Dara has a BA in Culture Studies (Ostroh Academy, Ukraine), an MA in Literary Theory (Saint-Petersburg State University), and a Certificate in International Higher Education (Boston College). Currently she is working on her PhD thesis on factors and mechanism of experimental universities’ influence on higher education development at Maastricht University (the Netherlands).
Dara is a co-designer, curator, and a teacher in the Master of Arts in Experimental Higher Education (MA X-HE) program at SAS. Her course, “Institutional Experiments in Higher Education” has been supported by a grant from the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
Dara is also the Head of the Research Group at SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (SEDeC). At SEDeC, Dara takes part in multiple strategy sessions and integrated programs for top Russian universities, and prepares recommendations for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russian Federation. She has also co-designed the Rectors School: Expedition program, an immersive experience for the change-oriented rectors of top Russian universities, as well as the University Competitiveness program, a combination of a computer simulator-based training and reflective educational experience (Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2020, Gold Award in the Hybrid Learning).
Dara frequently publishes in Russian and international media (see Dara’s profile on Ведомости, ТАСС, UWN, and her personal blog on Мел), curates the SEDeC blog and will also oversee experimental higher education-related publication activities at SAS.
Dara’s professional and research interests fall under the umbrellas of university transformation and experimental higher education. Dara is particularly interested in experimental universities and their interplay with mainstream higher education.