Two SEE participants relax over lunch at the New Economic School.

Final days of Russian exchange cement avenues for continued dialogue

SEE participants engage in a roundtable discussion at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
SEE participants engage in a roundtable discussion at the New Economic School.

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.

Read Callahan’s other reports here and here.

Days 3 and 4: Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11

Day 3 of SEE was held at the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT). Administrators from several Russian institutions — including European University, MIIT, the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, the New Economic School, and the University of Tyumen — were able to ask questions of their U.S. counterparts and to discuss ideas for establishing a network of Russian research administrators.

We were delighted to be joined by students from the Institute of International Transport Communications, who came interested to listen in on the discussions.

The exchange ended on Day 4, at the New Economic School. We were joined by both research faculty and administrators, who shared best practices and ideas for overcoming challenges, including administrative burden. Like with many of our sessions, time passed too swiftly.

Engaging and informative, the four days of social exchange were just the beginning of conversations between faculty and administrators from the U.S. and Russia. Many of the topics discussed need more dialogue and there are still many topics to be explored. We are thankful that the Eurasia Foundation, NCURA, and our newfound collaborations and friendships will facilitate continued dialogue.

Thank you to the Eurasia Foundation for bringing us together, securing the meeting locations, coordinating daily activities, and providing financial support. Special thanks to Maryna Marchanka, Fellowships Officer with Eurasia Foundation SEE, for making all of the travel arrangements and ensuring that we had a productive week of exchange.

Updated November 28 to correct mistaken references to the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. Callahan was actually at the New Economic School on Day 4 of her SEE experience.

Written by Tricia Callahan, Director, Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship, Miami University and Special Exchange Participant, sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation. Photos by Tricia Callahan.

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