Within the Russian internationalisation strategy for increasing incoming and outgoing academic mobility indicators, ITMO University utilises a variety of tools to match the objective. Increased number of ITMO students aimed at spending a semester abroad and constantly growing number of 200+ active academic partners worldwide become a challenge which calls an innovative solution. While students are struggling to cope with a large amount of information in order to make the choice of a host university, ITMO International Office staff spends significant time on face-to-face consultations to help students find a matching curriculum at a partner university. The current circumstances generate a need to mechanise processes for outgoing mobility to minimise time devoted to consultations and help students to reduce the list of suggested universities. Therefore, in September 2019 ITMO International Office introduced a demo-version of innovative platform solution that applies several filters diminishing the number of exchange destinations in accordance with the students’ study level and major. In order to evaluate the platform’s impact upon outbound student mobility, a pilot case study was conducted both with outgoing exchange student and ITMO International Office staff. The data collected have shown the positive dynamics in students’ motivation and general awareness regarding exchange studies abroad. Furthermore, the study says that the platform facilitates students’ better choice of a host university. However, compared to the previous semester ITMO University staff members declare to have had minor changes in consulting hours spent on assisting student in university allocation.
Ekaterina Rassolenko, ITMO University, Russia
Aleksandra Krivonogova, ITMO University, Russia
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