President Cole Travels to Russia with Education Delegation

Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole is in Russia from February 27-March 5, 2011 as part of a delegation of higher education officials and administrators from seven U.S. colleges and universities. The visit is aimed at fostering increased academic partnerships between the two nations’ higher education institutions.

Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute for International Education (IIE), is leading the delegation with Alina L. Romanowski, deputy assistant secretary of state for Academic Programs at the U.S. Department of State. Accompanying President Cole in representing Montclair State is Executive Director of the Global Education Center Marina Cunningham.

“With significant reforms taking place in Russian higher education,” said Goodman, noting the creation of new types of universities, the introduction of standardized entrance exams, and support for attracting more foreign scholars and experts to Russia, “the Institute sees this as a key moment to introduce leading U.S. and Russian educational representatives to one another and to promote opportunities for collaboration in international education.”

The delegation is visiting potential partner campuses and international organizations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kazan. In Moscow, the group visited the National University of Science and Technology, the Higher School of Economics, and Moscow State Technical University.

The itinerary in St. Petersburg included the St. Petersburg State Mining Institute, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, and St. Petersburg State University of Information Technology.

The visit was organized under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, created by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev in 2009. 

In addition to Montclair State, the other institutions are Lehigh University; North Carolina State University; the University of Arizona; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and the University of South Carolina Upstate.

According to Open Doors, a report published annually by IIE in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, 4,827 students from Russia were studying in the U.S. during the 2009/10 academic year and Nearly 1,800 students from U.S. colleges and universities received credit for study abroad in Russia in the 2007/08 academic year.

For more details about the Russia trip, please see the press release.