Vladimir Mau speaks about individual learning trajectories for RANEPA students

08 November 2021
Vladimir Mau speaks about individual learning trajectories for RANEPA students

Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau shared the Academy’s strategic development priorities in an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel; one of them is planning individualized educational trajectories for all students and attendees.

“An important aspect in our strategic development is to transform the educational processes towards their individualization. It is a daunting task, but with new technologies, we stand a really good chance of attaining it. The Presidential Academy has incorporated “new technologies and individualization of programs” as one of the elements in our strategy that we submitted for the Priority 2030 competition organized by the Russian Government and the Ministry of Education and Science. This individualization will not be solely about the students’ choices; it will be based on their personal and professional skill diagnostics, on individual recommendations and individual tracks. We will use artificial intelligence as well as augmented reality to achieve this. It is going to be difficult; these are very delicate tools, but we are in a position to implement them, partly thanks to the accumulated experience from the past few years,” Vladimir Mau said during the interview.

New technologies for managing individual educational tracks will also be used in the system of continuous education for managerial staff for public authorities and business. The Academy has many years of experience with applying its proprietary methodology for personal and professional skill diagnostics to rely on. Due to this methodology, the Academy will be able to build unique educational trajectories for each attendee of the managerial staff training program, as well as to provide consulting support for graduates, taking into account various options for their further career development.

Personalized education, the possibility of choosing an educational trajectory based on one’s personal skills, preferences and understanding of future challenges is an approach President of Russia Vladimir Putin highlighted in his Address to the Federal Assembly on January 15, 2020. At the same time, an individual trajectory cannot be imposed – it needs to be chosen by the student. This is especially important when it comes to professional development programs for established professionals who need to improve their qualifications or specialize in a different field.

According to the RANEPA rector, individual recommendations and the possibility of personalizing their learning trajectory will help students and attendees make informed decisions when it comes to a particular specialization or educational program. In the modern world, it is impossible to choose a specialty for life, Vladimir Mau emphasized. The need to learn continuously and change one’s career path during one’s professional journey has already become a reality of our time. In this context, it is a university’s job to create tools to help and support students in making decisions, to offer them individual recommendations based on their professional experience, personal achievements, expertise, skill sets and personal preferences. According to Vladimir Mau, such tools need to be created on the horizon of the next few years.

During the interview, Dr. Mau highlighted another major trend in modern education: we are seeing heightening requirements when it comes to the quality of education, and more and more students are beginning to view education as an investment in their own future – and the future of our country – not as a service.

According to Vladimir Mau, students choose interesting and challenging programs, and are ready to invest a lot of resources in studying, including an irreplaceable resource – the time they

spend at the university. Therefore, the recent policy decision to stop using the term “service” in laws regulating education is very correct and timely.

“In recent years, I have seen several important shifts in our education system and in attitude towards education. For example, some 15 years ago, it was more like ‘we have paid the university and joined your program, and you have to provide a diploma.’ Now most people, especially in adult learning programs - but gradually, this is happening with bachelor's programs, too – refer to education as an investment: ‘I have spent my time, I have paid my money, which means that what I’m doing needs to be challenging, so I could gain the necessary expertise and competencies for my professional success’,” Vladimir Mau stressed.

According to the rector, most of RANEPA attendees are accomplished professionals working on their second degree or professional development. Under Russian laws, the government does not provide any grants for a second degree; most professional education programs are also delivered on a fee-paying basis. “Those adults who apply to RANEPA are ready to invest both time and money in their education. It is our responsibility to create the right conditions for them to make a good investment in their own future as well as in the future of our country,” Vladimir Mau said.

However, this new trend to view education as an investment does not mean the state’s role should weaken. On the contrary, it is going to play an even greater role in organizing and financing education.

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