STEM means a cross-disciplinary approach to learning and teaching, which goal is to develop soft skills relevant for modern society such as critical thinking, creative approaches to real world problems, communication, collaboration and team building.
STEM aims at introducing best STEM practices into the Russian and Kazakh educational systems.
For both students and faculty:
6 Master's Programmes
30 New Courses
6 STEM Resource Centres
1. Linköping University, project coordinator
2. University of Limerick
3. University of Helsinki
4. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
5. Belgorod State University
6. Southern Federal University
7. Hacettepe University
8. Eurasian National University
9. M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University
10. S. Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University
Developing Trans-regional Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy / DIREKT
The aim of the project is to develop a joint program, as well as implement separate online modules on information literacy with partner universities.
The project is designed to enhance information literacy, build up an ability to work with library resources not only among students, but also the general public (lifelong learning).
Within the framework of the project it is planned to study the experience of foreign colleagues and apply it to create a program that will promote the development of information literacy skills for successful integration into the international scientific community, fill in knowledge gaps about the rules of writing and standards for presenting research results, including the citation rules and copyright standards.
Limerick Institute of Technology
Technische Universitat Dresden
Constantine the Philosopher University
Ogarev Mordovia State University
Far Eastern Federal University
Petrozavodsk State University
Non-for-profit Partnership National Electronic-Information Consortium
A.Baitursynov Kostanay State University
Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Beijing Institute of Technology
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Nanjing University of Science and Technology
How to publish an article and not harm your future career: a seminar of the representative of the Association of Science Editors and Publishers was held at IKBFU
On December 18, 2019 Anna Kuleshova, Chairperson of the Council for the Ethics of Scientific Publications of the Association of Science Editors and Publishers, held a seminar for scientific publications authors at IKBFU.
In modern realities an academic community faces the challenge of publishing scientific papers. It is important not to forget about publication quality when trying to achieve good quantitative indicators.
The host of the seminar said that writers need to be extremely careful when turn to third parties. Intermediaries can use fake data to increase interest in their work, which is data falsification. The main function of the articles should be the increment of scientific knowledge.
Kuleshova also noted the great effect obtained from the cooperation of the Ethics Council with the Scientific Electronic Library eLibrary. Since spring 2019, the author’s profile of the Russian Science Citation Index reflects information on retraction of articles and such publications are not taken into account when calculating researcher’s scientometric indicators.
During the seminar, unethical behavior of publishers and scientific publications authors was also discussed.
A seminar on the development of publication activity was held on December 24 at the IKBFU
The seminar was hosted by Yuri Chekhovich, the executive director of “Antiplagiat”, who spoke about the practices of using system of borrowing detection, borrowing from other languages and attempts to “deceive” the system, as well as self-citing and self-plagiarism.
Chekhovich began his speech with the history of the creation of the Russian system for the search for borrowings. He told the audience that the report of the anti-plagiarism system is only a starting point, after which the expert should check the work itself.
“Antiplagiat” system annually expands the base for the search. Today those include open Internet sources, the RSL and eLibrary, a collection of universities, and the works of the world's largest publisher Wiley & Sons.
In the end of the seminar the speaker answered participants’ questions.
A final Direkt project conference took place in Ogarev Mordovia State University in Saransk
Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University representatives Violetta Philippova, deputy director of the International office, and Denisova Ksenia, specialist of the International students and protocol office, took part in the final meeting from 17th till 21st of September 2019, organized by Ogarev Mordovia State University in Saransk, Russia.
At this meeting partner institutions from Russia, China and Kazakhstan gave their final reports on project implementation, information literacy events held at their universities, and achievements in the project since its commencement. Moreover, project dissemination plans were outlined and ensuring project sustainability for several years after project lifetime was discussed during the conference.
A working meeting within the DIREKT project took place in Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra
Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University representatives Katerina Zhukova, head of the International students and protocol office, Gulina Alexandra, specialist of the International office, and Denisova Ksenia, specialist of the International students and protocol office, took part in the working meeting from 1st till 5th of July 2019, organized by Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia.
At this meeting partner universities from Russia, China and Kazakhstan shared current results of the project, exchanged information about the events aimed to raise information literacy, outlined project dissemination plans and also had a discussion on ensuring project sustainability for several years. Furthermore, the partners discussed the upcoming final meeting in Saransk and outlined a plan for making a final report.
