Actual Problems
of Economics and Law




DOI: 10.21202/1993-047X.12.2018.3.481-501

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Authors :
1. Elena V. Bolgova, PhD (Economics), Associate Professor of the Department of Regional Economy and Management
Samara State University for Economics

2. Marina V. Kurnikova, PhD (Economics), Associate Professor of the Department of Regional Economy and Management
Samara State University for Economics

Experience of France in the territorial organization of higher education system

Objective: to substantiate the directions of development of the spatial organization of higher education in Russia on the basis of foreign experience of a country with similar territorial conditions, trends and problems of development of a university network.

Methods: general scientific methods of cognition – abstract-logical and theoretical-empirical methods, methods of systemic, comparative, and structural analysis.

Results: under the conditions of Russian economic policy orientation to innovative and breakthrough development, higher education becomes one of the key factors of regional economic growth. The article emphasizes the need to change the approaches of universities to the development of educational programs that take into account the trends and development strategies of a particular region, that is, the need for the formation of the so-called regional universities. As a result of the analysis of scientific researches devoted to the problems of organization of higher education system, it is determined that the key factor of territorial development is its assimilation with the economic system and business environment. It is established that one of the mechanisms for solving the problems of the Russian universities is using the foreign experience of spatial organization of higher education. Territorial conditions determining similar features of the spatial organization, tendencies and problems of development of system of the higher education of France and Russia are revealed. It is determined that the orientation of higher education in France on the interests of the regions determined its high rating in the system of indicators of higher education quality in the world. The high efficiency of this model for Russia is justified. The recommendation to implement the principle of uniformity in the spatial distribution of a university network in the economy of the Russian regions is substantiated.


Scientific novelty: the developed theoretical and methodological provisions of the spatial organization of higher education, based on the experience of the country with similar territorial conditions, trends and problems of higher education, with a university network capable of providing strategic priorities for regional growth.

Practical significance: the recommendations can be used in designing the targeted development programs of the Russian Federation subjects within the Volga Federal district; in substantiating the projects of cluster initiatives; in developing the educational policy of the region in the field of vocational education; in programming the development of vocational education, taking into account the features of the Russian Federation subjects.

Keywords :

Economics and national economy management; economic space; region; higher education; territorial development

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Bolgova E. V., Kurnikova M. V. Experience of France in the territorial organization of higher education system, Actual Problems of Economics and Law, 2018, vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 481–501 (in Russ.). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21202/1993-047X.12.2018.3.481-501

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