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HSE Perm launches the project with Ohio University

HSE Perm launches the project with Ohio University

The joint project of the Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages Tatyana Permyakova and the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages Marina Sheveleva became the winner of the US-Russia competition for the development of US-Russia University Virtual Partnership.

The project involves a series of online meetings with students of Ohio University (USA) to form cross-cultural competencies and develop intercultural communication skills. The dialogue will involve 10 students from HSE Perm and 10 students from Ohio University.

Project goals:

 creation of an online forum to discuss significant topics of intercultural dialogue;

 improving intercultural communication skills and knowledge about American and Russian cultures in direct interaction;

 deep acquaintance with the partner university and development of joint initiatives and collaborations.

Team of the project

Marina S. Sheveleva

Associate Professor

Gerard Krzyk

Head of the Center for International Studies, Ohio University

Rebecca Challenger

Coordinator of the Center for International Studies, Ohio University

Project stages

  • April 2021 – joint planning sessions

    The sessions will develop criteria for student participation in the project, as well as a meaningful agenda and formats of online communication.

  • May-June 2021 – the web-laboratory for intercultural exchange

    The work of the web-laboratory is synchronous online sessions of Russian and American students.

  • August 2021 – the completion and evaluation of the project

    At the end of the project, recommendations for institutional partnerships will be developed.

Talented and motivated students who have outstanding academic success and achievements will be recruited to participate in the project.

Tatyana M. Permyakova,
Professor

Both Marina Sheveleva and I took part in the Fulbright Academic and Scientific Exchange Programme (USA), so we have a comprehensive idea of ​​internationalization in American universities.

The competition was intense, it was preceded by serious preparatory work since November 2020 – a series of webinars, pitch sessions, a project fair, exchange of experience and discussion of best practices. When the organizers summed up the preliminary results, our chances of success were no higher than 23%. But we did it and were among the 7 winners of the US-Russia University Virtual Partnership competition.

Our project will contribute to the internationalization of HSE, its integration into the global educational space, the exchange of innovative methods of virtual collaboration, the joint development of educational courses and programmes for students, and the professional development of teachers.