Workforce capacity of the University, including senior management, higher-education teaching personnel and academic staff
The average number of academic staff amounts to 812 persons, 71% of them are Doctors of Sciences and Candidates of Sciences. The average age of academic staff is 45 years. The key problem of the UTMN human resources policy is the necessity of significant renewal of the personnel in short period of time. This necessity is caused by the low scientific productivity of the academic staff, as well as due to the fact, that the topics of their research works and scientific developments are not relevant to the international research agenda.
The significant number of professors (85%) has overcome the peak of their research productivity because of objective reasons (their age), as for the main part of the staff, they are represented by the assistant professors (432 persons), who are the typical product of the academic in-breeding (usually those, who received the higher education and academic degree in UTMN) with all their drawbacks.
The target model of the University presupposes that before 2020 not less than 50% of academic staff will be made up of researchers, involved in global academic networks, and the share of international professors, teachers and researchers will amount to 10% of all academic staff of the University. The share of young professionals, who had long-term practical training in leading foreign scientific and academic centers, will amount up to 5%. Not less than 30% of the UTMN managerial staff and 50% of regular lecturers will be fluent in foreign languages. The main role in forming the pool of a new staff will be played by the “post-graduates” (250 by the year 2020) and teaching assistants (200 by the year 2020).
Major mechanisms for achieving these criteria: 1) programme of advanced qualitative staff renewal based on the real competitive procedures; 2) definition of measuring criteria for the results of academic activity and their implementation through the system of terminal contracts with academic staff; 3) reduction of the lecturers' average workload due to the transformation of educational activity, increase of self-study programs for students, active usage of open education technologies (recognition of online-courses passed in other Universities), as well as involvement of teaching assistants, candidates and “post-graduates” to work. Annually, about 25% of academic management staff will increase their professional level in business schools and Universities of international level.