Lecture on anti-plagiarism and Open Sources
On February 25, 2019 85 Master and PhD students of IKBFU attended the lecture on anti-plagiarism and Open Sources delivered by the director of the Publishing and Library Center Vadim Kurpakov.
Students learned what plagiarism is, what kind of programs there are to track other people's work usage, and its ethical, professional and legal aspects. Kurpakov also spoke of Open Sources and whether you can rely on them or not.
The material presented at the lecture was substantial for students who have to write graduation work.
Lecture on Copyright was delivered at IKBFU within the DIREKT project
On February 20, 2019 the director of the Publishing and Library Center V. Kurpakov told IKBFU students about intellectual property rights including points like who the authors, copyright holders and pirates are, what the subject of copyright and plagiarism is and how to deal with it, how to protect your rights and not infringe on others. Topics of open access, Creative Commons and other news from the market for scientific information were raised as well.
A working meeting within the DIREKT project in Saken Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University, Nur-Sultan
Direkt project meeting of the working group took place from May 27 till May 31, 2019 in Nur-Sultan city on the basis of S.Seifullin KATU. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University was represented by Vadim Kurpakov, the director of the Publishing and Library Center.
The main purpose of the meeting was to report on the work done since the project launch and discuss the plans for introducing project modules into the university curriculum. Issues of holding National Information Literacy Awareness Days were also discussed during the event. The meeting ended with a visit to the Nazarbayev University library, where guests were presented new trends in the development of library science and information literacy in general.
Information Literacy Training Working Group Meeting took place in Xian, China
Representatives of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University Dr. Anna Belova, deputy head of the Division for research and Katerina Zhukova, head of the International students and protocol office, took part in the working meeting organized by the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian, China from 16th to 20th December 2018.
During the meeting the partner universities from Russia, Kazakhstan and China discussed the current developments within the project. Each participant presented the developed modules and shared the experience of the information literacy activities carried out since the start of the project. The partners were also able to meet with the evaluation working group, including Prof. Angela Repanovici, Dr. Manolis Koukourakis and Ratko Knezevic. Particular attention during this meeting was paid to modules 7 and 8.
DIREKT materials on Academic Writing were presented at the I International Symposium of Teachers of English
International Symposium of Teachers of English at IKBFU that took place on November 8, 2018 is a great opportunity for practicing teachers to exchange experiences and take a fresh look at language education. Interesting reports, charismatic speakers, thought out speeches kept the attention of the audience, undoubtedly making a huge contribution to their professional development.
A substantial part of the meeting was a presentation of DIREKT materials on Academic Writing given by Vladivostok expert Tatiana Ivankova from Far Eastern Federal University.
Results were more than positive: more than 130 teachers of English from universities and schools of the Kaliningrad region learned about the project and got inspired to write research articles, which is so necessary not only for young specialists but for already experienced teachers as well.
Information Literacy National Awareness Day within the University Night-2019
On April 25, 2019 within DIREKT Online Information Literacy Module Platform a workshop «How to prepare winning application documents?» took place at IKBFU.
Students learned the correct way to fill out documents for participation in international mobility programs and found out key moments necessary when composing a successful resume. The information received during this workshop would be useful for those students who thought about studying or work employment abroad. After presentation students also had a chance to get answers from International office specialists to all their questions.
The second part of the NAD was a Debate club “Innovations vs Morals” held in English. Students divided into 2 groups, one advocated distance learning and another team spoke out against it. After an hour of active disputes the chair of the meeting selected the winning team and the most convincing speaker.
International freshers learned about DIREKT project
Right at the beginning of the new academic year – on the 5th of September – IKBFU hosted the orientation day for the international students who entered the university this year «Startуем вместе!». During the event a presentation of DIREKT (Developing Trans-regional information literacy for lifelong learning and the knowledge economy) project was given.
More than 60 freshers from all corners of the globe: Columbia, Brazil, Germany, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Israel to name a few. The presentation introduced the project, presented its aims and objectives, told about the ongoing activities and possibilities that the project gives. At the end of the presentation the students received memorable souvenirs and invitation to the upcoming events.
DIREKT intermediate management meeting took place at the Dresden Technical University
Representatives of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, the head of international students and academic mobility office Natalia Milyavskaya and senior specialist Katerina Zhukova participated in the management meeting within the project DIREKT, which was held at the Dresden Technical University (Germany) from July 2 to July 6, 2018.
