St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2019

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Exporting education is an important developmental trend and creating conditions to attract foreign students is a priority. The Russian market is only now taking shape but it holds great investment potential. Initiatives include attracting foreign students through the development of modern campuses, foreign branches and representative offices, summer and winter schools, international educational programmes, the creation of an English-speaking environment at universities, the development of online courses as well as the introduction of modern technologies, which individually and collectively enhance the competitiveness of leading Russian universities in the international markets.

  • What experience do education leaders have in global education?
  • What are the strategic objectives and mechanisms for implementing the export of higher education services?
  • What are the best practices of leading Russian universities in attracting foreign students?


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Natalya Timakova, Member of the Board of Directors, Skolkovo Association 

Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa 
Eduard Galazhinsky, Rector, National Research Tomsk State University 
Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation 
Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics 
Liu Limin, Chairman, China Association for International Exchange in Education 
Alena Parfenova, Senior Lecturer, Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology 
Maksim Reshetnikov, Governor of Perm Territory 
Lawrence Stein, Vice President for Intellectual Property and International Business Community Relations, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) 
Svetlana Yachevskaya, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board – Member of the Management Board, State Development Corporation "VEB.RF" 

Front row participants 
Sergey Bachevsky, Rector, Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications 
Andrey Volkov, Academic Policy Advisor, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO 
Magdalena Gaete, Official Representative of the University of Navarra in the Russian Federation 
Vladimir Knyaginin, Vice Governor of St. Petersburg 
Mikhail Kozhevnikov, President, Prosveshcheniye Group of Companies 
Nikolay Kudryavtsev, Rector, FSAEI HPE «Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University» 
Mikhail Kuznetsov, Director of the Center for System Transformations of the Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Winner, Leaders of Russia National Management Competition 
Vadim Lobov, President, Synergy Corporation 
Vladimir Miklushevskiy, President, Moscow Polytechnic University 
Alexander Povalko, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, RVC 
Natalya Trunova, Vice President, Head of Spatial Development, Center for Strategic Research Foundation 
Vyacheslav Tsyganov, Chief Information Officer, Tinkoff Bank 


About the forum: 

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event.

Over the last 21 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

The main events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum took place on 6–8 June, 2019 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Table of Contents

Asian states want to join SCO

About half a million foreign students studied in China in 2018

President of Kazakhstan will stop assigning rectors of national universities

Germany became the fourth most attractive study destination for foreign students

The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic 2020

Achieving Greater ROE in Learning & Teaching With New Generation’s Pedagogy, Space and Technology

Workforce capacity of Chukotka

Aalto University becomes a member of the UNITE! alliance

Russia is preparing for bilateral years of Russian-Chinese science and technology cooperation

International students in Kyrgyzstan

The 4th Higher Education Leadership Forum

The webinar under the aegis of APQN took place as part of the EDU Atmosphere project

The National Centre for Public Accreditation has become a full member of ENQA

7th AQ Austria Annual Conference

Russia is planning to boost education and raise number of foreign students

15 Russian Universities in ARWU Ranking by Subject

Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum 2019

QS WORLDWIDE 2019 to be held in Almaty

HSE is the only Russian university in THE Young Universities Ranking-2019

Cooperation agreement signed by Kazan Federal University and Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management

Recognition of the IAAR activities in the international educational space

International Quality Assurance Programme 2019

Universities of the Far East and the Arctic will strengthen ties with India

More international students take postgraduate programs in China

North-Eastern Federal University will train cultural industry experts

Moscow and Beijing will develop an educational tourism program for universities

25 Russian universities enter the QS World University Rankings 2020

Don State Technical University opened an educational platform in China

Nizhny Novgorod universities want to attract more Chinese students

Dropouts and failure rates shoot up at Australian universities

NIAD-QE University Quality Assurance Forum 2019

Universities and research institutes of China, Ukraine, and Russia have signed cooperation agreements

III International Festival "Student Spring of the BRICS and SCO Countries"

The Russian-Chinese Institute of Transport Education opened at Irkutsk State Transport University

How can foreign graduates help Russian universities?

Askar Mamin presents new Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan

Modern campuses will be established in the Tomsk Region and the Perm Territory

Kyrgyzstan universities and colleges will independently develop their educational programs

At least 14 Russian language education centers will be established abroad

The Union State of Russia and Belarus: common education space

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2019

Xi Jinping receives honorary doctorate from St. Petersburg State University

National University Ranking 2019 by Interfax

Internationalization of Kyrgyzstan universities: double degrees and digitization of higher education

Bashkir universities will cooperate with Dresden University of Technology

Putin instructed the government to increase the quota for international students

Russia and Uzbekistan have signed an agreement on the mutual recognition of education, qualifications and academic degrees

EduTraC Oman (Higher Education, Training and Career Development Exhibition)

Scholarship program for studying in Kazakhstan universities

540 young engineers will present their ideas on digitization of the fuel and energy sector