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Call for participants: summer school in St. Petersburg – “Higher education and social inequality”

The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), China Institute for Educational Finance Research and Graduate School of Education at Peking University invite earlier career researchers and doctoral students to apply to the upcoming 5th International Summer School on higher education research that takes place June 10-16, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of this year is “Higher education and social inequality”.

V International Summer School will focus on the inequalities in higher education as well as the problematisation of the role of higher education in reproducing social inequalities. Participation in higher education has been increasing rapidly over last decades, but social equity has not been achieved. Numerous studies around the world show persistent inequalities in access and participation in higher education shaped by social background. Gains in widening access, especially in systems with high participation rates, are undermined by the increasing stratification of higher education institutions and societies. These challenges call for re-thinking, conceptually and socio-politically, the role higher education has in a modern society.

Call for Papers: Universities and the State

The conference takes place on 28-29 October 2011, and it is organized by the Russian Association for Tertiary Education Research with the support of the National Research university – Higher School of Economics.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian and English, but simultaneous translation will be provided. Potential participants can upload their extended abstracts until 12th of September, and applicants will be informed about the decision by 20th of September. Please refer to the documents linked below for more information on the extended abstract guidelines.

The sessions and round tables will focus on the following issues:

Russia to Standardize Admissions through New Test

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the Russian Parliament approved a contentious bill that mandates by 2009 all students entering higher education would have to take the Unified State Examination. This issue has dominated Russian education debates for the past 6 years. There are both supporters and opponents of the bill.
Moscow State University.
Supporters say:
-This exam will replace inconsistent high school exams and university entrance exams.
-This new policy will allow geographically isolated students the chance to submit test via mail, hence allowing more access to students from lower socio-economical areas.
-Will cut down on the corrupt system of bribery in exchange for university admittance.
Critics say:
-This new test is an incomplete test of knowledge.
-Corruption through bribery will still prevail in the admissions process.
-Students will continue to cheat on this test, just as they did with the former testing process.
Do you think the intention of this new policy, a fairer and less corrupt admissions process, will actually be the outcome of this policy?