Closed Universities, Open to the World: ETU "LETI" Participated in the Discussion on International Development during the Pandemic
During an online discussion titled "Closed Universities, Open to the World: International Affairs in the Era of Pandemic," ETU "LETI" shared its strategy of knowledge transfer in the face of lockdown.
On November 17, experts from leading Russian universities held an online discussion "Closed Universities, Open to the World: International Affairs in the Era of Pandemic" on the Urait educational platform to discuss the international development of universities in times of restrictions, attracting and retaining international students, and entering the international academic labor market. Larisa Efremova, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of RUDN University, moderated the discussion.
Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of ETU "LETI," talked about how the university works in the international environment during the pandemic: "System approach, focus on results and mutual assistance are the key factors when working with international students. Among other things, we actively helped international students to find jobs."
"Internationalization can be remote, and nowadays, this opinion is confirmed. There is a feeling that nothing has stopped: even though university campuses are closed, universities are still open to the world and ready to look for new forms of cooperation in a fully online environment."
According to the expert from ETU "LETI," the university not only monitors changes and trends in the international educational market but also initiates and pioneers new educational formats for the transfer of unique knowledge and skills.
Anastasia Minina noted that ETU "LETI" professors quickly adapted to the situation and transferred students to e-learning. Already in summer, the university launched professional online schools for international students. The projects of academic mobility and research within the "Erasmus +" program also take place remotely.
ETU "LETI" quickly reoriented to online technologies. Professors conducted a series of webinars for international applicants on each of the nine university's English-taught master's programs, where they told about the specifics of studying, opportunities to get a discount or grant, and gave detailed instructions on how to enter the university.
In June 2020, an online student exchange project organized by ETU "LETI" and Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan) titled "COVID-19: Current Impact and Future Workplace" took place. In October 2020, a new joint online project titled "Social and Industrial Changes under COVID-19 Pandemic Situation" has been launched, which has brought together three universities: ETU "LETI," Ritzumeykan University (Kyoto, Japan), and Hybria Institute (Lyon, France). Representatives of companies affected by the coronavirus also take part in the project (Rosmorport, Export'ease, TOYOTA Motor Corporation).