Borderless Dimension: The Greater Eurasian Partnership and APEC
4 September 2021
In several sectors, cross-border traffic has been severely disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential to examine what role education could play in helping to solve challenges
More than ever, problems are transnational in nature. Not long ago, we were faced with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic – a striking example of problems which know no borders. The landscape risk is becoming even more complex and rampant. The problems are such that they are inherent in all sectors, and at the peak of the pandemic the disruption to supply chains was exacerbated by restrictions imposed on transport connectivity. This in turn led to it becoming harder to ship medical products. Climate change and natural disasters have also had an impact in this regard. It is essential to identify approaches and look at ways education could help solve issues and problems — Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of Office, ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia.
Universities need to work together and share expertise in order to be successful at providing an education and training specialists
As a technical university, we understand that the future lies in working with other universities. Once we share our expertise with other universities, we will realize that it is impossible to do anything genuinely great and meaningful without doing so — Anastasia Minina, Candidate of Engineering Sciences,
Docent, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI".
Education should not just focus on subjects, but also on general upbringing
I think that when we talk about education, we are not only talking about programmes or standards – we also need to talk about bringing up the next generation of people. These people need to be more than capable of handling themselves in the realities of life – not only in the current circumstances, but also in an entirely new era which is set to take shape. Education is the cornerstone for interaction in a space which does not only exist on paper or in our plans, but in our thoughts, our consciousness — Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of Office, ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia.
Remote technologies are simplifying the process of enrolling in foreign universities and establishing communication between higher education institutions based in different countries
A federal project entitled ‘Exporting Education’ has set out a range of measures which will help increase the number of foreign students. There will be no one starting date for the academic year, and no need to cross borders. A number of enrolment procedures will also be liberalized. There will be no need to submit original versions of documents, for example — Vera Skorobogatova, Leading Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research of the Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Universities in different countries which are looking to develop joint programmes are faced with having to reconcile different educational systems
More than 10 years ago, several countries came together to create a university network under the SCO. It was a positive experience. However, at the same time, we came up against a number of major problems. <...> First of all, five countries – and the great educational powerhouses of Russia and China in particular – have educational systems which differ in a large number of ways. <...> We were faced with the issue of how we could integrate at least two systems — Alexey Maslov, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Online education is making it harder to ensure quality and motivate students
The main problem is working out how to organize things, ensure quality, and motivate <...> students who are studying online — Vera Skorobogatova, Leading Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research of the Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
An interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to education should be adopted
An understanding of the standards, norms, and practices in place in other countries is the key to an effective global partnership. In order to expand transnational experience and sharing of experience, teachers need to have transnational mobility. In addition, an interdisciplinary approach is required, particularly in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can see that across different sectors, problems are directly linked to education. Therefore, interdisciplinary programmes and joint initiatives to provide education without borders are becoming increasingly important — Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of Office, ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia.
Remote learning technologies could be used to support student and teacher mobility
We have acquired specific experience in how to arrange exchanges between various educational systems in different countries <...> and at different levels. I am referring to the creation of a highly developed educational network which can exert a unifying effect across the vast territory of Eurasia. <...> An online platform has been developed which will make it possible to create a new, stable platform supporting the sustainable development of education — Alexey Maslov, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Universities need to collectively set standards for assessing the quality of education and resolving issues which emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
I suggest that we work towards a coordinated development of proposals to amend legislation in line with the changing reality. Of course, universities can take their own decisions, but together we can develop common approaches on how to assess online education, and on deciding what changes need to be made in new legislation — Vera Skorobogatova, Leading Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research of the Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.