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Russian Higher Education in Pandemic 2020: Collisions of Conservative Policy Legacy and Contemporary Digitalization

Student: Natalia Bessilina

Supervisor: Sergey Parkhomenko

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Political Analysis and Public Policy (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The following paper is dedicated to the system of Russian higher education. The work is devoted not only to the current analysis of the education system, but also to the comparison of the Soviet legacy with the current modern challenges in the field of higher education. The term digitalization is especially relevant in the framework of the higher education system, because the changes taking place in the world lead education to inevitable changes. In the course of this study, the following points were set and carefully studied: - The term digitalization and the features that are included in this topic have been researched, the relevance of the selected topic will be additionally linked; - Describes a theoretical excursion within the framework of authoritarian modernization and the role of educational policy. With the help of institutional analysis, a deep study of the higher education system in Russia is proposed in the framework of public educational policy; Research carried out in the practical part of the work also confirms this information. More than 500 respondents took part in collecting data on the importance and necessity of digitalization. Also, for a more complete and structural understanding of the topic, a comparative analysis of educational policy in the field of Russian education over the past 30 years was carried out. The method of analyzing the case study made it possible to look separately at the COVID period and identify the transformational changes in the system that are characteristic of this period. In the final part of the work, an institutional analysis of public administration of educational policy was carried out.

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