22.12.2014 - ITMO meeting
On 15 December 2014 CONSORT Group participated in the first meeting of the Council for International Recruitment of ITMO University (St Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics). Representatives of the university and the leading recruitment firms in St Petersburg and Russia met to discuss the Council’s modus operandi, its capabilities and powers of authority. Project Leader Marina Misyura took part in the Council’s meeting on behalf of CONSORT Group.
Setting up a Council for International Recruitment is a unique event for higher education establishments not only in St. Petersburg but also in Russia. It is for the first time that a university introduced such a department where representatives of the university, together with recruitment experts, can work to meet a big challenge of attracting highly qualified staff for the university. This is a key issue for ITMO in improving competitiveness on the international arena. Creating a world-class personnel management system and reinforcing a highly professional staff team is one of the "road map" strategic initiatives of ITMO while participating in the 5-100 Project.
In addition to the University’s representatives, nearly two dozen professionals from various recruitment firms are involved in the Council’s work as experts. The experts will evaluate the decisions taken and advise members of the relevant staff selection committees.
The Council's activities are aimed at a comprehensive solution to personnel policy’s challenges in one of the leading universities of St Petersburg.
"It is important that new staff members who come to work for ITMO University, not only take up their posts but also continuously improve and develop themselves, - says Alexey Bobtsov, Computer Technology and Management Faculty Dean. - Only then can we solve the problem of staff inefficiency. I believe that the Council for International Recruitment will help attract highly qualified faculty staff and scientists. We are very serious, and the invited experts feel it and show interest in our initiative."
"When we met with representatives of recruitment companies, we saw their surprise, at best - says Denis Zhuk, Head of HRM Department’s Business Cooperation Centre. - This is due to the fact that representatives of the public sector, and in particular higher school, are very closed off to this kind of contacts. But our initiative to create an open-doors Council on the relevant issue of recruitment is extremely useful for the university, including making and substantiating complex decisions, whose correctness can be verified by recognized HR industry experts. Besides, the Council will be one more element of the shared governance model of university management to which we aspire."
Overall, all the experts agreed that ITMO University’s approach to solving the issue of improving the system of new staff recruitment is very professional and expressed readiness for further cooperation. Already in the next semester the Council will need to conduct a nation-wide search for staff – both in St Petersburg and across Russia – to select 156 new faculty members to work at ITMO University.
We hope that the establishment of the Council for International Recruitment at ITMO will serve as a positive example of cooperation between higher school and search industry, and other leading universities in St Petersburg and perhaps in this country will take up this initiative in the future.