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Anna Zhbannikova & Evgeniya Kutergina (National Research University Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg, Russia)

Educational and Recruitment Problems of Public Administration Students in Russia: Evidence from Empirical Research

This paper presents the results of two empirical studies that are connected with the student's competences of public administration programs and their employment. The purpose of the survey that is concentrated on employment is to learn about graduate student recruitment in Public Administration. The survey included graduates of National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) (n=152), and revealed a low level of students recruitment in Public Administration (77,7% of graduates are employed outside of their specialty). The results show, the most significant problems in students employment are the disbalance on the labor market (the supply of labor exceeds the demand for it), low staff turnover, students' disappointment in their specialty and the mismatch between the competences that are required in public sector and are taught at public administration programs in Russian universities. The problem of the mismatch between the competences was examined thoroughly in the survey of Saint-Petersburg civil servants (n=735). The purpose of the survey was to identify week points of public administration educational standards (master program). The results show that it is impossible to prepare student with the universal set of skills that are compatible with skills of public administrators. According to the results of these surveys, recommendation are formulated about the way to improve students' education at public administration programs and their recruitment. Educational standards should be developed in close cooperation with civil servants to take into consideration unique needs of public institutions. This procedure will lead to the positive tendency in public administration recruitment field. Otherwise, public administration programs will be ineffective.