In 2019 Minin University and The Education University of Hong Kong launched the joint master degree program “International education”. Students of this program study global trends in modern education.
Faculty members from The Education University of Hong Kong teach 5 program units and give lectures within the master degree program.
The main aim of this major is to provide students with professional skills and knowledge in the sphere of international education.
Educational process is realized in English. B2 is the minimum level of proficiency required for admission. Graduates will receive 2 diplomas: state-recognized diploma (Minin University) and international standard diploma (The Education University of Hong Kong). 10 state-funded places are provided within the major.
The master degree program is based on practice-oriented training with the use of case study based on real international projects and provides students with an opportunity to build individual professional and educational path. Moreover, students will get a chance to participate in international internships and research projects in Europe and Asia.
In 2019, the program was started with intensive lecture course and practical classes that were carried out by Minin University colleagues from The Education University of Hong Kong. Students were offered classes on “Creative Research Methods” and “Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods” conducted by Ms. Michelle Cheng. Also, students attended theoretical and practical classes on the English language and new trends in teaching methodology: “English of the Future and The Future of English”, “Strategies for Promoting Student Talk”, “Scaffolding Writing”. These are just some of the lectures organized for our students.
At the beginning of May students of the major successfully made online presentations in English where they told the commission about their research within the program unit “Globalization and Education”. Research topics are connected with the topics of theses on which students, along with academic supervisors, have already begun working. Each topic is practice-oriented and aims at developing the sphere of education in the Nizhny Novgorod region and expanding international academic contacts.
Scientific research will be supervised by Minin University teachers and The Education University of Hong Kong professors. During the second year of studies, partners from Hong Kong will enlarge theses with new perspectives to the issues and together with students will find new interesting solutions to the challenges in the sphere of pedagogics.
Practical trainings that had been planned within the program were carried out online. Nevertheless, they did not become less productive and informative. Also, the major has acquired a new partner - the Department of International Cooperation and Public Relations of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) was founded in 1994 as the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Now it is one of eight subsidized universities led by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee and the only university that is focused on pedagogical education.
The university actively expands partnerships, both with Chinese and foreign universities. International projects realized by The Education University of Hong Kong provide unique learning opportunities: creation of language environment, increase of the number of foreign students, improvement of students’ intercultural skills, creation of multicultural society, experience and technologies exchange with partner universities, creation of joint educational and cultural programs and much more.
In July 2017, Minin university and The Education University of Hong Kong signed the cooperation agreement. Within this cooperation partner universities realize exchange programs for students, researchers and employees of both universities; joint conferences, seminars, lecture courses, etc.; joint publications and exchange of materials on ongoing research projects. Both universities plan to develop and enlarge the spheres of cooperative activities and collaboration.