Central New York's colleges are under an international spotlight. A group of educators who crossed the world to learn about the U.S.’s education system are visiting two Oswego County schools. Candace Hopkins shows us how Russian educators discovered the challenges of teaching are similar around the globe.
FULTON, N.Y.--The distinguished delegation is made up of professors and administrators from universities throughout Russia. But Wednesday morning, they were the ones getting a lesson.
"It was a very interesting program. It is very important for us to understand how the system of higher education works in the United States. We had a chance to see different aspects of the higher education, we can communicate with our colleagues," said Dmitriy Moskvin, the Vice President of Research at the Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art.
That is the ultimate goal. Using what they've learned and strengthening their own schools in Russia. Wednesday they visited the brand new Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College to brainstorm with administrators and local lawmakers.
"I think it's great that we can impart some of the stuff that we've learned through our higher educational institutions and also we can learn a lot. This happens to be a group from Russia. We can learn a lot from what they've gone through and what their ideas are on higher education," said Assemblyman Will Barclay.
That discussion focused on many topics. Leaders looked at how students pay for school and how colleges are evaluated. The most important thing the Russian delegation discovered is the similarities they share with American educators.
"I think one of the common problems is how to motivate students to learn better and to learn more," said Moskvin.
The new lessons will help Russian students be a bigger part of the global economy. The group also traveled to SUNY Oswego for several events. Their visit to the U.S. was organized by the International Center of Syracuse.