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February 2013 Issue 5

HSE Institutional Research Center Newsletter

evelopment of international relationships with foreign universities and research institutes is one of HSE strategic goals. Faculty, research staff, students and post-graduate students annually travel to different parts of the world to reach various academic goals. The network of international university partners and exchange and dual-diploma programs has been growing. International student mobility, their participation in short-term and long-term mobility programs, is the main topic of this issue. Annual monitoring makes it clear that our students have desire to take part in international mobility programs during their course of study at HSE, why education abroad attracts students, which countries students prefer, what concerns those who are not interested in academic mobility.

Infographics: We know what you did last summer Student interest in international mobility programs Results of academic mobility: first hand feedback

Students who participated in international conferences, summer schools, semester or year-long programs share their unique experience of studying abroad.

We Know What You Did Last Summer

Summer is the time to rest and go on vacations. However, as data below shows, HSE students don’t use this time solely for recreational purposes. In 2012 for the first time we asked our students what they did in addition to vacations.*

Sophomores

Participation in research projects outside of HSE

11%

6%

9%

4%

2%

1%

Juniors

Work at HSE

23%

15%

12%

3%

4%

1%

Seniors

Studies abroad Studies in Russia (summer schools, (summer schools, seminars) seminars)

23%

22%

12%

7%

7%

1%

1st year graduate student

Unpaid internship

41%

4%

3%

8%

2%

3%

2nd year graduate student

Work outside HSE

65%

4%

4%

6%

8%

5%

1 – N of respondents (excluding freshmen) = 2191, Monitoring of student life, November 2012. * The sum does not equal 100% because the table does not include all answer choices; in particular the percentage for the answer choice “vacation” is not included.


International mobility attracts with its opportunity to 1

Each fall we ask students about participation in academic mobility programs during their course of study at HSE.

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1 Significantly improve the knowledge of a foreign language

We ask questions about long-term (semester or yearlong exchange, dual-diploma programs) and short term (seminars, summer schools) mobility programs. Clarifying questions such as what attracts students to studying abroad, what are students’ preferred destinations, what prevents students from studying abroad fall under long-term mobility.

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75

47% 54% 61% 78%

We summed up data from three surveys (2010 – 2012) on a double-page spread of this issue and visualized students’ opinions about academic mobility.

2 Become more competitive in the labor market 3 Gain international experience of living abroad 4 Gain skills that are not taught in Russian universities

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2

Desire to participate in long-term academic mobility programs

2010 65% 66% 69%

Freshman

60% 61% 62%

Sophomore

57%

52%

58%

56% 51% 51%

Junior

Senior

2011

2012

47% 45% 46%

46%

1st - year graduate student

2nd - year graduate student

39% 43%

Action steps toward mobility 3

Course

Has not taken any steps so far

Gathering information and choosing a program

Chose a program and aware of sources of financial support

Applied

Freshman

52%

31%

15%

2%

Sophomore

37%

42%

18%

3%

Junior

31%

36%

27%

6%

Senior

29%

38%

24%

9%

1st - year graduate student

20%

48%

28%

4%

2nd - year graduate student

30%

36%

23%

11%

1 – N of students = 1850, Monitoring of student life, November 2010; 2 – Monitoring of student life 2012 (N =3171), 2011 (N=3086), 2010 (N=3259); 3 – N of students who are confident in their interest in mobility programs = 1778, Monitoring of student life, November 2012;


Preferred country of study 4

1%

2%

Canada

Japan

24%

2%

USA

38%

Great Britain

Australia

11%

9%

12%

France

1%

Other countries

Other EU countries

Germany

Reasons not to participate in long-term mobility programs 5

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Don’t want to skip a semester or a year at HSE

54%

52%

52%

40%

Don’t have sufficient knowledge of a foreign language

49%

48%

50%

Plan to study abroad after HSE

43%

26%

23%

21%

26%

Concern in adapting to a new culture

Don’t want to leave friends and family

33%

32%

1st - year graduate student

2nd - year graduate student

28%

26%

39%

33%

Russian education is sufficient for me 27%

31%

4 – N of students who are confident in their interest in mobility programs = 1850, Monitoring of student life, November 2010; 5 – N = 574, Monitoring of student life, November 2012; for each year of study only responses that were mentioned by 20% or more were included.


Results of academic mobility: first hand feedback 1

Figure of the Month

How do students who took part in academic mobility evaluate their experience? To find first hand outcomes of studying abroad, we held a series of interviews with students in February of 2012. These students took part in various mobility programs: conferences abroad, summer schools and long-term programs (semester or year-long).

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Source: Monitoring of student life, November 2012

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Personal research presentation

students older than freshmen attended summer schools abroad (subject and language based) during their course of study at HSE

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Organized tourism Deepening of knowledge in a given field

15%

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Multicultural communication experience

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Based on interview results we made conclusions in the following areas: (1) the specifics of each mobility format in terms of gained experience, (2) what is useful about a mobility experience according to students. Research conclusions are supported by quotes from students.

Personal connections

Acquainting with international research community

Meme of the Month

Unique life experience

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Professional networking and recommendations

It’s not really economics we are taught,

Learning about a new system of education and a new country

“As far as summer schools go, it is a student group trip, people become closer, intensive communication happens within a group. As far as a long-term trip goes, it is a life experience: you arrive, need to settle, learn about everything and go everywhere. If we talk about a research conference, it is more for a professional interest: you present a paper, receive feedback and listen to what others have to say”

IT IS SURVIVAL Source: community Vkontakte http://vk.com/hse_mem

New practical knowledge and language practice Global experience in communicating with people from different cultures

What mobility experience gives

Personal and professional connections Learning about a new system of education, new outlook on Russian education

“You gain a sense of freedom, a feeling that the world is big. In terms of cultural connections and an outlook on life” “In order to look at yourself from outside in and at everything that is around you. When you go somewhere for a long time, you have a lot of free time to look at what is happening to you, where you are going, what interests you have and what you can do in the future” “Cultural exchange is needed, it is pleasant and it is useful. Studying in HSE is like being in a warm den. And you crawl out, one of a sudden, and open up to new information, new experiences, new everything. And here [in a university abroad] ideas are multiplied and they feed off of each other” “I went with one goal in mind, but once I arrived and learned a lot of new things, I changed my outlook on my master’s thesis, and now I am studying and pursuing what I learned there” 1 – Research of international student mobility at HSE, February

HSE Institutional Research Center

E-mail: cim@hse.ru

2012, interview with 12 students who took part in various types of

Editors: Maria Pravdina, Daria Drozhzhina

Phone: 775-9590 (1802)

mobility. Interview participants represent 10 majors at HSE.

Design: Daria Karpenko

February 15, 2013


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