Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center

3.1.4 Adult Education

Ilya Korshunov
Project Leader

Project period


Context of Research Project within a Subject of Human Capital

Key competencies and skills develop as a result of continuous education (the concept of Lifelong Learning), which is an integral part of human life today. Accelerating the pace of changes in production technologies in the modern economy and the rapid obsolescence of skills in the labor market leads to an increase in the gap between the requirements of employers and the available qualifications (primarily in terms of its practical component) of graduates of educational organizations and working citizens. Updating the entire complex of key competencies of employees that meet the needs of existing and prospective industries is an important contribution to human capital.

Implementing the research project Adult Education involves analyzing and determining the role of various agents (the state, the education system, enterprises) in the formation and development of key competencies of the working population for the social and economic development of both citizens and society as a whole

Project Aim

Conducting a comprehensive, interdisciplinary study of the existing practices of the main socio-economic institutions (universities, enterprises, the state) involved in the process of training and retraining of the adult population, based on the data of sociological research on the international programs of the PIAAC, as well as RLMS-HSE

Project Objectives:

  1. Determining effective strategies for the formation of the problem solving skill in a technologically saturated environment of adult working citizens through their participation in formal, informal and informational training (on-the-job, online) based on data from the Russian adult survey RLMS-HSE
  2. Studying the main factors influencing the participation of the adult population in continuing education and the factors of the choice of additional education programs by the adult population of the Russian Federation, including their compliance with the requirements of employers and employees for skills, issued educational documents, characteristics and conditions of implementation, to develop and specify strategies for the formation and maintenance of competencies of adult citizens with different the level of possession of key competencies
  3. Identifying cross-country differences in the use of skills in the workplace and establishing the relationship between the use of skills and the results of cognitive assessment (based on international data based on the PIAAC-OECD study)
  4. Analyzing the adult continuing education system at universities in regions at the stage of economic transformation in order to determine the main development strategies, forms of interaction with key stakeholders, identifying their role in the system of economic development of regions and develop recommendations for improving the adult education system

Key Findings


Effective strategies for the formation of the skill problem solving in a technologically saturated environment of adult working citizens through their participation in formal, informal and informational training (on-the-job, online) based on the data of the Russian Adult Survey (RLMS-HSE) have been determined


The role of factors contributing to the involvement of the adult working population in continuing education has been considered, the analysis of the specifics of the participation of Russian workers in the formation and development of key competencies has been carried out, a methodology is proposed to identify the most important competencies from the general set of skills of employees (competence profile) that have a greater impact on the socio-economic development of territories


It has been found out that at 70-80 years of age, the results of mastering digital competencies are on average better than those of 50-year-olds. Older people can learn complex digital skills until old age: for example, the results of the demo exam on Web Design and Development  competence show an increase in average scores up to 82 years. Older people are ready to learn digital skills, but in traditional industries, while young people are ready to learn new competencies in high–tech areas.

Результаты демонстрационного экзамена по компетенции «Веб-дизайн и разработка»

Educational Programs

Master's Program Science of Learning and Assessment

Educational trajectory Designing Educational Products. Pedagogy Master’s Program

Researcher at EdTech Minor

Study Course Comparative Analysis of Education Systems


  1. Korshunov I., Shirkova N., Miroshnikov M., Tyunin A., Frolova O. How Do Adults Study: Factors of Choosing Educational Programs (RU) // Monitoring Public Opinion: Economic and Social Changes, No. 2, 2021, pp. 286-314
  2. Korshunov I., Shirkova N., Zavivaev N. Contribution of Highly Qualified Workers to The Development of the Region's Economy (RU) // Economics of the Region, Vol.17, issue 3 (2021), pp.873-887
  3. Korshunov I., Shirkova N. Vocational Education with Social Distancing: Data from Online Platforms (RU) // Education and Self Development, Vol.17, issue 2 (2022), pp. 203-218
  4. Korshunov I., Lubnikov S., Miroshnikov M., Tuinin A. Problem Solving and Formal, Nonformal, and Informal Learning of Russian Employees (Based on PIAAC Data) (ENG) // Adult Education Quarterly (2022), pp. 1-23


XII April International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development (Moscow, Russia, April 13-30, 2021):
- Special session Formation of Key Competencies as Components of Human Potential (RU) (28/04/2021)
Korshunov I. Problem Solving and Formal, Non-formal and Informal Learning of Russians Employees (based on PIAAC data)

XXIII Yasin (April) International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development (Moscow, Russia, April 5-22, 2022)
- Special session Development of Innovative and Entrepreneurial Human Potential: What Universities Can Do (RU) (08/04/2022):

Korshunov I., Shirkova N. Programs of Additional Education in Universities as a Way to Increase Innovative and Entrepreneurial Potential of the Economy

- Special session Human Potential in the Russian Labor Market: Return And Demand (RU)  (08/04/2022):

Shirkova N. Contribution of Educational Organizations to the Accumulation of Human Potential and Socio-Economic Development of Territories