Partners from Russia, China and Kazakhstan discussed the developed modules on English for Specific Purposes, information literacy and academic writing. IKBFU reported on the work done within the project dissemination, as well as modules piloting. A series of meetings was held on further implementation of the project. The next meeting on the project is planned for November-December 2018 and will be hosted by IKBFU, Kaliningrad.
Project meeting of the working group within DIREKT
From May, 21 to May, 26 the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia held a working meeting within the project "Developing Trans-regional Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy" (DIREKT). IKBFU delegation included the director of the Publishing and Library Center V. Kurpakov, the library service specialist at the university library I. Dekina, associate professor at the Resource Center (Department) of Foreign Languages I. Ostroverkhaya and the leading specialist of the international students and academic mobility office K. Zhukova. The meeting was focused on the training course on information literacy, which also covered an academic writing section. The meeting was opened by Padraig Kirby, project coordinator, Limerick Institute of Technology (UK) and Olga Safonkina, project manager, Ogarev Mordovia State University (Russia). The agenda included the current results of the project, as well as future activities to build up information literacy and promote the project both at the university and national level.At the same time, the further vocational training course "Strategy of effective use of electronic resources and scientometric instruments in modern academic research and education" was conducted for university librarians from all over Russia, as well as China and Kazakhstan. The course introduced the latest trends and technologies of librarianship.
Under the DIREKT project, English Language Course for librarians is launched
The Specialized English Language Course for the IKBFU’s library staff was launched in September 2017. Learners are supposed to acquire В1 level of English by the end of the training, which will help improve the quality of work with foreign students of the IKBFU.The course is being conducted under the “DIREKT” project (Developing Trans-regional information literacy for lifelong learning and the knowledge economy) within the framework of Erasmus + program (CapacityBuilding). The project is aimed at enhancing information literacy of the general public.
The philosophy of “lifelong learning” underlies the project.Under the project, it is planned to work out a program that will promote the development of information literacy skills for successful integration into the international scientific community, fill knowledge gaps about the rules of writing and standards for presenting scientific research results, including citation rules and copyright norms.
International students got acquainted with the university library
On October 6, 2017, within the framework of the DIREKT project (Development of Trans-regional Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy), the Erasmus + (Capacity Building) program, foreign students of the Medical Institute got acquainted with the library of IKBFU. The director of the publishing and library center Vadim Yurievich Kurpakov as well as the library staff, who are studying English for special purposes within the framework of the DIREKT project, spoke to the students. The students were told how to use the scientific and educational catalogues and books in the medical library, were acquainted with the rules for using the electronic media and, in general, with the facilities provided by the university library.
More than 50 foreign students visited the event. IKBFU believes that this meeting will be the first step towards increasing information literacy among foreign students and attracting them to active use of the university's library.
Vadim Kurpakov, Director of the Library and Publishing Center:
"One of the main activities of the IKBFU Scientific Library is now building an information environment accessible to international students. Their number is growing year by year, now we hear in the reading rooms not only international English, but also still exotic for our university, Portuguese and Arabic. The Division for International Programs of the Department of Educational Programs and Educational Policy is greatly assisting us during this academic year, that allows us to set more ambitious goals, including language training for librarians".
Natalia Milyavskaya, Head of International Programs Division:
"We have organized study visits to the library specifically for international students this year. In recent years, the number of international students in IKBFU has grown significantly and we are trying to help them to get settled in the new university and in a new culture as quickly as possible. Of course, it is important for us that international students join the educational process as quickly as possible and, in this respect, the ability to work with library resources is invaluable. Thanks to the DIREKT project, in which IKBFU takes part in, we were able to organize courses to improve the language skills for the library staff. And we are glad that Vadim Yurievich enthusiastically supported this undertaking. We hope that now we will often see our foreign students in the walls of the library.The DIREKT project is continuing and there are many events ahead and it is very gratifying to see that the first steps were successful".
Intellectual Picnic in the University Library (April 23)
The National IL Awareness Day finished with the Intellectual Picnic in the IKBFU Library.
Russian and international students gathered in the University library and participated in the informal and interactive seminar related to the wise use of internet sources (Many thanks here to our colleagues from Vladivostok who kindly shared their materials with us. Colleagues, you are the best!), quiz on the basics of copyright as well as games devoted to IL.
