The International Scientific and Practical Conference “Management Challenges of Socio-Economic Systems: Theory and Practice” was held at the Institute of Economics and Management (TvSU) on May 15, 2021.

The online conference was held on the Microsoft teams platform, moderated by Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor Skudalova O. V. The event was organized by the Enterprise Economics and Management Department of the Institute of Economics and Management (TvSU). The conference was held within the framework of the Erasmus+ project “Development of a flexible, innovative and practical framework for Work-based Learning in higher education of Armenia and Russia” (FlexWBL) (Project No. 610072-EPP-1-2019-1-LV-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP). TvSU is  the leader of the work package for the dissemination and application of the project results.

The organizing committee included representatives of TvSU partner universities for the FlexWBL project: Advanced Training Institute of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet, Russia), the University of Liepaja (Latvia), and the State University named after V. Ya. Brusov (Armenia), the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA) and the Gavar State University (Armenia), the Private Pedagogical University, the Diocese of Linz (Austria), as well as colleagues from other major Russian and foreign universities: the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Minsk Innovation University (Belarus).

At the plenary session, the Director of the Institute of Economics and Management (TvSU) D. I. Mamagulashvili and the Head of the Department of Enterprise Economics and Management of the Institute N. N. Bedenko made speeches, welcoming the Russian and foreign participants of the conference. The reports of the following speakers were heard: the head of the Department of Political Science of the Institute of Economics and Management (TvSU), a member of the Board of the Russian Association of Political Science (RAPS) and the head of the Tver regional branch of RAPS, Doctor of Political science, N. N. Kozlova on the topic “Self-assessment of leadership qualities and career prospects among students of Tver universities: gender aspects”; expert of the Group of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on capacity development and head of the Working Group “Capacity building and Training” of the Interstate Council for Hydrometeorology of the CIS, Candidate of Geographical Sciences A. G. Timofeeva on the topic “Development of the system of continuing education based on the sector of additional professional education in higher education institutions”; of the chief specialist of the Center for Quality Assurance of Education of NUAСA, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor I. G. Vanyan on the topic “Opportunities for the introduction of the principles of work based training (WBL) in higher education institutions” and Senior lecturer of the Institute of Economics and Management (TvSU) A.V. Borodina on the topic “WBL as an activator of strategic development of higher education”.

During the discussions, the participants covered the key issues of the strategic development of higher education and the possibilities of implementing the WBL model in Russia and Armenia for bachelor’s, master’s and advanced professional education programs, as well as outlined the prospects for further transdisciplinary network inter-university cooperation.

The working section “WBL-Technologies in the Higher Education system” was attended by M. Mironichev, A. Orekhova, K. Selezneva, D. Smirnov, K. Chesnova and A. Zavyalov, undergraduates and postgraduates of the Enterprise Economics and Management Department of the Institute of Economics and Management (TvSU). Their presentations covered various aspects of advanced research in the field of WBL using Russian and foreign sources. A collection of materials from the conference will be published with indexing in the Russian Scientific Citation Index (RSCI). The deadline for submitting articles has been extended till June 1, 2021.