ETU at EAIE: European Association for International Education
ETU presented its best practices of education internationalization at the annual EAIE conference.
The 30th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition 2018 was held in Geneva on September 11-14. 17 leading Russian universities, participants of the Project 5-100, ETU included, were represented at the joint Russian booth.
International offices and departments, and world recruiting and branding agencies usually meet at the EAIE Conference and Exhibition. ETU was represented at by Anastasia A. Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, and Maria A. Kiseleva, Director of the Academic Mobility Department of ETU. Focus was mostly placed on Master’s programs in English, winter and summer schools, academic mobility programs.
The ETU delegation was engaged in building new international connections and strengthening the existing ties, exchanging contacts and discussing perspectives of possible inter-university cooperation. More than 50 meetings were held with representatives of various world universities from Brazil, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Croatia, China, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, France, South Korea, and South Africa.
“At the moment it is important for us to not only expand our network and increase recognizability of the university, but systemically build connections with our old partners.”
The meeting of with representatives of Algebra University College (Croatia) resulted in signing a cooperation agreement which opens up an opportunity for introducing new joint summer and winter schools and implementing exchange programs for professors and students. It is also planned to start a double degree program in the field of computer technologies and informatics based on an ETU Master’s level Computer Science and Knowledge Discovery program in English.
According to Maria A. Kiseleva, international offices and departments of European and Asian universities payed the most attention to International Winter Schools that will be first implemented this year. Russia has harsh climate and eternal frost. For the people who never saw snow in their life such experience would be interesting. They would also have an opportunity to see Russian capital of the North and Russian winter.
New ETU programs and modules in English contributed to the fact that ETU and Linköping University (Sweden) revived their student and professor exchange program.
Brazilian universities are showing a lot of interest to cooperation with ETU. It is planned to expand academic mobility and graduate student exchange with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro “UFRJ” in the framework of the joint agreement.
Better political climate led to a new round of cooperation between Russian and Turkish universities (Istanbul Commerce University, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Bingol University and Karadeniz Technical University). Turkish partners are mainly interested in double degree programs, student and professor exchange, Erasmus+ program. The abovementioned forms of future cooperation were discussed at the meeting in Geneva.
Friendship between Italian and ETU professors will serve as a basis for cooperation between St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University and University of Siena, the oldest Italian university.
Indian education institutions expressed their desire to invite Russian professors and develop their own exchange programs in the field of IoT and cooperation programs in electronics, bioengineering and Russian language.
Meetings with representatives of South Korean universities were fruitful as well. A cooperation and exchange agreement was signed with Seoul University of Science and Technology, Daegu Gyeongbuk.
Subject of discussion with University of Pretoria was a cooperation agreement with engineering faculties. The plan is to develop student and professor exchange programs in the field of telecommunications, radio engineering, computer technologies, electronics, etc.
French universities such as University of Lyon and University of Rennes expressed their desire to cooperate with ETU as well.
St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” did not only make new friends, it strengthened connections with old-time trusted partners from Germany - Leibniz Universität Hannover and Hochschule Furtwangen University. ETU managed to secure a cooperation agreement with Technical University of Braunschweig.
Traditional Russian apple paste presented by ETU to international partners really caught their attention. Small teddy bears with ETU branding were brought to EAIE from St. Petersburg to decorate the exhibition booth.
“Similar events serve for better ETU recognizability and increase attractiveness of the ETU brand maintaining its image of a trusted partner. We expanded presence of European students at our university as of late. Our students can now go to a broader variety of countries.”
More than 120 students from European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, France, Montenegro, Czech Republic and Estonia have been enrolled in Bachelor’s and Master’s level programs or short-term summer and winter schools at ETU from 2016 to 2018.