Мир через 100 лет
This publication contains 55 articles that cover various dimensions of international affairs and social life in 100 years. The experts provide prognoses on key trends of future world. The publication will appeal to experts, journalists, state officials - and all those who deal with international relations, or are interested in futurology. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of NPMP RIAC or Izdatelstvo Ves Mir (VES MIR Publishers).
What will education be like in 100 years? The simple answer is as follows: education will be the driver of a new knowledge-based economy and society. This type of education will promote values that are shaped by society and include academic freedom; student self-government; the establishment of self-governing research teams composed of professors and students; a dynamism in constantly generating and mastering new knowledge and competencies; and the ability to concentrate intellectual and financial resources on key topics of interest. The education system in 100 years will move into the virtual world through a "real" system of education. It will not reflect the educational infrastructure of the physical world, since this new system will develop with unlimited educational resources. Nevertheless, over the next 100 years we must develop elements to maintain confidence in the system and provide for mobility within it. Education refers to an array of benefits that rely on standardized mechanisms of accredited certifications (certificates, diplomas, certificates) deemed valid by all stakeholders. These mechanisms include quality assessment and programme validation procedures; proper reputational institutions governing teaching staff and their courses; and transparent procedures for checking compliance with standards. Such mechanisms should operate throughout the entire system at all grades and have a clear relationship with the pool of qualified laborers, since employers have to be confident of the qualifications of applicants to teaching jobs. Education functions through a symbolic brand market, so without branding and active rebranding the virtual education system can only represent a marginal addition to the real world.
The future of world population in the next 100 years is considered from the point of view of main demographic components: fertility, mortality, family, and migration. These problems are discussed for the population of Russia as well.