‘We want our students to be better than we are and more knowledgeable than we are’
Iftekhar Hasan, Professor of Finance and Economics at Fordham University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial Stability, recently led a workshop for fourth-year undergraduate students in the HSE’s Faculty of Economics on ‘Banks and Banking Operations’. Professor Hasan's research interests cover financial institutions, corporate finance, capital markets and entrepreneurial finance, among other areas.
For the workshop, students prepared their own presentations on topics such as bank competition, corporate governance and bank performance, which Professor Hasan graded. Following the workshop, he spoke with the HSE news service about the experience and his approach to teaching.
— How long have you been working with the HSE?
— I first started working with the HSE in 2007. Since then, Professor Vasiliy Solodkov, Director of the HSE Banking Institute, and I regularly meet at conferences where we share information.
— What do you enjoy about collaborating with HSE students and evaluating their work?
— The academic exchange, research seminars, student exchange – everything that helps us avoid international barriers that may exist due to certain global situations.
I enjoy the heterogeneity of knowledge, sharing knowledge, and exposure to knowledge – all of this gives a basis for a better understanding of the problems and for making better decisions. I am not the first who has said this, but I consider it my duty to work in this field.
Finally, I love meeting with university students from different countries. These workshops have taken place in Moscow, France, Italy, Finland, Chile and other countries. The more diverse young people’s knowledge is and the more variety there is to their sources of information, the better their education will be and the more benefit they will be able to bring to their countries.
— What was your impression of the work presented by students from the Faculty of Economics?
— The students demonstrated a high level of training and openness to new approaches. I sincerely congratulate them and their instructors on the high quality of the presentations. I advise all of them to keep studying and earn their Ph.D.
— What motto do you follow in your work?
— As professors, we are the intellectual parents of our students, and we want our children to be more successful. We want our students be better than we are and more knowledgeable than we are. This is why we work. I believe that there should be as much ‘foreign teacher – student’ interaction as possible around the world. I regret that I do not have an entire week free to work with students at the HSE.
Our undergraduates were very serious in preparing their presentations, which affected the quality. Working with international experts in seminars like this gives students the opportunity not only to listen to foreign professors, but also to ask questions and engage in debate.
Director, HSE Banking Institute
HSE News Service
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