Researchers from Various Countries to Collaborate on Eradicating Educational Inequality
The HSE Institute of Education has become a founding partner of the Institute for Global Educational Opportunity, an association of universities and research centres that study educational inequality. Representatives from Russia, the U.S., Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Chili gathered in Washington to reach an agreement on joint annual conferences, publications, and research.
Educational inequality is one of the key problems facing educational policy globally, said Sergey Kosaretsky, Director of the HSE Centre of Social and Economic School Development, who took part in the constitutive meeting. This issue is raised in election debates and discussed by various countries’ leaders, but there are only a few examples of truly successful programmes and projects. Furthermore, the trends are negative, with both general and educational inequality increasing globally.
International cooperation is required to discuss advanced solutions and joint developments, as well as to create joint databases and best practices. ‘Traditionally, only politicians and researchers discuss the problem of inequality. The Institute for Global Educational Opportunity also aims to attract leaders of non-profit organizations and educators’, said Kosaretsky. ‘The Institute will be independent in assessing the effectiveness of national models and projects, which will increase the authority of its recommendations’.
In his Washington report, Kosaretsky presented research conducted by the HSE Institute of Education on educational inequality in Russia, in particular on how the quality of school education depends on the particular characteristics of families and the social status of schoolchildren. Russian researchers use the same data sources and comparison methods as their international colleagues; this ensures that they have a common language for debate.
Russia’s past has proven interesting for foreign experts who study educational inequality. Examples of ‘positive discrimination’ and other measures to provide equal opportunities that were used in the Soviet Union are still relevant. However, Russia’s present is also interesting. For example, Russian children have been enjoying increasing access to preschool and supplementary education. Informal education resources for greater educational opportunities will likely be on the agenda for the next meeting held by the Institute’s founders.
For their part, Russian researchers are interested in what Russia is still lacking, Kosaretsky emphasized. For example, some countries select certain schoolchildren and schools for targeted support; teachers receive special training to work in challenging environment, including schools with children who don’t speak the local language. Being introduced to the international experience of ‘equation’ in education will help when it comes to finding the best solutions for Russia, he believes. ‘Together with leading experts from various countries, we will develop measures to promote equal opportunities in education that will be relevant for today’s social and technological development’.
Russia is currently launching a major project to expand educational opportunities for children and decrease educational inequality. This effort follows instructions issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the State Council in December 2015. The Federal Action Programme on Education Development includes plans to launch several projects in the near future, which are aimed at increasing the quality of education in schools that consistently show poor performance.
The next Institute for Global Educational Opportunity conference is due to take place in Russia in 2018. Among other topics, it will address the Russian experience in providing equal educational opportunities, such as projects on extended preschool and supplementary education and support for underachieving schools.
On June 3-4, a conference entitled ‘Beyond Post-Truth: Media Landscapes in the “Age of Insecurity”’ was held in St. Petersburg. The conference was jointly organized by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) at HSE University, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at GWZO Leipzig, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, and Justus Liebig University Giessen.
This May, HSE and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, Republic of Korea) signed a cooperation agreement on science and advanced technology research. This agreement was signed by Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice Rector, Director of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, and Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, STEPI President.
This year's theme of the International Partners Week held this past May at HSE St. Petersburg was ‘Nurturing Global Citizens for a Global World’. Participants gathered to discuss common issues that universities face in regard to internationalisation, exchange approaches to implementing the Global Citizens concept, visit the university’s facilities, acquaint HSE SPb students with universities overseas, and, of course, enjoy St Petersburg’s White Nights.
On May 23-24, following the Days of the International Academy of Education held earlier this week, the General Assembly of the International Academy of Education took place at HSE University Moscow. The assembly brings together education researchers and experts from all over the world, and this is the first time that the biannual meeting was held in Russia. Over the course of two days, members discussed joint projects and publications and met newly inducted members who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their research. Members also took part in small group discussions on a variety of topics, including digital literacy and math education.
On May 20, the Days of the International Academy of Education commenced at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Experts from all over the world engaged in identifying global education policy trends will hold a series of meetings, master classes, seminars and open lectures. They will share their experience with Russian researchers, instructors and education policy makers over the course of three days.
This year, the HSE Faculty of Law is launching new extended programmes in Common Law, for which graduates will receive a degree from the University of London. These programmes are open for first-year students, as well as for other students and professionals.
The Higher School of Economics has become a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). It is a key partner of UNESCO and the oldest global association that aims to provide quality and affordable online education to students around the world. Today HSE is the only representative of Russia in ICDE.
The agreement establishes a student- and academic-exchange programme and the opportunity for joint educational and research project development. The agreement was signed on April 8 with the participation of representatives of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia.
From February 25 to March 2, HSE’s Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs hosted an academic module of the University Consortium, an inter-regional training programme for outstanding students that aims to promote mutual understanding, balanced analysis, and genuine dialogue among the US, EU, and Russia.
HSE Gears up for Staff and Student Conference: A Look Back at the University’s International Activities
On March 20, a conference of HSE staff and students will take place at HSE. It will consider the university’s development programme and elect the new Academic Council. The previous conference took place five years ago, in 2014, and the university has changed a lot since then. HSE News Service talked to some of the university leaders about what has changed in their area of responsibility over this period.