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Methodology for Assessing Regional Specifics of Interaction between Foreign Scientists and Russian Scientific Organizations and Universities

Vasilyeva I.N., Pokrovsky D.S., Demidov A.V., Bitkina I.V., Rebrova T.P.

Volume 15, Issue 1, 2022

Vasilyeva I.N., Pokrovsky D.S., Demidov A.V., Bitkina I.V., Rebrova T.P. (2022). Methodology for assessing regional specifics of interaction between foreign scientists and Russian scientific organizations and universities. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 15(1), 34–54. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2022.1.79.2

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2022.1.79.2

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The article examines the features of interactions between Russian scientific organizations and universities and foreign scientists. Despite the effort to collect and compile data on different types of international interactions between scientists, Russian academic literature does not pay sufficient attention to the activities of foreign scientists working in Russia. Therefore, the purpose of the study is to close the gaps in scientific knowledge connected to the research on academic mobility including identification of types and features of interactions between Russian scientific organizations and foreign scientists, to discover the connection between academic mobility and productivity of scientists, and to improve methods of arrangement for the data related to the status and performance of the academia. To accomplish this goal, we propose a methodology for monitoring the interaction of Russian organizations with foreign scientists. We carry out the monitoring taking into account the priorities formulated in the Strategy of Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation (hereinafter – STD Strategy of Russia). The monitoring provided the data about the quantity of foreign scientists, who visited Russian scientific organizations and higher education institutions in 2018 and 2019, the statistics on the distribution of foreign scientists working in Russia by age groups, by scientific fields, by types of interaction, and by Russian regions. The following issues require thorough consideration: the choice of parameters for assessing the work of educational and scientific organizations and the need to take into account priorities of STD Strategy of Russia for monitoring and evaluating the interaction between Russian organizations and foreign scientists, the presence or absence of stable links between the mobility of scientists and their scientific productivity, the absence and fragmentation of data on foreign scientists working in Russia, and flaws in the methods for collecting and monitoring such data. The methodology has been tested using data from previous surveys. Following the test, we propose specific steps for improving data collection on broad participation of Russia in global science processes. The obtained results can be used by private and state organizations, including the management of higher education organizations, heads of scientific organizations (scientific departments), which will serve as the basis for accurate positioning of Russia on the world map of scientific and technological cooperation


monitoring, international scientific and technological cooperation, researchers, circulation of scientific personnel, international academic mobility

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