2nd SERU International Conference: A Comparative International View of the Student Experience in Research Universities

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Higher School of Economics – Moscow 
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) International Consortium will hold its second conference in May 15-17, 2014 to discuss major challenges in undergraduate and graduate education and research driven initiatives to improve student experience at the leading research universities all over the world. Among the topics and roundtable sessions planned for this year's conference:
  • Special challenges facing BRICS countries in reforming and improving undergraduate and graduate education
  • Emerging international models for General Education and the Liberal Arts
  • The important role of Research Engagement for undergraduate/ first degree students
  • Experiences and behaviors of the growing pool of international students
  • The future role of MOOCs in SERU's Research Intensive Universities


The Conference is co-sponsored by:

The SERU Consortium currently includes over 15 major top ranked US research-intensive universities (all members of the American Association of Universities) and 10 international research universities located in China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Japan, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Working with SERU staff based at UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education, and in partnership with i-graduate based in London, each SERU Consortium campus administers a customized, on-line census SERU Survey, collaborates in further development of survey topics and questions, shares best practices and data under agreed protocols, collaborates in policy symposiums, and engages in collective research on major challenges facing research universities. 

SERU-International members include:
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Hunan University (China)
Nanjing University (China)
Xian Jioatong University (China)
National Research University - Higher School of Economics - Moscow (Russia)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
University of Osaka (Japan)
Amsterdam University College (the Netherlands)
University of Bristol (the United Kingdom)
University of Oxford (the United Kingdom)

For general information on the SERU Consortium, see: http://cshe.berkeley.edu/research/seru/
For more information on the conference, see: http://seru.hse.ru/en/conference

The SERU Conference invites all SERU member campus representatives and their colleagues to register and participate in the conference. Space is limited. Participation in the SERU Research Symposium is by invitation only. Please note that non-Russian participants will require an official written invite from HSE to receive a Russian visa and to anticipate a period at some three weeks to receive the visa.

For further information on the symposium, contact Igor Chirikov at igor.chirikov@gmail.com or John Douglass at douglass@berkeley.edu.