Realizing Russia's Competitive Edge
Panel Session
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.2

The problem of addressing declining education standards and relatively poor global rankings has received considerable attention, but to date, debates have centred around the value of introducing uniform national state exams. As the world becomes more digital and economies more interconnected, however, more fundamental questions remain as to how to produce the best-prepared students to compete in the hyper-competitive global economy of tomorrow. How can Russia better educate primary and secondary students cost-effectively? What systems of standards and oversight can enhance results? What new approaches in teaching are needed?

Anton Khrekov , Managing Partner, Finjecto

Larry Kamener , Senior Partner, Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Melbourne
John Martin , Chief Executive Officer, Sanoma Learning
Terry Moran , Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia (2008 to 2011)
Andrei Fursenko , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Vladimir Yablonsky , Director of the Branch Social Projects, Agency for Strategic Initiatives


Key moments

“Teacher training is better today than it was three or four years ago. Most teachers know what information technology is and use it. The teaching profession is now a very prestigious one and it is very difficult to find a job as a teacher in the big cities”.
Andrei Fursenko
“The absolute No. 1 factor in education is teachers, and making sure that they are motivated”.
John Martin