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RHEP 01 - Russian Universities in a Global World: Issues and Challenges of Becoming a Part of the European Higher Education Area
07 Oct - 12 Oct, 2003
 RHEP 02 - University Strategic Planning in a Context of Regionalization of Russian Higher Education (A Session on Strategic Planning Best Practices)

Jaak Aaviksoo - Jaak Aaviksoo was minister of education of Estonia from 1995 to 1996 and currently serves as rector of Tartu University. The vice rector from 1992 to 1995, he remains a professor of optics and spectroscopy. ...
Christopher Cavanaugh - Chris Cavanaugh is director for the International Research and Exchanges Board representative office in Moscow. He has over ten years experience in international development specializing on education, ...
John Davies - John Davies is dean of the graduate school and former pro vice chancellor for research, enterprise, and innovation at Anglia Polytechnic University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, and pro vice chancellor ...
Robin Farquhar - Robin Farquhar is professor of public policy and administration and served as president of Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from 1989 to 1996. He was vice chancellor and president of the University ...
Augustine Gallego - Augustine Gallego has been chancellor of the San Diego Community College District since 1990. He was the second community college chief executive to serve as chair of the board of the American Council ...
Vadim Kasevich - Vadim Kassevich is vice rector for educational policy and curriculum at the University of St. Petersburg, where he also serves as chair of the department for studies in theory and methods for arts and ...
Alexander Kiselyov - Alexander Kiselyov is first deputy minister of education for the Russian Federation. He was first vice rector of Moscow State Pedagogical Institute from 1993 to 1998, where he had previously served as ...
Ossi V. Lindqvist  
Peter Magrath - Peter Magrath is president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Washington, DC. With a long history of leadership in international education activities, Dr. Magrath ...
Michael White - Michael Anthony White is director of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for the Republic of Ireland. He previously worked with the National Council for Educational Awards and the Higher ...
Lesley Wilson - Lesley Wilson is secretary general of the European University Association in Brussels, Belgium. While working with the ERASMUS Program in 1989, she helped develop, and then became director of the European ...
Alexander Yefremov - Alexander Efremov is first vice rector at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, where he has worked since 1977 in various capacities including associate professor, head of the physics department, ...

Additional Session Support:
Andrey Kortunov (Resource Specialist) - Andrey Kortunov is regional vice president for Russia at The Eurasia Foundation in Moscow. He formerly served as executive director of the project “Education Development in Russia” at the Open Society ...
Yaroslav Kuzminov (Resource Specialist)  
Andrey Kuznetsov (Resource Specialist) - Andrey Kuznetsov is deputy vice rector for international affairs of the State University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow. From 1987 to 1991 he served in the Department of International Economic Relations ...
Victor Sadovnichy (Resource Specialist) - Victor Sadovnichy has served as rector of Moscow State University since 1992. Before being elected rector, Dr. Sadovnichy worked at the university as professor and later chair of the Mathematical Analysis ...
Mikhail Strikhanov (Resource Specialist) - Mikhail Strikhanov is deputy minister of education of the Russian Federation. He began his career in 1974 as a lecturer at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, where he also worked in 1997 as vice ...


The Russian Higher Education Program is a joint program with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.

In 2003, the Salzburg Seminar and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation initiated a five-year partnership (2003-2008) designed to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices between the higher education leadership of the Russian Federation and their counterparts from North America, Western Europe and Central-East Europe. The Russian Higher Education Program will, for now, consist of two symposia per year, which will take place in Salzburg and in Russia. Each symposium will convene representatives of universities, higher education organizations, governmental structures, and other stakeholders. The symposia will be complemented by site visits to selected Russian universities to discuss issues identified by the host institution and to continue the dialogue on the most pertinent issues of the program of modernization of Russian education, depending on the focus of the sessions each year.

The Russian Higher Education Program will center around five main topics:

  1. Russian Program of Modernization in the Context of Global Education Reform
  2. Higher Education Governance Reform: Issues and Challenges
  3. Strengthening the Role of Russian Universities in Service to Society
  4. Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Sharing International Experience
  5. Higher Education and Research (Networks, Linkages, Best Practices)
  6. These topics will serves as an overarching theme for each year. For example, in 2003, the Program is focused on the issues of modernization of Russian higher education in the context of global education change and reform. At the same time, the Program will explore the nature of developments in higher education in the European region and Russia's involvement in this process. The October symposium in Moscow considered as a sub-theme the challenges and opportunities for Russian universities of becoming a part of the European Higher Education Area.

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Augustine Gallego
Vadim Kasevich



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