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Next Generation: Reflections and Future Perspectives on Higher Education in the Former Soviet Union

15 February 2022 hora: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Date: Monday 14 February and Tuesday 15 February 2022

Time: 9.00 – 11.00 Caracas (UTC -4) / 16.00 – 18.00 Moscow (UTC +3) each day

Format: Online via Zoom. Open to all with prior registration required

Target audience: Researchers, students, policymakers, educational organizations, NGOs

Language: English (Q&A will be available in English and Russian)

UNESCO IESALC and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) will hold the International Conference on Higher Education Developments in the former Soviet Space, 30 years since the end of the Soviet Union, on February 14-15, 2022.


This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The existence and subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union have had wide-ranging effects across economic, social, and political spheres in the 15 countries of the former USSR – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan – as well as in the international arena. Higher education systems in the ex-Soviet countries were profoundly impacted during and after this period.  

At the same time, today’s ex-Soviet higher education institutions and systems have been shaped by an array of new ideas, altered funding arrangements, different governance arrangements, and international partnerships. Trends such as university rankings, privatization, and an emphasis on quality assurance are also proving influential.  

As we turn to the next 30 years, this could be a period of continuing convergence with globally circulating ideas and practices or one in which the hallmarks of the past remain strong. Equally, the 2050 horizon may also present opportunities for these countries to take different paths towards their future higher education. 

Conference objectives 

This conference is being held to mark the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union and to reflect on developments, trends, and future prospects in the higher education systems of the ex-Soviet space. Co-hosted by UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (UNESCO IESALC) and HSE University (National Research University Higher School of Economics), the conference brings together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other participants with an interest in higher education to reflect on developments, trends, and future prospects in the higher education systems of the ex-Soviet space.  

See the concept note and agenda of the event

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15 February 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am