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Tatiana A. Shakurskaya & Violetta M. Khabibulina (Pavlov First Saint-Petersburg State Medical University, Russia)

Barriers to Modernization and Synchronization with International Educational System at Russian Medical University: Cultural Aspects

A challenge of modernization of the Russian education system is linked to high requirements for training for the innovation economy. In the field of medical and pharmaceutical education, this potential staff must possess professional competence not only at the level of successful Russian clinics and biotech industries, but also at the level of global market. One of the key predictors of the success of the training is a professionalism of the faculty member himself/herself. I consider the concept of professionalism through constant involvement in self-development in accordance with the needs of society, potential employers and students themselves, the consumers of educational services. If we consider the interaction of the university and the business as a basis for innovative development of the Russian economy, that is faculty member who creates the possibility to be included as through increasing their skills in the disciplines of teaching, and through private collaboration with pharma- or biotech industry.

Professional development through participation in educational programs organized by the leading pharmaceutical companies is productive in several aspects. However, the identified barriers are: 1) intensively spent time can be not signed as 'working hours at working place' (the main institutional barrier based on authoritarian culture), 2) competitive informal ways to earn money over the same amount of 'spent time' by using corruption techniques; 3) an obligation to follow to department's educational complex in compliance with federal standards approved several years before (absence of academic freedom-I), and 4) the impact of authoritarian style of leadership at the department (absence of academic freedom-II). With respect to practical cooperation of faculty with the industry the significant disadvantage is an organizational cultural difference between industry and academic criteria in relation to the publication of results of research / professional activity.