Vladimir Mau: Achieving national development goals strongly depends on Russian universities’ global competitiveness
RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau has taken part in the plenary discussion at the 9th Global Competitiveness International Forum organized by the RAEX Analytics agency. The discussion, Higher education in the new decade: Challenges, resources, mechanisms, brought together heads of Lomonosov Moscow State University, NUST MISIS, NRNU MEPhI, MIPT, ITMO University, Bauman MSTU and other top schools, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The participants focused on the tasks and tools for the development of the national higher education system and improving Russian universities’ competitiveness in the international market.
In particular, they considered implementation of the Priority-2030 program to support universities and its continuity in relation to Project 5-100. At present, about 100 universities are involved in the Priority-2030 strategic academic leadership program aimed at strengthening the potential of the national higher education system and advancing socioeconomic development in the Russian regions.
“Achieving national development goals directly depends on increasing the global competitiveness of Russian universities. Russia’s higher education development strategy focuses on expanding its presence in the global research and education market. Universities are also tasked with applying their experience and achievements to promote economic development of Russian regions. It is important to take into account that their objectives will differ depending on the region, and this should affect the assessment criteria,” Vladimir Mau said.
One of the factors in the Russian higher education system’s development is the objective growth of cross-sectoral and international competition, he added.
“Education is more than giving a person a chance to earn a degree. It is about preparing them for life-long learning. This means universities are not just competing with other universities today, but also with other educational institutions and platforms that are ready to provide relevant services. International competition will also intensify. Automatic translation systems’ improvement and subsequent removal of the language barrier combined with wider use of remote learning technologies will become important factors in universities’ competitiveness in the global market, and we have to be prepared for that,” the RANEPA rector commented.