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Strategic consulting
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E-Quadrat Science + Education
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
Profile
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Our multidisciplinary team accompanies you step by step from quick wins to strategic outcomes on the way to excellence in science and education
Quick Results, Long-Term Goals
Experts in 10 countries are ready to assist you with strategic transformation, academic excellence, university ranking methodology, in-depth analysis, communication, and much more
Complex Challenges, One Team
We use a data-driven approach to tailor customised solutions for our clients in universities, governments, businesses, and NGOs all over the world with a particular focus on transition economies
Global Expertise,
Local Perspective
  • Strategic development planning

  • Change management

  • Ranking strategy

  • Government relations

  • Digital transformation
Strategic Management
  • Analytical support of decision-making

  • Scientometrics, data analysis, and modelling

  • Social and marketing research

  • Communications with ranking agencies
Analytics & Data
  • Recruiting and building management teams

  • International staff recruitment

  • HR brand strategy

  • International networking and partnerships
Global Collaboration & HR
  • Global reputation

  • University research brand

  • Science communication

  • Educational marketing

  • Media relations

  • Design
Communication
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
Universities —
Unique projects developed from scratch to suit your needs
Getting Things Done
Strategic Results
Quick Wins
From 2 years

Creation of a long-term development strategy based on in-depth analysis, reputation development, and realisation of a multi-component project
6–12 months

When you need to quickly test a hypothesis, evaluate an idea, and reach a goal without the time to spare
Services
Guiding principle
Together with you we create comprehensive strategies where quick wins can seed long-term strategic results
  • Setting up an algorithm for decision-making based on evidence and expert advice

  • Implementation support at every step, including top management consulting, staff hiring and training, creating partnership networks, launching expert councils
  • Multilevel institutional analysis and assessment

  • Benchmarking and reference choice

  • Co-creating a customised long-term strategic plan with clear deliverables and intermediate steps
What We Offer
  • Rigid traditions and institutional inertia

  • The 'death valley' between the current state and desired long-term results

  • Lack of internal expertise for innovative solutions
Challenges
Deep transformation to reach new heights in science and education
Task
Supporting Change
Communication
Analytics & Data
Strategic Management
Global Collaboration & HR
  • Identification of potential growth areas

  • Developing effective strategies and detailed plans aimed at improving rankings
  • Systematising data collection hand-tailored for the requirements of ranking agencies and other internal / external stakeholders

  • Data analysis: scientometrics, ranking performance prediction, benchmarking
What We Offer
  • Lack of a clear understanding of ranking methodologies

  • No experience in implementation of evidence-based models for decision-making

  • Emphasis on education at the expense of internal competence in research and third mission
Challenges
To enter a ranking system or improve the university’s current positions
Task
Raising the Bar
Analytics & Data
Strategic Management
  • Launching expert councils at international, national, and sectoral levels

  • Connecting with industrial partners

  • Improving external communication
  • Mediating interactions with potential partners at the launch stage

  • Launching partner projects with world-class universities

  • Launching talent-seeking initiatives
What We Offer
  • Academic achievements do not match public representation

  • Cultural differences hinder closer collaboration

  • Current public image does not correspond to the partnership ambitions
Challenges
  • Improving performance through collaboration and joint projects

  • Enhancing international visibility through involvement of leading experts
Task
Growing Networks
Communication
Global Collaboration & HR
  • Rebranding and identity management

  • Customized courses for research, teaching, and management staff
  • Benchmarking and research analytics

  • Accessible guidelines and recommendations

  • Drafting white papers, green papers, proposals, and presentations for institutional grants and other funding opportunities
What We Offer
  • Need for qualitative change

  • Lack of broader context

  • Lack of internal institutional resources or support
Challenges
Boost the development of a school, research center or lab
Task
Taking the Plunge
Communication
Analytics & Data
Global Collaboration & HR
  • Accelerating third mission development

  • Campus and infrastructure improvement projects

  • Customised courses for research, teaching, and management staff

  • Sustainable growth projects
  • Launch of new initiatives in higher education (international master programmes, national talent recruitment actions, research centres and labs in priority fields)

  • Development and testing of tailor-fit management models

  • Rebranding and identity management
What We Offer
  • Internal resistance

  • Lack of internal expertise
Challenges
  • Trying a new concept in a pilot project

