Nordic and Russian student and business perspectives on universities’ international activities
Kompanets, Victoria (2018-11)
LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications
© Lappeenranta University of Technology
The findings reveal that students and companies recognise the benefits of the international activities provided by universities. International exchange programmes, internships abroad and interaction with students from other countries are considered important parts of the studies. The most common mode of the international dimension of university-business cooperation is the supervision of international student teams’ projects and R&D projects, and the most preferable modes are international R&D projects and strategic cooperation with universities. Student and business representatives believe that universities should develop more practical aspects of internationalisation, such as collaborative international projects, traineeships in international companies and applied research.
Higher education institutions are recommended to more actively promote international cooperation opportunities to companies to increase their awareness and consequent involvement. More intensive language courses and actions for more interaction between international and local students are suggested as the key directions for the improvement of students’ international experiences.
Kompanets, V. (2018). Nordic and Russian student and business perspectives on universities’ international activities. LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications, Report 88. 15 p.