Abstract Searching for effective solutions to meet the university’s strategic goals, Universities often involve external experts. This approach is justified for work on a specific project, but does not increase the competence of university administrators. Search of strategic approaches on the basis of existing competences often does not allow to form a project team capable of developing a quality product. The master program «Management in Higher Education» of the Higher School of Education implemented a unique model of expert assessment of product solutions, which the administrators of universities develop in the course of their training. This model includes educational product management network (Master’s work on product development for the request of curtain University with the advisory support of an expert-teacher) and digital internship (product development and presentation of the result). At the same time, teachers act as experts, offering students tools and a framework that allows them to create an innovative product. Since students themselves are experts in higher education, in the process of training they carry out peer-to-peer evaluation; teachers provide expertise and feedback on the product according to clear criteria. This approach has several significant effects: In-demand product: expert evaluation of each stage of product creation development (one-year work in educational product management network, 2-week digital internship) allows to make high-quality pre-project research, to develop the project, build project teams within Universities, develop inter-university relations, package the project, present and implement it at the Universities. Community: development of partnerships in higher education, establishing professional communication and planning networking. Approach to the implementation of the network expertise of products allows improve competences of University staff and stimulates the academic network partnership. We suggest discussing the logic of this model and the prospects of its scaling up for Russian Universities.
Keywords: network partnership, network expertise, expertise in higher education, product, product decision, academic community