Higher education: control to stay, quality to improve

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01.12.2016

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The All-Russian Opinion Poll Center (VTsIOM) presents the results of a poll on how young professionals, their employers and adult population of Russia assess the quality of its higher education.

More than half of respondents (56%) said the quality of education at Russian universities was average. Employers were of approximately the same opinion (55%), while only one third of young professionals (36%) agreed with them. As many as 22% of respondents said the level of education was high.

This opinion is shared by 58% of young professionals and only by 13% employers. As many as 16% of Russians, 28% of employers and only 5% of recent graduates believe that education is poor.

A significant part of young professionals (56%) and an overwhelming majority of employers (91%) believe that graduates lack practical skills. The situation with theoretical training is better: only 25% of graduates said they had not received enough, while most of them believe it was sufficient. Every second employer (53%) believes graduates lack theoretical knowledge, while 43% are of the opposite opinion.

More Russians would like to see their children and grandchildren choose some technical occupation (40%) rather than a humanitarian field (16%). One third of respondents (34%) said only the fact of their children/grandchildren having obtained higher education mattered, while every tenth couldn’t answer the question.

As many as 65% of Russians, 82% of employers and 58% of young professionals have positive feelings about the growing popularity of technical education. The situation seems negative to 12% of Russians, 10% of recent graduates and only 4% of employers.