Benefits of a summer school and how it contributes to university branding

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By Project 5-100

A summer school – short academic programme held over the summer months, where person can study overseas in a specific subject area involving taught classes, assessment and cultural visits. Usually universities offer a selection of the subjects available in the academic year as well as a few subjects designed for special interests and needs of their students.

The length of the programmes in Russian and Asian universities vary, however, they are normally 1–8 weeks in length. During such programmes, students engage in full-time intensive classes related to a chosen subject and have the option to attend extracurricular activities designed to encourage socialisation and stimulate cultural awareness. Summer schools offer courses that may help students in revising a subject studied during the previous academic year, further exploring a known subject, or discovering a new interest.

Running a summer school also helps universities to promote their brands in new markets, and to attract international students. Today, the international student market is among the most competitive areas of recruitment for colleges and universities across the globe. Short-term programmes give applicants an opportunity to know more about the university and its life and way of teaching.

Summer Schools in Russia are perfect for those who have completed at least 2 years of university-level studies and wish to earn credits during the summer, learn more about an interesting topic, freshen up professional skills, carry out a short study period abroad and try out studying in the foreign country in Europe or in Asia. Summer Schools at Russia’s leading universities, Project 5-100 participants, are open to applicants from all over the world and courses are accredited in many universities. All courses are taught in English; therefore, a foreign student needs to be fluent in English.

The aim of Project 5-100 universities is to strengthen Russia’s position as an outstanding place for education and research and further improve its international competitiveness. To help students discover the charms of Russia’s top cities through studying and learning: Moscow – RUDN, MEPHI, MIPT, Kazan – KFU,  Saint Petersburg – ETU “LETI”, ITMO University, Siberia – NSU, Kaliningrad – IKBBU, TSU are some Project 5-100 universities offering a wide range of summer schools in Russia. Here are the most popular summer schools in Russia conducted by the leading technological universities of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

International Summer School on Engineering Computer Modeling (MEPHI) brings together Russian and foreign students, young professionals, postgraduates, undergraduates in the field of modeling of various physical processes and application of engineering codes.

International Polytechnic Summer School (SPbPU) offers 35 courses, which topics include biomedical engineering, space technologies, project management tools, design, electrical engineering, turbomachinery, smart cities, architecture and civil engineering, and more. These intensive courses are designed to inform students through in-depth learning with long-term value. All the modules are developed according to the European requirements and can be recognized as a period abroad. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive SPbPU certificate with courses, ECTS credits and grades specification.

Summer schools of Russian language (ETU “LETI”) offers intensive courses with Russian as a foreign language on the base of Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University. Courses are suitable for different levels of knowledge the language and will help the students to start learning Russian, improve the knowledge and be prepared for training in Russian and many other opportunities.

Summer School in Photonics and Nanotechnologies and Bioinformatics Summer School: where photonics, technology and biology come together at ITMO University. ITMO’s young scientists prepare lectures for the school on voice information technologies, videomatics, computer-based optics, nanomaterials, nanotechnologies in photonics and optical information, modern geoinformational and optoelectronic systems. The lectures serve as a form introduction to these new disciplines even though they implied that the students already had a considerable background in exact sciences.

As we learn more about the human body and dive into the molecular world, we find ourselves in a sea of information potentially capable of enabling us to discover more about the makeup of the human body and to cure some of the human body’s illnesses. Exploring these ideas and beyond, an International Summer School on Bioinformatics focuses on “Medical Bioinformatics”. The interdisciplinary field, brings together students and young scientists in the field of statistics, computer science, mathematics, biology, engineering, medicine and other specialties.

According to some past participants, having the opportunity to visit these universities was great, as they will soon have to choose a university for their Master’s program, and they proved to be one of the best choices. What’s more, many were attracted not only by the range of programs, but also by the chance to visit these universities’ laboratories and meet their scientists.

Foreign students also get the chance to experience the daily life of St. Petersburg’s and Moscow’s students, as well as do some sightseeing. To help students socialize, universities also offer social events programmes which include city tours, study visits to companies and governmental institutions, as well as various outdoor activities. For many people the best kind of holiday, vocation or weekend in another country is the one based on local knowledge. The success of any experience of an unfamiliar city is measured by how much it overlaps with a local’s, and that’s never been truer than now. Computer scientists at ITMO University in St Petersburg shared their latest finding of using Instagram to “create a ‘locals’ guide’ … that is as genuine as it gets”. They analyzed residents’ posts on the photo-sharing app to identify the city’s hidden gems and share them with the tourists.

International Research Summer School in AKTRU Research Station (Altai Region)

The aim of the Summer School is to bring together highly motivated, open-minded students who are interested in Siberia and Climate Change Research and are enrolled in any of the following fields of study: natural/climate sciences, biology and social sciences. Organized according to a matrix structure, the International Summer School will focus primarily on the following areas: climate system, biodiversity, ecosystems and etc. It will include traditional lectures, teamwork in workshops and self-study, as well as field trips in south taiga, subtaiga, forest steppe, steppe,  and mountain taiga, mountain meadow, mountain tundra, glacial and periglacial areas.

International Field Workshop “Mesozoic and Cenozoic Paleobiogeocenoses of the Northern Hemisphere”

2018 edition of the field workshop will be held within the framework of the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic continental ecosystems (TSU, Faculty of Geology and Geography). The Laboratory does interdisciplinary research of Mesozoic and Cenozoic biogeocenoses, abiotic and biotic relationships, and problems of extinction and survival of organisms. The field works will be carried out on paleontological sites, natural and artificial geological sections. There will be lectures and practical training in the methods of excavations and basic principles of taphonomic and paleoecological analyses, stratigraphic and paleogeographic research.

Source: Project 5-100 – Russian Academic Excellence Project

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