APAIE-2017: Trends of Globalization and International Education in RussiaMarch 30, 2017
The 12th International Conference & Exhibition APAIE in the field of higher education was completed in Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) on March, 24. This year it was organized by five Taipei universities, led by the National University of Sun Yat-sen. At this largest educational forum in the Asia-Pacific region Project 5-100 participants were exhibited at the joint stand of Project 5-100. University staff held negotiations with representatives of foreign universities aiming to strengthen cooperation and establish new business contacts.
The main topics of the event were trends and strategies of globalization, international research cooperation, student mobility, benchmarking and evaluation of higher education, digital media innovations in higher education. The conference was attended by representatives of the professional community from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States, Spain, Belgium and other countries. About 1500 people attended the exhibition this year.
The session of Project 5-100 "International Education in Russia" was held at the conference on March, 22. Alexander Bedny, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Lobachevsky University, told about the structure and features of higher education in Russia. Among the major targets of university internationalization nowadays, the speaker noted the creation of conditions for attracting foreign specialists and students, facilitating publications in top world journals, developing joint programs with leading universities and promoting the online education market. He highlighted that understanding of internationalization should be shifted from the narrow concept of ensuring the mobility of a small group of students and employees towards a broader concept of a process of transforming the entire university through the creation of an international university environment and the introduction of international programs for all categories of students.
Vera Upirova, Deputy Vice-Rector for Research and International Cooperation, Siberian Federal University, presented the big picture of foreign students in Russia. Currently, there are about 250 thousand foreign students, or 5% of the total number of students. The main origin countries of students are Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan and China. The most popular disciplines are Business and Management, Human science, Engineering and Medicine. The speaker also presented a list of universities with the largest number of international students, where top universities are RUDN University (7,5 thousand people), Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (5 thousand people), Kazan Federal University (4,1 thousand people), Tomsk Polytechnic University (3,7 thousand people), Far Eastern Federal University (3,2 thousand people) and the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (2.2 thousand people). In conclusion, Vera Upirova presented the data of student survey, which showed that the most attractive aspect of Russian education for foreigners is a combination of high quality and relatively low cost.
The session was continued by Victoria Panova, Director of the Oriental Studies Institute - School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University. She told about FEFU strategic partnership building within the Asia-Pacific region, including having advantages of resources of international associations such as the Association of Pacific Universities APRU. Victoria Panova also stressed that the development of contacts in recent years is largely due to the support of scientific cooperation within the program of attracting leading scientists and comprehensive support for internationalization in the framework of Project 5-100.
The Senior Specialist of State Autonomous Sociological Research Centre "Sociocentre" Olga Troitskaya completed the session with a presentation on the results of Project 5-100 in the field of international promotion of participating universities. She showed the data that does demonstrate the impact of the program on increasing the international competitiveness of universities namely a significant increase in publications and citations of Russian scientists in the best journals in the world, a twofold increase in the share of foreign students, a fourfold increase in the proportion of employees with foreign degrees, and the creation of more than 700 new educational programs. Over the four years of the project, the universities have made a profound transformation in management, which enabled six universities of 21 to enter the first hundred subject ratings of QS and Times Higher Education. The speaker noted that the ratings are not an end in themselves, but an indicator of the progress of universities. The most important is that universities create a culture of change and the habit of thinking globally and strategically about their future development.
The APAIE Conference & Exhibition is the key professional event in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the three largest educational forums in the world, on par with NAFSA (USA) and EAIE (Europe), at which Project 5-100 and Project 5-100 participants will also be presented this year.