LCSR Signed Partnership Agreement with the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute
The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), established in October 2008 with enthusiastic support from the leadership of Qatar University, falls under the Office of the President. SESRI's mission is to provide sound and reliable data to guide policy formulation, priority-setting, and evidence-based planning in the social and economic sectors.
The Institute's research agenda spans a wide range of substantive areas of importance to Qatari society, including labor and employment, modernization and shifts in social values, education, health, family structure, and the impact of social and traditional media. At the same time, SESRI works to place results from Qatar into a wider context through participation in regional and international survey projects, including the widely-utilized World Values Survey.
'SESRI is our partner in the World Values Survey network’, said Eduard Ponarin, Director of the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR). ‘Its employee, Darwish Al-Emadi, is a representative of the association in Qatar, while I am a representative of the association in Russia.’
SESRI and the LCSR recently developed regional units for the next wave of the World Values Survey. SESRI has twice sponsored the association’s conference in Qatar, as well as many other international events, some of which have also involved employees from the laboratory (for example, the conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, or WAPOR). On the basis of SESRI, a regional association centre is being established to unite its representatives in the Arab world.
‘I would like to set up a similar centre at HSE that brings together academics from Eurasia, but unfortunately, current political and financial difficulties are standing in the way of this process’, Ponarin said. ‘However, our lab network has been successfully operating for four years and was an inspiration in the creation of the regional centre in Qatar. The region has a lot of interesting young people. Recently, I took part as a teacher in advanced training courses for young academics from Arab countries (from Sudan to Lebanon and Morocco to Iraq); a similar network of our laboratory could easily be set up. There are quite a few young expats from the US and Europe working at SESRI who are interested in comparative studies and international cooperation’.
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.
On January 14, 2019, Professor Giovanni Tria spoke at HSE on contemporary globalization, including its consequences and problems. Below are the key highlights of his talk.