Igor Chirikov

Job title: 
Senior Researcher and SERU Consortium Director

Igor Chirikov is the Director of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium and Senior Researcher at CSHE. SERU Consortium is an academic and policy research collaboration based at Center for Studies in Higher Education at the UC Berkeley working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) and member universities. The Consortium is a group of leading research-intensive universities who increase student success by generating and analyzing comparative data on the student experience. As SERU Consortium Director Igor Chirikov has broad responsibilities for overall SERU Consortium coordination, research and development. This includes coordinating the SERU North American and International Divisions, directing the SERU research priorities and development projects, and exploring new approaches to the use of data to assess the student experience.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, Igor Chirikov worked as a Senior Research Fellow and a Vice-Rector (Vice-President) at HSE University Moscow – the most selective and internationalized western-style university in Russia. Throughout his career, he has successfully balanced research, teaching, and senior leadership roles in higher education. He was the Founding Director of Russia’s first institutional research office, and then became the Vice-Rector of HSE University Moscow, where he supervised student development, institutional research, teaching and learning, and alumni relations.

He has experience in designing and implementing large-scale international research projects in higher education. His research involves student experience and learning outcomes, the use of technology in universities and international comparative higher education. His papers were published in Science Advances, Nature Human Behaviour, PNAS, Studies in Higher Education, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Higher Education Research and Development and other journals.

Key Publications

Research interests: 

Student Experience and Success, Learning Outcomes, Technology in Higher Education, International Comparative Higher Education


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