Fulbright Program for Russian International Education Administrators
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries". With support of the U.S. Department of State, the Program is offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and internships at the universities of the United States and worldwide. The Fulbright Program, a key mechanism for facilitating educational and cultural exchange and diplomacy between the United States and Russia, has been represented within the Bilateral Presidential Commission on Education, Culture, Mass Media and Sport, created by President Medvedev and President Obama in 2009.
The Russian International Education Administrators Program is open to Russian university administrators who work with international students and responsible for international affairs at their universities.
The goal of the 3-months program is to enhance and improve professional skills of university administrators who work in the field of international education. It helps Russian professionals gain critical knowledge surrounding the needs of international students in the areas of academic placement, insurance and medical requirements, safety, cross-cultural challenges, and language training.
The competition for grant and participation in the program consists of 3 principal stages and includes: essay, personal interview conducted in the Moscow office of the Fulbright Program, ibt-TOEFL test, and final review of documents at the central office of the Program in New York.
In January - April 2011 chief of the Department of International Marketing, Fundraising, Scientific and Educational Programs of the Tver State Medical Academy A.M. Kalinkin participated in the Fulbright Program for Russian International Education Administrators. The professional training included intensive academic course on the subject of international education at the University of Minnesota, professional meetings and workshops with representatives of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Institute of International Education, private educational institutions, American universities and colleges, and internship at the international office of the University of Maryland.
The program allowed establishing professional contacts with representatives of the American education and identifying promising directions for development of international education at the Tver State Medical Academy.