International activities of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2016

On February 13, Vice-Rector for International Collaboration S.I. Sidorenko reported to the Academic Council of the Igor Sikorsky KPI on the results of international activity in 2016 and tasks for 2017.
In general, dynamics of international activities in 2016 has shown a consistent increasing trend. The International Collaboration Department (ICD) and the whole university worked in the following areas:
– Infrastructural international projects aimed at organizational and managerial restructuring of the management system of international relations, including foreign economic activity (FEA);
– International negotiations on new substantive areas (education, science, innovation). It is worth noting the positive results of wide international negotiations that resulted in the basic directions of cooperation with the technical universities of foreign countries. The promising “favorable corridors” were established in negotiations with the ambassadors of 18 countries and the 113 delegations of other countries.
Negotiations were held also in the field of nuclear safety of the world, including during the International Forum “Chernobyl’s Legacy for the Nuclear Safety of the World” with the participation of 34 countries.
New approaches were proposed in the international transfer of knowledge. The University continues to develop new marketing strategies and plans for international cooperation. The most important are finding ways in which faculties, institutes and departments to offer their educational, scientific and technical services, and on this basis to be able to give offers to the world’s leading companies.
Therefore, ICD initiates negotiations with the world multinational companies with a view to establishing a mutually beneficial partnership in the educational sphere and Innovation.
International activities of the ICD carried out in close cooperation with the relevant departments and units of the University.
Active work was carried out to bring the educational process to the level of world standards. Structural and organizational principles have been established for the international accreditation of our educational programs, according to European standards program. The “Double Diploma” programs were implemented. We have positive dynamics of international student mobility.
In 2016 we have a 25% increase in the number of international projects – up to 165. KPI won new projects in EU programs, Eurasia, NATO, the British Council, Polish Academy of Sciences and other. With respect to the number of international projects, KPI holds the leading position among Ukrainian universities.
For the first time, the in-depth monitoring of the quantitative components of foreign trade was carried. According to preliminary estimates, the revenues from all types of foreign economic activity in 2016 increased to 11% of the planned for 2016 university budget.
In the QS ranking of universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia KPI ranks second among universities in Ukraine. During last 10 years, KPI steadily occupies the first place in the native rating “TOP-200” on the international component.
The main task facing the Igor Sikorsky KPI is more deep internationalization, ie the strengthening of the international component in all activities, organization of research and educational technologies for training, competitive on the global labor market, reformation according to the model of a modern technical university leader type, earning of top-rated reputation of the university in accordance with international criteria, and as a result, ensuring the growth of economic indicators.
Among the urgent tasks on which to focus in 2017 should be noted:
– Activation of departments’ participation in international efforts to reduce the gap indicators;
– Efforts to attract foreign students and teachers, increase the number of citations per faculty;
– An increase in the number of English-language masters programs;
– Expansion of the areas of work according to the 38 types of foreign economic activities authorized by the legislation of Ukraine;
– The complex task of transforming of the national institution into an international.