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Higher Education Reform Experts

Objectives and mission of the HEREs

The purpose of the National Teams of Higher Education Reform Experts is to provide a pool of expertise in order to promote reforms and enhance progress in Higher Education in the Russian Federation concerned and therefore participate in the development of policies and reforms in Higher Education in the Russian Federation.

The mission of the HEREs is threefold:

  • support policy development in their respective countries by supporting modernisation reform processes and strategies in Higher Education, in close contact with the local authorities concerned and in particular as regards for instance curriculum development, modernisation of governance, management and functioning of higher education systems and institutions, strengthening relations between the higher education sector and the wider societal and economic environment, etc.
  • support policy dialogue with the EU in the field of Higher Education possibly in synergy and coordination with the various policy platforms established under the Erasmus+ programme or other potential initiatives established by, and under the guidance of, the European Commission.
  • support Erasmus+ and former EU programmes projects by disseminating their results and outcomes, notably best practices and innovative initiatives and exploiting them for modernisation and development purposes.


In order to fulfil their mission national teams of HEREs will perform activities at national and international level, targeting primarily:

  • all Erasmus+ and on-going Tempus beneficiaries as well as potential Erasmus+ beneficiaries in the country (i.e. higher education institutions and individuals; civil society; non-governmental organisations; enterprises, professional organisations, research institutions, vocational training institutions; etc.) and any other stakeholder in the field of higher education.
  • National authorities in charge of higher education and their affiliate bodies.

 Activities at international level

Activities at international level will be organised by an external service provider, under the supervision of the European Commission and the Executive Agency, and will correspond to the following types:

  1. Thematic seminars designed to meet specific needs common in various Partner Countries. The aim of the thematic seminars is to provide new knowledge and practical experience. They may include field visits at higher education institutions or other relevant stakeholders. They will also provide a platform for questions, discussion and exchange of practices on specific topics and processes.
  2. Study visits that will take place in prominent EU or Partner Country universities, focusing on specific topics and fields of interest, common to various Partner Countries. Such visits will provide an opportunity to meet with academic and non-academic staff directly responsible for the introduction and the implementation of specific reforms or policies in the field of Higher Education. The visits will include meetings with several types of stakeholders as well as presentations, question & answer sessions and debates.
  3. International large-scale conferences including key note speeches by prominent experts and specific workshops dedicated to the attention of the HERE teams of all Partner Countries. Such conferences will deal with themes and topics connected to the core issues of the modernisation of the higher education sector in fields such as governance, management, funding, curriculum development and lifelong learning.
  4. Technical assistance missions. Specific technical expertise and advice by EU or Partner Country experts will be provided locally to HERE teams to carry out training and consultancy activities in the Partner Countries, targeted at a wide audience of university staff, officials and other higher education stakeholders. The service provider will identify relevant experts, who can be entrusted with such short term missions. These technical assistance activities will be organised upon specific request from the HERE teams, channelled by the NEOs.
  5. Surveys / publications: HEREs may be involved in the preparation of surveys or publications commissioned by the European Commission or EACEA in relation to the Higher Education sector, its institutions, policies, reforms and modernisation process.


  1. Virtual expert community and material: HEREs will be provided with a web platform to communicate, liaise and exchange. This includes the provision of information materials, brochures and case studies.

 Activities at national level

In addition to the international activities referred to under 5.a above, HERE teams will have to perform counselling and advisory activities at national level and more concretely:

  1. At institutional level, HEREs' work will consist in counselling, advising and providing assistance to higher education institutions with regards to the introduction and implementation of reforms.

Higher Education Reform Experts should be actively involved in all kinds of promotional and awareness-raising activities about HE reforms in general and EU higher education programmes and initiatives in particular. Experts with specialist knowledge and experience may be recruited for the development and delivery of training activities for HEREs in those areas.

  1. At national level, HEREs will support national authorities in designing, implementing and monitoring policy reforms in the field of HE. Overall, this could include the following types of activities:
  • Advice and expertise;
  • Involvement in policy making process, preparation of national reports, codes, draft laws & decrees;
  • Organising or participating in seminars, workshops, roundtables (teaching, training, informing, disseminating);
  • Lecturing, participation in panel discussions and debates;
  • Interviews (radio, TV, newspaper, specialized press), public appearances;
  • Drafting of reports, analysis, studies;
  • Publication of papers on the HE reform processes in the Partner Country.

