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  1. Russia Partnership Meeting Manchester 17 April 2009

  2. Agenda • 10.45 – 11.00  Registration • 11.00 – 11.30  Welcome and Opening, Russia Today – and the bilateral relationship • 11.30 – 11.50  Financial Crisis in Russia: it’s impact on education • 11.50 – 12.20  Roundtable discussion • 12.20 – 12.40 Profile of Russian student • 12.40 – 13.00 Student decision-making survey: Russia analysis • 13.00 – 14.00  Lunch break • 14.00 – 14.10  Update on student visas • 14.10 – 14.20  Working with agents in Russia • 14.20 – 14.30  Activities for next year • 14.30 – 15.00 Q&A • 15.00 – 17.00 Individual appointments

  3. Financial crisis in Russia: its impact on education • General Information • Universities • Unemployment in Russia • Government Initiatives in Educational Sphere • Crisis Management Steps • Government Support for Universities • Government Support for Students • Perspective Projects in Educational Sphere

  4. General information • 956 000 young people graduated from secondary schools in 2008 (1,3 million in 2005) • In 2008 population of school students (7-17) decreased by 4.7% • In 2008 the total number of schools went down (5%- state, 3.1% - private) • At the same time the number of specialized schools grew (gymnasiums – 3%, lyceums – 2.5%). • The number of Further Education colleges also went down (2.5%) • The number of Higher Education institutions increased by 2.3%. • (Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation)

  5. General information • In February 2009 Higher School of Economics carried out a research of the current situation in Russian education. • The main results are: • Education is considered to be a guarantee of getting a well-paying job and making a career • Demand for higher education in Russia is increasing however there is an annual 10% decrease in the number of students in big cities caused by demographic recession

  6. Universities • 1 000 universities in Russia in 2008 • 200 of them are privately owned • Only 150-200 universities of the total number are competitive on the educational market • 1/3 of Russian universities are expected to find themselves in a deep recession • According to the Governmental Program, 800 of 1000 universities are to be re-structured or closed in the nearest future

  7. Universities • Leading Russian universities will face a 25-50% shortfall of applicants ready to pay for their education in 2009 (30 000-50 000 of potential students) • The number of first-year students paying for their education is expected to reduce by nearly 30% in 2009 • 15% of students already paying for their education will not be able to do it in 2009-2010 academic year

  8. Unemployment in Russia • According to Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation, at the beginning of 2009 5,5 million of Russians were unemployed (7% of active population), which is 1,1 million more than during the same period last year. • More than 500 000 000 rubles were spent by the employers to retrain the young staff members in 2007. • Employers are not ready to hire graduates in current crisis situation. • 50% of graduates (200 000) are expected to be unemployed in 2009.

  9. Government initiatives in educational sphere • National Educational Strategy “Our new school” (2009-2010) • Program of additional vocational education and retraining oriented towards new job markets (2009-2010) • Crisis Management Complex Program in Higher Education (2009-2010) • New Integrated Legislative Act in the Sphere of Education (to be ready by 2010) • “Measures of State Support for Higher Education in the Sphere of Art in 2009-2011” signed by the President Dmitriy Medvedev in March 2009

  10. Crisis management steps • Introduce new educational standards • Restructure educational institutions • Attract young people to vocational education in coherence with new job market demands • Retrain teachers • Support universities • Support students

  11. Government support for universities • 12 universities in Moscow and St Petersburg will be supported from federal budget in 2009-2011. The annual funding will amount to 595,3 million rubles (about 12,3 million GBP) • Private universities will be partially supported from federal budget • 420 “budget” student places to be allocated per each 1000 school graduates in 2009 (394 in 2008)

  12. Government support for students • Government will increase the number of state-funded graduate and postgraduate student places (up to 35 000 and 30 000 from 25 000 and 20 000 accordingly) to support young specialists as they face problems with employment during the crisis period. • This measure is supposed to: • prolong the duration of postgraduate study • develop the institution of trainees/researchers

  13. Government support for students • Students of the most important qualifications will be granted a student loan with the assistance of Ministry of Education. • Student loans will be granted to those who have excellent and good marks. • Banks are invited to participate in the program under market conditions suitable for them. • If the AER of a bank amounts to 18%, the Government is ready to grant 7%.

  14. Perspective projects in educational sphere • Higher education will remain among priority spheres for the Russian Government as higher school is considered to be one of the main social stabilizers in a period of recession: • 2 federal universities were opened in 2008 in Rostov-on-Don and Krasnoyarsk • 4 more federal universities are going to be opened before 2010 (Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Kazan’, Kaliningrad)

  15. Perspective projects in educational sphere • Key objectives of the crisis management program are: • Foundation of a national research institutes network: • 10-15 universities are supposed to obtain the status of research institutes in the nearest future • About 10 national research institutes will be established in Russia in 2009 • Students retraining in coherence with new job market demands (infrastructure management, engineering and service industry are expected to be the most demanded qualifications); government plans that 20-25% of population will be attending regular professional training by 2020

  16. Russian student profile • 58.9% of population have qualifications above junior college level • Student population is 16% of total population (2008) – 23 million • Out of student population, 42% are university/college students • Russians spent on education in country 281 billion RUB in 2008 (1.3% increase)