DIREKT Workshop for school children
On April 30, 2018 DIREKT team at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University held a workshop for school children from low income families.
Workshop participants learned key facts about IL and the correct use of internet resources as well as trained to search for information using Boolean operators. The participants noted that the received knowledge would be valuable for preparation of reports and school research papers as well as for further studies at the University.
The DIREKT team plans to organize a series of such workshops in order to raise the IL awareness among school children.
Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Erasmus+ is the EU programme designed to facilitate cooperation development in the sphere of education, youth and sports for the period 2014-2020.
Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals programme enables students and university teachers to apply for academic mobility grants within existing partnership agreements.
At the moment IKBFU has signed and is successfully implementing 15 partnership agreements within Erasmus+ KA1 programme. Each agreement stipulates cooperation spheres and categories of students (Bachelor / Master/ PhD) and staff members (teachers/ administrators) who can take part in the selection rounds. All information about grants and selection rounds is published in the official group of the Division for International Programmes in the social network VKontakte
|1.||Volda University College||Norway||Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences|
|2.||Nicolaus Copernicus University||Poland||Russian and Polish Philology|
|4.||University of Deusto||Spain||
|5.||Gdansk University of Technology||Poland||Physics|
|6.||University of Lille||France||
|7.||University of Bologna||Italy||
|9.||University of Silesia in Katowice||Poland||Russian and Polish Philology|
|10.||University of Flensburg||Germany||
|11.||University of Bialystok||Poland||Law|
|12.||Grenoble Alpes University||France||
|13.||University of Greifswald||Germany||
|14.||University of Cadiz||Spain||All|
|15.||Trinity College Dublin||Ireland||
International Master's Programme in "Management"
International Business Tripartite Programme “BRIDGE”
(program is implemented by three universities: Russia-France-Taiwan)
Duration: 2 years
Workload: 120 ECTS
Start of the programme: September 1, 2017
Partner Universities: IKBFU European Business School, Russia; International Business School ESTICE, France; Institute of International Business, Wenzao University, Taiwan.
The international programme of the triple diploma "Bridge" is interdisciplinary in the field of international business and is aimed at developing master's competence such as cross-cultural flexibility, teamwork, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, ability to solve complex problems and make decisions.
In the first year of study, the programme includes 3 educational blocks, each of which is implemented by one of the partner universities. Each unit includes a report project (on-site project) and independent work.
Block I is implemented by IKBFU European Business School (Russia).
|Managing Cross-cultural Teams||4 ECTS|
|Project Management||4 ECTS|
|Generation Ideas / Innovation||3 ECTS|
|Russian Language and Culture 1||4 ECTS|
|On-site Project||2 ECTS|
|X Culture Online Project||3 ECTS|
Block II is implemented by the Institute of International Business, Wenzao University, Taiwan
|Leadership and Management||4 ECTS|
|International Strategic Marketing||4 ECTS|
|International Management Strategy||4 ECTS|
|Russian Language and Culture 1||4 ECTS|
|Business Models||2 ECTS|
Business Plan / Project Supervision
Business Planning / Project Management
|Chinese Language and Culture 2||4 ECTS|
|On-site Project||2 ECTS|
Block III is being implemented by the International Business School ESTICE, Catholic University, Lille, France
|Conflict Management||3 ECTS|
|Corporate Social Responsibility||3 ECTS|
|Business Ethics||3 ECTS|
|French Language and Culture 3||4 ECTS|
|On-site Project||2 ECTS|
|Final Company Creation Project||5 ECTS|
|Learning Journals||2 ECTS|
The second year of the program includes one block (Block IV)
Block IV is realized in the home university (IKBFU European Business School) in accordance with the curriculum of the Master Degree Program for Management.
Language of instruction: English
Following the successful completion of the program and the presentation of the final project, students receive Lille Catholic University ESTICE diploma, IKBFU diploma of the established form with the attached certificates of the Institute of International Business Wenzo.
Kovbasyuk Olga Vladimirovna, Ph.D., the head of the master's programs of IKBFU European Business School.
