There is no doubt that higher education (HE) has entered an era of change. It is widely believed that international students require special attention and support. However, recent trends, such as the world-wide massification of HE, the growing use of information technologies in teaching and ongoing globalisation of HE result in increasingly diverse student populations. Though traditionally, student populations have been treated as homogenous, they have never been such. In today’s blog post, the third in the summer Forum series, the authors explore why it is so important that universities stop ignoring the diversity of student community.
- Deputy Director:Office of Internationalisation / Academic Integration Centre
- Maria Shabanova has been at HSE since 2010.
- Taking part in coordinating the support for international faculty and visiting scholars;
- Analyzing administrative procedures concerning international faculty and visiting scholars, and developing proposals to optimize them;
- Working together with other administrative units in order to improve the quality of support services for international faculty and international students;
- Editing and promoting the bulletin The HSE Look, an English supplement to Okna Rosta;
- Monitoring the usability of information on the websites of the Office of Internationalization.
Master in Political Science
Higher School of Economics, Public policy department
Bachelor in Political Science
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), Political Science
2013 –2014 Manager of the Master’s Degree Program “Political Analysis and Public Policy” at NRU HSE
2011 - 2013 Paralegal, Lawyers for Constitutional Rights and Freedoms (Moscow)
Nowadays universities do not need to be convinced that their student support services need to cater to international students as well as domestic ones. However, the support system that exists depends on both external and internal factors. A lot is shaped by context: national regulation, the predominant language(s) in the country, the changing demands of the job market; but also and just as importantly, the university’s development strategy.
The beginning of the 21st century has seen a great increase in mobility and migration – both voluntary and forced by external circumstances. These developments have increased the demand for intercultural skills and innovative approaches and to keep up with them higher education institutions need to do all they can to help ready their graduates for coming global challenges.