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Russian Delegation Participating in the Largest European Conference EAIE-2017 in Seville

September 14, 2017

The 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition takes place from 12–15 September 2017 at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES).

The Annual EAIE Conference is Europe's largest and most comprehensive higher education event. Its program is packed full with interesting sessions, networking events and knowledge-sharing opportunities. At the same time, over 200 exhibition stands from all over the world will showcase their products and services, becoming the ideal platform for new partnerships.

Among the speakers, conference participants will be able to listen to Alexander Betts, motivational academic and humanitarian, Adam Field, business comunication coach and comedian, Talye Selasi, writer and photographer, Olga Krylova, Head of HSE St. Petersburg International Office, Yulia Grinkevich, director for internationalization at HSE, Felix Azhimov, director for expert and analytic work, FEFU, and Maxim Khomyakov, vice-rector for international relations at Ural Federal University.

19 Project 5-100 participants are representing Russian higher education on the joint national stand “Study in Russia” aimed at promoting Russian universities at international level. It is the third global conference and exhibition that Project 5-100 universities have participated in this year: in March, the Project’s joint stand was successfully exhibited at APAIE in Taipei (Taiwan) and in June, the universities were exhibited on the Project’s joint stand at NAFSA (Los Angeles, USA).

At its annual conference, the EAIE addresses some of the key issues affecting the field of international higher education in Europe and the world. In 2017, three of these issues will receive special attention: the mobility, the inclusivity and, of course, the internationalization of the higher education.

At the official opening of the EAIE 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition this morning, EAIE President Markus Laitinen, the General Secretariat of Universities, the Mayor of Seville and the President of Andalusia welcomed participants to the EAIE’s largest conference to date, then gave way for Keynote Alexander Betts to inspire and promote inclusivity in our field. At the Opening Plenary, Oxford Professor Alexander Betts has spoken of the importance of inclusive internationalisation – of building bridges with those who have fewer or simply different world experiences than yourself. Pr Betts encouraged universities and academics to look inward, at their own biases, while also reaching outward to others who may share different views. Alexander argued that higher education can play an important role in creating inclusive internationalisation by building bridges via student outreach and mobility programs. Higher education professionals should do so in every community. “Build bridges. Not just horizontal, but vertical, deep down so we can reach all of society”.

The participation of the Project 5-100 universities in the EAIE conference is focused on strengthening relations with partner universities, expanding the geography of cooperation, developing joint educational programs and scientific research, as well as internationalizing education ensuring the involvement of foreign students and specialists and implementing the concept of inclusive internationalisation tailored to higher education professionals.

Today, on September 12, there was a campfire “Managing diversity in multicultural education” chaired by Yulia Grinkevich, Director of Internationalization at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).

On September 13, a special event of the Project – the session “National excellence initiatives as drivers of internationalization” – will be held. The key speakers will be Luis Delgado, Deputy Director General for Modernization and Internationalization of Universities in the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (Spain), and Farid Ouabdesselam, Advisor to ANR's Director General (France).

On September 13, Olga Krylova, Head of HSE St. Petersburg International Office, will speak at the session “Recruitment and admissions: Better together?”. Yulia Grinkevich from HSE and Felix Azhimov, FEFU Director for expertise and analytics, Director of FEFU School of Humanities, will be the key speakers at the session “What you need to know to make research collaboration with ‘the Russians’ work”. The day will conclude with a presentation by Yulia Grinkevich at the session “Creating unity on campus: professional development for university administrators”.

On September 14, Maxim Khomyakov, the vice-rector for international relations at Ural Federal University, will chair the session “Network initiatives and the development of higher education in the BRICS countries”.

The EAIE is a non-profit, member-led organisation serving individuals actively involved in international higher education. The EAIE connects thousands of higher education professionals and provides a forum for professional development, information dissemination and networking.  It has 3000 members from Europe and around the world.

From 13–6 September, 5, 200 members of the international higher education community from more than 80 countries gathered Liverpool, UK for the 28thAnnual EAIE Conference and Exhibition.