status in general”. He also said that the system of evaluation of universities will become more transparent, so that it would be clear to everyone what indicators affect what decisions.
A system of monitoring of the progress of the university-participants in the competitiveness enhancement program will be developed and approved by the Council at the next meeting in March 2014.
The following topics were discussed during the seminar:
Decisions and recommendations of the Council on competitiveness enhancement of the leading Russian universities among the leading global research and education centers, future plans of the project, allocated resources;
Implementation of international financial reporting standards in the public sector as an element of the reform of the system of university financial management;
IT competencies required by the labor market, global trends and problems of Russian higher education in this sphere;
International recruitment and reform of HR management systems;
International experience of positioning and promoting universities;
Cooperation strategies and methods for universities and large information agencies;
The roundtable dedicated to “Rating strategies” was held in the form of a videoconference and was chaired by the Chief Editor of the Times Higher Education (THE) Rating – Mr. Phil Baty. The discussion centered on the results of THE-2013 and THE’s plans for development, specifically – creation of a separate rating THE "Times Higher Education BRIC & Emerging Economies" which would exclude the universities of developed countries from dominating in their region.
The new rating unites 22 “rising economies” whose main national strategies include university development and support of the leading universities. These are: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, etc. The new rating will enable Russian universities to track their progress in comparison with other comparable universities facing similar problems.