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Going Globally as a Russian Engineering University

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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International Division Technical Session 2

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26.823.1 - 26.823.12



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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

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Petr Osipov

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Phillip Albert Sanger Purdue University, West Lafayette


Vasiliy Grigoryevich Ivanov Kazan National Research Technological University

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Vasily Ivanov graduated from Kazan State Chemical and Technological Institute (today Kazan National Research Technological University, KNRTU) in 1976. He continued his research and obtained a PhD in Engineering in 1986. At the same time, he held the administrative positions in the regional system of education management. He received the position of the First Vice-Rector of KNRTU for Academic Affairs in 1989, which he has held since then. He received the degree of Doctor of Science in Education for his dissertation “Designing the Contents of Professional Pedagogical Training for Faculty of Technical Universities” in 1996.
Professor Ivanov enhanced the development of engineering pedagogy at KNRTU as a separate subject and a research discipline. He investigates the problems of engineering pedagogy in the following areas: continuing psychological and pedagogical education in an engineering university; teaching methods for engineering disciplines in an engineering university; innovative engineering education; continuing professional development programs.
Vasily Ivanov chairs the Academic Council for Defense of PhD and Doctorate Thesis in Engineering Pedagogy at KNRTU for degrees in “Theory and Methods of Teaching Chemistry in Schools and Universities” and “Theory and Methods of Professional Education”. Under his supervision, 11 PhD dissertations and 3 doctorate dissertations in engineering pedagogy were defended.
Since 2012, Vasily Ivanov has been a member of American Society for Engineering Education, and has participated in ASEE Annual Conferences and International Forums.
Professor Ivanov has been an active member of IGIP Russian Monitoring Committee since the day of its foundation in 1995. Under his leadership, in 1997, a Center of Engineering Pedagogy was founded at KNRTU with an accredited European Engineering Educator program. He was the key driver of the 42d IGIP International Conference “Global Challenges in Engineering Education” held in Kazan. in 2013
Vasily Ivanov has published over 400 research and methodology works, including 20 monographs, 38 textbooks and study guides, 92 papers in the leading peer-reviewed journals, 35 papers in international journals.

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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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