  17. TOP 5 Russian Universities by quality of education: Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MGTU) Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics (REA) Moscow State Institute of International Relations(MGIMO) Moscow State Linguistic University (MGLU) TOP 5 Russian Universities in employers’ opinion: Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics (REA) State University of Management (GUU) Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MGTU) Finance Academy under the Government of Russian Federation (FA) Ratings of Universities (by Independent Rating Agency ReitOR, 2009)

  18. Subjects: students’ choice (ReitOR) • TOP 10 Qualifications: • Finance • Banking • IT • Transport, logistics • Marketing, advertising, PR • HR • Industry, technology • Medicine • Law • Hotel business

  19. PISA research • Demonstrating the same or even higher (than in other countries) rating in more traditional domain knowledge, Russian scholars have shown low results in being able to apply their knowledge to solving problems set in various actual life contexts. • The ongoing education reform aims at strengthening the “practical” component of education process, which can presumably be seen in the following PISA survey to take place in 2009.

  20. Google research • In January 2009 Google announced the results of its research carried out in November 2008 among the students of Russian Universities • 7 Universities, 1333 participants aged 17-24 • Target Universities: • Bashkir State University (Ufa) • Moscow Aviation Institute • Moscow State University • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology • Tomsk State University (Siberia) • Ural State Technical University (Yekaterinburg) • Chelyabinsk State University (Chelyabinsk, the Ural region)

  21. Google research • Russian students spend 15 hr 50 min per day for work, studies and Internet: • Attend 73 % of lectures; • Spend 5 hr 4 min at the university; • Watch TV 56 min per day; • Read for 2 hr 7 min per day at least 2 books per month; • Spend 3 hr 58 min per day in the Internet; • Study at home for 2 hr 4 min per day; • Read and send 5 e-mails per day; • Work for 2 hr 1 min per day; • Spend 260 rubles per day (5.3 GBP); • 72 % are satisfied with the quality of education at their university

  22. Google research • 3 countries Russian students would like to live in: • Russia • Germany • Switzerland • 3 companies Russian students would like to work for: • Google • A company of their own • Gazprom (Russia’s leading gas company) • 3 historical personalities Russian students express their respect to: • Peter the Great • Joseph Stalin • Alexander Suvorov

  23. Google research • 3 best books (must be read): • War and Peace • The Master and Margarita • Crime and Punishment • 3 best films (must be watched): • Requiem For a Dream • Forrest Gump • Fight Club

  24. Google research • 3 top radio stations: • Love Radio • Europe Plus • Maximum • 3 top Internet sites: • YouTube • Vkontakte (“In contact with” –social network) • Odnoklassniki (“Classmates” – social network)

  25. Google research • Expected salary (minimum): • 35 243 rubles (715 GBP) per month • Expected age to be married: • 26 years old (men) • 23 years old (women) • Expected number of children • in future families: • Three (men answered) • Two (women answered)

  26. Headhunter research • HeadHunter (www.hh.ru), leading Russian on-line recruiting company (40 000 unique visitors per week), announced the results of its “Young and Active” research carried out in December 2008. • Aspect of research: graduates’ preferences in lifestyle, job and studies. • Total number of Universities included into the research: 127 • Moscow Universities: 43 • St Petersburg Universities: 8 • Regional Universities: 76

  27. Headhunter research

  28. Headhunter research

  29. Headhunter research • According to Headhunter research, the majority of Russian university students: • Combine work and study • Are career-oriented • Have or are going to have an additional qualification • Speak at least one foreign language • Come from middle or high income families • Have approx 300 GBP for monthly expenses

  30. Russian Students Decision Making Study • September – December 2008 • 800 respondents • 73% of respondents are female (HESA stats: 58% female) • Majority of respondents are employed (42%) or study at the university (42%)

  31. Prospective students: who are they? • 83% travelled overseas before • 47% of respondents travelled to the country they would like to study in • 38% studied overseas before (UK, USA, Germany) • Previous level of overseas study: • English language training – 41% • University – 20% • Secondary School - 12% • Foundation – 6% • 8% of parents have studied overseas

  32. Course Type

  33. Official statistics: student numbers in 2007/08

  34. Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine: HE data

  35. What city are they from?

  36. What are Russian students interested in?

  37. Which networking sites do they use?

  38. A qualification from which country would most enhance career opportunities?

  39. Official data: where Russian students study overseas

  40. Subject areas

  41. Subject areas by HESA for 2007/08

  42. Where would they prefer to study the chosen qualification?

  43. How long from now do they intend to undertake the course? • 10 % less than 6 month • 30 % 6 months – 1 year • 29 % 1 year – 18 months • 24% 18 months – 3 years • Agents survey: • The decision about the program is made 1 year in advance – 55% of the clients; • 1 semester in advance – 40%

  44. Sources of information Russian students use

  45. Internet search engines Russian students use regularly

  46. Will Russian students contact an agent?

  47. Services from agents

  48. Main influences on Russian student’s decision to study overseas

  49. Why do Russian students want to study overseas?

  50. What Russian students choose first?