Интеграция организаций высшего образования в решение задач социально-экономического развития регионов и модели оценки ее эффективности
The present study is aimed at exploring the role of universities in socio-economic development of a region, undertaking a comparative analysis of efficiency assessment models of universities’ integration into solving regional development tasks in order to determine a set of the most relevant quantitative and qualitative indicators of such assessment and outlining its main stages.
The key method of the empirical study is the method of expert interview. Statistical information, published regional development strategies and materials of applied research on similar topics were also used.
Based on the empirical materials obtained by the authors, major roles that a university can play in the regional development were identified and the ratio of a region’s strategy to a university as well as the peculiarities of its participation in the formation of a regional strategy was considered. The current and potential mechanisms of integration, existing and possible conditions for cooperation and the relevant forms of its organization were outlined; the quality and quantity of the resources and competencies that a university possesses for meeting regional tasks and the possibilities of their improvement were assessed. As a result, there were highlighted 2 groups of factors characterizing a university’s inclusion in solving socio-economic challenges of a region’s development – quantitative and qualitative; there were suggested indicators which determine them and there were defined the main stages of the efficiency assessment of such integration.
When comparing the results concluded with the materials of other research proposals, an additional group of qualitative factors was formed and a previously unidentified group of administrative and information indicators was identified among the quantitative ones.
The results of the study can be recommended to universities and regional authorities to create an effective model of cooperation in the interest of the regional development; the results of performance assessment of higher education organizations according to the proposed algorithm can be used to justify the efficiency of investments in the workings of one or the other university.