I found the recent OECD report Education at a Glance 2014 quite insightful.
It stated that in 2012, not only did the Russian Federation have the highest percentage of adults with tertiary education amongst all OECD countries, but also that the country’s total public spending on education is almost half the OECD average, both as a percentage of GDP and as a percentage of total public expenditure. continue reading
Earlier this year, Della Bradshaw, in an article for the Financial Times, raised several interesting questions regarding the changing make up of the MBA programme. Bradshaw discussed how two forces – demand and competition – are steering a move away from the traditional two-year American MBA model. As a businessman who studied an MBA between LBS and Colombia, I take a great interest in the future workforce that will be generated from the next generation of MBA students. Continue reading
Last week Times Higher Education (THE) released the results of the latest higher education league table: the World Reputation Ranking. This year Moscow’s Lomonosov University is placed just outside the top 50, having been positioned 50th in 2013. Though this doesn’t sound particularly impressive to anyone who knows the history and prestige of Russia’s principal institute, I am pleasantly surprised to see such a result when THE’s World University Ranking continually ranks Lomonosov well outside the top 200.
Nelson Mandela once said: ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’ I couldn’t agree more: learning a foreign language is a tool to understanding a county’s people and their mentality. It is the key to unlocking new cultures, markets and business partners.
I was pleased to come across this article in The Times yesterday setting out the interconnection between higher education and international business. The article draws on observations by Jim O’Neill who came up with the BRICS acronym.
This week I wrote an article to correspond with the launch of the new BRICS and Emerging Markets Higher Education Rankings. Russia currently tails its BRICS counterparts in the rankings. I thought it important to highlight that, regardless of what the rankings illustrate, academics, the government and business are now joining forces to help Russian institutes climb the world rankings to invigorate the country’s talent pool. It still has a long way to go, but with more help from businesses, Russian institutes will move even further in the right direction. continue reading