On February 14, a pilot meeting session of the first in Russia Regional Commission for Higher Education Quality Assurance took place at SFedU.
The commission was established within the frames of the Board of Rectors of the Russian South Universities. During the Presidium, Sergey Kravtsov, the Head of RF Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Education and Science, signed a decree on the establishment of the Regional Commission for Higher Education in the Southern Federal District. This is the first step towards higher education quality rating system development.
The commission is the only one in Russia. SFedU Rector Marina Borovskaya was appointed the Chairperson of the Commission, and Sergey Rukavishnikov, the Head of the Department of Government Services of RF Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Education – Commission Co-Chairperson. The commission also incorporates: Vladimir Lobanov, Chairperson of the Board of Rectors of the Krasnodar Region and the Republic of Adygeya, Rector of Kuban State Technological University; Ivan Novakov, Chairperson of the Board of Rectors of the Volgograd Region, President of Vogograd State Technical University; Rashid Khunagov, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Rectors of the Krasnodar Region and the Republic of Adygeya, Rector of Adygeya State University; Besarion Meskhi, Chairperson of the Board of Rectors of the Rostov Region, Rector of Rostov State Technical University; Badma Salayev, Chairperson of the Republic of Kalmykia, Rector of Kalmyk State University; Alexander Lunev, Chairperson of the Board of Rectors of the Astrakhan Region, Rector of Astrakhan State University; Vladimir Gurba, Deputy of the President’s Plenipotentiary in the Southern Federal District; Imran Akperov, President of Interregional Association for State and Non-State Institutions of the Russian South, Rector of the Institute of Management, Business and Law; Vladimir Perederiy, Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Rector of the South-Russian State Polytechnic University after M.I. Platov; Artyom Gorban, fourth-year student of SFedU Department of Law, Member of the Russian Students’ Association on Science ans Education Development in the Southern Federal District, Curator of the Project “High-Quality Education”.
The Commission will deal with higher education quality issues. Its major task is to form new approaches to higher education in accordance with regional employers’ demand. “To take the right decision in educational management, we should consider the opinion of the regional representatives,” Sergey Kravtsov explained. He said: “The commission incorporates Chairmen of the Regional Boards of Rectors, Deputy of the President’s Plenipotentiary in the Southern Federal District, and regional business representatives. The work of the commission will promote effective development of higher education system which will correspond to the regional labour market demand. The education must comply with the requirements stated in the programme of social and economic development of the Southern Federal District. The commission is a ground for discussion. The economic needs are being changed, for this reason the commission should answer the economic challenges faced at the Southern Federal District.”
The Deputy of the President’s Plenipotentiary Vladimir Gurba noticed that the commission will allow to develop a unified approach to the system of higher education institution quality rating and will make it more transparent for enrollees and their parents.
“This is a ground both for universities’ representatives, on one side, and for entrepreneurs and government authorities, on the other side. They will be able to form an objective estimate of the university,” First Deputy Governor of the Rostov Region Igor Guskov explained. “Primarily, it is essential to minimize the possibility of unfair estimate of the educational institution.”
Organizational issues of cooperation, rules and regulations, and a meeting plan for the nearest future were specified during the pilot meeting session of the commission. The participants discussed the legal basis for commission work and exchanged views on its further activity.