Not reaching for the stars

Russia has managed to improve its position in the international ranking of GITR (Global Information Technology Report), compiled by the World Economic Forum, and business schools Insead and Johnson of Cornell University. But this position is not star-like.

In 2014, Russia has risen from 54 to 50 in the world ranking of the Networked Readiness Index. Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Netherlands, and Norway are on the top five places. United States is on the 7-th place, United Kingdom is on the 9-th, Germany is on the 12-th. This is already 13-rd edition of the ranking. In 2014, it shows the data over 148 countries. A year earlier it was 144. The countries are estimated by the 10 groups of parameters that are associated with the development and usage of information and communication technologies (ICT). Amongst the other, the WEF specialists collect and analyze data on ICT use by residents, companies and Governments of various countries, their availability, as well as the impact on the economy and people welfare. Moreover, some of the parameters describing the business climate in the country and the quality of training are also being analyzed.

GITR ranking shows that developed countries have consistently sought to significantly better success in creating of innovative and information ecosystems, and most developing countries are lagging behind and stagnate. As a result, the gap between developed and developing countries in the use of information and communication technologies is still unable to overcome, according to the report authors. But the ranking itself does not reflect very well the dynamics of development of each specific country, authors say. They were able to select countries from a list that are developing faster than the natural trend. Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan are in the list of countries that the researchers called as the "rising stars".

Probably, 113rd place on quality of business education is overly pessimistic assessment, said Alexey Prazdnichnykh, Coordinator of the WEF programs for Russia and Partner of the Strategy Partners Group. But it is also clear that the Russian business education is growing not fast enough. If companies need employees with high-quality business education, but it is hard to find them in the country, the quality assessments of education cannot be high. It is clear that this is one of the bottlenecks in Russia, says expert.


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