Project 5-100 Participates in Krasnoyarsk Economic ForumMarch 3, 2015
12th Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum (KEF) under the patronage of the Government of the Russian Federation was held in Krasnoyarsk on 26-28 February.
On 27 February representatives of the Project Office and university-participants in Project 5-100 took part in the session “Russian Scientific and Educational Environment: Competitive Strategy” which was organized as a brainstorming session within the framework of the business program of the KEF. Andrei Volkov (Deputy Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of the Leading Russian Universities among Leading Global Research and Education Centers) acted as moderator at this session. The meeting attracted a number of official representatives from government, as well as notables from the academic and business communities: Lyudmila Ogorodova (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation), Vladimir Fortov (President of the Russian Academy of Science), Mikhail Antonov (Director of Project Office 5-100), Alexander Kuleshov (Director of the Kharkevisch Institute of Information Transmission Problems, RAS Academic), Eduard Galazhinsky (Rector of the Tomsk State University), Evgeniy Kuznetsov (Deputy General Director of PJSC Russian Venture Company), Oleg Alexeev (Advisor to the High-Tech Directorate of Renova Group) and other experts.
The meeting agenda featured a discussion of the current most salient issues challenging Russian higher education, including the best means of implementing the strongest possible research programs in the highest educational facilities available in Russia, and the best means of choosing foreign models of university reform as a reference point for development. Some of the other issues discussed at the meeting included the development of universities as centers of transformation and drivers of economic growth, modernization of educational programs and identity search by national universities.
Speaking on the topic of restructuring the national higher education, Lyudmila Ogorodova noted that narrow specializations as a format of university training are outdated and “inflexible” and stressed that the existence of master’s programs enables bachelors to experience several masters’ programs during the duration of their higher education period, which makes the educational market more mobile.
Eduard Galazhinsky spoke about the challenges faced by a classical university on the path of reform. Speaking of reforming the system of university operations, which is now result-oriented, TSU Rector said: “The hardest thing is to change the way one thinks”. He stressed the importance of Project 5-100 for the development of the entire system of higher education in Russia and told about his meeting with first-year students last year, where he learned that approximately 60% of the new recruits relied on rankings when choosing a place to study.
Summing up the results of the session, Andrei Volkov announced the plans of Project 5-100 management. According to these plans, the current participants in Project 5-100 may be joined by a group of 20-25 Russian universities.
In addition to participating in the business program, Project 5-100 also used the Forum to introduce itself. The booth of the Project attracted a crowd of visitors, among whom were high school students and undergraduates interested in continuing their studies in postgraduate programs which include joint programs with international partner universities. Furthermore, another constituency included representatives from the business elite interested in finding partners among the leading Russian universities.