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Experts give the green light.
29.06.2005 00:00

State University of Administration (SUA) has recently passed the integrated international expertise within Salzburg seminar consultants visit Program, which is financially supported by W.K.Kellog Foundation since 1998. Administrative officers and educational research fellows from higher educational institutions of North America, Western and Central Europe visit Russia within this program to perform an expertise and help their colleagues to reform higher education. Universities of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia participate in the program.
      The group of experts, working in SUA, included professor Jan Sadlak, UNESCO Centre for Higher Education Director (Head of the group), professor Barbara Hill, leading fellow of American Education Board (USA), professor Ausey Lindquist, Chairman of the Finnish Higher Educational Institutions Accreditation Board and Helen Kamenski, Director of Russian Programs of Salzburg Seminar.
      The experts had three tasks. First, they should have estimated general level of higher educational institution management and administration. The second task was to analyze the system of financial management existing in the university. And the last but not the least was to test SUA quality of conformance to European Requirements to a large national problem-oriented university by means of a procedure known in modern management as benchmarking. Therefore, an accent was made on a maximum open professional discussion of universitys problems and achievements and idea and opinion exchange. Experts used EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) management schools expertise materials as the base for benchmarking. The scheme presumes monitoring of more than 80 parameters of university activities. Such accreditation, performed under the aegis of European Fund of Management Development is considered to be one of the most prestigious in Europe. But unfortunately there are no Russian universities among accredited educational institutions yet.
      The experts marked a significant progress, made by SUA (Moscow Economics and Engineering Institute at that time) since 1974, when it was the first institute in the USSR, which started to train qualified managers, its high education and research potential and its perfect facilities. The experts were favourably impressed by students of SUA. At the same time discussions, where Salzburg seminar experts took part, allowed rectorate and University Education Board to look at old problems of the university with a young eye.
      One of the EQUIS requirements is management schools high autonomy and its independence in decision making. But now experts opinion is that according to European requirements SUAs autonomy is insufficient due to its dependence on state authorities, science and education sphere policy and many legal and other limitations.
      EQUIS requirements for learning process internationalization along with the well-known requirement for student internationalization include teacher internationalization (including salaried professors and associate professors) and their introduction to the Education Board and other university authorities.
      Source: Poisk Newspaper.


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