On April 10, 2019, a delegation of the Russian New University (RosNOU) took part in the Moscow International Education Fair (MIEF) and at the Congress of Heads of Private Educational Organizations of the Russian Federation as part of the Fair.
In the speech at the Congress, Vladimir Zernov, Rector of RosNOU, emphasized the importance of developing public-private partnership and the private educational sector:
“A competitive educational environment is essential. Can Russia have its own Stanford? Yes, but for this, we need to adopt a program of state support for private universities and other non-state educational organizations.”
Amet Volodarsky, the Ombudsman in the field of education under the Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in Russia, spoke out in defense of private universities:
“The society, unfortunately, does not understand that we are developing private education not as a replacement for the state, but as an aid in the transition to a new economy. The widespread struggle with affiliates, both private and public, has led to a sharp outflow of young people from the regions. Even the governors regret that there are almost no branches of private universities. On the agenda there is an acute issue of the development of public professional certification, which can qualitatively improve the situation with the evaluation of universities, free the Federal Oversight Service for Education and Science and relevant ministries from the waste paper that lies dead in the corridors of these departments.”