And perhaps, in the coming reform of education – a partial return to the old system … As it was historically in our country, universities were created from the value of the territory and the need for at least one or two institutions in each region. In addition, local concentrations of the intellectual potential of the country (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk and other) institutions of higher education created by industry basis. As a result, as reported at the meeting of the Russian Union of Rectors, Andrei Fursenko, “the Soviet Union had nearly 680 colleges and universities. Now they are five times more. ” Thus, the emergence of a large number of small high schools in Russia have resulted in a general commercial activities, rather than territorial and sectoral guidelines. Starting in the 90s., The education sector has become a source of great income, and many have decided to take advantage of it.
“In the last decade in the country, primarily in small towns, there was many universities and branches. They give lectures and classes are the same teachers, and often the quality of the educational process leaves much to be desired “, – said Minister of Education. But is consolidation of universities to help solve situation? The end justifies the means? The fact that it is necessary to improve the quality of education, no doubt. But we should not forget that the quality of education depends primarily on how competently, using modern technology, is at the bottom of the learning process at the level of teaching. Rather than deal with these issues, the Ministry of Education thinks macroeconomic categories.
Recall that, for example, in March this year, St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko suggested the Ministry of simply “did not give consent” for universities to open branches in the northern capital. Many of these branches, she said, are “paid a desk with a pre-denominated certificates.” At the same time, the question arises – whether affected thereby taking care of the quality of the education or Petersburgers is still concern about produced by public universities competition.