Academic mobility in the context of globalization
|Session Name||4.9 Challenges in Arctic education|
|Author(s)||Marina Stavruk (Surgut State University, Russian Federation)|
The 21-st century is considered to be the century of education. Nowadays we are facing profound changes as universities are trying to adapt to the new international era. Thus, academic institutions, researches, scholars and policy makers begin to consider the new global realities. So, we enter a new millennium, with a globalized economy and globalized academic system, characterized by a number of features:a common academic model worldwide; an increasingly global academic marketplace for both students and staff; the use of English internationally not only for the communication of research but for teaching purposes; distance education and the use of internet for teaching and research; cooperation educational programmes and exchanges in higher education; the "harmonization" of degree structures, courses related mechanisms of the evaluation and measurement of academic progress. However, there are, of course, many factors which inhibit internalization, including: lack of funds; pressure to serve immediate local needs; conservatism of much of the academic profession and others involved in University governance; fear of losing local or national academic traditions and so on. Academic mobility is growing year after year. There is a global competition for the new talents for innovation. As for Russia concerns, the number of mobile students in the system of higher education is not considerable. This article is an attemp of researching and analyzing a successful European experience in the sphere of international education so that to use it in our country and in our Surgut State University as a member of the UArctic association.
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