IUNC Organizing Committee is proud to announce that IUNC Eurasia 2017 has been successfully held on May 15-18, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
IUNC Eurasia 2017 - the 6th the Annual International Universities Networking Conference has become a memorable and significant event aiming to facilitate the University Cooperation Development and Agency Relations Building. The conference gathered around 180 participants from the whole world. Universities and recruitment agencies from Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Georgia, USA, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Uganda, Brazil, Nigeria, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal, Thailand, Indonesia and others were represented at the event.
The participants were invited to the modern and fashionable hotel Azimut Olympics as the conference venue with the view on the beautiful Ekaterininsky Park where they could spend their free time feeding ducks and enjoying the weather (except one rainy day).
All participants had a task to discuss many important topics. Conversations were related to such serious subject areas as Education Partnerships, Promoting and Creating University Cooperation Programs, Student Exchange, Dual Degrees, International Student recruitment and many others. The special focus of the event was cooperation with universities from Russia & CIS. Each participant could find the session and topic according to his or her interest and get the overview of regional markets. All sessions got a positive feedback from attendees and initiated further dialogs during coffee-breaks. As usual for IUNC Eurasia conferences, one-to-one meetings took place afterwards. During these business appointments the representatives of universities and other organizations met potential partners, discussed possible ways of collaboration, found mutual interests and just met peers from different countries and discussed common problems.
One of the most important part of the conference was BRICS HigherEd Cooperation Forum. The university delegations from Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa and China participated into it. All Forum attendees got an excellent opportunity to meet a lot of BRICS institutions and discuss cooperation in this large special group along with the main program of the IUNC Eurasia 2017 conference.
This year the IUNC Eurasia 2017 was marked with a great social event – the HigherEd Internationalization Award Ceremony & Gala Dinner. The Internationalization of Higher Education Award 2017 was the first annual competition between Russian and CIS universities in the field of internationalization of higher education, thanks to which the best international projects of higher education institutions got recognition, and professionals got the opportunity to exchange experiences and get acquainted with the best practices. The Award Jury Members announced the names of the winners and gave the awards with the warm wishes. After the festive Ceremony decorated with flowers and accompanied with champagne all participants had the opportunity to relax, communicate and have fun after the long day during the Gala Dinner which was full of different contests with Russian traditional prizes: Matreshka-Dolls (Russian Famous Wooden Dolls painted by hand), Gingerbread (Russian tasty honey cake) and others.
Networking and social activities are essential part of the conference, that is why IUNC Organizing Committee does its best to arrange unique networking opportunities for all. In addition to 30 official business appointments and daily networking breaks, the IUNC Eurasia 2017 attendees enjoyed the famous Evening Moscow River Cruise with dinner on board. The Moscow River Cruise was another way to thank IUNC Eurasia participants for their support and express Russian Hospitality. The dinner at the boat was accompanied by gorgeous night views of Moscow. A very friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the boat gave attendees the chance to have a rest after the fruitful day and to socialize.
We hope IUNC Eurasia 2017 has become a place where your new HigherEd partnerships have been set up and current relations have been strengthened. May good success attend you and your partners!
We look forward to meeting you at IUNC Eurasia 2018 next May!