Panda Powell Travels to Russia to Work with Fellow Research Administrator
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance Panda Powell recently returned from a trip to Russia to help build their university research administration capabilities. Powell was in the country Nov. 6-12 to work with a counterpart from Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University and attend a conference at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
The initiative is a joint effort of the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Eurasia Foundation and other global research administration groups. UNCW’s strategic plan places a focus on international partnerships and collaboration with universities around the globe.
“Russian universities are just beginning to incorporate business management practices for research administration,” Powell said. “We are working with our Russian counterparts to help them learn more about the business decisions involved in administering grants, including financial accountability and how to locate sources of grant money.”
Powell was paired with Natalia Shaydorova, a research administrator from Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University. The partnership began in August when Shaydorova came to UNCW in August as part of the NCURA Global Fellowship program.
While in Russia, Powell also attended the Eurasia Foundation-NCURA conference in Moscow.
-- Tricia Vance