Igor Chirikov

Job title: 
SERU Consortium Director and Senior Researcher

Igor Chirikov is the Director of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium and Senior Researcher. SERU Consortium is an academic and policy research collaboration based at Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley (CSHE) working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the International Graduate Insight Group Ltd (i-graduate), the Higher School of Economics – Moscow, and member universities. The Consortium is a group of leading research-intensive universities, policy researchers, and scholars, who collaborate to generate institutional, comparative, and longitudinal data on the student experience.

As SERU Consortium Director Igor Chirikov has broad responsibilities for overall SERU Consortium coordination, research and development, working in close partnership with the University of Minnesota’s SERU North American team, i-graduate’s SERU-International team and member universities. This includes supervision of SERU’s undergraduate (ugSERU) and graduate student (gradSERU) surveys administration, survey instrument development, and exploring new approaches to the use of data to assess the student experience.

Igor Chirikov previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow and a Vice-Rector at HSE University Moscow in Russia. Throughout his career, he has successfully balanced research, teaching, and senior leadership roles at HSE University – the most selective and internationalized western-style university in Russia. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology from HSE University Moscow and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manchester and the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

His research involves student experience and learning outcomes, international comparative higher education (focusing on Russia and China), and organizational change in higher education. His papers were published in Studies in Higher Education, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Higher Education Research and Development, Post-Soviet Affairs, and other journals. He has experience in coordinating large-scale international projects in higher education, and previously served as SERU-International Managing Director at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. 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.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Oleksiyenko, Anatoly, Qiang Zha, Igor Chirikov, Jun Li (eds.). 2018. International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: Soviet Legacy in China and Russia. Springer: CERC Studies in Comparative Education Series.

Chirikov, Igor. 2018. “The Sputnik syndrome: how Russian universities make sense of global competition in higher education.” In Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Qiang Zha, Igor Chirikov, Jun Li (eds.) International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: Soviet Legacy in China and Russia. Springer: CERC Studies in Comparative Education Series.

Liu, Ou Lydia, <…>, Igor Chirikov, et al. 2018. “Assessing College Critical Thinking: Preliminary Results from the Chinese HEIghten Critical Thinking Assessment.” Higher Education Research and Development 37(5): 999-1014.

Chirikov, Igor and Ivan Gruzdev. 2014. “Back in the USSR: Path Dependence Effects in Student Representation in Russia.” Studies in Higher Education 39(3): 455-469.

Chirikov, Igor. 2013. “Research Universities as Knowledge Networks: the Role of Institutional Research.” Studies in Higher Education 38(3): 456-469.

Other Publications

Does the university system encourage dishonesty?” in University World News (2018). October 5 (with Evgeniia Shmeleva).

How Global Competition is Changing Universities: Three Theoretical Perspectives” in UC Berkeley’s Research & Occasional Paper Series: CSHE (2016). No. 5.16.

University Mergers Need to Confront Identity Issues” in University World News (2013). Issue No. 265 (March 30).

Divided We Fall: Collaboration Strategies” in International Higher Education (2010). Number 58 (Winter). 

Events by Igor Chirikov

Tuesday, April 21, 2015: "The Sputnik Syndrome: How Russian Universities Make Sense of Global Competition in Higher Education"


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