July 06 2018

Alexander Rudik holds a discussion on university management

As part of Moscow’s international education forum, Alexander Rudik, Chairman of the Business Russia committee for vocational guidance and personnel training, President of the Proobraz Fund, led the discussion How a Modern University Should be Managed.

Participants in the event discussed the formats and practices of interaction between employers and universities, principles of the existing higher education management system, and the prospects for involving businesses in managing educational institutions by establishing a collective governing body with a wide range of powers.

Alexander Rudik stated that today there is a gap between what employers expect from university graduates and what universities teach students: “This gap is not getting any smaller, and digitization could make it even wider. There is a speculation that if universities start to interact more closely with employers and regional authorities as main beneficiaries, this will help in resolving the problem.” He says that now there is no consensus among stakeholders on what needs to be done. Business proposed that the participants in the discussion find a solution for the issue together.

Representatives from employers believe that it is necessary to work closely with universities and take part in both training students and managing educational institutions. Sergey Mardanov, Director for communications with universities at Mail.Ru Group, said that the employer should interact with universities primarily because it cannot spend a lot of resources to provide fundamental training to employees inside the company. The practical skills and knowledge of the technologies that are used on the market today are usually gained by university graduates through education programmes and internships at companies. State-run corporations have their own methods of working with universities in their industries, including targeted financing for training programmes, sharing experiences, consulting, and participating in their governing boards.