On September 26-27, the Child Protection, Community Development, Higher Education, and Public Health Working Groups gathered in Arlington, VA, for SEE’s inaugural conference, “Building New Networks.” Each working group designed a project that they will carry out over the next year.
The Higher Education Working Group’s project will deepen cooperation among Russian and US higher education experts working to strengthen inter-university partnerships. Reaching 83 regions across Russia and all 50 states in the US, the project will primarily target smaller universities that seek to expand their partnership networks. Administrators, faculty, and higher education policy makers and analysts will have the opportunity to research and develop case studies of best practices in both countries. Resources for building US-Russian university partnerships will be developed, including a practical guide based on existing practices and global trends that will be published in print and electronically in the US and Russia. In addition, project partners will organize conferences in both countries to increase collaboration through in-person interaction.