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Title: Higher Education in Russia under Transition: a Part of Europe or apart from Europe?

Higher Education in Russia under Transition a
Part of Europe or apart from Europe?
  • Prof. Dr. Pevzner Mikhail
  • Dr. Kaminskaja Elvira
  • Dr. Shirin Alexander

Priorities in higher education
  • To raise the quality of higher education
  • To develop the system of Life Long Learning
  • To make the sphere of education more attractive
    for investments

Higher education in Russia under transition
tendencies and trends
  • Development of new relationship between the state
    and institutions of higher education
  • Transition to the market and second academic
    revolution integration of teaching, research,
    and commercial activity
  • Contradictions between universities autonomy and
    state control
  • Growing competition between universities in the
    sphere of admissions, education quality,
    financial and human resources
  • Continuing argument between Euroskeptics and

Arguments against European integration
  • Russian system of higher education was
    internationally recognized as one of the best
    models, and there is no need for radical changes
  • Bologna process is connected with the threat of
    globalization, loss of national identity together
    with historical roots and original cultural
  • European integration will speed up the process of
    brain drain
  • Russias membership in World Trade Organization
    would open doors to foreign service providers who
    may push Russian universities out of educational
  • Russian employers are not ready to deal with
    those graduates who have Bachelor Degree
  • Bologna process can undermine the traditional
    system of post-graduate degrees in Russia where
    we have Candidate and Doctor Degrees

Levels of internationalization in higher education
  1. International contacts in the sphere of culture
    and education
  2. Cooperation in research and education
  3. International strategic partnerships

Level 1 International contacts in the sphere of
culture and education
  • Faculty, student and post-graduate student
    exchange programs
  • Inviting visiting scholars from abroad
  • Organizing international conferences, workshops
    and master-classes

Level 2 Cooperation in research and education
  • development of cross-cultural educational
  • implementation of new educational technologies
  • recruiting and training international students
  • organization of practical training abroad
  • the system of bilingual education
  • the use of international quality assurance systems

Level 3 international strategic partnerships
  • Institutions situated in two or more different
    countries which are linked by
  • Long-term cooperation agreements
  • Joint projects in research and education
  • Partial integration in facilities, human and
    information recourses that helps the fulfillment
    of strategic objectives.

Staatliche Universität Nowgorod
Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
  • Kooperationsvertrag seit März 2004
  • Vertrag über die Vergabe eines Doppeldiploms im
    Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang
    Erziehungswissenschaft seit September 2004

Vergleich der Module in den Partneruniversitäten
Module an der Uni Hildesheim Module an der Uni Nowgorod
Einführung in die Allgemeine Pädagogik Einführung in die pädagogische Tätigkeit Angewandte Pädagogik
Einführung in die Allgemeine Didaktik Allgemeine Pädagogik
Grundlagen der Soziologie und Sozialstrukturanalyse Soziologie
Allgemeine Pädagogik I Erziehungswissenschaft
Organisationspädagogik Organisationspädagogik
Forschungsmethoden Pädagogisch-psychologische Forschungsmethoden
Grundlagen der Psychologie Allgemeine Psychologie
Allgemeine Pädagogik II Geschichte der Pädagogik Ethnopädagogik
Pädagogische Handlungskompetenz Sozialpädagogik Familiäre Sozialisation
Gemeinsames Curriculum in Erziehungswissenschaft
Insgesamt 180 Credits
Insgesamt 180 Credits
Precondition for establishing of Scandinavian and
Baltic Center
  • Historical heritage and cultural traditions of
    Novgorod the Great
  • The real cooperation of many subdivisions of the
    Novgorod State university with many Scandinavian
    universities in such direction as economics,
    archeology, ecological protection, culture,
    technological education and etc.
  • The dessimination of the significant results of
    the project work between the Novgorod State
  • Interest of many Baltic and Scandinavian
    universities to cooperate in the frames of the

Center for cooperation with Scandinavian and
Baltic countries
Field of interests
  • Northern countries Norway, Sweden, Denmark,
    Finland, Iceland
  • Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Russian regions Archangelsk, Kaliningrad,
    Leningrad, Murmansk, Novgorod,
    Pskov regions
    and the
    republic of Karelia

Cooperation in the sphere of education
  • Introduction of NORMAN school experience in NovSU
    educational process
  • Joint bachelor-degree programs (economics,
    management, pedagogics, psychology, etc.),
    including the conferment of joint degree or
    double degree to the graduates
  • International master degree programs (Master of
    Business Administra-tion MBA, finance Master
    in Finance, management in education)
  • International educational programs of training
    and retraining of administrative personnel
  • Distance Learning in NovSU
  • Library of research and educational literature,
    including on-line library
  • Joint programs of Life Long Learning
  • Development of criterion and conditions of mutual
    recognition of diplomas and courses in the course
    of Bologna process
  • Assistance in NovSU students and teachers
  • Joint programs for education quality systems

Scientific research
  • Joint research projects in strategically
    significant directions bioenergetics,
    environmental protection, sustainable development
    of the region, public health, social well-being,
    environmental policy and use of resources,
    environmental education and upbringing,
    archeology, history, culture studies, pedagogics
    and education, psychology, sociology
  • Joint conferences (including video-), symposiums,
  • Joint academic publications
  • Scholarship programs, exchange programs for
    students, researchers, post-graduate students,
    teachers and persons working for doctors degree

  • Business contacts and information exchange with
    international organizations and associations,
    international institutions, businesses
  • Information about the countries, which are in the
    sphere of Centers interests, international
    educational, technical and innovation programs
    and projects
  • Interaction with international and Russian funds
    and organizations that provide sponsorship for
    international cooperation in the sphere of
    education, science and technology, including
    exchange programs

Culture exchange and teaching of foreign languages
  • Support of exchanges in the sphere of culture
    between countries which are in the sphere of the
    Centers interests
  • Exhibitions, festivals, fairs, recitals and
    readings, contests, that reflect cultural
    peculiarities of the countries
  • Support for Scandinavian and Baltic countries
    language teaching (basic and additional
    specialties, courses of choice)
  • Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Estonian language
    courses as a part of additional education
  • Summer Language Schools in the universities-partne
    rs of Northern European countries and in NovSU
  • Programs like Foreigners in Norway providing
    intensive language courses

Other activities of the Center
  • Support in carrying out specialized research work
    in the region for enterprises and universities on
    the basis of individual agreements
  • Creation of data-base that would include
    information about business structures, investment
    projects, support in the search for business
    partners, creation and assessment of the projects
  • Other activities that are not forbidden by the
    legislation of Russian Federation, including
    licensed activities

Subdivisions of NovSU cooperating with Baltic and
Scandinavian country
  • NORMAN business school
  • Interdisciplinary workgroup in Economics and
  • Department of Northern languages
  • Nordistics laboratory
  • Project group Training technology teachers for
    general and vocational education
  • Laboratory for comparative research in education
  • Research group in environmental protection

  • Thank you for your attention!
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