Realizing Russia's Competitive Edge
Panel Session
PepsiCo Café

While the country possesses some of the world’s top individual scientific and technical minds, Russian universities are rarely ranked among the global top 100. What are some of the practical measures that can be taken to strengthen the country’s university system, and in particular, how can the private sector and business leaders help spur better performance?

Blair Sheppard , Global Leader for Strategy and Leadership Development, PwC

Philip G. Altbach , Research Professor and Director, Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College
Dr. Xiang Bing , Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
Ruben Vardanyan , Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Yaroslav Kuzminov , Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Igor Maksimtsev , Rector, St. Petersburg State University of Economics
Vladimir Mau , Rector, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
Oleg Kharkhordin , Rector, European University in St. Petersburg


Key moments

“One important and positive trend is the rise in customized education programs together with the increasing popularity of lifelong learning.”
Vladimir Mau
“The national education system should be developed by increasing access to the global education market. We need to create structures that are compatible with the education systems of other countries.”
Igor Maksimtsev