Vladimir Mau tells Summer Campus participants about trends in higher education
On the opening day of the RANEPA Summer Campus, RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau met with its participants and launched the main educational project of this summer. Vladimir Mau spoke to the students about the key trends in education, about the role of economic knowledge in the context of history, about globalization and other issues. The moderator of the meeting, which took place in English, was the director of the group of tutors and moderators for the Summer Campus, the dean of the Liberal Arts department of RANEPA's School of Public Policy, Yevgeny Mironov.
The conversation with the rector of RANEPA began with his words about the fact that for him it is a constant pleasure to see lively, interested faces in the audience. Answering a question from the moderator about which changes are expected in higher education in the near future, Vladimir Mau said that this topic could be endlessly debated. Despite the fact that education is a very conservative structure, certain trends can be already be seen.
"Earlier the university gave a specific profession, with which the graduate entered the world. Today we may observe such a picture: the applicant works on a certain specialty, and by the time their studies are completed, this profession no longer exists, instead, there are five completely different ones," the rector said. "Predicting how the labor market will develop is completely impossible; therefore today the ability to change, adapt and be flexible will have priority."
Another important trend that can be seen on the education market is the end of the monopoly of universities. Today the providers of educational services include, in particular, the companies themselves that need highly qualified personnel. For example, this year RANEPA launched a Master's program together with Sberbank of Russia, which should provide the banking sector with specialists possessing a full set of skills and competences.
The third important trend, the rector said, is life long education, that is, the continuity of education. Earlier mainly high school graduates, who could not really imagine their future working life, went to universities. Now people are returning to universities after several years of work, they need education for completely specific goals. "For RANEPA this is the most important challenge, we should meet the requests of adults, who know what they want to get out of education. Today, this is our priority task," Vladimir Mau said.
The issue of trends in education inevitably leads to another –in which field is it now best to develop oneself, which economic areas are the most promising? The rector of RANEPA was confident that an answer to this question does not exist. "It is necessary to develop oneself as flexibly as possible, [in an area] where you are most interested. To do what to you is and becomes the most important in this area." Vladimir Mau was confident that today students can formulate a picture of the future for themselves, and which areas become the most important depend on their choices.
During the second part of the meeting, the rector turned his attention to the topic of the Summer Campus: conflict. His view on this topic was a surprise to many: he thinks that conflict is a positive event, productive grounds for development. As an example, Vladimir Mau cited the complicated structure of RANEPA, which unites many different departments and institutes. "Our corporate culture was created in a multi-faceted environment, therefore conflicts are inevitable, but they facilitate the formation of a common language.
Then Vladimir Mau answered students' questions, which touched upon a whole variety of topics: job placement for young people, the development of leadership qualities, and also the history of the creation of the Summer Campus. Answering the question about the quality of preparing graduates, Vladimir Mau responded very precisely: "I don't think that a university should transfer ready workers to companies. Our task is to raise a person, who can rapidly integrate into the process, who has a flexible mind and a clear head. Namely this is what Summer Campus should teach you," the rector of RANEPA said.
The organizers of RANEPA’s Summer Campus are RANEPA, the government of the Republic of Tatarstan with the support of ACIG Group of Companies.
The website of RANEPA’s Summer Campus: www.campus4youth.ru
Media Accreditation: Dmitry Sokolov, RANEPA press secretary (tel. +7 903 788 38 02)
The Summer Campus’s general partner is Coca-Cola. The strategic partner is Johnson & Johnson. Partners are AIRR, Tatneft and ACIG Group of Companies.
The strategic information partner is TASS. The main information partner is Lenta.ru. The campus’s information agency is Interfax. The campus’s internet media is Gazeta.Ru. The campus’s journal is Forbes. The newspaper of the campus is Parlamentskaya Gazeta. The main regional information partner is Realnoye Vremya. The regional information partner is Tatar-Inform information agency. The information partner for the Republic of Tatarstan is Expert Tatarstan.
Campus partners are RBC Tatarstan, Russian News Service (Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei), Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Polit.ru, Tatarstan State TV and Radio Company, the weekly newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Radio Svoboda, Kazan TV and Radio Company, Tatcenter.ru, Kazanskie Vedomosti and the Strategia journal.