Pavilion 8, Conference Hall 8.3

The expansion of higher education in Russia is an important foundation to creating additional innovative capacity, but it also contains an inherent risk that the curriculum provided by universities and the skill-set acquired by the graduates do not meet the actual needs of an economy. Fundamental new approaches to the education and continuous training of the workforce may be required, including broadening the possibilities for executive education.

1) How important is higher education as a foundation to economic modernization?
2) What are the actual, available and optimal levels of expenditure for education for various scenarios of Russia’s development? How can the share of education related services in GDP be increased without increasing public expenditure?
3) What are the possible ways to increase the synergies between university and executive education? What are the prospects for executive education as part of the professional educational system in Russia and abroad?

Andrei Volkov , Academic policy advisor, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Yaroslav Kuzminov , Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Valery Katkalo , Dean, Sberbank Corporate University
Alan Kantrow , Professor of Management, Visiting Scholar, MIT Sloan School of Management
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Isak Frumin , Academic Advisor, Institute for the Development of Education, National Research University of the Higher School of Economics
Andrei Fursenko , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation