Joint Brainstorming by International Researchers
A week-long training methodological workshop 'Economic and Social Changes: values effects across Eurasia' on advanced quantitative methods in comparative studies took place in April. The workshop was jointly organized by the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES), Turkey, and HSE's Laboratory for Comparative Social Rsearch. The workshop included presentations by the members of LCSR and EBES, series of practical workshops, as well as reports of the participants.
The EBES presentation was conducted by Professor Mehmet Bilgin, Vice President of the Society. EBES is an organization that promotes the development of research in the field of economics, finance and business around the world. Moreover, the Society is a publisher of three journals which are relevant for the scientists working in the field of economics, finance and related disciplines. These journals are the Eurasian Economic Review, Eurasian Business Review and EBES Anthology. EBES also organizes regular international conferences, the nearest of which will be held in Istanbul in May 2015. A conference in Russia is scheduled for 2016-2017.
First master class was conducted by Professor Eduard Ponarin, director of the LCSR (HSE - St. Petersburg). The theme of the master class was 'Multilevel modeling in social science'. The lectures on multilevel models have already been preformed at weekly seminars and Summer Schools, which the Laboratory holds every year. Such a long interest in this methodological framework can be explained by its complexity and multiple possibilities for usage. Professor Ponarin not only described the methodological procedures but also shared the latest results of their joint research with Professor Ronald Inglehart, scientific supervisor of LCSR. The prominent authors prepare for publishing the material.
The next master class was guided by Professor Hermann Duelmer (University of Cologne, Germany), external expert of the LCSR`s research network. Professor Duelmer presented material on methodologies of Factorial Design. Theoretical narrative was especially useful for future participants of the LCSR Summer School - 2015 'Introduction to Factorial Design and Data Visualization with R', which will be held from July 25 to August 3, 2015, Moscow.
Roberto Foa (Harvard University, USA), associate researcher of LCSR, held two sessions on the principles of data visualization in the social sciences and practical mapping using geographic information system (GIS).
Boris Sokolov, research fellow of LCSR (HSE - St. Petersburg), finished the workshop with master classes on introduction to Bayesian statistics.
During the five days workshop, participants had an excellent opportunity to consult with the professors. The consultations were held in small groups or individually, which contributed to the development of projects and publications of young LCSR`s researches.
Offsite events of the Laboratory should not be considered as only a meeting with associate members of the scientific network, which unites the researches from different universities and research organizations around the world. Such workshops should be also viewed as the opportunity to freely exchange ideas within the laboratory, since most of the time LCSR`s St Petersburg and Moscow offices communicate remotely. The outdoor meetings allows the laboratory to keep the group spirit and organize productive brain storms. The current workshop was saturated with a lot of fresh ideas and all the participants were actively involved in the discussion of various topics.
On May 23-24, following the Days of the International Academy of Education held earlier this week, the General Assembly of the International Academy of Education took place at HSE University Moscow. The assembly brings together education researchers and experts from all over the world, and this is the first time that the biannual meeting was held in Russia. Over the course of two days, members discussed joint projects and publications and met newly inducted members who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their research. Members also took part in small group discussions on a variety of topics, including digital literacy and math education.
On May 20, the Days of the International Academy of Education commenced at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Experts from all over the world engaged in identifying global education policy trends will hold a series of meetings, master classes, seminars and open lectures. They will share their experience with Russian researchers, instructors and education policy makers over the course of three days.
This year, the HSE Faculty of Law is launching new extended programmes in Common Law, for which graduates will receive a degree from the University of London. These programmes are open for first-year students, as well as for other students and professionals.
The Higher School of Economics has become a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). It is a key partner of UNESCO and the oldest global association that aims to provide quality and affordable online education to students around the world. Today HSE is the only representative of Russia in ICDE.
The agreement establishes a student- and academic-exchange programme and the opportunity for joint educational and research project development. The agreement was signed on April 8 with the participation of representatives of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia.
From February 25 to March 2, HSE’s Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs hosted an academic module of the University Consortium, an inter-regional training programme for outstanding students that aims to promote mutual understanding, balanced analysis, and genuine dialogue among the US, EU, and Russia.
HSE Gears up for Staff and Student Conference: A Look Back at the University’s International Activities
On March 20, a conference of HSE staff and students will take place at HSE. It will consider the university’s development programme and elect the new Academic Council. The previous conference took place five years ago, in 2014, and the university has changed a lot since then. HSE News Service talked to some of the university leaders about what has changed in their area of responsibility over this period.
At the invitation of Professor Vladimir Kantor, Head of the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue, Swiss Ambassador Yves Rossier visited HSE on Wednesday, 13 February, to give a lecture and meet with faculty and students. In addition to Professor Kantor and students of his International Laboratory, Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov and faculty and students of the School of Philosophy and the HSE Lyceum were in attendance. Vice Rector Prostakov delivered the opening remarks.
Sound artist Robert Elias Stokowy of Berlin and Yulia Chernenko,lecturer at the HSE Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, have initiated a joint German-Russian artistic research project entitled, ‘Phenomenology of Darkness’.
The two universities have signed a student exchange agreement. Now HSE students will be able to spend a semester in Shenzhen, while Chinese students get to spend a semester at HSE.