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#EdCrunch-2017, one of the largest European conferences on new educational technologies in secondary, higher and professional education, took place at the World Trade Center in Moscow on September 26-27, 2017. It brought together about 3,500 education, innovation and business professionals including the heads of global associations such as OECD, ISTE, United World Colleges, rectors of the world’s top universities, advanced IT companies including Microsoft Worldwide Education, IBM, Google, and directors of the world’s best innovative schools.
IUNC Eurasia 2017 – the Sixth Annual International Universities Networking Conference has become a memorable and significant event aiming to facilitate the university cooperation development and agency relation building. The conference gathered around 180 participants from the whole world. Universities and recruitment agencies from Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Georgia, the USA, the UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, China, India, and other countries were represented at the event.
For many countries, the problem of enticing students from abroad can be crucial for whatever reason. One of such countries is Japan, which regards higher education internationalization as a matter of great concern due to some social and cultural hurdles. What challenges in attracting foreign students have Japanese universities been facing over the past years? What efforts have they been making to overcome any obstacles getting in the way to successful internationalization and enhance the international student recruitment process?
Since 2011 Orel SAU has been a member of Visegrad University Association, a union of agrarian and natural science universities of Eastern Europe. In 2015 Orel State Agrarian University was the first among the agricultural universities to join the Eurasian University Association. EUA unites more than 130 universities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. Orel SAU is a co-founder and an active member of the Association of Agrarian Universities of the Central Federal District of Russia.
In June 2017 the Postgraduate Doctors’ Training Institute of the Healthсare Ministry of the Chuvash Republic obtained the State Accreditation for six years in main higher education study programs—training of top-qualification specialists in an enlarged group of degree programs, 31.00.00 Clinical Medicine. Annually over 1,500 Russian and foreign specialists study here. Over the past decade 25,963 participants completed courses of continuing education and professional retraining, including medical residents from Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Angola, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
Kursk State Medical University has a strong international reputation. KSMU has been handling an important state task of education export development for several decades. Since 1994 the University has been providing teaching to foreign students in English. For the moment the University has signed over 40 agreements with foreign higher education institutions including 12 European universities. About 30% of students are foreigners. The alumni from 61 countries take great pride in having graduated from Kursk State Medical University.
Nowadays RSUE is completely integrated into the European Higher Education Area; its educational process is conducted in full compliance with the principles of the Bologna process; the diploma of the university is recognized and highly valued at the national and international levels. RSUE offers seven Bachelor’s and five Master’s double degree programs developed in network cooperation with strategic international partner universities worldwide.
Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) was established in 1940 and began to recruit foreign students in 1995. Beijing Institute of Technology is a public university with a traditional focus on science and technology, but developing into other areas such as management and humanities. The Institute emphasizes ethics in scholarship, discovery of truth, and contribution to mankind through profound academic accomplishments. Presently BIT has over 2,100 foreign students from more than one hundred different countries, like South Korea, Germany, Pakistan, Indonesia, Poland, and Mexico.
Cyprus is a full member of the Bologna Process since 2001. Therefore, the higher education here is compatible with the principles of the Bologna Declaration, and organization and operation of the educational process is based on standards and recommendations adopted by the European Higher Education Area. The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and other national authorities responsible for policy and quality in education have set the following strategic goal—Cyprus should become a regional center of quality higher education and research.
The quality assurance system in higher education and science is a relatively new concept in Croatia. It presupposes the existence of national laws and regulations as well as bodies responsible for carrying out procedures of external evaluation and professionals who conduct them, while promoting the importance of developing quality culture, observing European and international trends and improving the existing procedures.