Vladimir Mau speaks at Russian Investment Forum in Sochi (VIDEO)
On February 14, RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau attended the Russian Investment Forum 2019 in Sochi as an expert. Mau spoke at the session National Projects and the Regions: Key Questions at the Beginning of the Road and took part in the discussion Creating a Modern School: New Opportunities for the State and Business to Collaborate through the National Education Project.
During the discussion of the national projects, Dr. Mau noted that there are two models for achieving growth – by either stimulating demand or supply: “The 2012 Executive Orders aim for growth through demand, while the one signed in May 2018 implies growth through supply. The two ways should converge in the historical perspective, but we are in fact moving toward another growth model, and in this sense, investment becomes a source of both poverty reduction and growth of incomes.” However, according to Vladimir Mau, the practical combination of payroll obligations with investment commitments is a potential serious source of tension that cannot be ignored.
It should also be understood that for the regions, successful implementation of national projects leads to “further costs for the operation of new facilities, and wages.” It is important to consider not only what the national projects will cost, but also further operational costs, that is, the full future value should be estimated, he underscored. Therefore, a much more systematic forecast of expenditure commitments at the regional level is needed.
“Finally, to assess the real success of economic policy, one should consider not investment in general, but specifically, the dynamics of private investment, because real success occurs when real private investment is stimulated,” Dr. Mau summarized at the national projects discussion.
The session was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, and Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin.
In his remarks at the session on collaboration between the state and business in creating a modern school, Vladimir Mau noted that for all the novelties, education remains traditional in essense: “To be successful, you need to work hard, and the rest will follow. However, there are several aspects to which high school graduates should be ready: an individualized educational trajectory (and the need to make a responsible choice); a stronger fundamental nature of education, and the need to be ready to continue learning. No education can ever be considered complete if a person wants to be successful. With the extremely high dynamism of technologies, a graduate’s most relevant qualification is not their narrow skills, but the ability to flexibly adapt to the challenges that they constantly face, including the ability to regularly change the field of activity.”
“Digital literacy is a universal competence and is of critical importance. This is something that should be included on all programs in every field, although taking into account the specifics of individual professions,” he added.
Other experts who took part in the discussion included Minister of Education Olga Vasilieva, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeyev, Auditor of the Russian Accounts Chamber Mikhail Men, Governor of the Novgorod Region Andrei Nikitin, President of the Prosveshcheniye Group Vladimir Uzun, and others. The session was moderated by Deputy Minister of Education Marina Rakova.