OARS Director and active NCURA member Tricia Callahan is currently in Russia participating in an NCURA-US/Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE). She is blogging about her experience in a special series of posts here on OARS Research News. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange or Eurasia Foundation.
Day 1: Tuesday, November 8
“What opportunities for collaboration might there be between U.S. and Russian institutions?” was the central question during my first day of SEE at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. More specifically, what opportunities currently exist, and might exist, for collaborations between Miami University and the European University?
The European University is a private graduate institution focused on Russian humanities and social sciences, offering one- to two-year MA programs in Eurasian Studies and Energy Politics. While the language of instruction is English, additional educational opportunities include studies in the Russian language as well as opportunities for undergraduates to engage in a semester of study abroad in Russia.
In addition to undergraduate exchange, the European University is currently exploring the feasibility of including undergraduate degree programs. As a representative of Miami University, a leading institution in undergraduate education, I had the chance to share with Eueopean University faculty, administration, and graduate students how they might involve undergraduates in their current instructional and research programs.
While opportunities for student exchange currently exist and have the potential to expand, opportunities for intellectual exchange for faculty are still to be explored. Speaker engagements, faculty exchange, and research collaborations were among the ideas discussed to bring together Miami University and European University faculty.
Look for more on communications between our institutions and consider for yourselves “What opportunities for collaboration might there be between our institutions?”
Updated November 14
Written by Tricia Callahan, Director, Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship, Miami University and Special Exchange Participant, sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation. Photo of St. Petersburg by Graham from London UK via Wikimedia Commons. Used under Creative Commons license.