Project 5-100 Took Part in the Moscow International Education FairApril 22, 2015
On April 2015, Expocenter opened its doors to the 2nd Moscow International Education Fair (MMSO). Participants and guests of the forum were greeted by Olga Golodets (Vice Chairwoman of the Government of the Russian Federation), Veniamin Kaganov (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia), Grigory Ivliev (Deputy Minister of Culture), and Victor Evtukhov (Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade).
During her address at the opening ceremony, the Vice Chairwoman noted that projects such as the MMSO have been universally valuable to everyone involved in the educational process and added that this particular forum had already won substantial respect in the system of Russian education. Zeroing in on her theme, Golodets added that “The Fair has brought together more than 200 companies this year”.
While touring the exposition, Golodets visited the stand of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 and the universities which it represents. She was told about the progress of Project 5-100 and given information regarding the participating universities.
On opening day, the Project Office organized a session entitled “Project 5-100: transformation of universities”. The session was moderated by Elena Chernyshkova (Deputy Executive Director of the Project Office) and featured many interesting cases presented by Dmitry Zubtsov (Provost at MIPT), Sergei Kadochnikov (Director of the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg), Irina Evsyukova (Director of the Project Office in MISiS) and Tatiana Leonova (Provost at the Far-Eastern University).
Zubtsov talked about the new School of Living Systems in MIPT which was created as a result of consultations with the international council of the university. Kadochnikov focused his presentation on the internal university market of teachers, while Evsyukova shared the results of the project “English-speaking environment”. A lively discussion devoted to the success of the merger of several universities into the FEFU structure was part of the presentation made by Tatiana Leonova. Meanwhile, Leonova insisted that mergers are a natural part of the evolutionary process of university enhancement. “We mustn’t be afraid of mergers”, she stated, listing as examples the advantages gained as a result of the combining of various educational institutions. On 17 April, the MMSO was visited by Alexander Klimov (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia). The Deputy Minister took part in several topical sessions and enjoyed a tour of the expo which, of course, included the stand of Project 5-100. On the same day the Project had the opportunity of introducing itself to the delegation of the Republic of Mali represented by Mr. Muntaga Tall (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research), Mr. Brahima Kulibali (Ambassador of Mali to the Russian Federation) and Mr. Sagu Banima (Embassy Advisor).
On the last day of the Fair, the stand of Project 5-100 was visited by many other important guests including Deputy Minister Veniamin Kaganov and Mr. Giuseppe lo Porto (Head of Education at the General Consulate of Italy in Moscow). Deputy Minister gave Project 5-100 away a medal for active participation in MMSO.
The Project 5 100 booth was one of the most popular at the Fair. Representatives of Project 5-100 universities who came to the MMSO to represent their universities noted the high level of organization, relevance and variety of choices and opportunities offered by the business program of the Fair, as well as the level of interest it aroused among potential students, experts, partners and the media. According to Natalia Korotchenko (Head of the Information and Marketing Center at MISiS), her colleagues participated in five sessions of the business programs. Employees of the Higher School of Economics and Novosibirsk State University noted considerable interest in the Master’s degree programs. “It is a great expo”, concluded a representative of Tomsk Polytechnic. “All we expected and even more.”