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August 14, 2012

SUNY Empire State College and Russian Partnership Under Discussion

Dean Tom Mackey and others with Dr. Myasoedov at the college's Center for Distance Learning

Dr. Sergei Myasoedov, senior vice president of the Russian Presidential Academy and president of the Russian Association of Business Education, visited Empire State College Aug. 8 to discuss potential collaborative projects in online and blended learning.

RPA has established a vast network of international partners and developed many successful international collaborative programs. The RPA's interest in Empire State College is a response to the recently recognized need to develop online and blended learning capabilities.

Dr. Myasoedov with Vice President for Integrated Technologies David O'Neill, Center for Distance Learning Dean Tom Mackey, MBA Chairman Alan Belasen, Interim Director for International Projects Gavin Lowder, International Distance Learning Coordinator Joe Boudreau, and faculty members Richard Bonnabeau of International Programs and Val Chukhlomin of CDL.

RPA serves 160,000 students, making it the largest public university in Russia. It includes two formerly independent branches: the Academy of National Economy, which is located in Moscow and confers more than 50 percent of the MBAs in the country; and the Academy of Civil Service, which comprises 68 divisions across the country and is dedicated to training and retraining civil servants and public employees.

Plans call for Empire State College and RPA to engage in a pilot project aimed at developing international distance learning in Moscow later this year. The contact with RPA was initiated by Chukhlomin, who had been a keynote speaker at the Russian Association of Business Education conference on emerging technologies in Madeira, Portugal. For CDL, Chukhlomin developed and regularly teaches International eLearning Skills, a bilingual educational planning study aimed at introducing Russian-speaking students to self-directed online learning in the American college environment.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout her or his college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. Additional information about the college is available here.

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