HSE and KBSU experts discussed trends in the development of higher education

Release date: 02.04.2021

April 2 at the Kabardino-Balkarian State University named after H. M. Berbekov, within the framework of the HSE seminar, a lecture by Russian teacher, scientific director of the Institute of Education Isak Frumin was held on the main trends and challenges of state policy in the field of higher education.

Welcoming the participants of the seminar, Isaak Davidovich noted that KBSU made a very good impression on him:

We assess the possibilities of KBSU participation in the federal program «Priority 2020» as real. Here, not only the potential of the university, which is very interesting from our point of view, has unique growth points, is very important, but also the attention of the regional leadership and business to the development of the university.
In his lecture, the distinguished professor said that higher education is moving towards mass higher education, when it is associated not with a profession, but with a type of life.

«Higher education gives a person not only a profession, but also an understanding of the quality of life, health care, raising children. I am sure that higher education will be more and more widespread, and from the point of view of the profession, a person will gain knowledge in his competence, this will not happen in the coming years, but everything is moving towards this,» — says Isak Frumin.

According to the expert, the higher education system in Russia now lacks the participation of universities in urban development, the development of cities and regions, the export of education and the import of young professionals is practically absent. The formation of the national elite is mainly not at the expense of leading research universities and is not associated with social mixing.

The Russian tertiary education system (SPE + HE) is one of the largest in the world. However, it is gradually losing its leading position in terms of population coverage with tertiary education. Nevertheless, citizens did not change the trend towards an increase in the level of education desired for children and grandchildren. At the same time, the orientation towards “any” institution of higher education has sharply decreased.

The challenges of higher education in Russia today include: lagging behind the labor market, inflexibility (many graduates do not work in their specialty); separate ineffective open source software (open source software is preserved as a clearly separate, preceding VO stage); the poorest families have to pay for higher education; underfunding of universities and quality challenges.

Isak Frumin also introduced the audience to the growing global trends in the development of higher education. These include the emergence of new providers of short education programs. One of the trends in modern higher education is the so-called «unpacking» of previously stable programs into micromodules, created and supported not only by the resources of the university and for different audiences. On the other hand, the university possesses the technology of assembling and individualizing programs, creates a developing environment for learning and communication.

Concluding his speech, the representative of the HSE commented on the current programs of the frontal strategy «National Innovation System»: «Priority-2030», «Global Competition for Talents», «Platform for Technological University Entrepreneurship», «New Engineering Education», «Making Science in Russia».

Within the framework of the seminar, about a hundred KBSU employees received certificates of advanced training under the HSE program «University Management in the Context of Realizing the National Goals of the Russian Federation.»