The paper presents data on recent trends in the world educational space. There is an increase in the number of students and higher education institutions in the world. Selected countries (China, USA, Japan), which invest the most in education. Countries pay special attention to educational standards in the world of higher education. Governments and consumers around the world recognize the importance of education. The authors pay special attention to the problems of higher education in Russia. The scenarios of development of the events connected with problems of insufficiency of financing of the higher education are shown.