Ufa, Russian Federation

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 8,058
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Reshaping the city’s image with a lifelong learning approach

Ufa is the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan and one of Russia’s main industrial, cultural, sporting and scientific centres. Home to the country’s largest oil refineries, Ufa is a major transport hub with a religiously diverse population.

Vision and motivation

In the modern world, a city’s competitiveness depends on its its ability to learn. Adhering to this belief, Ufa has joined the Global Network of Learning Cities in order to enhance its citizens’ quality of life and boost the city’s image among the international community.

Challenges and goals

One of the main tasks of Ufa’s education system is to educate children to be good citizens, to be patriotic, to cherish national traditions, to strive for interethnic and all-faith harmony, and to be tolerant. Respect for the state languages, which are the basis for civic identity and support civic self-determination, is crucial.

Plan and implementation

Policy level:

Ufa has clearly defined its development strategy for education and lifelong learning in a policy document entitled ‘Education Development in the Ufa Municipal District of Bashkortostan Republic, 2014–2020’. The plan lists the goals and evaluation measures that will be used to enhance the overall quality of the city’s formal school and education system, as well as to foster a citywide culture of non-formal and informal learning.

Practical level:

Ufa currently has an established education system that provides students with a comprehensive programme of education from the age of 18 months onwards. The city will continue to improve the existing system while further developing various forms of continuing education for students who have completed formal education.

Ufa plans to enhance shared learning spaces across the city by intensifying existing partnerships with various educational institutions, NGOs and universities.

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