New global challenges in the development of the economy, and as a result, in education, have led to changes in the requirements for forms and methods of teaching, for the content of educational programs, which requires the involvement of a wider range of experts and the adaptation of education to the standards of the digital economy. Under the influence of globalization processes, both the nature of the international competitiveness of countries and the nature of competitive advantages are changing, focusing on human capital, new forms of management, digital information. What is higher education today? What it will be like in a world where the flow of information is unlimited and everyone has the tools to interact with each other. The vector of education development is integrated scientific and technical programs that unite educational and scientific organizations with enterprises of the real sector. To this end, on the basis of higher education institutions, whose main goal is to provide professional personnel for the territory, scientific education centers are created that contribute to the introduction of an innovative approach to solving socio-economic problems of the region, provide comprehensive support for innovative initiatives of entrepreneurs and organizations, methodological and consulting support for small and medium businesses on the development of innovative entrepreneurial projects. In the conditions of economy digitalization, these centers contribute to the improvement of the educational process through the introduction of innovative mechanisms, tools and technologies, as well as the creation and testing of prototypes (pilot projects) of teaching methods involving students in this process.