The Siberian Institute of Management is training specialists in international education
How do you become an international education specialist? What knowledge and skills do you need to work effectively in this industry? These and other questions are answered by the “Global Education: Expanding the Horizons of the Future Profession” project, which is implemented as part of the International Relations Bachelor’s program at the Siberian Institute of Management, Branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. In the academic year 2020-2021 the project took the second place in the finals of the All-Academic Accelerator of Best Practices of the RANEPA. More than 150 students participated in it. What is the benefit of this project? Russian and foreign graduates of the ISS share their impressions.
Oksana Beregovaya, Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Humanitarian Cooperation, PhD in Philosophy, developed a subject of the same name as part of the Project. Beregovaya’s interest in this topic stems from her scholarly interest in the philosophy of globalizing education in the modern world, international cooperation in education, and the internationalization of higher education. Oksana Beregovaya says: “We wanted to bring a practice-oriented focus to the project, which many of our subjects lack, so that international students would broaden their understanding of their future careers. To this end, we have offered students additional creative opportunities in international education.”
Additional opportunities for the Global Education course include translating documents into Russian, English, Chinese and Mongolian; compiling guidebooks for international students; providing tutoring assistance; organizing and conducting quests around Novosibirsk for Russian and international students; conducting Russian language classes for aspiring students; organizing Russian and English conversation clubs; assisting the Institute’s international department, and many other activities, including administration of Global Education groups in social networks.
The Global Education project helped graduates of the International Relations major to plan their careers. Many of them continued their education in Master’s programs at Russian and foreign universities, and several people came to work at the Department of International Cooperation at the Siberian Institute of Management of the RANEPA. Among them is Marina Lyakhovskaya, a 2020 International Relations graduate. She shared her opinion on the project: “Lectures on the characteristics of higher education in different countries and the activities of major educational associations, including grantmaking, have been important and useful for my current work.”
Margarita Yurchenko, a 2018 graduate, shares her experience: “The Global Education subject and project internships have helped me a lot in my Master’s degree studies where I am pursuing a pedagogical degree in a foreign language. An overview of trends in international education was particularly useful.”
Laura Sailaikhan, a student from Mongolia, a 2021 graduate in Management, said: “Meetings with tutors within the project were very useful for me: it was in communication with them that I learned to express my opinion and conduct a conversation. The tutors sometimes helped with the studies. I also learned a lot about Russian culture, Russian cuisine and Russian holidays.”
Akhtoty Mereikhan, a student from Mongolia, a 2021 graduate in Economics, follows on Laura Sailaikhan’s remarks: “The most important thing the tutors helped me with was expanding my social circle. I got to know different students from other courses and faculties, became better at speaking Russian, and overcame a psychological barrier. Participated in scientific conferences and events. Then together with the school of tutors and volunteers organized various projects for students from different countries. Russian students organized a conversation club, which helped a lot to learn Russian, even during the pandemic there were classes in Teams. We have been in Mongolia for over a year now, but thanks to the conversation club, we were able to communicate and practice our Russian.”