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NCFU is among the winners at the 9th Asia-Pacific Conference QS-APPLE

Date of material placement: 12-11-2013, 16:40.
The group from the NCFU that represented our University came back home bringing a silver star from Seoul where they joined the 9thAsia-Pacific Conference QS-APPLE. This high prize was awarded for the NCFU’s promotional brochure introducing foreign applicants to the University, its Institutes, and the activities.

The QS-APPLE rating of Universities is among the most reliable and meaningful ones in the world. Being listed among the TOP-500 here means serious global acknowledgement. There are only eight Russian Universities on the list today – the Moscow State University and the St. Petersburg State University, the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, the Novosibirsk State University, the MGIMO University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University,People’s Friendship University of Russia while another eight of Russian Universities are part of the 600 best Universities of the world as ranked by the QS-APPLE.

The contest held in Seoul included 4 nominations – Most Creative Corporate Institution Video; Best International Print Advertisement; Best International Student Recruitment Brochure and Best International Website Pages. Each nomination had three winners – Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The North-Caucasus Federal University was the only Russian institution with a prize this year taking silver in Best International Student Recruitment Brochure. After the award ceremony the NCFU delegation received congratulations from the QS founder Nunzio Quacquarelli and the Chair of the QS-APPLE 2013 International Academic Advisory Committee Professor Nigel Healey (Nottingham Trent University).

The representative of the NCFU at the 9th QS-APPLE Conference were Lyudmila Alieva (Head of Department for International Cooperation), Andrey Bratsikhin (Director of Institute for Construction, Transport and Engineering), and Lyudmila Mitrofanenko (Head of Department of Foreign Languages for Technical Specialties).

There were around 600 participants from over 50 countries of the developing region – China, India, Arab East, etc. Day 1 plenary speech was opened by Professor Mauritus Van Roojien (CEO and Rector, London School of Business & Finance). Professor Roojien is Director of the Global University System, which is the leader in the field of distance learning and has its sites in GB, Germany, Canada, and Singapore. This year the London School of Business & Finance has been presented with the 2013 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its achievements in international tradeб. Professor Mauritus Van Roojien expressed his interest in establishing cooperation with our University in the area of joint development of distance learning programs.

In the three days of the Conference the NCFU delegation visited the three leading Korean Universities – the Dongguk University, the Hanyang University, and the Sungkyunkwan University having meetings with the Administrations, International Offices, getting to know the activities and exploring the potential for future scientific cooperation. Meeting other participants of the conference was non-stop as the NCFU Booth always had some visitors from other institutions. Besides the booth was performed in a special eco-design was, which made it "stand out of the crowd”.

Lyudmila Alieva:

- This was the first time we got to know the South-East Asian market of educational services. This region is of great interest both for Russia as a whole and for us, too. Internationalization is a global trend at all universities nowadays and integration into the global academic space is one of the priority streamlines in the NCFU Development Program. Thisisofstrategicimportancetoour University.

We are seeking cooperation with this region in the area of tourism business and recreation services. We have already got some proposals from the leading universities of Indonesia and Thailand and for our professionals it would be unique experience to visit their educational institutions, to have a look at their academic training programs, and to have some of their experience.

Besides, there was special attention paid to technical and engineering training. The universities of the Asia-Pacific Region are open to establishing cooperation not with the Institute of Construction, Transport and Engineering alone yet also with the Institute of Oil and Gas, the Institute of Electric Power Engineering, Electronics and Nanotechnologies, and the Institute of Life Science.

As the members of the delegation stated this was just the start of big work, and the hundreds of the business cards they brought back mean hundreds of personal professional contacts that have to be confirmed. Now there is serious work at the NCFU being done in order to develop areas for joint programs, which imply student and teacher exchange, shared experience at all levels, and even joint projects.

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