On May 26, 2015 the Higher Education Working Group of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) hosted a webinar, “US-Russia Cooperation in Higher Education: Engaging in a Professional Dialogue,” which brought together several experts to discuss the changing landscape of higher education in Russia, the institutional challenges for US and Russian partners within this environment, and potential models for new opportunities to foster successful linkages and partnerships.
Svetlana Filiatreau introduced the background framework of the Higher Education Working Group and elaborated on the group’s key goal of increasing civic involvement and enhancing collaboration among higher education institutions in Russia and the US. Noting present accomplishments, she highlighted the publication of the group’s practical guide to university collaboration entitled “How to Build Partnerships between US and Russian Universities – From Motivation to Results.” This guide comes at a crucial time when higher education practitioners must re-evaluate approaches to international collaboration — now more than ever — as funding sources, professional practices, and cultural understanding constantly shift.
Mark Johnson presented on the history of bilateral higher education initiatives between the US and Russia while noting specific problems the working group may address such as the lack of “administrative capacity,” in both countries.
Next, findings were presented from research completed during the 2015 SEE fellowship cycle, which explored the purpose and structure of Russian educational associations. Several associations were chosen for closer study to identify how their operational styles may be useful as examples for US and Russian institutions that work together.
Ekaterina Petrianina steered the dialogue toward actionable tasks by presenting one strategy for improving US-Russia collaboration in the future. Her presentation discussed the potential for a new online network of international educators, especially university administrators, who would exchange ideas for university partnerships as well as general higher education practices.
Additionally, Hrach Topalyan, manager of US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP) discussed the full potential of the role that UPP may play in future university collaborations.
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Svetlana Filiatreau, Manager of Global Learning and Integration, George Mason University Office of Global & International Strategies; US co-chair of the Higher Education Working Group.
Mark Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies - University of Wisconsin-Madison; Co-author of “How to Build Partnerships between US and Russian Universities – From Motivation to Results.”
Ekaterina Petrianina, Senior Specialist, Academic Mobility Department, St. Petersburg State University; 2015 SEE Emerging Professional Fellow
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