A Special ICEF Jubilee Graduation
On the 25th of September the International College of Economics and Finance held its graduation ceremony and a reception for alumni at the residence of the British Ambassador in Moscow.
2012 is an important year for both the HSE, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and for ICEF which was founded by HSE and the LSE 15 years ago. This was the first truly representative graduation ceremony – Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of HSE, Alexander Shokhin, President of HSE, Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE and Sergei Yakovlev, Director of ICEF were all in attendance, as were senior professors from both universities and the British Ambassador, Tim Barrow.
Sergei Yakovlev recalled how the ICEF project had begun as a college aimed at teaching a baccalaureat programme of two diplomas and gradually became an institute specialising in research. Over the years about 750 students have graduated from ICEF with diplomas from HSE and LSE, University of London. Students who graduate from the centre’s MA, besides their Russian certificate, receive a special letter signed by the director of the LSE. And the two universities have jointly set up an International Laboratory of Financial Economics at ICEF.
According to Sergei Yakovlev, about 90% of MA graduates from ICEF start their professional careers in leading banks and companies in Russia and abroad, and a number of them go on to academic jobs in other countries.
Tim Barrow, welcoming the guests at the ceremony, remarked that those who supported the ICEF project and those who are involved in it now have chosen wisely because the future belongs to those who care about education. ‘You are a wonderful example of Russian-British cooperation’, said the ambassador, addressing the new graduates. ‘When I first came to Moscow in 1980, our relations were extremely narrow and specific, and no one could have imagined that they could become so wide-ranging. I hope that, having begun your careers, you will continue to strengthen the ties between Russia and Great Britain. I also hope that you’ll become members of the British Alumni Club where you can meet many open-minded and successful people. I’m delighted to meet you today and look forward to seeing more of you in the future.’
Yaroslav Kuzminov remarked that every year the number of students on the ICEF baccalaureate course grows bigger and bigger with about 250 enrolling this year alone. ‘It’s an incontrovertible fact’, said the Rector of HSE, ‘and a sign that first class education in economics is becoming available in Russia, and that people have more faith in the chances of a career in the global labour market and in the academic sphere. ICEF is a leader in Russia today in its share of graduates continuing their studies in universities abroad.’
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Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service
Photos by Nikita Benzoruk
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