Sergey Pekarski Elected New Dean of Faculty of Economic Sciences
The HSE Academic Council announced that Sergey Pekarski, Head of the Department of Theoretical Economics, will take over as Dean of Faculty from Oleg Zamulin, who will join Sberbank’s Centre of Macroeconomic Research as Director. Professor Zamulin will retain his position of professor at the faculty and continue teaching.
Oleg Zamulin has headed HSE’s Faculty of Economics since 2011. The university’s youngest dean at the time, Professor Zamulin was tasked with carrying out substantial managerial and structural reforms at the faculty. In an interview shortly after his appointment, he said, ‘I’ve been invited to a cutting-edge university, to its best faculty… It is a little bit scary, but I’m willing to try.’
His attempt proved to be a successful one: he reorganized the structure of the faculty, optimized administrative processes, and appointed academic directors and managers to undergraduate and master’s programmes. Today, these changes seem obvious and are easily taken for granted, but Professor Zamulin’s work made the Faculty of Economic Sciences a model for the rest of the university.
During this time, the faculty’s enrollments have grown considerably, and new laboratories, including international ones, have opened. The faculty’s position in international rankings has improved: it now ranks in the top 150 of the QS Ranking in the category of Economics & Econometrics, the top 200 in Accounting & Finance, and the top 125 of the THE ranking in Business & Economics. In each of the cases, the faculty ranks first amongst its Russian peers. For his contribution to the development of university, Oleg Zamulin was awarded the HSE Honour Award 1st Class.
Sergey Pekarski, who is replacing Oleg Zamulin as Dean of Faculty, has worked at HSE for 20 years. He graduated from the HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) in Applied Mathematics and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from HSE. In 2006, he earned his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. In recent years, he has headed the Department of Theoretical Economics and the International Laboratory for Macroeconomic Analysis. Professor Pekarski has been a tenured professor with HSE since 2014.
Speaking at an Academic Council session about his vision for the further development of the faculty, Sergey Pekarski emphasized the need for decreasing class hours and increasing the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. ‘It is necessary, if we want to stay abreast of the new currents in education today,’ he said. Other tasks include responding to the job market’s challenges by opening more joint departments with companies, incorporating project work into teaching, and developing a series of courses in digital economics.
The head of the HSE Institute of Education, Professor Isak Froumin, has joined the journal International Review of Education as a consulting editor. David Atchoarena, the publication’s editor-in-chief and the director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, recently informed the Institute of Education that he was extending this offer.
In order to research human capital, Lilia Ovcharova, a renowned scholar and expert on social policy, has been appointed Vice Rector responsible for applied human capital research at HSE. Human capital development studies are key priority for our university.
Italy’s Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano made HSE Banking Institute Director Vasily Solodkov a Knight of the Italian Order of the Star for his exceptional scholarly contribution to the advancement and development of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and Russia.
Tenured HSE Professor Fuad Aleskerov, who is the head of the Faculty of Economic Sciences’ Department of Mathematics, has become a member of the Informatics section of the Academia Europaea.
Alexander Tonevitsky, Dean of the HSE Faculty of Biology and Biotechnologies and corresponding member of the RAS, was awarded the honorary title of Distinguished Scientist of the Russian Federation. The awards ceremony was held in the Kremlin on November 27.
Academic Supervisors of HSE programmes have been awarded bonuses for activities contributing to the university’s development. Active attraction of international students to HSE has become one of the assessment criteria.
The 7th Moscow International Forum ‘Open Innovations.’ which took place from October 15 – 17 in Skolkovo, included an exhibition on the results of research carried out by academic institutions, small enterprises and leading universities, including HSE.
Fedor Ratnikov, a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA), has been appointed project coordinator in the SHiP collaboration. He will be responsible for developing and designing the detector’s active magnetic radiation shielding.
The Contribution to Science and Education Award, established by the HSE, recognises outstanding contributions to academic development and international academic cooperation.