22 September 2014
TPU Delegates Proved Themselves as Active Participants in Events
The TPU delegates have turned to be very active participating in the events that took place in Prague, the Czech Republic, within the framework of the Educational Exhibition 2014. The purpose of their visit to Prague is not limited by taking part in the Exhibition, but also attending refresher courses and seminars, and establishing contacts with foreign partners.
Thus, on September 15, 2014, a Deputy Director of the Institute of International Education and Language Communication, Lyudmila N. Larina had a very successful meeting with representatives of the Institute of Chemical Engineering in Prague – a Vice-Rector for International activity, Pavel Hasal and a Head of the International department Iva Jebava.
In the course of talks, the issues of development of academic mobility programmes between TPU and ICE were discussed. The prospective master degree programmes of the Institute of Natural Resources of TPU as well as an enhanced list of disciplines (in the English language as well) for the academic mobility programmes were presented to the colleagues from the Institute of Chemical Engineering.
Additionally, specific attention was given to making an agreement on the organization of academic exchanges in a new format of short-term research probations for post-graduate students. The representatives of the peer University received cooperation proposals from the Institute of Natural Resources, Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, and Institute of High Technology Physics in the field of research probations for the post-graduate students in English form that aroused a great interest among the foreign colleagues.
On September 16, the TPU’s delegates had a meeting with a Vice-Rector for Research Work, Bohumil Kratochvil, Professor Zdenek Belohlav, heads of several departments of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, and students and representatives of the student core group of the same Institute.
Later on the same day the TPU representatives took part in a QS Conference Ranking 2014 launch event, where the results of QS World University Rankings 2014 were announced to the participants.
As Lyudmila N. Larina noted, the top-20 universities list did not change as compared to the last year, a number of participants just slightly changed their positions. The first place as usual was taken by the Massachusetts Institute of technology.
The event also included a panel discussion Global Higher Education in the Next Decade, where the issues of ranking methodology, system of “stars” awarded to leading universities, ranking of Asian universities and subject-related ranking were discussed.
Significant attention was given to the increased activity of Russian universities and their promotion in the QS ranking.