Columbus , Ohio
June 28, 2017
June 28, 2017
June 28, 2017
Internationalization of an engineering university is a complex multistep process facing certain challenges. One of such challenges is that advanced internationalization initiatives require sufficient environment. This paper is dedicated to a problem faced by certain Russian engineering universities integrated in international legal process. At a level of their going global a new limiting factor appears: poor administrative and legal background for internationalization. It creates a “bottleneck” effect: many projects with international partners become less efficient as they supposed to be because too many legal and administrative problems have to be solved.
This paper offers the experience of a Russian engineering university which allowed achieving good results in this respect and overcoming this “bottleneck” effect:
1. The Office of Legal Support has been created within university’s international department in additional to a general Legal Office. This office is quite unique for universities as legal issues of international activities are usually considered by university’s general legal advisors who have neither enough time to focus on internationalization needs nor adequate expertise in international law.
2. The Office of Legal Support became an administrative ice-breaker for the following long-lasting legal problems: prevention of international law infringements; development of legal mechanisms for academic mobility; monitoring of university’s internationalization.
These administrative solutions prepared the environment for new legal practices in internationalization. The following successful projects are described here to share with other universities:
1. New regulatory documents have been developed for internationalization, especially for academic mobility. New opportunities for international faculty employment have been found, resulted in sustainable increase in the number of international faculty.
2. Distance contract system which has been developed to hire top world scientists as university professors. These professors are acting now as the lobbyists of the University’s international projects in Europe and Asia.
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