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Russia ceases European standards for higher education

Russia will withdraw from the agreement to standardize higher education across Europe, which could prevent Russian students from advancing their careers in Europe.

Russian Minister of Science Higher Education Valerie Falkov said Tuesday Exchange An internationally recognized framework known as the Bologna Process with a new system designed to meet the “national interest”.

“The Bologna system should be treated as a bygone nation,” Falkov told Kommersant’s business every day, but he did not indicate when Russia would withdraw from European standards.

“The future belongs to our own educational system, which should be based on the interests of the national economy and the greatest opportunities of each student.”

The Bologna Process, now recognized in 49 countries, was started in 1999 to create a universal standard for higher education across Europe. Russia signed a voluntary process in 2003, replacing the Soviet-era “expert” degree with a two-stage system of four-year bachelor’s degree and optional two-year graduate qualification in 2009.

Falkov’s announcement shows a change in tone from what the Ministry of Science and Higher Education did just two months ago. Rebuke Several Russian officials demanded a replacement of Bologna in a wider rift with the West over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, criticism of the system has grown in recent weeks, with Russian education watchdog Rosobrnadzor. Gradual gradual abolition Of the European framework on Wednesday.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev Tuesday Called To return the country to the system of the former Soviet era, which he called “the best domestic education model in the world”.

“Only then will we be able to successfully confront the threats and challenges that the collective West has shaped to influence. [Russians’] Individual, group, and public awareness, “said Patrushev. In an interview On Tuesday, with Russian news agency Argumentyi Fakty.

Russian scholars and political analysts have previously warned of the implications for Russian students if Russia leaves Bologna.

“Russian diplomas will no longer be recognized outside of Russia. Russian students will find it easier than ever to enroll in a European university or doctoral program after earning a bachelor’s degree or professional degree. You can’t find a job in Russia, “says analyst Ivan Preobrazhensky. Said Last week in an interview with the Russian independent news site The Insider.

Yelena Lukyanova, a law professor at the Open University, said the Soviet system was “inflexible” and “weak” compared to European standards.

“The two-tier Bologna system is much more interesting and effective. It not only gives students the opportunity to adjust their search for themselves when they study, but also their skills as needed. It gives us endless opportunities to “fine-tune”, “Lucanova told insiders.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/25/russia-to-quit-european-standards-system-for-higher-education-a77796 Russia ceases European standards for higher education

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