Results and Future Plans Discussed at Project 5-100 Seminar in KazanJune 23, 2015
On 17-19 June, Kazan Federal University opened its doors to the 10th Seminar-Conference of Project 5-100. During the meeting of project offices Grigory Andruschak (Director for Strategy, Analysis and Forecasting of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation) presented statistical data and analytical conclusions regarding the development of Project universities and their progress in the rankings over the last two years -- and talked about the international experience of building world-class universities. Mikhail Antonov (Director of Project 5-100 Office) discussed the results of the meeting of the Council for Competitiveness Enhancement in March 2015 and shared the opinions and recommendations of the Council members.
The key topics of the event in Kazan included the following themes: promotion of educational programs and research products abroad, development of HR potential, supervisory boards and boards of trustees, and international academic mobility. Traditionally, the host university shares its selection of ‘best practices’(that is to say, the concrete achievements emanating from its stated mission) and organizes a tour of the campus. The University of Kazan proudly upheld this tradition.
Ilshat Gafurov (Rector of KFU) briefly recited the history of the university, shared information about its new achievements and challenges during the period of transformation: “While working on our roadmap for the academic excellence initiative in 2013, we relied not only on international trends and best international practices, but more specifically on our own unique local advantages and those areas of specialization which may be useful for the leading companies in the region. We understood that our goals could best be realized with the cooperation of these companies.” Gafurov went on to say that “the fact that we have been breaching the gap between our current indicators and the target university model only proves that we have chosen wisely.”
Project Office 5-100 organized meetings for the working groups for PR, HR and international recruitment. The main topics discussed were as follows: preparation for participation in major international events in the area of education, development of a joint promotion strategy, and building international partnerships. The meeting of the working group for HR and international recruitment featured Elena Chernyshkova (Deputy Executive Director of Project 5-100 Office) and Andrei Rakitin (Partner and Manager of Odgers Berndtson). The participants in the meeting discussed the development of an internet portal for academic vacancies, international programs for postdoc recruitment, and ways to fulfill recruitment plans as prescribed by the new “roadmaps” of the universities.
During the round table for joint international promotion and development of international scientific cooperation, Elena Chernyshkova and her colleague Yulia Selyukova (Head of University Marketing and Academic Recruitment) spoke about the new initiatives of the Project Office – the International Academic Journalists Club and the internet portal “StudyInRussia.” Mikhail Popov (Deputy Director for International Affairs in Kurchatov Institute) expanded on the currently growing opportunities for participating in international mega-science projects with the support of the Kurchatov Institute.
The round table for international academic mobility featured representatives of the British Council, the Dutch association NUFFIC, the Hague University of Applied Sciences, Campus France and the Embassy of France in Russia, who shared their recipes for winning over foreign audiences and attracting talented young people from all over the world with the help of higher education programs.
The program of the Seminar-Conference allowed time for round tables devoted to technology transfer and the creation of an innovative environment; international scientometric indicators of universities; an expression of the work of the boards of trustees, and a workshop for the development and implementation of master’s programs, including long-distance courses taught by international professors.
Several working groups met for their regular sessions under the aegis of the Association “Global Universities”: English-language environment, E-Learning, Single contract, effective contract, support for international specialists, Organization or internal university research, Development of innovative ecosystems and breakthrough technologies, Succession pool, Services for international students and faculty members, and Cooperation with foreign partners. Kazan University also hosted the first meeting of a new working group “Promotion of Research Results” created by MISiS and Tomsk State University. The plans of the group include setting up a monitoring system for industrial risks and company needs, the development of a management system to measure and utilize the results of intellectual activity, legal support for research with Russian and international partners, and many other innovative enterprises.
The 11th Seminar-Conference of Project 5-100 will also be held in the Volga region. In September 2015 university representatives and experts will be welcomed by Lobachevski State University of Nizhny Novgorod.