Readiness of Russian universities to function in conditions being created by the national project «Education»

Volume 4, Number 4, 2019, P. 391–399


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The article provides an assessment of the readiness of the Russian higher education sector to the requirements of the national project «Education» that is a strategic planning document for the development of kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities. The document contains specific requirements for the competitiveness of the network of educational institutions for the future until 2024 (place in the world university ratings , teachers’ participation in research and development, the involvement of foreign citizens in the framework of undergraduate / graduate programs, the total digitalization of the training process, etc.). The information base for the research conclusions was the data of an expert survey (2019), in which representatives of teaching staff of the state universities of the Vologda region – Vologda State University, Cherepovets State University, Vologda State Dairy Farming Academy named after N.V. Vereshchagin and Vologda Institute of Law and Economics of the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment of Russia – have taken part. A total of 53 experts were interviewed. The article summarizes the expert assessments regarding the issues raised using the index approach. Based on it, the degree of readiness of universities to achieve specific targeted indicators of the national project is calculated. When summarizing, it was revealed that some of the tasks of the document seem difficultly obtainable to experts due to the divorcement of the reformers from the educational realities. As a result, in the future, the phenomena developed by the «infrastructure of rules» of the national project «Education» (digitalization, competitiveness, etc.) may well transform into inefficient institutional traps.


education, universities, digitalization, metrics, national project, expert survey


Maksim A. Golovchin, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Senior Researcher, Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science “Vologda Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, Vologda, Russia

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Golovchin M.A. (2019) Readiness of Russian universities to function in conditions being created by the national project «Education». Social Competence. Vol. 4. No. 4. P. 391–399. (In Russ.)


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