University of Nizhny Novgorod

Alexander Bednyy


Head of International Affairs Administration, Dean of the Faculty for International Students,  Director of the Center for Development of Innovative Entrepreneurship of Young Scientists. He has a number of years of experience in the field of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer.


Alexander Grudzinskiy


Alexander Grudzinskiy was born in 1955. He graduated from the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1977, and then he worked as an engineer at the Department for Automatic Control Systems at Krasnoe Sormovo Plant (Gorky, USSR) for two years (1977-1979).

Alexander Grudzinskiy started his academic carrier as Teaching Assistant (1979) at the Software Department of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics (Nizhni Novgorod State University). His Candidate of Science Degree in Physics and Mathematics (1985) followed a postgraduate course at the Computer Centre of the USSR Academy of Sciences (Moscow). After that he worked as Senior Lecturer (1985-90) and Docent (since 1990) at UNN. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Danish Technical University (Lyngby, Denmark) in 1990-1991.

Today Dr. Sc. Grudzinskiy is Head of the Centre for Continuing Education (since 1986), Dean of the Faculty for Management and Business (since 1994), and Head of the Chair Sociology of Management (since 2005). He is Vice-Rector for International Affairs since 2003. He also worked as Head of the UNN Department for Technology Transfer (1996-2003) and Head of the UNN Centre for the University Management Studies (2003-2005).

Dr. Alexander Grudzinskiy is Executive Committee member of the Deans’ European Academic Network (DEAN) and DEAN Ambassador in Russia (since 2001).

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Alexander Lubavsky


Position: Deputy Director of the International Office


•Nizhni Novgorod (Gorky) State Institute of Foreign Languages, Diplom Translation and Interpreting, 1972;

•All-Union Institute for Development of Information Workers, 1981

Professional interests:

Internationalization of higher education

Alexander has been working for UNN for over three decades and he is very fluent in several foreign languages.

Elena Shichkova


Since 2007 Elena has been working at the Faculty of International Relations of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod as Assistant and later on as a Senior Lecturer of the Department of international political communication, public relations and advertising. Her research interests include: Gender studies, contemporary Russian political process, political socialization of personality, ethics, business communication, the methodology issues of political modernization, international and cultural tourism.


Harley Wagler


Harley Wagler is the former director of the Russian Studies Program. His RSP
Team qualifications include a master’s degree and A.B.D. in his doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas. Wagler is fluent in Russian and has spent over 17 years living and teaching in Russia and Eastern Europe. Wagler has given advice to different political leaders throughout Russia and other former-Soviet countries. He regularly presents papers at the International Pushkin festival and he’s considered an expert on Pushkin by Russians and others. “Harley’s so culturally adept, even Russians sometimes forget he’s not a Russian.”


Ilya Kuftyrev


PI of the project, Dr. Kuftyrev heads UNN International Office since 2009. His research field is Innovation Economics and Technology Transfer. He has over 30 scientific papers published and an extensive experience in a number of international programs, such as Fellowship in International Affairs Management within IREX Program UASP, at Indiana University, Bloomington (2010). Since 2011 he also serves as the Deputy Director of UNN Centre for Tourism Management and Industry Outreach.

Irina Milashevskaya 



Irina Milashevskaya graduated from the Faculty of Philology in 2004. She has a vast experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language. Irina has taught American students over the years of the Russian Studies Program and now she is teaching the exchange students from UF.


Mikhail Rykhtik 


Dean, Faculty of International Relations, Doctor of Political Sciences. He graduated from UNN Faculty of History in 1993. His research interests include Political Theory, International Political Communications, National and International Security, US-Russian Relations. Since 2011 he heads UNN Centre for Tourism Management and Industry Outreach whose creation is one of the vital outputs of the UF – UNN project.


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