From Russia with Skype: Mount professor embraces international learning

December 06, 2016

Tracey Niemotko, a Mount Saint Mary College accounting professor (far right), Skype chats with Volgograd State University in Russia on December 1. Joining in was Moira Tolan, business professor and business graduate program coordinator (left). 


Tracey Niemotko, Mount Saint Mary College professor of accounting and chair of the School of Business, recently brought her classroom to Russia via a Skype video chat.

Mount faculty and students connected with about 20 students at the Volgograd State University in Russia on December 1. Both groups learned about their foreign counterparts’ culture and lifestyle. Topics discussed include studies, work, family life, leisure time, social networking, and gadgets.

The Russian students emphasized that it is common to obtain an education beyond the traditional college degree in order to get a job. Both the American and Russian students noted that hands-on experience is critical for meaningful employment, but the Mount students have access to internship opportunities, such as those obtained though the college’s Career Center. Internships, learned the Mount students, are not as widely available in Russia.

Niemotko is no stranger to international academics; she has been collaborating with professor Olga Lomakina of Volgograd State University for years. The partnership has blossomed into Skype presentations, and a visit from Niemotko to the Russian university on the 20th year jubilee of the Volzhsky Institute of Humanities.

While in Russia, Niemotko also spoke to Volgograd economic and law students on “American Businesses: The Challenge to Remain Competitive in the Global Economy.”