Russian education en route to internationalization: outcomes of Project 5-100’s participation in EAIE-2016September 19, 2016
Project 5-100 participated in its third annual conference of the European Association of International Education held on September 13-16. 28th EAIE conference was hosted by Liverpool (England) known for its long-standing cultural and university traditions. Russian universities’ representatives played an active role in the conference as they delivered presentations, met their peers and discussed potential collaborations.
Three sessions with speakers from Project 5-100 universities were held on September 15. A discussion on Russian education was moderated by Jerke Verschoor, Director of Nuffic Neso Russia, a Dutch education center that has been working in Russia for the last 12 years. Mr. Verschoor spoke about the major recent changes in the Russian high school and noted Project 5-100’s significant contribution to its upgrade. According to Mr. Verschoor, there are many cities endowed with good infrastructure which are supported by local administrations, develop fast and look for new employees, technologies and innovations. Igor Lunkov from the International Relations Group of the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University explained that Russian medical education was open to change since modern medicine is inextricably linked to innovative technologies and First MSMU focuses on their integration in education. International collaboration and student exchange programs play an important role, and First MSMU has 80 partner universities from 30 countries, stated Mr. Lunkov. He accentuated that his university was a proud member of Project 5-100 and aimed to become one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Other session speakers included Evgeny Kapustin who shared the experience of Shukhov Belgorod State Technical University and Taya Tsebiyeva from Chechen State University who positioned the region as a magnet for students interested in Islamic culture.
Varvara Danilina, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Communication Technologies at NUST MISiS, presented at a session on education recruitment strategies. It was an interactive session, since delegates were invited to vote and participate in surveys online and share the experience of their universities. Mrs. Danilina elaborated on effective but virtually free ways of recruiting foreign students and noted that communications with overseas applicants must be centralized so that they associate the university with one person only. She emphasized that interaction with prospective MISiS students was primarily about common relations that create the environment of trust and support and involve them in university processes even before they finally settle on an institution. Joachim Ekström from Uppsala University (Sweden) and Claire Lenz from Ecole Polytechnique (France) also participated in this session, which created quite a stir.
Olga Krylova, Head of International Education Program Coordination Dept. at Peter the Great SPbPU (also a participant of Project 5-100), took part in a discussion of higher education marketing. Her presentation focused on segmentation of the market for education services.
The event has helped Project 5-100 universities expand their collaborations geographically. Project Office and university members shared experience with their foreign peers, discussed priorities, prospects and vectors for cooperation, and strengthened their scientific and academic connections. They also discussed potential avenues for collaboration with Anton Chesnokov, Head of Rossotrudnichestvo office in London. Project 5-100 has successfully represented Russia’s higher education in this global arena, and its booth attracted significant attention from peers, education experts and journalists.