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Creation of a National Research University in Russia*

ET Cases - GSMC, 14 Pages
AUTHOR(S) : Dr. R. Zinurova, Director, Institute of Innovation Management , and Dr. S.Berman, Associate Professor - Kazan National Research Technological University

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Creation of a National Research University in Russia


The System of Higher Education in Russia in the Period of Reforming

Major decisions in the sphere of higher professional education, taken by Russia for the last five years, point to acceptance of the modernization course of higher  education as a modeling tool of innovative development of the country. The proclaimed modernization consists of science integration, progressive innovative industry and education. The balance center of expected integration as shown in the main government documents (creation of federal university, competitive examinations of national research universities, the business license in high schools, etc.) is entrusted to one of three partners – universities or the higher education system as a whole. At the same time, business community and academic science called upon to create a supportive environment in which universities would be able to fulfill their mission in full. The transformation of Russian higher education affects all spheres of society. The continuous process of interaction between producers and consumers of education – administrators and professorship of universities, students and their parents, employers and labor market happens in the system of higher education. The mismatch problem of interests and demands of students, their parents, employers and universities on the background of permanent state reforms creates a complex system of implementation of a two tier system of education...........................


Exhibit I: NRU PSD Connection with Perspective Directions of Russia Development

Exhibit II: Productive and Technological Profile of NRU

Exhibit III: Extend Dynamics of Main Results of the NRU Milestone Report

Exhibit IV: The Structure of Funds Distribution for Development of the NRU Program’s Activities in 2010-2014, (in million Roubles)

Exhibit V: Dynamics of Budgetary and Extra-budgetary Sources of the Program Financing in 2010-2019 (in million Roubles)

Exhibit VI: Directions of Financial Resources Under the Program in 2010-2019 (in million Roubles)

Exhibit VII: Publication Activity

Exhibit VIII: Objects of Innovative Infrastructure of the NRU

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Creation of a National Research University in Russia



A paradoxical challenge of the present situation in the sphere of university education is its perceived gaps with basic science and the lack of integration of university research to the real economy, especially in the development and implementation of new industrial technologies.

The chemical and defense industry play a significant role in modern Russian economy, which are the basic segments of the industry and a stable economic and social development of the country cannot be without the successful development of these branches of industry. They are characterized by high cost of equipment, energy and resource-intensity. The following problems prevent to modernizations and innovative development of production system of new materials associated with these  industries, based on chemical technology and nanotechnology:

  • • Mechanical reproduction of cadres instead of advanced education in this sphere
  • • Insufficient level for of research intensity in a modern economy of polymer and composite material
  • • The high cost and insufficient competitiveness of consumer properties of advanced materials in comparison with imported raw materials created in Russia


Decision to establish the university on the basis of technological research university, conducting training and research for the chemical and defense complexes of the country is logical in light of the foregoing.

The mission of the research university is to upgrade the knowledge-based industry of multifunctional polymeric and composite materials and products through the development and transfer of advanced technologies for needs of high-tech industries.

Strategic development goals are:

  • • To become a recognized leader in training for chemical-processing industries of the Russian economy
  • • To become the main center of industrial science and technologies transfer in Russia
  • • To become the base Russian center of technological expertise and forecasting in the sphere of chemical engineering
  • • To become the base Russian center of international integration in the sphere of chemical engineering and education


Strategic Priorities:

  • 1. Providing of close connection with the developing industry.
  • 2. Integration into the international educational and scientific space.
  • 3. Information content and technical and technological support for the training (formation of an euniversity).
  • 4. Promoting the quality of chemical preparation in high school.


Pedagogical Overview

Main discussion pastures

There are three primary discussion pastures the instructor can use to frame the case discussion:

  • 1. To identify the problems of creating a research university in Russia in the context of the reform of higher education in the country, to analyze realistic goals and objectives of University development; to determine a working life of university management system;
  • 2. To assess the results of the program of university development in the 2010-2014, to determine the positive and negative aspects of this process, to assess the status of the institution of higher education in Russia;
  • 3. ...............



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Case is devoted to the problems of creation of a national research university in Russia in the situation of higher education reforming in the country. Overview of higher  education system in Russia and history of technological transformation of the university in a national research university are introduced in the case. The case provides  scope to examine the results of two phases of the development program of the university and difficulties of the transformation process. This information allows to  analyze ways for creation of national research universities in Russia and to work out strategic alternatives for further development of the university.

Pedagogical Objectives

After reading, analyzing, and discussing this case, students should be able to:

  • To carry out the comparative cross-country analysis of higher education system
  • To determine perspectives of external and internal environment for universities development on the bases of SWOT-analysis method To estimate strategic aims and tasks of research universities
  • To work out the realization program of university development
  • To determine resources and functional duties of leadership team for carrying-out the program
  • To understand the character of relations in the command for working out and realizing of the university development program
  • To estimate the role of every team member critically for achievement of project success

Case Positioning and Setting
This case study can be used in either Undergraduate or Post Graduate Programs or Executive Development Programs, for the modules/topics in either Strategic Management or Management of Education courses.

* GSMC 2016, IIM Raipur

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