To the Idea of Establishing the US



To the Idea of Establishing the US
Social Expertise
Exchange Fellowship
March 7 – April 5, 2015
To the Idea of Establishing the US-Russian
Education and Research Administrators
Ekaterina Petrianina and Polina Tazenkova
The Higher Education Working Group
Co-Chair: Svetlana Filiatreau, George Mason University
US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)
Established in 1948 as a governmental
Established in 1959 as an initiative of a
few professionals
About 10 000 educators worldwide
representing nearly 3 000 higher
education institutions
about 7 000 research administrators
worldwide representing 800 higher
education institutions
Financial model: membership fees +
annual conference participation fees +
paid resources
Financial model: membership fees +
annual conference participation fees +
paid resources and training/workshops
Individual membership
5 Knowledge Communities
Individual membership
Global Community – free of charge
Advocacy and engagement in public
policy making; resources that help in
everyday work of international educators;
professional development and career
Resources that help research
administrators to know all most recent
trends and changes in regulations;
educational programs; professional
development and career opportunities
Background: the USA
US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)
Most of the decisions are done on the
top level which makes the system rigid
Russian government and universities’
leadership aim for internationalization
Lack of experience, immature
professional associations
Young higher education professionals are
willing to change old practices
Leadership of Higher Education don’t
understand the necessity for middlemanagement career development, oldfashioned management system
International educators are among the
most motivated and ambitious higher
education professionals who are eager
to learn and develop their careers
Early development stage of “research
administrator” profession – in many
places professors often do researchassociated paperwork themselves
Universities both on the level of middlemanagement professionals and topmanagement are responsive to the new
ideas on international cooperation ideas
Background: Russia
US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)
There is no reason to distinguish international educators from research
administrators – both professional groups should be invited to the online network for those engaged in the international higher education
Collect the contacts of the middle managers at Russian universities
and promote the network as their potential career booster and a place
where they could find resources that would help then in their everyday
The network could be started in the bilateral context, but in the future
it should not focus only on Russian-US collaboration: it should be a
network for Russian professionals that would link them to their foreign
US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)
UPP and SEE (HE WG) programmes can be a basis for developing the
cooperation for both international educators and research administrators
from both countries;
Information - Research, post and promote “success stories”
Communication - Add a Forum to the UPP website to provide the
communication space for the US and Russian professionals
Funding - Continue providing and looking for funding for the best RussianUS collaboration projects
Strong team - Introduce annual meetings for the international higher
education professionals starting from the Higher Education Working Group
members as core participants
Eurasia Foundation impact
US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)
Ekaterina Petrianina
[email protected]
Thank you for your attention!
US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)

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