Education and Science // Analysis

26 may 2016

Why Red-Light Interdisciplinary Mobility?

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), RIAC Member, Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club


Recent reports of linking scholarly dissertation defenses to basic education have caused quite a stir. But with the first emotional wave ebbing, we might as well analyze the matter quietly and objectively. First of all, a rigid disciplinary linkage between the post-graduate degree and the diploma-prescribed profession seems counterproductive.

23 may 2016

The Kazakh Experience in Improving Human Capital

Yaroslav Lissovolik Chief Economist at the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), RIAC Expert


Given an acute shortage of specialists and managers that businessmen often report as the main problem with Russia’s economy, developing a system for improving human capital is one of the key priorities to date. Special attention should be paid to both improving the education system, and integrating graduates into the economic system and the labor market. Bolashak International Scholarship Program, implemented in Kazakhstan since 1993, offers an excellent example of successful state support for training students abroad.

11 april 2016

Soft Power, Economic Diversification and Dilemmas Facing Russian Universities

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), RIAC Member, Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club


There are now fewer people speaking Russian around the world, and the number of experts on Russia is on the decline. Russian universities will clearly have a hard time competing against the top British and US schools and could focus on areas in which they are recognized as leaders.According to the discourse both within and beyond Russia, the two key issues the country is facing and has yet to resolve are diversification and reputation. The role Russian universities could play in fixing these two issues can hardly be underestimated.

23 march 2016

Web Internationalization: Russian Universities

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), RIAC Member, Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club


This Report was prepared as part of the study carried out by the Russian International Affairs Council on the role of the Internet in internationalizing Russian universities. The authors developed a methodology for assessing the English-language sites of Russian universities, carrying out an analysis of 45 resources and comparing them with the websites of 11 leading foreign universities that appear in the QS World University Rankings. The results of the study are presented in the form of a ranking of the English-language sites of Russian universities. An analysis of common problems and a list of recommendations have also been provided.

04 march 2016

Edward Crawley: “It’s a matter of research, not search”


In an interview with the Russian International Affairs Council, Edward Crawley, the Founding President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, shares his thoughts on the challenges facing Russian universities, the role of applied science in the GDP of a country, and the competitive advantages of today’s students. Mr. Crawley also speaks about strengths and weaknesses of the 5-100 Program which is aimed at improving the Russian education and research system. Interviewers: Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Program Director and Yaroslav Menshenin, RIAC correspondent.

07 december 2015

How to Get Published in an Academic Journal. Success Story


A publication in an English-language scientific journal continues to be a sign of success which can promote the international recognition of any expert. Unfortunately, very few Russian experts and scientists can boast of even one English-language publication in scientific journals that are recognized world-wide. Nevertheless, there are some success stories: in 2015, Ekaterina Koldunova, PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies at MGIMO University and RIAC expert, published an article in International Relations, summarizing the work undertaken within the RIAC Global Science project.

10 march 2015

Yaroslav Kuzminov: “University Is a Competitive Network Environment”


Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of the Higher School of Economics National Research University, shares his thoughts with RIAC about universal higher education, technological interdependency of countries, and transformation of universities in the modern world. He was interviewed by RIAC programme director Ivan Timofeev and RIAC correspondent Yaroslav Menshenin.

20 february 2015

Irina Dezhina: Beware of Poverty and Affluence


Doctor of Economics Irina Dezhina, Head of Group on Science and Industrial Policy at Skoltech Institute, met with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and Senior Analyst Yaroslav Menshenin of Skoltech Space Center to talk about Russia’s science policy.

27 january 2015

Isak Froumin: "Unified State Exam Is a Step in the Right Direction"


In an interview with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and Senior Analyst at the Skoltech Space Center Jaroslaw Menshenin, Academic Supervisor of the HSE Institute of Education Isak Froumin, shares his insights on the importance of studying non-linear systems, the values of free action, as well as on which occupations are set to change and how.

26 december 2014

Pavel Palazhchenko on Diplomatic Interpreting


When talking about ‘men of the era’ we tend to think of political figures and policy makers – leaders whose decisions turned the course of history. Yet however great a politician may be, he needs the support of his team – including interpreters, who all too often get undeservedly little attention. The RIAC editorial staff interviewed Pavel Palazhchenko, one of the leading Russian interpreters of the day. He spoke of his choice of profession and people he has worked with, and offered some tips for aspiring interpreters.

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