International Experts Meet to Advise on HSE Development
Meeting of International Advisory Committee
The meeting of International Advisory Committee starts December 6. Three newly appointed members of IAC have shared with HSE News Service their views on the role of external consultants in the development of universities, described their reasons for joining the committee and spoke about HSE’s academic reputation and the challenges the university faces.
Ellen Hazelkorn, Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (Ireland) Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology
I have collaborated with HSE researchers, including Maria Yudkevich, Larisa Taradina and Isak Froumin. Some of this work has been related to the topic of university rankings, and participating in various conferences, including the 5th International Conference “Managing Differentiation in Rapidly Changing Higher Education Systems: Challenges and Opportunities”, and more recently the “International Forum on the Implementation of the Excellence Initiatives.” These have been important collaborations, enabling me to gain a wider understanding of higher education developments in Russia and to work on issues of shared interest.
HSE is developing fast, and gaining an international reputation. There are challenges for all universities in today’s increasingly competitive global higher education market. Achieving quality and excellence in teaching and in research are the predominant competitive advantages, but this is easier said than down. Developing the appropriate policies and strategies, and determining the priorities, require difficult choices. These choices need to be appropriate to the university, and its national context, while cognizant of international factors.
I have 20 years’ experience as a vice-president of a university, plus more than 15 years’ international experience working with universities and governments on matters of higher education. I hope to draw on these experiences across many countries and higher education institutions, and bring this experience to the benefit of HSE.
Members of the IAC can play an important role by providing different perspectives which bring an international dimension to strategic thinking and policy-choice for a university. This includes providing information about international trends affecting and impacting on higher education, developments in other countries and lessons learned – and especially with respect to what different universities are doing to improve and enhance their performance, quality and productivity.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore and Deputy Chairman, Agency for Science, Technology & Research, Singapore
External advisory committees can play a very important role in helping universities to conceptualise and drive innovative change. They do so by serving as a sounding board for institutional strategies, providing advice on how these could be enhanced, as well as highlighting the most critical factors which impact on implementation and successful outcomes. External advisory committees typically bring a diversity of views from across a variety of different settings and experiences, and can also be very useful connectors to partners and collaborators around the world. In some cases, external advisory committees also provide inputs to the university management on the quality of the faculty and their work. At NUS, each academic department has an External Visiting Committee visit every 5 years, and we have found this practice to be very helpful.
I am delighted that a number of NUS faculty are already working together with HSE colleagues, providing a good basis for further collaborations. HSE is well known as one of the foremost universities in Russia and is widely regarded as a young yet outstanding, dynamic and forward-looking institution. I look forward to learning a great deal more during the meeting in HSE in December, but in reviewing the materials beforehand, I am very impressed by the rapid progress that HSE has made in a short space of time, and by the strategic and innovative approaches it has pioneered.
It is likely that the key challenges that HSE currently faces will be similar to those in other universities on a very sharp upward trajectory. The most important is the ability to attract and retain a sufficient critical mass of top faculty as well as bright young faculty and students. Closely linked to this is the ability to provide the energizing environment and infrastructure that enable them to do ground-breaking work, while helping to build longer term capabilities. Another challenge encountered by many leading institutions is how to adapt and innovate their educational framework and programmes so as to nurture future-ready graduates, who are well equipped to seize opportunities in a fast changing world.
I will enjoy learning a great deal more about HSE, and about higher education in this part of the world more generally. I expect that the discussions will be very rich, sparking off many interesting new insights and ideas for all those participating. As NUS is a global university centred in Asia, I hope I can contribute by bringing perspectives from Asia where higher education is developing very rapidly, while at the same time, sharing the insights which NUS has gained from its many deep partnerships with leading universities around the world.
Leah Rosovsky, Vice President for Strategy and Programmes at Harvard University
This is my first experience with HSE although I have met a number of HSE senior leaders over the past few years. I was especially interested in serving on the HSE International Advisory Committee since part of my own portfolio at Harvard includes international work. I look forward to having the opportunity to learn from HSE’s experience as well as the chance to share the perspectives I have gained over decades of service in higher education in the exciting arena of international scholarship.
Many universities find it helpful to gather perspectives from people outside the institution as well as from those inside. Advisors can bring knowledge gained through experience with different cultures and approaches to specific challenges. In addition, advisors can offer examples of approaches that might have a track record of success. This can stimulate new ideas and discussion within the university.
HSE has made steady progress in international rankings since its founding especially in subjects of particular focus. Maintaining that momentum will be very important over the next decade.
‘Over the Last Two and a Half Years Five Russian Universities Have Joined the World’s Top-100 in Various Subjects’
HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov updated the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the implementation of the Academic Excellence Project 5–100. He also suggested extending the project until 2025 and setting the objective that at least one Russian university be included in every subject-specific ranking by 2025.
HSE Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov discusses the results of a recent International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting, as well as the priorities the university has set for its international activities.
Last week HSE International Advisory Committee held its annual meeting in Moscow. Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate in Economics, 2007, Chairman of the Committee and members of the IAC have talked to HSE News Service about the results of the meeting.
University rankings, which increasingly impact both universities' development strategies and state policy in higher education, was one of the main topics discussed at the meeting of the HSE's International Advisory Committee.
On December 7, at a meeting of the International Advisory Committee, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov discussed the changes underway at the university and explained how the Higher School of Economics is working towards true international competitiveness as part of the 5-100 Project.
On October 19, the rectors of 21 top Russian universities met to discuss Russia’s position in international university rankings. These 21 universities are all are members of the Global Universities Association, the main purpose of which is to create a network for and inspire collaboration among schools participating in the widely discussed Project 5-100. Slated to last eight years, this project was established under Russia’s Presidential Decree No. 599, which aims to improve the standing of Russian universities among the world’s top schools and research centres.
On March 18th and 19th, the Council on Enhancing the Competitiveness of Russia’s Leading Universities met in Moscow to discuss Russia’s role on the world academic stage. As a result, the Council recommended that the Ministry of Education and Science allocate subsidies to three groups of universities in 2016. HSE made it into the first group.
On March 3, 2016, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov gave a talk about possible future scenarios for Russia's higher education at the All-Russian Research Centre for Aviation Materials (VIAM) as part of the Syncletos at VIAM series of meetings with prominent guest speakers such as academics, government officials and politicians.
In January 2016, six university research centres representing countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa came together to form an international consortium whose main objective is to develop a strategy for carrying out comparative higher education research in various regions around the world.
Academic and expert in the field of international higher education, Philip Altbach has been made Honorary Professor in a ceremony at HSE. Altbach began to study education in his youth because he believed it was a key factor to bring about change in society. Is it possible to take educational models which work well in some countries and copy them in others without making any alterations? What good are rankings and what shouldn’t we sacrifice for their sake? What gives HSE its competitive edge? Professor Altbach talked about all these issues in an interview with HSE News.