NAFSA-2017: leading Russian universities are becoming a development hub on the global market of educational servicesJune 5, 2017
Project 5-100 took part in the annual Conference&Expo NAFSA - one of the largest and most significant forums on global education. This time the expo was held in Los Angeles. 15 Project 5-100 participants presented the Russian Higher School on a single national project stand in the format of Study in Russia, one of the objectives of which is to increase the worldwide recognition of universities. This is the second International Conference this year, where Project 5-100 participants were present. In March, the joint stand of the Project 5-100 was successfully exhibited at APAIE in Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). At the NAFSA 2017 Conference & Expo, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Lyudmila Ogorodova led the Russian delegation.
“Russian universities are extremely interested in NAFSA Сonference & Expo as a platform for fruitful discussion and cooperation between Russia and other countries. Firstly, it is an opportunity to meet with foreign colleagues, leading experts in higher education, representatives of the most dynamically developing and active universities and other organizations in the field of international higher education. Participation in such events is aimed at promoting the Russian education, developing the potential of Russian universities in order to export Russian education as well as getting acquainted with the best world practices that provide global competitiveness to our leading universities, "commented Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Science of the Russian Federation Lyudmila Ogorodova on the participation of Project 5-100 Universities.
Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of National University of science and technology MISiS, emphasized the importance of the participation of Russian universities in the largest international education events, and especially in the NAFSA Conference&Expo. "This event is a great way to find partners for the development of academic mobility of students and professors, the creation of joint education and science projects. In addition, the agenda includes topical issues on global and local challenges in the higher education system. "MISIS" takes an active part in the sessions on internationalization and recruiting of foreign students, for example, in sessions “Intercultural disconnections in the world with hyperconnection: challenges for international education and various drivers: problems and trends in international hiring ", - noticed the rector.
The Russian delegation, which included representatives of fifteen 5-100 Project participants, took an active part in expo events, sessions and round tables on a wide range of issues in the field of the internationalization of higher education. Representatives of the delegation negotiated with foreign partners and discussed how to strengthen and expand cooperation, develop regular information exchange about seminars and conferences, new educational programs and joint projects, as well as some aspects of interaction with national associations.
During meetings with foreign colleagues, the importance and mutual desire to further develop interuniversity interaction was underlined many times, despite the existing active bilateral inter-university relations. The parties agreed to continue bilateral contacts after examining the proposals.
Project 5-100 participants discussed with partners from the Asia-Pacific region effective formats of interaction that would meet the interests of all stakeholders. They agreed on participation in annual national conference&expo in the field of higher education, organization of science conferences and seminars, first of all, on the basis of already existing platforms: a forum of rectors of universities of Russia and Japan, Russia and Korea, Russia and China, Russian-Chinese and Russian-Indian associations of universities, civil society forum "Dialogue Russia - Republic of Korea" and Eastern Economic Forum.
The Deputy Minister presented the main goals and objectives of the 5-100 Project to foreign partners, described the development of the leading universities and the importance of the Project for enhancement of Russian higher education.
Lyudmila Ogorodova held a meeting with the leadership of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, one of the recognized leading rankings. QS has been ranking universities since 2004, just then QS World University Rankings, the first ranking of the best universities in the world, was published. The parties discussed issues of cooperation, strengths and weaknesses of the ranking system.
At the meeting with the delegation of the Republic of Korea, the Memorandum of Understanding and the Agreement on the Exchange of Students were signed between the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and the Seoul National University.
Highlighting the importance of strategic partnership in the field of science and education between Russia and China, the Russian delegation presented a case of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Peter the Great (SPbPU). Since 2016, cooperation with China has become one of the key priorities of the international activity of this university. In April 2016, a representative office of the university was opened in Shanghai. In August a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with the Shanghai Economic and Informatization Committee, aimed at implementing Polytechnic University's developments in the field of telecommunications, satellite navigation and communication systems, and promotion and implementation of joint Russian-Chinese scientific projects, demanded by the economies of both countries.
"We highly appreciate the innovation and education potential of cooperation in this region, we support and welcome the development of international partnerships by Russian universities. Together with our foreign colleagues, we discussed specific proposals on expanding cooperation and interaction in education. A number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are actively considering the possibility of increasing student exchange with our country, fostering scientific and technological research in high-tech areas and innovations, and showing greater interest in launching joint educational programs with Russia, including Russian language courses. New partnership mechanisms should be built based on existing ones. In this context, the leading Russian universities are not only promising partners for cooperation, but drivers of progress in the APR. For example, the opening of a representative office of SPbPU in Shanghai develops opportunities, facilitates effective scientific and technical cooperation with universities and China's companies, as well as assists in promoting educational programs in China and beyond, within the Asia-Pacific region. FEFU is now a Russian representing university in relations with Korea and Japan. In the Japanese city of Hakodate, a branch of the FEFU is successfully working, which fulfills the most important mission for the development of cultural and educational ties between the countries," - Lyudmila Ogorodova said.
According to the vice-rector of SPbPU Dmitry Kuznetsov, the university has already signed or is going to sign joint instruments with high-tech companies of China: Shanghai Mirosheng Intelligent Technology Carbon Valley Technology, Henge (Shanghai) Medical Technology, China Medical Company, as well as automakers Chery, Great Wall, Leopard, Catarc, etc. Applications have been prepared for financing large-scale joint projects with universities in Shanghai.
Foreign delegations also expressed interest in strengthening cooperation and invited representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and Russian universities to participate in the annual national forums and exhibitions on higher education. Organization of a bilateral session at the annual conference of the China Education Forum & Expo, a special session at the Korean annual conference of the KAFSA Association, participation of foreign delegations in the MIEF and Project 5-100 seminars-conferences these and other items under the agenda were taken up. Indian partners discussed the possibility of organizing the visit of the Indian delegation to the leading Russian universities this fall during the meeting of the Association of Universities of the Russian Federation and the Republic of India as well as the organization of a special session at the Summit of Higher Education in India (Global Higher Education Summit and Exhibition) in 2017.
Elena Gorozhankina, Deputy Vice-Rector for International Academic Mobility of RUDN University, Vladimir Khizhnyak, Head of International Cooperation Department of SPbPU, and Olga Troitskaya, Chief Specialist of the Project Office 5-100, delivered reports at the poster session during the conference. They made presentations on the fostering foreign students recruiting , services for foreign scientists and students, and the role of Project 5-100 in the internationalization of Russian universities.
During NAFSA 2017 Conference & Expo, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Lyudmila Ogorodova undertook a working visit to the University of California in Los Angeles, where the Russian delegation met with Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of California, Scott Waugh, and university professors, taken stock and learned about core training programs and R&D, and discussed possible ways to explore cooperation. Deanna Evans, Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Programs, Startup UCLA, executive director of business programs and the startup center of the university made a tour and accompanied the delegation.
She spoke about entrepreneurial education and research, study and practice of entrepreneurship and business innovation, entrepreneurial course offerings, which support science and researchers, studding and teaching, empower the innovations drive and create innovative environment, demand an openness to flexibility and new ideas, a predisposition to study innovative methods, and a capacity to see beyond existing paradigms, develop a culture of entrepreneurial thinking.
One of the important agenda items was the discussion of the programs of teaching Russian as a foreign language. at the university and language studies by the university professor Olga Kagan.
Over the six days of the conference, the Project 5-100 participants have significantly expanded network with foreign universities, discussed promising areas of cooperation and the possibilities of academic mobility for students and professors. The next most important forum for global education will be the exhibition of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), which will be held this fall in Seville and Project 5-100 participants will be present.