M. S. Ashilova, A. S. Begalinov, O. A. Latuha, Yu. V. Pushkarev, K. K. Begalinova, E. A. Pushkareva. Prospects of the Post-Digital University: Analysis of Program Documents in the Field of Education

UDК 378:004.4 

DOI: 10.15507/2413-1407.120.030.202203.698-720


Introduction. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the architectonics of the global educational process. While many countries are still analyzing the consequences of the pandemic for education, the world’s largest institutions and organizations are already thinking about the future of education. The purpose of the article is to identify and summarize the prospects for the development of a post-digital university on the basis of this analysis.

Materials and Methods. This article presents an analysis of a number of important documents of world organizations on the future prospects of the higher education system during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as official documents on education systems in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan. The main methods of the proposed research are the analysis of program documents in the field of education, as well as a review of the philosophical literature of 20202022 on the trends of the post-digital university.

Results. In the worldʼs leading documents on the future of the education system it is shown that education is the main driving force of sustainable development. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented destabilization of the entire world education system. The analytical documents, in general, contains the following ideas: increasing the viability of education systems for sustainable development; rethinking education and accelerating positive transformations in teaching and learning. Based on the analysis of the situation, the documents suggested a number of effective measures, is the mains among which: digital transformation of universities; measures to support the research activities of universities. The article suggests that the digitalization of the educational process itself, described in the leading documents on education, will not lead to any results, unless it is accompanied by serious transformations in the content of education.

Discussion and Conclusion. In a post-digital university, a radical paradigm shift is needed, the rejection of the neoliberal, standardized, algorithmic structure of the university, its transition to a socially significant, critical, responsible device. New technologies, as well as digitalization in education, should not be a goal, but a means. Only then can progress in education and significant social transformations be possible. The practical significance of this research of the authors lies in the analysis and generalization of strategically important program documents in the field of education on the prospects for the development of a post-digital university.

Keywords: post-digital university, COVID-19 pandemic, neoliberalism in education, digitalization of education, philosophy of education

Conflict of interests. The authors declare that there is not conflict of interest.

Funding. The work was carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan within the framework of the scientific project AP09058341 “Transformation of the values of Kazakhstan higher education system in a multicultural and globalizing worldˮ.

For citation: Ashilova M.S., Begalinov A.S., Latuha O.A., Pushkarev Yu.V., Begalinova K.K., Pushkareva E.A. Prospects of the Post-Digital University: Analysis of Program Documents in the Field of Education. RegionologyRussian Journal of Regional Studies. 2022;30(3):698–720. doi: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.120.030.202203.698-720


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Submitted 03.02.2022; approved after reviewing 29.03.2022; accepted for publication 07.04.2022.

About the authors:

Madina S. Ashilova, Associate Professor, Department of International Communications, Abylai Khan Kazakh University of International Relations and World Languages (200 Muratbayev St., Almaty 050001, Republic of Kazakhstan), PhD (Philosophy), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7634-7727madina.almatytv@mail.ru

Alibek S. Begalinov, Associate Professor, Department of Media Communications and History of Kazakhstan, International University of Information Technologies (34/1 Manas St., Almaty 050001, Republic of Kazakhstan), PhD (Philosophy), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7439-221Xalibek557@inbox.ru

Olga A. Latuha, Associate Professor, Departments of Healthcare Organization and Public Health, Faculty of Advanced Training and Medical Professional Retraining, Novosibirsk State Medical University (52 Red Ave., Novosibirsk 630091, Russian Federation), Cand. Sci. (Economics), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5449-2595latucha@mail.ru

Yury V. Pushkarev, Associate Professor, Department of Law and Philosophy, Institute of History, Humanities and Social Education, Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University (28 Vilyuiskaya St., Novosibirsk 630126, Russian Federation), Cand. Sci. (Philosophy), ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5919-7221pushkarev73@mail.ru

Kalimash K. Begalinova, Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Cultural Studies, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (71 Al-Farabi Ave., Almaty 050001, Republic of Kazakhstan), Doc. Sci. (Philosophy), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5575-5142kalima910@mail.ru

Elena A. Pushkareva, Professor, Department of Law and Philosophy, Institute of History, Humanities and Social Education, Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University (28 Vilyuiskaya St., Novosibirsk 630126, Russian Federation), Doc. Sci. (Philosophy), ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1857-6783pushkarev73@mail.ru

Contribution of the authors:

M. S. Ashilova – collection of materials and initiation of research; definition of research methodology; literary review.

A. S. Begalinov – collection of materials; preparation of the initial version of the text.

O. A. Latuha – analysis of research data.

Yu. V. Pushkarev – structuring and analysis of research data.

K. K. Begalinova – the collection of materials; formulation of a scientific problem research and definition of the main directions of its decision.

E. A. Pushkareva – organization of the study; interpretation of the research results.

The authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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