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Higher Education in Russia and Beyond (HERB) is a quarterly informational journal published by National Research University Higher School of Economics since 2014. HERB is intended to highlight the transformation process of higher education institutions in Russia and the counties of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The journal seeks to present multiple-aspect opinions about current challenges and trends of regional higher education and give examples of the best local practices. We envisage our audience as a wider international community of scholars and professionals in the field of higher education all over the world. The project is implemented as part of cooperation agreement between Higher School of Economics and Boston College Center of International Higher Education.
This issue is dedicated to contemporary computer science education in Russia, which exhibits some interesting trends. Part one of the issue describes the rise of computing hardware and information technologies in the USSR. This topic is still relevant because in the Soviet times, expert evaluations of the situation in this sphere were rarely made public. Soviet legacy is still tangible in other ex-Soviet countries, for example in Belarus, which is one of the world’s leaders in the sphere of IT outsourcing but maintains a largely Soviet-style higher education model.
The second part covers university education. Many comprehensive universities respond to the latest market trends by opening IT education departments and launching new programs in computer science. However, many higher education institutions in Russia are facing a serious problem: the most talented young people from their regions prefer to go to Moscow or Saint Petersburg to study.
The dynamics of IT industry presents another challenge: academic institutions cannot always keep up to date with the changes. Part three of the issue is dedicated to further education projects and describes the newest approaches to working with high school students, university students and recent graduates used by HEIs, research organizations and commercial companies.
The facts that the educational landscape is very diverse and salaries in industrial companies are high lead to university graduates’ lack of interest in post-graduate studies, so in the final part of this issue you can learn more about how research institutes can work with students and universities in the current context.
Importance and Inheritance of the Soviet Union for the Development of IT
V. Shilov, Professor, Programme Academic Supervisor: Software Engineering, NRU HSE
S. Zavarin, Analyst at the Faculty of Computer Sciences, NRU HSE, PhD student at Lomonosov Moscow State University Faculty of Journalism
Inside Universities: Modern Russian Academic Education in Computer Sciences
I. Arzhantsev, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, NRU HSE, Russian Federation
A. Konushin, Associate Professor, Programme Academic Supervisor: Applied Mathematics and Information Science, NRU HSE
M. Levin, Head of Big Data Specialization, The Yandex School of Data Analysis, Yandex
A. Konushin, Associate Professor, Programme Academic Supervisor: Applied Mathematics and Information Science NRU HSE;
M. Levin, Head of Big Data Specialization, The Yandex School of Data Analysis, Yandex;
V. Podolskii, Associate Professor, NRU HSE
M. Asanov, Director, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Ural Federal University
E. Ovchinnikova, Deputy Vice Rector, NRU HSE;
A. Klimov, Lecturer, Department of Organizational Psychology, NRU HSE
Beyond Universities: Further Education and Olympiads
N. Netrusova, Head of informatics (programming) departament of Moscow school for gifted children «Intellectual», Vice-director of SIS;
V. Matyukhin, Analyst, Yandex, Teacher of SIS;
P. Kalinin, Senior software developer, Yandex, Teacher of SIS
E. Lebedeva, Academic programs coordinator, Yandex
M. Gustokashin, Director of the Center of Student Competitions of the Faculty of Computer Sciences, NRU HSE;
S. Zavarin, Analyst at the Faculty of Computer Sciences, NRU HSE PhD student at Lomonosov Moscow State University Faculty of Journalism;
A. Pankratiev, Associate professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University;
O. Hristenko, Programmer, Technical Coordinator of the Programming Open Cup named after E.V. Pankratiev, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Science: Competition with IT Industry and International Success
I. Sterligov, Head of the Scientometrics Center, NRU HSE
A. Sobolevski, Acting Director, Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kharkevich Institute)
V. Ivannikov, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific Head of ISP RAS, Head of System Programming Chairs at NRU HSE, MIPT and MSU;
V. Kuliamin, Leading Researcher, Associate Professor of System Programming Chairs at NRU HSE and MSU;
A. Petrenko, Head of Software Engineering Department, Professor of System Programming Chairs at NRU HSE and MSU