Gaidar Forum Participants Drew Up New Decade Manager’s Portrait

Juraj Nemets, Member of the UN committee of experts on public administration, and Igor Bartsits, Director of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (ISSU) of the RANEPA signed a cooperation agreement between the journals of their organizations during a discussion at the XI Gaidar Forum held at the Presidential Academy. At the discussion called “Citizen's Right to Good Governance: Standards and Values for the Training of Managers”, state managers training quality issues and problems of international accreditations were discussed.

Igor Bartsits was the moderator of the forum, setting the tone of the conversation with the phrase: “Values never change, but the prices for them change all the time - they are becoming more and more expensive.”

During the discussion, Taco Brandsen, General Secretary of the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAAPA) noted that in the nineties there was a goal to create a common educational space, which is partially achieved today. “Firstly, the main goal is an understandable structure, work within the framework of achieving high quality and developing institutions that can follow standards,” the speaker said. As a result, there will be an opportunity to provide experience and students exchange between countries. An equally important step towards to increasing the level of trust and mobility, in his opinion, is improving the quality of education. In addition, Taco Brandsen said: “I have a feeling that within countries the inequality between the level of education is different, so the leading institutions are torn off from regional ones.” Thus, international cooperation will increase quality, but it is necessary to ensure respect for the national context and common standards. It is important to remember constructive criticism from other states so that there is the possibility of an honest assessment of the work, Mr. Brandsen emphasized. The good news in the speech was Brandsen’s statement that perhaps in September a decision will be made on the accreditation of the RANEPA Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Moscow City Duma speaker Alexey Shaposhnikov, MPA program’s immediate supervisor, reviewed the criteria for a new manager from the point of view of informing society and citizens' ability to control the process. He noted that the introduction of new technologies logically follows the improvement of the quality of services provided by the state. The speaker mentioned such existing platforms as Active Citizen, Mobile Voter, Mos.ru, thanks to which it became possible to take into account the opinion of each resident of the metropolis, quickly solve problems and give feedback.

Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Regional Hub in the field of public service (Kazakhstan) suggested paying attention not only to the challenges and tasks, but also to the environment which future managing specialties graduates will work in. The speaker raised the issue of the training civil servants tasks. He noted: "Our graduates should be above departmental interests, it is managers who should lead people from the bottom, and also not forget about long-term interests." At the end of the speech, Baimenov emphasized the importance of such state managers’ values as adaptability, the ability to use innovations, and the willingness to delegate authority.

Yerlan Abil, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, continued the topic of instilling values: “In our mission, we claimed very clear and simple things – these values are openness and love for the world around us.” He said that graduates are “agents of change” who receive support after completing their studies. Thus, training programs for government executives should be aimed at improving characters, teaching people critical thinking skills and making strategic decisions.

“Our main task is to provide specialists who will work in the European and Eurasian areas,” said Tamara Shashikhina, Director of the European Training Institute of MGIMO (University) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She noted the importance of coordinating the work of all public service level. Today's realities indicate, in her opinion, that the training of narrow-profile specialists is irrelevant. The question is: “Should we prepare managers first and then give them specialization, or vice versa?” Tamara Shashikhina suggested that subjects of government should be mandatory at the undergraduate level, interdisciplinarity is important so that specialists could always have up-to-date qualifications.

Nadine Turnuoy, Director of the Institute of Business Administration of the University of Côte d'Azur decided to discuss the process of international accreditation of educational programs: “This is a toolkit for changing processes, it is a way to carry out reforms.”

Concrete proposals were made by: Andreas Schaal, Director of the OECD Global Relations Secretariat, Ali Farazmand, Professor of public administration at the School of Public Administration (SPA) of the Atlantic University of Florida, Chief Editor of the International Journal of Public Administration (USA), Andrey Klimenko, Head of the Policy and Management Department of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Jean-Cascienne Billiers, Designated person for relations between France and Russia under the President of the Paris-Sorbonne University.

During the discussion, the experts agreed that managers need to continue training throughout their lives for effective work.

Ksenia Zhuykova


The organizers of the 11th Gaidar Forum are the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.

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