International collaboration drives better science outputs and academic mobility has been an important element of building trust and sharing knowledge to allow those collaborations.
During COVID-19, universities have explored new digital ways of collaborations and building links but at the same time realised how important off-line interaction is. What will be post COVID-19 priorities in academic mobility for both students and researchers, and how universities can drive academic exchanges to create a future pipeline of joint research?
Both Russia and UK have ambitions to host more international students, the UK 600,000 by 2030 and Russia 700,000 by 2025. Studying abroad broadens horizons, boosts professional development and fosters mutual understanding and trust. However, only 7% of UK students take up international opportunities. How will student mobility change in a post COVID-19 world? How will universities move from competing for the brightest students to collaborating in providing international experiences?
Forum participants: ITMO University (Russia), NUST MISIS (Russia), Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia), Yugra State University (Russia), University of Birmingham (UK), Lancaster University (UK), University of Bradford (UK),
Coventry University (UK).