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Going Globally as a Russian Engineering University The paper focuses on the challenges facing Russian engineering universitiesin going global. A historical background is given and the current trends (includinggeneral state policy and regional applications of this policy) in the country arestructured and analyzed to give context to possible approaches. These trends arecompared to the general trends in global engineering education. The approach of _________________ University is described and taken fordeeper analysis. Its internationalization policy is described, analyzed and comparedto the policy of the other Russian and foreign universities. Due to newtechnologies, higher education today is affordable for any person in any part of theworld, and universities compete for students not only within their countries, but inthe international arena. The students choose the best known universities with themost successful graduates. The goal of participating in this competition is not onlyto attract international students, but at least to keep the local students in thesituation when foreign universities enter the Russian education market, and arevery aggressive in attracting young people. The _______ University takes an approach of becoming known in the worlddue to successful contracts with foreign companies and cooperating with foreignuniversities instead of competing. The achievements and shortcomings areanalyzed based on a pool of questionnaires filled out by students (~ 700) andfaculty (~ 200). The questions were about the opinions of the students and facultyabout the quality of education at their university in comparison with otherinternational universities (goals of education, level of equipment, level of degreeprograms, level of computer technologies), their personal achievements in goingglobal (English language command, personal contacts with international studentsand faculty, participation in international conferences and publications ininternational journals, visits to foreign universities, applications to internationalgranting programs) and their personal ideas on what can be achieved withinternationalization (the advantages of engineering education if it isinternationalized and priority areas of internationalization). The answers to the questionnaires are summarized and statistically processed.The obtained information gives the statistics on the opinions of the students andfaculty and on their practical participation in the internationalization policy of theuniversity. Initial results suggest that the majority of students and faculty arepositive about going global, however, there is a number of obstacles to beovercome, some of them are institution-wide obstacles, the others need personalefforts. Based on this information, the ways to improve this university’sinternationalization strategy are described . The paper offers lessons learned in the process that can be extended to otheruniversities.
Ziyatdinova, J., & Bezrukov, A., & Osipov, P., & Sanger, P. A., & Ivanov, V. G. (2015, June), Going Globally as a Russian Engineering University Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24160
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