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How Post-Soviet Russian Academia Struggles with the Past

International Higher Education. 2012. No. 69. P. 23-25.
Why are faculty contracts and practices in post-Soviet universities (even including research ones) focused on teaching and omit the research part of faculty life? While the historical aspects that caused such a focus are no longer valid, these contracts are now supported by a deeply rooted funding model— based on the existence of all public universities in Russia. This example is interrelated with socioeconomic institutions that emerged during recent years. Thus, a policy to move toward more-effective contract practices will create a substantial challenge for the higher education system in Russia, which, however, is the only way to improve the overall performance of Russian universities.