Open dialogue: Forecasting the Future of Education at Gaidar Forum

The open dialogue on the problems and prospects of the education system closed the second day of the 2018 Gaidar Forum. Leading experts proposed their ideas during the discussion, Forecasting the Future of Education.

The session was moderated by RANEPA Professor Sam Potolicchio, Director of Global Education at Georgetown University (McCourt) and President of Preparing Global Leaders Foundation, and Kamil Kuramshin, economist with experience in starting business from scratch, studying Urban Studies at Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

The experts included CEO and founder of Tezign Ling Fan; Chairman of Thoburns Communications Neil Osborne; co-founder of Tezign Daisy Guo; Managing Director of US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management Joseph Quinlan; Executive Director of the International Council of Museums Endowment Fund Bjorn Stenvers; and Associate Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University Cory Way.

During the open dialogue, the experts identified the flaws in the process of training managers, and discussed innovative ideas and approaches to teaching. Opinions were also expressed about what education will be like in 10 years and what problems may affect its development.

The moderator Kamil Kuramshin opened the session.

Sam Potolicchio continued by asking the participants and the audience the question how the education system should be transformed from the point of view of representatives of various countries and generations.

The first speaker, Ling Fan, said, common standards cannot be applied to all students. Everyone should be able to remain themselves in the learning process and be able to manifest themselves in various fields.

According to Cory Way, future education should focus on leadership qualities and self-discipline. Another important aspect is interest to, and awareness of what is happening in the world.

Bjorn Stenvers expressed the need for continuous education; a person must keep learning all their lives. According to the expert, training not only helps stimulate mental activity, but also promotes physical development, and leads to longer life. He also noted a major role of creativity and ability to think outside the box.

Neil Osborn spoke about the importance of classical education and the need to preserve traditions. Another aspect is the study of history, not only for better awareness in various fields, but also for a better understanding of the processes of modernity.

Daisy Guo, a representative of the marketing department of a technology company, voiced her vision of modern education; training should rely on the process of assimilation of knowledge, she said. Everyone must determine what is important to them and invest resources in these processes.

The moderators summed up the discussion by reaffirming the need to reform the education system and make it more student-centered.


The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

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