Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 40, Number 2

UNIVERSITIES’ COMPETITIVENESS MODELS IN ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT: A NATIONAL-LEVEL APPROACH

Andrey Belov, Galina Chernova, Vladimir Khalin, Natalia Kuznetsova

Abstract

The developing international education market requires additional qualitative and detailed information on the comparative characteristics of universities. This study suggests a single synthetic model for describing and assessing universities’ competitiveness at the national level for advanced, emerging, and transitioning economies. The model is based on the same methodology as international university rankings, but employs different techniques for initial clustering and further analysis. We identified four different university clusters in the Russian Ministry of Education and Science database, distinguished by specific development goals. We argue that applying these clear and welldefined criteria as clustering attributes allows us to compare competitiveness in different settings, formulate academic management strategy and recommend policy guidelines tailored precisely for each university’s requirements.

JEL Codes: I21, I23.

Keyword(s): education market, higher-education competitiveness, models of competitiveness, academic management, university rankings


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