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The goal of this presentation is to explain the main features of neoliberalism in the context of Russia’s higher education.
The period of neoliberal impact on Russia’s higher education can be roughly divided on two decades: “negative” (1990s - 2000s) and “positive” (2000s - 2010s). The first ten years were characterized by transformation of HEIs as a result of marketization (so called “academic capitalism” with certain criteria of HEIs efficiency), transformation of knowledge (downsizing in the humanities, prestige of the “ideological” disciplines), transformation of teaching practices (rise of corruption in education). The development of Russia’s higher education during the next ten years took relatively positive directions: increase of the role of administrators in the HEIs (“managerial revolution”), expansion and advancement of e-learning (using of e-learning in all forms of education is provided by Russian legislation), new reforms (Unitary national state examination, new ‘federal’ status of the most large universities, status of ‘National Universities’ with a large institutional and financial autonomy) and ratification of Bologna declaration (introcuction of 2-cycles educational system, etc.).