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16 November 2017

Education for export: experience of the Moscow Poly

The Ministry of Education and Science chose the Moscow Poly, among other 39 universities, to become a pilot site for development of export potential of the Russian education system. At the university a lot is being done in order to attract foreign students, and citizens of other countries are coming here – to study technical and humanitarian disciplines and acquire practical skills.

In May 2017 Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev made a statement about the need to promote Russian education abroad. The Ministry of Education has developed a priority project “Development of the export potential of the Russian education system”. Its key goal is to increase attractiveness and competitive advantages of the Russian education at the world market. 39 universities became an expert platform for development and practical introduction of efficient mechanisms of education exports, and also for development of respective methodologist manuals and advice. Today 243 thousand students from 175 countries receive higher education in Russia.  It is expected that by 2020 their number will grow up to 700 thousand.

November 15, at the media center of the “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasiliyeva presented intermediate results of the priority projects in education and science and told the audience about advancement the project “Export of the Russian education”. According to her, at present the procedures are being developed which will facilitate the paperwork with documents of foreign students required to stay and study in Russia. In addition, a Competences Center has been established to train employees of international services and organizations, which would work directly with the students.

The Moscow Poly got actively involved in development of academic mobility 11 years ago, when a decision was taken to participate in international competitions “Formula Student”. Student exchange with the Ulsan University in South Korea and the Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences in Germany is also carried out for many years. During the 2016/2017 academic year 125 Moscow Poly students went to Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and other countries for internships within the programs of academic mobility. Students and teachers from Italy, Estonia, Switzerland, Lithuania, China, Iran, Germany and Bulgaria, in turn, came to the Moscow Poly to receive additional education and to be trained on the qualification improvement programs. All in all, on the programs of Baccalaureate, Specialitet and Master Course 1881 foreigner study (which is nearly 12% of all students of the capital branch). “Today there are two main types of work with foreign students at the Moscow Poly”, - said Director for Corporate Relations Georgiy Shchelkanov. – “The first one presents short educational programs when students come to us for internships, training and production practice. The second type is education by the programs of Baccalaureate, Specialitet and Master course. This year a new stage in development of international activity at the university was initiated – a project for development of so called “double diplomas programs”. In 2018 we plan to launch a Master course program in Innovatics jointly with the Freiberg Mining Academy. Joint programs with foreign universities in the area of IT technologies, economics and management are being developed as well.

Tom Pinneker is a student of the Master course of the Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences. He came to the Moscow Poly to gather material for his diploma work and currently is engaged in development of a drone under the guidance of his tutor – Timur Tofikovich Idiatullov. According to Tom, in Russia the teachers appreciate the knowledge and skills of students to a higher extent, than in Germany. “I wanted to study one semester abroad, because in Germany foreign internships are considered very valuable”, - said the student. – “In addition, I have Russian origins. If I were offered a job in Russia, I would stay here for a couple of years for sure”. Tom’s parents moved to Germany from a former German colony in Kazakhstan. He never learned Russian on purpose, but heard his parents speak it. By 25 years he could understand Russian well and spoke the language himself, but mastered reading and writing most recently – last year, when decided for sure that goes to Russia.


Carlos Martin Garcia came to the Moscow Poly from Spain to pass internship at the Center for Development of Engineering, and stayed to study at the Master Course of the transport faculty. “I like it at the Moscow Poly. There are many practical lessons here and interesting subjects on theory”, - said the student. After he graduated from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Carlos decided that his life lacked new challenges. “I realized that post-graduate courses in another country could be a good opportunity of further education”, - notes Carlos. – “In addition, I wanted to learn Russian”. Mastering Russian is a hard job: “I speak Spanish, Catalan, English and a bit of German, but Russian is the most difficult among them”. Just now Carlos does not know whether he would stay in Russia after finishing the Master course. “I still have a year and a half, and if I find a good work here, I stay. Russia is a country of opportunities”.

Vice-Rector for Integration Konstantin Antipov spoke of the work, arranged at the Moscow Poly to attract foreign citizens. According to him, the university implements a model of internal internationalization and online-learning. Thus, in the territories of foreign countries special platforms are established to collect documents from applicants, willing to enter the university. The pages in social networks, popular abroad, are maintained, like on Facebook and YouTube. To attract the most talented and motivated students from abroad the university takes part in various Olympiads, creative competitions, events on professional orientation, which are held both under the auspices of the Russian Federation and of foreign states. For example, in 2017 the Moscow Poly was a co-organizer (the author of contest tests in biology and chemistry) of the ninth Republican Multisubject Tournament of young compatriots in Kishinev for schoolchildren of 10-12th classes of Russian schools and lyceums in Moldova.

“Foreign partners show a keen interest and a strong willingness to cooperate with the Moscow Poly”, - told the audience Konstantin Antipov. – “There are a number of educational programs at our university, aimed at training specialists in competences in high demand in the CIS countries – they are specialists in urbanistics, material science, polygraphy and the publishing business, IT, graphics and design, energy engineering and others”. According to Vice-Rector for Integration, at the present stage of the Moscow Poly development a considerable role belongs to popularity, uniqueness and credibility of scientific schools, which have been included into the university. “A bright example is the Higher School of Printing and Media Industry. This is a unique scientific and educational center of its profile throughout the CIS and Eastern Europe, having vast international connections”, - concluded Antipov.

In the framework of the priority project of the Ministry of Education of Russia the Moscow Poly will develop simplified formats for work with foreigners, will rework the normative documents, including those connected with payments, and, as well, will create a simplified infrastructure for interaction of the university representatives and foreign citizens.

Reference

The protocol of the meeting of Presidium of the Council attached to President of the Russian Federation for strategic development and priority projects of May 30, 2017 No. 6 approved the passport of the priority project “Development of the export potential of the Russian education system”. The Ministry of Education and Science of the RF chose 39 universities to start implementation of the priority project. Its timing is from May 2017 to the end of November 2025. The key objective of the project is increasing attractiveness and competitive advantages of the Russian education at the world market of educational services and thus to add to non-commodity export of the RF. Financing of the project will start in 2018.


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