National Training Foundation (NTF)
NTF-National Training Foundation is a nonprofit organization. It was established in 1994 through a Government regulation by legal entities which included the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, Russian Association for Support to Higher Education Institutions, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Industry and Technologies, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Ministry of Property Relations, Ministry of Antimonopoly policy, Federal Center for projects financing, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Presently the NTF Governing Board includes representatives by the state structures, academic institutions, higher education institutions and private companies.
The main goal of the NTF is to support establishment and development of effective education and research system; information technologies in education and science; Human Resources development.
The implementation of the projects featured a wide use of external expertise and internal activities and monitoring. For these ends the NTF has established a large (over 1000) pool of experts in various fields (Economic and Social Studies, Management, Financial Management, Education Administration and Governance, Educational Quality Assessment and Assurance).
The experience in managing major educational projects, the professional expert community built in the course of their implementation, the tried and tested mechanisms of dissemination of best practices in Russian regions have allowed the Foundation to become a coordinator of the the Russian Ministry of Education and Science Plan of Measures for implementing the provisions of the Bologna Declaration within the higher professional education system.
In 2007 the capacity generated in the course of implementation of a wide range of projects and the track record established laid claim to the NTF bid to become the implementing agency of the Priority National Education Project. Based on the results of an open competition the NTF was selected as an operator of the Priority National Education Project on support to higher educational institutions introducing innovative educational programs, support to vocational educational institutions introducing innovative educational programs and provision of Internet access to all educational institutions of the Russian Federation.
The NTF implements a wide range of projects aimed at contributing to developing the role of education in the knowledge triangle of education-research-innovation as a driver of the modernization agenda.
Scope of Services
The NTF has built capacity and experience in different educational areas and project implementation which it will be happy to share with interested parties: non – governmental organizations, federal, regional and local government officials, enterprises, schools.
Developing, implementing and monitoring projects – from developing a concept and ToRs to implementation
Monitoring social and educational change, gathering information, writing analytical reviews, assessing risks and their consequences
Evaluating social and educational projects, management consulting
Organizing training sessions tailored to customer needs; including training in educational management, developing educational standards and benchmarks, trainers’ training