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Development of a Networking Model for Internationalization of Engineering Universities and its Implementation for the Russia-Vietnam Partnership

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Julia Ziyatdinova Kazan National Research Technological University

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Julia Ziyatdinova graduated from Kazan State Pedagogical University in 1999. Her major areas of study were foreign languages and she finished her University course with honors and qualification of teacher of English and Turkish. She continued her training and obtained PhD in Education degree in 2002. The topic of her PhD study was titled “System of Character Education in the US Schools: Current State and Trends for the Development”. She also received additional minor degrees in Management (1998) and Psychology (1999) in Kazan State Technological University.

Julia joined the team of Kazan State Technological University as an instructor at the Department of Foreign Languages and the School of Foreign Languages “Lingua” in 1999 and was rapidly promoted to the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages in 2003. Her teaching career was perfectly balanced by the experience of a translator and an interpreter. She is a well-known person at Kazan international conferences and other events for her high quality consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, such as interpreting for the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The new milestone in Julia’s career was the position of the Chair of Department of Foreign Languages for Professional Communication in 2007, when she took over all the responsibilities related to foreign language training at Kazan State Technological University. The teaching and research priorities of her department were then focused on professional and intercultural communication for students in a technical university, professional translation and creation of foreign language environment at a university.

Because of her talents and activities, Julia became one of key figures in university international life. When Kazan State Technological University obtained the new status of a National Research University and joined the list of Top 30 Russian universities, Julia was offered a position of a Head of University International Office. She took over this position in April 2011 and rapidly gathered a strong team of professionals to face the challenges of the new university status and transformed International Office into University International Affairs with two offices covering all the aspects of internationalization.

In addition to her intensive career, Julia is also the Director of Center for Intercultural Communication – a company within the University structure offering excellent language training services for students and adult employees.

Julia is the author and co-author of over 85 publications including monographs, journal articles and study guides.

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Artem Bezrukov Kazan National Research Technological University

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Artem Bezrukov graduated from Kazan National Research Technological University (KNRTU) in 2007. His major program was Chemical Engineering. He has also a minor degree in Translation for Professional Communication. Artem Berukov received his PhD in chemistry at the same university in 2010. His is the head of Protocol Office at International Affairs and an associate professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry at KNRTU. His activity areas include internationalization of higher education, collaboration with universities and research organizations in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Artem Bezrukov is the author and co-author of over 50 publications including papers in peer-reviewed journals, proceeding of international conferences, workbooks and monographs.

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Anna Sukhristina Kazan National Research Technological University

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Anna Sukhristina graduated from Kazan State Technological University in 2007. Her major area of study was polymer chemistry and she graduated from the University with honors and obtained a qualification of Specialist in Engineering. During her University years she took additional training in English language and, in 2005, obtained the Diploma of Specialist in Technical Translation from Kazan State Technological University. Now Anna is a PhD student focusing in Theory of Education. Anna’s working experience started in 2007 when she took the position of an interpreter at one of the largest chemical companies in the region – JSC Kazanorgsintez. In 2013 she joined the team of Kazan National Research Technological University as an interpreter of International Affairs and a lecturer of the Department of Foreign Languages. Owing to her work as an interpreter at industrial site she could share her experience with her students, giving them an opportunity to see the practical side of knowing a foreign language. Anna’s work at International Affairs is multifunctional. it comprises interpreting at international conferences run by the University, administration of several international projects, interpreting at negotiations with partners, protocol assistance for international delegations, coordination of business trips of KNRTU management, and etc.

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Phillip Albert Sanger Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Sanger is a professor in the School of Engineering Technology in the College of Technology of Purdue University. His focus and passion is real world, industry based, senior capstone experiences both domestically and internationally. He has successfully developed this area at Purdue and at Western Carolina University. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Sanger had a successful 30 year career working in and with industry managing and participating in broad range technology development and commercialization.

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This paper provides an overview of approaches to developing a networking model in engineering education internationalization. The approaches were inspired by the activities of highly internationalized U.S. universities and the globalization experience of the U.S. companies. The model was applied to cooperation of a Russian university and its Vietnamese partners. The historical background of the relationship between the countries is given with statistical data including the number of students, PhDs and faculty academic exchanges for the past 5 years. This paper highlights the difficulties of international cooperation with far away universities arising from differences in mentality, culture, national values and priorities. A model to promote academic networking was drafted and tested with so called ‘easy partners’ – the ones who are eager to cooperate and ready for negotiations - prior to its use with more challenging relationships. A coordination center in the foreign country surfaced as a promising approach. Based on the historical analysis we concluded that these ‘easy partners’ could be found in Asia-Pacific region, and one of the countries is Vietnam. The first representative office in Vietnam by a Russian engineering university was successfully established in 2014. It marked a shift from regular approach to international cooperation towards coordinated networking with the partners abroad. The role of the representative office in Vietnam and its contribution to the enhancement of academic mobility is analyzed and evaluated in this paper.

The model also includes academic networking engaging partners among educational institutions, industrial companies, ministries and administrative bodies. These links and personal relationships become the nodes of the network. This network and collaboration between the scientists is further strengthened through joint conferences and research funded by Russian and Vietnamese governments. We believe that the networking of engineering universities could also enhance the regional development of the countries as it complements the best practices of targeted education for industrial sector represented by the leading companies of Russia and Vietnam. The proposed model illustrates the concept of networking between engineering universities and promotes internationalization of engineering education.

Ziyatdinova, J., & Bezrukov, A., & Sukhristina, A., & Sanger, P. A. (2016, June), Development of a Networking Model for Internationalization of Engineering Universities and its Implementation for the Russia-Vietnam Partnership Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26808

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