Gaidar Forum participants analyze education trends

The open dialogue Trends in Education: Challenges, Expectations, Reality was held on January 17, the second day of the Ninth Gaidar Forum, Russia and the World: Values and Virtues.

During the discussion, the experts analyzed Russia’s educational system, its place in the global context, and tried to identify the national specifics of the educational cluster.

Sergey Zuev, Rector of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Director of the RANEPA School of Public Policy, moderated the discussion.

Rector of the Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov spoke about the current situation at various education levels. In general school education, Russia is rapidly catching up with the international leaders and already ranks with the top 25. In vocational training, our country lags far behind advanced economies like France and Germany. “Average college funding here is comparable with the financing of schools in the regions,” the expert explained.

In universities, there is a mixed picture. We are ahead of China in terms of growth; half of Russian students choose correspondence programs, while only 15% of Russians are involved in lifelong education. For comparison, in Sweden, 63% of adult citizens are enrolled in training programs (42% in Germany).

The main trend, according to Kuzminov, is the digital revolution that generates new tasks and affects education from two ends – from the labor market and through the need for internal restructuring. The country needs new digital competencies and creative elements; students need to be taught decision-making, communication and cooperation. “By 2030, the education market will largely be an online, private and international market,” the expert predicted. The new digital system is already offering online courses and models.

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.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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