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The HSE Holds a Meeting with University of Turin Leadership

The leadership of the HSE and the faculties recently held a meeting with a delegation from the University of Turin. The participants discussed opportunities for cooperation between the universities, and agreed that the University of Turin would become one of the main international partners of the recently established International Laboratory of Law and Development at the HSE.

Participating in the meeting were Gianmaria Ajani, Professor and Rector of the University of Turin; Sergio Bortolani, Vice Rector on Research Work and Internationalization and Director of the IRCC (the Institute for Cancer Research); Pietro Fré, Science Attaché of the Embassy of Italy in the Russian Federation, Head of the Department of Physics, and Fernanda Negro, Assistant to Rector in International Relations.

In his welcoming speech, Yaroslav Kuzminov pointed out that despite the fact that international partnership is being tested for strength today, the HSE’s cooperation continues to develop with foreign partners, which is based on years of experience, trust and mutual understanding of the need to internationalize science and education. 

Support and development of academic and professional cooperation should guarantee a prompt return to a peaceful and constructive dialogue between countries, which should in turn solve common global problems by consolidating intellectual resources.

Although it was established later than relationships with universities in France, Germany, and the Netherlands, partnership with Italian universities is extremely important for the HSE. In fact, HSE professors started collaborating with their Turin colleagues long before this agreement.

Active institutional partnerships (including signing agreements on academic cooperation and student exchange with the University of Bologna (2009), International University College of Turin (2009), the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (2011), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2012), and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Turin (2012)) took place at the time when the HSE was awarded the status of national research university, Kuzminov added.


Today, in cooperation with its international partners, the HSE is able to set new goals concerning the internationalization of science and education


Today, in cooperation with its international partners, the HSE is able to set new goals concerning the internationalization of science and education. Among these are implementing joint interdisciplinary research, preparing joint Master’s programmes in foreign languages, and creating research and educational laboratories and joint councils for defending Master’s and PhD theses.   

The HSE’s Rector pointed out that the university will continue to develop the practice of student and postgraduate internships abroad and create conditions for foreign student admissions.

During the meeting participants not only discussed the areas of cooperation stated above, but also determined the prospects for further cooperation between the universities in economics, finance, management, law, mathematics, and statistics. They paid special attention to the International Laboratory of Law and Development, which was recently founded at the HSE in collaboration with Skolkovo. The laboratory was represented by Alexey Ivanov, Head of the Laboratory and Director of the Skolkovo Department of Legal Policy and Social Development, and Leopold Specht, a renowned Austrian lawyer, entrepreneur, lector and the laboratory’s Academic Supervisor. 

The University of Turin is expected to become one of the main international partners of the laboratory. A leading international competence centre will be created with the University of Turin, which will focus on issues of legal regulation, as well as economic and social development in a globalizing world.

Tatyana Meshkova, specially for the HSE news service

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