The Sputnik Syndrome: How Russian Universities Make Sense of Global Competition in Higher Education

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
4:00pm - 5:00pm
MATRIX (8th Floor), Barrows Hall (map)
Igor Chirikov
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Education (HSE-Moscow), SERU-I Managing Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education University of California, Berkeley

In the month of April, the Center for Studies in Higher Education and the Institute for Slav-ic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley co-sponsored an important seminar. Igor Chirikov, SERU-I Managing Director at UC Berkeley, presented his talk on "The Sputnik Syndrome: How Russian Univer-sities Make Sense of Global Competition in Higher Education". The launch of Sputnik in 1957 provoked deep reforms within the US higher education system. The emergence and development of global univer-sity rankings 50 years later had a similar effect on Russian higher education. Under the new governmental 5-100 Project, 15 Russian universities received additional support to hit global rankings in return for exten-sive internationalization and a significant increase of research outputs. The talk explored how govern-mental officials, university administrators, and faculty members make sense of global competition and how universities change in response to the requirements of global competition.

Watch the presentation HERE


Igor Chirikov is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Education (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and a Managing Director of the Student Experience in the Re-search University International Consortium (SERU-I) at the Center for Studies in Higher Edu-cation (UC Berkeley). He holds a Ph.D in Sociology and his interests include international comparative higher education, organizational change, institutional research and student experience.