Results of EAIE-2017: Project 5-100 participants are expanding the horizons of international cooperationSeptember 15, 2017
The 29th conference and exhibition (EAIE Seville 2017) in Seville has come to a close, but the lessons learned and the connections forged are sure to last. In 2017 for the fourth time in a row, Project 5-100 participants have represented Russian higher education at this event, and they were exhibited at a joint stand “Study in Russia”.
Under the theme 'A mosaic of cultures', 6.000 participants coming from higher education institutions from all over the world has confronted different views on this field in order to create new guidelines for the future. The theme of this year’s conference, ‘a mosaic of cultures’ was influenced not only by the tiles that cover the beautiful city of Seville but also by the vast array of backgrounds found in our very own international higher education community, working together to improve access to education for future generations.
Representatives of higher educational institutions – Project 5-100 participants - took active part in the conference. The Russian delegation also included heads of some universities – the rector of South Ural State University (SUSU) Alexander Shestakov and the rector of Kazan Federal University Ilshat Gafurov.
As part of the parallel activities, the meetings of Project 5-100 universities with their foreign partners concluded with the signing of several Partnership and Cooperation Agreements. Russian universities reached agreements, outlined prospects for further collaboration, carved out the contours of new interactions with leading international universities and key players in the global educational market, with emphasis on locally and regionally pertinent approaches to issues such as development policy and internationalization.
Thus, SUSU signed academic exchange agreements with the University of Seville (Spain), the University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania) and THE and QS (UK). The SUSU delegation conducted successful negotiations with the University of Darmstadt (Germany) and the University of the Basque Country, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain), and the Commission on Higher Education to the Office of the President of the Philippines.
Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI) concluded agreements with the University of Technology of Troyes (France) relating to the organization of a joint program in optoelectronics, and Northern Arizona University (USA) on organization of short-term internships for LETI students in such areas as IT, automatics, PR and linguistics.
The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI launched cooperation with the University of Technology of Troyes.
Lobachevsky University (UNN) signed cooperation agreements with the University of Valencia (Spain) and the University of Cordoba (Spain), an agreement for academic exchange with the University of Huelva (Spain) and an Erasmus + exchange program with Vilnius University (Lithuania).
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) signed a student exchange agreement with the International University of Rabat (Morocco). It is the first cooperation of HSE with a Moroccan university aimed at developing student mobility programs.
On September 14, the Project stand hosted a meeting between the Association of Global Universities and the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI), where they discussed the prospects of further cooperation.
The three-day conference program included four sessions initiated by Project 5-100. Maxim Khomyakov, vice-rector for international relations at Ural Federal University, gave a presentation at the session “Network initiatives and the development of higher education in the BRICS countries”. Alexei Falaleev, Head of Expert Support of Project Office Programs chaired “National excellence initiatives as drivers of internationalization” session organized by Project 5-100.
Yulia Grinkevich, director for internationalization at HSE, chaired the campfire “Multicultural aspect in international education: approaches and solutions” and spoke at the sessions “Creating unity on campus: professional development for university administrators” and “What you need to know to make research collaboration with ‘the Russians’ work”. The co-chair of the latter session was Felix Azhimov, director for expert and analytic work, FEFU.
The active involvement of Project 5-100 universities in the conference program and the high efficiency of their activity suggest a growing interest in leading Russian universities and an improvement in the international competitive ability of Russian higher education.
Founded in 1989, the EAIE is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. It is a non-profit, member-led organisation serving individuals actively involved in the internationalisation of their institutions through a combination of training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing. EAIE equips academic and non-academic professionals with best practices and workable solutions to internationalisation challenges and provides a platform for strategic exchange.