IOE Experts Take Part in 7th International Conference on World-Class Universities in China
On November 6–8, 2017, China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University welcomed the 7th International Conference on World-Class Universities (WCU-7). The forum’s special topic was “World-Class Universities: Towards a Global Common Good and Seeking National and Institutional Contributions." IOE experts Isak Froumin and Mikhail Lisyutkin took part in WCU-7 to present about a leading global university’s multi-mission development model. During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between IOE and Zhejiang University’s College of Education.
The 7th WCU Conference brought together a superb cohort of the world’s most renowned experts in higher education, including accomplished international researchers, policy professionals, as well as leadership of frontline global higher education institutions that can be reasonably considered as world-class universities.
Prof. Isak Froumin, Head of the HSE Institute of Education, and Mikhail Lisyutkin, Head of University Strategic Development Studies at the IOE Laboratory for Universities Development, presented a paper entitled "State and World-Class Universities: Seeking Balance Between International Competitiveness and Local and National Relevance." The paper was focused on the transformation of the world-class university model in the course of implementing “excellence initiatives” in higher education toward the so-called “multiversity” – a multifunctional and multi-mission university simultaneously addressing the challenges related both to global competitiveness and socioeconomic development of its host region.
After the Conference, on November 9, the IOE team visited the College of Education at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), one of the leading Chinese academic hubs pursuing a comprehensive university development strategy. As a result of meeting with the University leadership, a pool of research areas for future cooperation was identified, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the HSE Institute of Education and Zhejiang University’s College of Education was signed. As the academic visit was drawing to its close, Prof. Isak Froumin also addressed the students and faculty of the College of Education with a lecture on how various objectives of advancing future-proof education are being delivered on in Russia.