International Center Hosts Brown Bag Discussion with Russian Scholars

Two visiting Russian university administrators will speak at a brown bag lunch hosted by the International Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Building 1, Room 104. The discussion topics will include “Higher Education in Russia: Then and Now” and “Internationalizing Russian Higher Education.” The campus community is invited to attend the discussions, which will be followed by question-and-answer sessions.

The College of the Extended University has been host to the Russian scholars for a two-month training program sponsored by the International Research and Exchanges Board.

Participants in the program are Elena Fedorovna Zhukova, chair of English Language at Novgorod State University, and Elena Danilovna Ryabenkaya, head of International Relations at Rostov State University. During their stay at Cal Poly Pomona, the Russian visitors will meet with faculty members and administrators to discuss faculty training and development in addition to the steps involved in creating and managing a university consortia. Both Russian administrators will observe how their U.S. counterparts operate and investigate grant opportunities for international projects.

“This training program is very timely for both administrators as it addresses situations and challenges that they are presently facing at their respective universities,” says Ed Barnes, associate vice president for Executive Affairs.

Faculty and staff who would like to share expertise in the areas of international education, study abroad or international development are asked to contact Kirsten Torguson, International Center, at (909) 869-3125 or by e-mail at