Europe Week 2020 at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom
IBS-Moscow RANEPA and the University of Hertfordshire continue their cooperation within the framework of the Erasmus+ program in 2019-2020 academic year.
In 2019-2020 within Erasmus+ student mobility framework, the Department of International Business and Business Administration and the Department of International Relations of IBS- Moscow RANEPA sent eight 3-d year bachelor students to spend the spring semester at the University of Hertfordshire.
From March, 2 till March, 6, 2020 the University of Hertfordshire invited its Erasmus+ mobility partner universities to visit the Europe Week 2020, that was held in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.
Among the participants there were universities from France (Essca School of Management, Burgundy School of Business and IPAG), USA (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Spain (University of Granada и CEU San Pablo University), the Netherlands (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences), Finland (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences), Tunisia (Mediterranean School of Business), Norway (Kristiania University College), Lithuania (Vilnius University), Germany (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg), Turkey (Bahcesehir University) and Russia (IBS-Moscow RANEPA и HSE).
Throughout the Europe Week the international team of the partner universities’ faculty members delivered classes for the University of Hertfordshire students on a daily basis. In the frame of «Europe week research forum 2020» they presented research results and reports in their fields of expertise on such topics as international relations, innovative entrepreneurship, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and high technology.
Timofey Golovin, Lecturer, Deputy head of research laboratory of IBS-Moscow RANEPA, delivered a speech on the of entrepreneurship development in corporations, and shared his view on how to identify those models and to choose most efficient ones for various types of corporates.
The Europe Week was full of events and meetings for the Staff Mobility program’s participants. Natalia Titenko, Coordinator of the bachelor programs and Zemfira Galimullina, Coordinator of international student mobility, represented the Department of International Business and Business Administration IBS-Moscow RANEPA. They had a series of business meetings with the colleagues from the University of Hertfordshire such as Lukas Kwasik, Head of study abroad office, Jacqueline Roberts, Head of the Hertfordshire business school office, Jessie Hart, Senior specialist on conversion from International office team, and many others.
The seminar "Welcoming international students: How a buddy system can enhance student experience" conducted by Michael Rosier, Director of International Education, aroused the greatest interest.
Zemfira Galimullina: "I especially liked the session on the Buddy System. That was a valuable case-study of the Hertfordshire University. This is a real model to follow. On my return to Moscow I would like to share my impressions with Russian students, tell them how the University of Hertfordshire introduces electronic system to support new international students, which helps them to find the right buddy according to the criteria they set up, and helps to adapt to studying and living in a new country and culture in a quick and comfortable way".
Some special events such as "Study Abroad Mix ‘n’ Mingle", "Europe Week Quiz" and "Study Abroad Fair" were organized to meet students and faculty members of the University of Hertfordshire and get first-hand information.
It is important to note that the exchange of best practices among faculty members, the development of professional skills among staff, the learning and life experience gained by students abroad will ensure the implementation of the principles of internationalization and create a serious basis to continuing and expanding cooperation between IBS-Moscow RANEPA and Universities from Europe, UK and other countries.