Universities are to become drivers of regional development

29 September 2017
On September 21, IKBFU became the venue for the 21st Seminar-Conference of the 5-100 Programme. This is a quarterly forum, which has become a recognized platform for professional interaction in the field of increasing global competitiveness of Russian universities.

The seminar started with a plenary session focusing on the transformation of universities meeting the needs of the new digital economy.

The conference was attended by Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Alexander Sobolev, Head of the Department of State Policy in Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, Director of the "Young Professionals" of the Strategic Initiatives Agency, Andrey Rudskoy, Vice-Rector of St. Petersburg State University, Alexey Novoseltsev, Vice-Rector of the Higher School of Economics and many representatives of federal universities, participants of the 5-100 Programme.

Andrey Klemeshev, Rector of IKBFU, warmly welcomed all participants of the conference, representing various Russian universities, international ranking agencies, members of the "Global Universities" organization. Rector A. Klemeshev spoke about the history of the university, outlined the milestones and the main strategic directions of its development.

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Ilya Barinov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region, welcomed participants of the conference on behalf of the government of the Kaliningrad region and noted the markedly increased importance of the university for the region.

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Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation:

When the ambition is to enter the global ranking systems, it requires concrete measures, university transformation being the most important one. Without change and higher efficiency of education and research, universities will not be able to compete on the global education market. Global competitiveness is an important element of the state policy and the development of education. Today, it is important to create such educational environment which could provide for the opportunities to pursue the best world education trends. The government of the Russian Federation is developing new approaches to speed up this process. The new project approach makes it possible to horizontally build communication and open new fields of education meeting modern challenges.
It is time for universities to identify their tools for success, using big data, digital platforms, end-to-end technologies, interdisciplinarity - everything without which no university can succeed. Almost all universities of the 5-100 Programme are advancing in international rankings. Yet, today it is time to think about the speed of change. Universities should not only train professionals for the market, they are to become a driver of market development.

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Alexander Sobolev, Head of the Department of State Policy in Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, noted that the state policy in the sphere of higher education is implemented through three priority projects: "Export of Russian education", "Universities as the centre of the innovation space" and "Modern digital educational environment".

Dmitry Peskov, Director of the "Young Professionals" of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, spoke about the future prospects and strategies which can help universities keep up with the rapidly evolving technologies.

The second day of the conference, September 22, began with a roundtable on a unified platform for managing intellectual property objects, created on the block-check technology. Sergey Matveev, Director of the Department of Science and Technologies of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation was a co-organizer of the session. The range of topics for discussion was very wide: network interaction of universities, the redesign of education, international master degree programmes and summer schools, humanities in the digital age, innovative and scientific potential of Russian universities, Russia in Megascience, etc.

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