• Tanya Stanko
  • Elena Chernyshkova
  • Oksana Zhirosh
  • Alexandra Melnichenko
  • Yulia Antokhina
  • Irina Laskina
  • Marina Khodyreva
  • Sofya Chernogortseva
  • Alexey Lopatin
  • Natalia Sluzova
  • Sergey Ryabchenko
  • Svetlana Lavrova

In this paper we define university research culture and suggest a metric to evaluate the level of its maturity by comparing five universities in Russia, including the regional ones. We argue that strong research culture is pivotal for talent attraction and quality education, especially in engineering. By comparing the research productivity of universities with established and with immature research cultures during COVID-19 pandemic, we demonstrate that the mature research culture has helped universities to survive such global stressful situations with comparatively fewer loses, whereas the universities with currently undeveloped or emerging research culture have experienced a dramatic impact on their publication output. We suggest a set of activities to enhance research capacity of HE organizations by engaging local full-time faculty and report the results of implementation of a related faculty development program at one of the regional universities under study in late 2019 – early 2020. The implementation results show that such an intervention has contributed to enhancing research capacity and has advanced research culture at the University even at the time of pandemic as the result of increased research productivity of experienced and moderately experienced researchers and of forming new research groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobility for Smart Cities and Regional Development - Challenges for Higher Education - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2021
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Hanno Hortsch, Oliver Michler, Thomas Köhler
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030939069
StatePublished - 2022
Event24th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2021 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 22 Sep 202124 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume390 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference24th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2021

    Research areas

  • Faculty development, Faculty engagement in engineering research, Research capacity enhancement, Research productivity, University research culture

    Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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