On September 6, the V session of the International Academic Advisory Board of TSU, dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the university, started with a series of presentations and discussions. Experts discuss how a university can build communications in education and respond to global challenges.

Before the beginning of the work on the Board’s program, Rector Eduard Galazhinsky has presented awards to its members:

  • Medal “For Services to TSU” - Terence Callaghan;

  • TSU medal “Dmitry Mendeleev” - Yulia Kovas, Dmitry Gitman, and Dmitry Eskin;

  • Diploma of TSU - Oleg Pokrovsky;

  • A letter of thanks from TSU Honorary Doctors to Dmitry Funk and Evgeny Chulkov-Savkin.

The meeting was opened by the co-chairs of the council, professors Terence Callaghan and George Mayer.

- The founders of the University have laid down the principles on which TSU, and the whole high school of Russia, still work. This is an inextricable link between research and the educational process and the practical use of knowledge. However, now the universities are facing other issues that we will talk about today, - said TSU President Georgiy Mayer.

Unlimited dissemination of information, aging of the planet’s population, climate change, and the rapid development of technology — all the challenges that society has faced in recent years in one way or another, affect education. Colin Pulham, Head of the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh talked about this. His report briefly touched the main issues of the session.

- Nelson Mandela said that education is a powerful weapon with which we can change the world. In the current environment, this is precisely the role of university education: to respond to global challenges. Therefore, the task of universities now is to find a balance between conservatism and change in order to support communication between society and education, - emphasized Colin Pulham.

Olga Kalachikova, head of the TSU Global Education Research Laboratory, noted that when essential concepts in education, such as proper knowledge, scientific disciplines, and others are being revised, only a university can create new educational content.

- We must use communication not to transmit knowledge and manipulate, but to create situations of discovery and rethinking ourselves,- she concluded.

Speaking about the features of universities in Japan, Peter Podalko, Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) raised the topic of internationalization of education. For Japanese, attracting international specialists and students to universities is one of the ways to organize migration processes, because the assimilation in their society without the knowledge of the language and traditions is impossible. And for many universities, as in Russia, international students are a chance to earn money for the maintenance of a university.

The topic was supported by Michèle Debrenne from the Novosibirsk State University. She spoke about how internships for international students can become a new form of collaboration between research teams.

The discussion of the problems continued during the discussion, in which members of the International Academic Advisory Board, invited experts, and representatives of different universities took part. The final resolution of the meeting will be presented on September 7 at the roundtable Universities on the Road to Excellence.