HSE Becomes Member of International Council for Open and Distance Education
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.
‘For HSE, joining the International Council for Open and Distance Education is another step in the development of a global partner network. It is important for us to work together with colleagues from different countries, to be integrated into the international expert community, to share experience and best practices in order to promote and maintain openness, accessibility and high quality of online education in Russia and in the world,’ says Evgenia Kulik, HSE Director for eLearning.
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) was founded in 1938 in Canada and was engaged primarily in developing distance education. With the advent of digital technologies, the Council turned its focus onto online education. ICDE also has a longstanding partnership with UNESCO that dates back to the 1960s.
Since 1988, the Council Secretariat is located in Oslo (Norway). ICDE is also a member of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization.
ICDE members jointly organize events and projects aimed at implementing the global programme ‘Sustainable Development Goal 4’ which is aimed at providing inclusive and equal quality education and providing lifelong learning opportunities for students around the world.
Over 190 educational institutions from 70 countries with more than 15 million students are members of ICDE. The following organisations are members of the ICDE Council: The Ministry of National Education (France), University of London (UK), University of Maryland (USA), University of Colorado (USA), Online Learning Consortium (USA), University of Windsor (Canada), Jagiellonian University (Poland), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and other internationally recognized centers of education.
HSE University, represented by the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, and the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) signed a partnership agreement, under which they will regularly exchange information, carry out joint research, as well as organize conferences and other events.
On December 12, heads of missions and embassy representatives from over forty countries gathered in Moscow for HSE University Day for Diplomatic Missions. The event, which was held at HSE’s newly renovated Pokrovka campus, was aimed at fostering further cooperation between HSE and its international partners.
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies of the Faculty of Humanities has launched a Center of Iranian Studies and the Persian Language. On December 6, representatives of HSE University and the Cultural Representative of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow signed the cooperation agreement.
Researchers and diplomats from 35 countries and eight Russian regional universities gathered at HSE University to discuss globalization in Asia and how it differs from what is taking place in Europe.
On October 25-26, the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) and the Laboratory of Financial Economics (LFE) hosted the Eighth International Moscow Finance Conference at HSE University. This year’s programme included researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; University of Warwick; University of Lausanne; and the London School of Economics. Their presentations dealt with a wide range of timely topics, including the forecasting potential of data science models.
Students of the HSE and University of London Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations earned some of the highest scores worldwide on the exams that the University of London administers at its foreign partner universities.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.