  • Need to present quick wins to key stakeholders
Task
Seeding Results
Communication
Strategic Management
Global Collaboration & HR
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
5
Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
Our approach
Preparing staff & management for change, training them on real-life cases
Providing customised solutions and support at every step
Assisting in the search for best professionals on the global market
Bringing specialised expertise in transition economies and an eagerness to dive deep into the local context
Sharing responsibility and supporting our partners at each stage of transformation
Universities —
Using an evidence-based approach founded on data and analytics
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
A collaboration can evolve through several essential stages. It’s up to you to decide
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Deep external analysis — see yourself through stakeholders’ eyes
Develop a strategy and put it into action, together or independently
Joint planning of goals, KPIs, discussing opportunities, running strategic sessions
Introduce results to current and future stakeholders
Internal analysis — reveal strengths and weaknesses
Assess personnel potential, train current staff, and search for specialists to pursue the chosen strategy
Where to start
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
Universities —
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
You get
Universities —
results that your stakeholders will care about
Meaningful
to achieve strategic goals together
Inspiration
in 10 countries
A unique team
solutions
Customised
development projects
Assessable
in every step of growth
Confidence
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
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Universities —
Partners
20 universities around the world:
Leading transformation and strategic change, improving university rankings, reputation management, third mission
Universities —
8 strategic projects for NGOs:
Public engagement and citizen science, communicating science for social needs
Civil Society —
5 countries, national, regional governments and ministries:
Evidence-based policy-making in science & education, national academic excellence programmes, management audit and support
Governments —
15 strategic projects for companies:
Partner projects with world-class universities, recruitment and social capital development, corporate science communication
Business —
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Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
20 universities around the world
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Team capacity analysis: training and finding missing specialists for the chosen strategy
Implementing the strategy (jointly or independently)
For each client, we form an individual working group from our team members who are leaders in their respective fields
A diverse interdisciplinary team operating from 10 countries around the world gives us the range and flexibility to address almost any institutional challenge
Why us
Our team has many years of managerial and research experience in science, higher education management, GR, consulting, and media, all put to use to help you achieve your goals
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Team
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Egor Yablokov
CEO
Expertise
  • National academic excellence programs (being expert or co-developer in 4 academic excellence programs)
  • Launching new projects in the field of higher education and science
  • Science & Education policy
  • Transformation and development of universities (being reviewer or co-developer of 50+ roadmaps)
  • Transfer of knowledge and technologies
  • University rankings
Membership
  • European Association for International Education, EAIE
  • World Education Research Association, WERA
  • International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI
Strategic Management
Analytics & Data
Michael Caruana
Head of Global Collaboration & HR
Expertise
  • Programme and curricular development
  • International collaboration planning
  • University rankings
  • Hybrid learning
  • University strategic planning
Membership
  • Future Talent Council, FTC
Global Collaboration & HR
Communication
Nicola Horseman
Head of Strategic Management, PhD
Strategic Management
Analytics & Data
Miscellaneous
  • Advice on governmental university classification and evaluation systems such as the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Chapter author in ‘Higher Education Strategy and Planning: A Practical Guide’
  • Published research papers in fluid dynamics journals
  • Implications of ranking methodologies
  • Comparative studies of strategic planning approaches and capabilities in the universities
  • Comparative studies of higher education systems
  • Advice on the development of country specific university classification systems
  • Higher education governance
  • Development and implementation of university strategic plans
  • Performance management and benchmarking to support evidence-based decision making
  • Measurement and development of Key Performance Indicators
Expertise
Liudmila Solntseva
Head of Analytics & Data
Strategic Management
Analytics & Data
  • International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI
  • IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, IREG
  • University rankings deep analytics and forecasting
  • Analytics and data visualisation for decision making purposes
  • Strategic management in higher education and science
Membership
Expertise
Maria Yudkevich
Head of Research, PhD
Expertise
  • Higher education research (author and co-author of multiple books and articles)
  • Academic excellence initiatives
  • Research evaluation
  • Comparative study of higher education
  • Economics of higher education
  • History of higher education
  • Development and implementation of academic research strategies
  • Development and implementation of faculty development programs
  • Academia in a comparative perspective
Strategic Management
Analytics & Data
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