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Industrial Networking through Academic Cooperation

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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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August 28, 2016





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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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Artem Bezrukov

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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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Julia Ziyatdinova

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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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Modern industrial clusters represent a complex of various companies and enterprises engaged in the same branch of industry; they unite their efforts to achieve common goals and complement each other. A cluster approach is popular in the leading industrial regions of Russia. This paper is dedicated to the internationalization practices of a Russian regional petrochemical cluster which combines oil refining, processing, and oil producing companies, as well as technical and industrial parks, universities and research institutions providing research for the industrial application. Today the strategic goal of the cluster development is to broaden its international networking into the Asia-Pacific region, where Vietnam was selected as one of the targeted countries for integration with industry due to active regional and national agreements and projects. Here we should mention that 40 percent of crude oil and around 25 percent of natural gas Vietnamese companies produce together with their Russian partners. In this respect the need for qualitative engineers for joint projects attains greater importance. However a general problem the cluster faces is the need for successful approaches for Asia. The reason is that efficient practices for Europe had poor effect in Asia Pacific as different intercultural aspects and various details had to be considered to ensure success. This paper offers new practices which have been implemented to solve this problem. First of all a research university engaged in research for the cluster was selected as the platform which helps the cluster with challenging process of internationalization. Then the representative office of this Russian university was established in Vietnam to balance cultural, linguistic, psychological, and administrative issues. This office employs Vietnamese graduates of this university and coordinates cooperation between Russian and Vietnamese partners. The paper provides a novel approach for arranging international networking in industry through establishing academic links between educational and research centers. The authors show a step-by-step process of this networking, including the visit of Russian regional authorities to Vietnam to overcome administrative barriers, cooperation of Russian and Vietnamese engineering universities, joint research, and as a result joint industrial projects negotiated by the leaders of the industrial companies during the visit of the cluster companies to Vietnam.

Sukhristina, A., & Bezrukov, A., & Ziyatdinova, J. (2016, June), Industrial Networking through Academic Cooperation Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25682

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