Choquet Ellena, doctor of socioculturology, Professor, Deputy Director of the International Business School ESTICE, Catholic University, Lille, France
Gibson Bernd, Doctor of Science in International Relations, Professor, International Business School ESTICE, Catholic University, Lille, France
Hai-Feng Hu, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Head of the Department of International Business, University of Wenzo, Taiwan
Hai-O Yang, Doctor of Economics, Head of the Department of International Management, University of Wenzo, Taiwan
Long Angelina, Candidate of Economic Science, Associate Professor EBS IKBFU, Kaliningrad
Guryeva Marina, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Head of Innovation Department, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Double diploma programme in Economics and Management
Double diploma programme in Economics and Management with the University of Grenoble-Alpes (Grenoble, France)
Within the framework of double diploma programme, students will study at IKBFU during three years, and on the fourth year they will be enrolled in a parallel programme in France. The students who take part in this programme will be enrolled as third-year students of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Grenoble-Alpes.
It is possible to study at the University of Grenoble-Alpes both remotely and on spot in Grenoble.
During the year at the University of Grenoble-Alpes it will be necessary to pass two exam sessions (in February and June), in case of distant learning the exams will be held in Kaliningrad under the supervision of the programme managers. Performance will be assessed using a 20-point scale.
Moreover, the students of the programme will have the opportunity to undergo the one-semester training at the University of Grenoble-Alpes (all additional expenses connected with studying in France are covered by the student).
At the end of the diploma programme, the students must confirm the level of proficiency in English with an international certificate of at least B2 level or another official document. Those students who choose French will also have to provide a certificate of level B2 and higher in French at the end of the course.
To participate in the double diploma programme it is necessary to successfully complete at least three Bachelor's courses in the speciality “Economics” at IKBFU and also speak English and / or French.
Tuition fees: 2000 euros per year.
The package of documents (in English or French, depending on the chosen language of instruction) includes:
- a notarized translation and a copy of the birth certificate (the translation is done in French);
- completed and printed questionnaires;
- certificate of proficiency in English and / or French;
- 4 photos;
- copy of the main page of the foreign passport;
- certificate from the university, confirming that the student has finished at least 3 courses in the speciality “Economics”.
The project started in October 2017 and will last till September 2020. Act Now is based on a multidisciplinary partnership of 18 partners covering the whole programme region except for Belarus and Norway. The partnership consists of two groups of partners:
- one group of partners are local authorities. They will participate in the development and testing of the Capacity Building Schemes and play the role of “laboratories” for their application.
- the other group of partners are expert partners among which is IKBFU experienced in the fields of energy efficiency, energy management and energy planning. They will develop the Capacity Building Schemes and are responsible for the coaching of the municipalities during the Capacity Building Process in a tandem approach. They create jointly and collaboratively concepts and supply specific technical input for the generation of project materials, qualification measures and conferences. Further, they work collectively for the project output and dissemination of results.
The project has actually 53 associated organisation partners where Kaliningrad municipality is one of those.
The project aims at improving energy efficiency in the building stock of the project partner’ cities in BSR by enhancing the capacity of decision makers.
Local authorities play a key role in energy efficiency (EE) in the building stock. They invest in EE measures in their own properties. Skills to define and implement EE solutions and to secure funding are limited. „Act now” will show how local EE strategies and “Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs)” can be turned into concrete measures reducing energy consumption in buildings.
For this sake the project aims at the increase of capacities of municipality staff and local stakeholders who are dealing with energy issues. Core of the concept is the installation of local energy efficiency work groups consisting of municipality staff and external stakeholders. These groups will serve as local project steering groups, learning groups and as future instrument to coordinate local energy efficiency activities. The approach for capacity building is customized to the needs of each municipality since it is based on learning by doing in the given local context. Expert partners will coach the target groups and accompany the development process of a new investment in energy efficiency. A step by step approach to a smart sequence of local integrated cross-pressure actions will be defined. The customized capacity building schemes will be developed by a transnational expert team and tested in municipalities in all BSR countries. The transferable concept will be made available for municipalities in the whole BSR through guidelines and an online training programme.
The approach is not only focusing on learning. It also aims at analyzing workflows and administrative structures to get rid of obstacles which hamper an effective energy management and the planning of energy efficiency measures. In addition, tools like a software-based energy management system will be implemented to identify the “low hanging fruits” and prepare investments outside the project budget. Staff members will be trained in energy management, investment planning and communication with private investors and facility users.At the end of the Capacity Building in each participating municipality projects “ready for application” will be developed according to the local energy strategies and increased energy efficiency.