The Government to consider the issue of paid education in Russia
Russia President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with presidents of institutions of higher education in the city of Krasnoyarsk that the government would take up the issue in the nearest time. Eight presidents of Krasnoyarsk institutes, members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Education Academy took part in the meeting. Vladimir Putin suggested the presidents should state their opinions concerning paid education. He wanted to know whether the idea would justify itself in the Krasnoyarsk Region and in Russia on the whole, what ratio should be between paid and free education in this country.
Vladimir Putin also emphasized that very often the level of higher education disagrees with the labor market requirements. Not long ago, the Council for Science disputed over the Bologna process; he suggested the presidents of institutions should consider the issue. According to the Russian president, members of the Council are mostly critical concerning the problem, as they think the Russian education system is better than the one the country may offer in the framework of the Bologna process.
Vladimir Putin says he agrees with the thesis of scholars. However he admitted there was a different aspect of the problem. "We should not reject the aspect if we want Russian experts be universal and find good employment in Europe and in this country," the president said.
Vladimir Putin says main objective of Russia's institutions of higher education is to promote their graduates on the European market, and at the same time keep the quality of education on a proper level and preserve the Russian education system. Vladimir Putin says the system is good.