SPHERE Portal to support HERE team activities:

 National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE):

  1. Nadezhda Kamynina – Chair of HERE group, Vice-rector for International Relations, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography
  2. Vera Zabotkina - Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Russian State Humanitarian University (Moscow)
  3. Alexander Gorylev - Head of International Projects Monitoring Unit, N.Novgorod State University named after N.I.Lobachevsky
  4. Svetlana Shvedova - Vice Rector for International Relations, Don State Technical University (Rostov-on-Don)
  5. Elena Vasilyeva - Director, Baltic International School of MICE Industry
  6. Vladimir Andreev - Head of English Philology Chair, Tula State Pedagogical University named after L.Tolstoi
  7. Natalya Dobrynina -Head of Academic Mobility Office of the International Department, Perm State University
  8. Elena Gorbashko - Vice-Rector for Quality Assurance, Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics
  9. Vitaly Kopnov - Vice-Rector for Research, Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University, Yekaterinburg
  10. Andrey Belotserkovsky – Rector, Tver State University
  11. Alexey Kuznetsov - Director General, Interobrazovanie (Centre for education and international relations development), Moscow
  12. Olga Andreeva -Vice Rector for International Relations, Russian University of People's Friendship, Moscow
  13. Nadezhda Nemchinova -Head of International Relations Unit, Nizhnevartovsk State University
  14. Alla Akulshina - Director of International Projects and Programmes Department, Voronezh State University
  15. Natalya Vatolkina - Head of International Relations Department, Associate Professor, Chair of Quality Management, Mordovia State University named after N.P.Ogaryov, Saransk

 International Activities in 2016

HERE seminar "Joint programs and degrees: strategy, management, implementation" University of Novi Sad, Serbia, 17-18/03/2016. Participants: Natalya Dobrynina, Nadezhda Nemchinova

HERE Study Visit “Learning outcomes and student-centred learning”Tallinn, Estonia, 17-19/04/2016 Participants: Alexander Gorylev and Vladimir Andreev

HERE Study visit «Building capacity and quality assurance for doctoral education», Malmo, Sweden, 30/05-01/06/2016. Participants: Elena Gorbashko, Vera Zabotkina

HERE seminar “Qualifications Frameworks: What are they, how do they work, what is their impact?” Warsaw, Poland, 19–20/09/16. Participants: Alla Akulshina, Elena Vasilyeva and Vitaly Kopnov

HERE Seminar “The European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) in practice: implications for HEIs and higher education systems” Lviv, Ukraine, 19-20/10/2016. Participants: Vladimir Andreev, Alexander Gorylev

International activities in 2017

HERE Seminar “Students in focus: Student as partners in higher education governance and quality assurance”, 5-6 April 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Participants: Olga Andreeva, Natalya Dobrynina, Alexander Gorylev

HERE Study Visit “Research based teaching: Universities, Entrepreneurship and the Knowledge Triangle, University of Milano”, 30-31 May, Milan, Italy. Participants: Natalya Vatolkina, Elena Gorbashko

HERE Seminar “Universities and social engagement”, 13-14 June 2017, Nicosia, Cyprus. Participants: Elena Vasilyeva, Vitaly Kopnov

HERE Study Visit “Quality culture in practice:  Scotland and the University of Edinburgh"

5-6 October, Edinburgh. Participants: Nadezhda Kamynina and Vera Zabotkina


“Competence-based PhD and Master programmes development” by Mr Anthony Vickers, University of Essex”, Moscow, March 23-24, 2016

“Recognition of non-formal and informal learning” by EU expert Ms  Hanne Smidt, Moscow, September 21-22, 2016

“Modernization of doctoral programmes in line with the best European samples:  what skills are specific to the doctoral level and how can they be effectively fostered” by Mr Mick Fuller,  School of Biological Sciences Plymouth University, Moscow, June 5-6, 2017

“Forms and formats of internationalization at home” by Dr. Robert Coelen from the Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Moscow, October 3-4, 2017

“Development of National Platform for Open On-Line Courses on Quality Assurance”, Implementation and Accreditation”, by Mr Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University, Moscow, November 14-15, 2017