European experience: end of the second stage of Project 5-100 participants’ internationalization programOctober 26, 2016
Two-week European workshop for Project 5-100 participants adjourned on October 15. Part of the second stage of Higher Education Internationalization in the 21st Century program, it aimed at developing a critical mass of professional administrators with shared professional values, career-motivated, focused on finding proactive internationalization solutions and capable of elaborating and implementing managerial transformations required by the Project.
In June 2016, during the American stage of the program, Russian experts visited Boston for a two-week course at the Global Leadership Institute and Center of International Higher Education (at Boston College) and studied internationalization experience of Boston University, MIT, Franklin Olin College and Northeastern University.
The second stage of the program included visits to such leading (in terms of internationalization) European institutions as Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and Milan Polytechnic University in Italy, Groningen University (Holland) and Gottingen University (Germany) in October 2-15. “The European module was an ideal continuation of the program. Our theoretical framework of notions and models filled with living examples of diverse universities that have different practices, tactics, cultures and challenges,” believes Elena Limanova, Deputy Dean of Economics Dept. (Masters Program) at NSU. Renat Yalyshev, Head of Preparatory Department for Foreign Students at LETI, seconds this view. He believes that the trip “helped learn the theory of international activities of universities and observe different real-life strategies and implementations”.
Edilio Mazzoleni, International Education Director of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and Fiona Hunter, Deputy Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalization of the same university, welcomed the delegates in Milan. They also met Hans De Wit, Director of Boston College CIHE and Academic Director of the Higher Education Internationalization in the 21st Century program, as well as experts of CIHE and the host university. The subjects they discussed included national and institutional internationalization strategies, the role of international education associations such as EAIE, institutional collaboration with Russia etc. “Global competition for talented students, researchers and professors; launch of foreign branches of university campuses; incentives for student recruitment agents were the most topical subjects,” shared Olga Maslennikova, Head of Center for Joint International Education Programs at Tomsk State University.
Polytechnic University of Milan shared its experience of internationalization, management and promotion of international partnerships within Erasmus+, dual diploma program successes and other aspects of internationalization. “As a member of the international unit, I found it very important to see the work of my European colleagues in action, to compare structures and staffing, to learn how they interact with other administrative and education units,” said Victoria Vlasicheva, Deputy Director of KFU External Relations Dept.
Delegates from Project 5-100 participants continued their studies at the University of Groningen, where they met administrators and professors who described their university’s internationalization journey. Matters such as regional partnerships, peculiarities of internationalization of small and big departments, language and cultural policies were discussed. “A number of tactics and know-how can be used for developing and implementing strategies at our universities. The institutions we visited are interested in collaboration with Russian universities, and this opens new opportunities for scientific partnerships,” explains Mikhail Salaev, Senior Researcher with TSU Catalytic Research Lab.
The program culminated in a visit to Gottingen University, where experts shared their internationalization learnings in areas such as marketing, curriculum and foreign student recruitment. “Darya Kulemetyeva, a graduate of HSE responsible for marketing at the University of Gottingen, dwelled on the key aspects of promotion of Masters programs abroad and why it’s important to create a favorable impression of the infrastructure,” noted Nadezhda Shatrova, a representative of MISiS Chair of Functional Nano-Systems and High-Temperature Materials.
Detailed exploration of European cases helped the delegates develop a deeper understanding of higher education internationalization techniques, and acquire experience in planning and assessing internationalization strategies. “These universities’ experience has shown that education internationalization is a strategic initiative and an area of significant transformation of modern universities that takes into account international, national and regional contexts,” noted Irina Sukovataya, Deputy Director of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology Institute at SFU.
The program combined collective studies with individual project work where each delegate focused on developing a particular aspect of her university’s international activities. Project outcomes will be presented in February 2017. “We saw several case of curriculum internationalization, and we’ll put this experience to good use at our institution,” said Vera Upirova, Deputy Vice Rector for Science and International Collaboration at SFU.