Higher Education Reforms in Post-Soviet Russias: Problems, Contradictions

Monday, July 14, 2014: 4:30 PM
Room: 315
Oral Presentation
Elena GRUNT , Political Science and Sociology, Ural Federal University named after B.N. Eltsin,, Yekaterinburg, Russia
The current stage of social development, which is characterized by objective global trends, marked by significant changes in the economic, political, social spheres of contemporary society. Almost everywhere, also iun highly-developed countries the situation shows that together with growing complication of state, social, technical, informative and global problems we observe the decline of  competence of elite, specialists.Due to this and other resons everywhere intensive reforms in the system of higher education are being held.Russia is an important actor in the international arena and it involved in these processes.Russian higher educatin,in the frame of Bologna Declaration, subjects to reform,transformation,in order to integrate into the European educational space. The field of higher education institutions becomes incresingly hierarchical in post-soviet Russia.Different universities ( state and privite) give diplomas of different quality. It leads to the problems faced in educational and labor markets.The research focuses on the problems of transformation of higher education in contemporary Russia and its implications for labor and educational markets.The research objectives are to explore students'attitudes to higher education. to explore the demands of students, to explore the demands of labor and educational markets in contemporary Russia. The research methodology combines qualitative and quantitative metods. Depth interviews with experts are applied on purpose to identify central issues of concern to the problems of higher education in modern Russia. Representative sample consists of 1000 students. Students are trained in various specilties. Yekaterinburg is a typical Russian city. It has all types of  higher schools. Therefore, the sample is representative. The author uses factoral, structural-functional analyses to investigate these problems.