This event will introduce not only students to one another, but entire countries as well. Here you will be able to drink traditional Russian tea with baranki, learn to dance the Lezginka and speak Moldovan, and become familiarised with the different cultures represented by the international students that HSE has brought together.
14:30 — 15:00 'The Whole World at HSE' Parade of Nationalities
Meeting people from different cultures often gives you a new understanding of yourself and the modern world, a world in which territorial boundaries and your nationality oftentimes do not stand in the way of friendly and professional collaboration, while language barriers are lifted thanks to top-notch education systems. You will be able to get a sense of HSE’s ‘globality’ and ‘internationality’ during its flag parade, where representatives of more than 20 nationalities will walk with their flags around Gorky Park, which is its own sort of Mecca for international tourists.
Traditions of Russian teatime may not be as old as Chinese customs, but they are characterized by hospitality and cheerfulness. We invite all guests of HSE Day, especially our foreign colleagues and international students, to attend the Russian tea ceremony, a unique part of national culture.
Russian tea culture dates back to Russian nobles and merchants and will be demonstrated at the ceremony through a number of ways, including the whistling of the iconic samovar and the delicious taste of cakes and cracknels. The focus of the event will be international communication in the form of trivia and games dedicated to the Russian language and our rich culture.
HSE Chamber of Nationalities
The HSE Chamber of Nationalities is a student organisation that has been working on various issues for the last five years in order to achieve a constructive, intercultural dialogue and forge positive relationships among the different nationalities at the Higher School of Economics.
The Chamber carries out cultural events, fundraisers, round tables, and academic conferences, and the organisation even hosts film screenings. Participants in this event can expect to see workshops, musical activities, and competitions that will serve as an introduction to various cultural traditions from around the world.
The club aims to familiarise participants with Armenian culture by teaching them the language, allowing them to communicate with representatives of different professional spheres in Armenia, and of course, participating in various fun activities. In addition, as part of the Armenian Speaking Club, you will be able to practice your Armenian and learn more about the country’s music and other cultural characteristics.
HSE International Student Association
Visitors of this event will be able to attend a class on dancing to Bachata music, which is native to the Dominican Republic. They will also learn to draw on their hands with Mehndi, and guests will take part in the Whole World at HSE team quest by collecting all continents on a single map.
Lastly, there will be a multinational ‘quiz’ throughout the entire day to test everyone’s knowledge of the geography, history, music, and other aspects of different cultures and groups from around the world.
International Street is a zone that introduces you to cultures and traditions from countries around the world, including Brazil, Moldova, China, Uzbekistan, Italy, Mexico, and more. Student representatives from these countries will talk about their national culture, teach guests simple phrases in their language, treat everyone to traditional dishes, and lead different cultural activities that everyone can take part in.
A special relaxation zone where you can lie on a mat and meditate during various creative workshops. At the Ethnic Corner, guests will be able to create something beautiful with their hands and have an overall relaxing time. There will be kite-making, henna designs (mehndi), and wreath making with artificial flowers.