BENEFITS AND RISKS OF RUSSIAN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES’ FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION
The article touches upon the dynamics of the development of Russian private universities, reveals the advantages of foreign language education in the private and public education sectors. Foreign language training is considered according to the communicative competence components: social, sociolinguistic, linguistic, strategic, discourse, and socio-cultural. Assessment of the possible benefits and risks of the entry of the higher education sector into the international market of educational services has been carried out.
University education is a determining factor in the formation, development and realization of educational needs. Private higher education further stimulates this process relatively more than the public one. Private higher education in Russia has already demonstrated its strengths. For example, it can actively create and implement new educational strategies and technologies, demonstrating high adaptive qualities regarding the system of education, having a strong influence on the development of public higher education, demonstrating stimulating opportunities of extra budgetary development within public educational institutions.
Among the possible risks for public and private sectors of Russian education on the international market of educational services for foreign language training we should note the following: lack of clear organization of the Russian exchange programs; lack of infrastructure to attract foreign students and the best international teachers and researchers, a low degree of internationalization of the learning environment in the whole; Russian state and private universities do not occupy leading positions in international rankings of the best universities, that fact reduces their competitiveness in the international market of educational services; the problem of recognizing Russian documents on education abroad.