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Awards and New Areas of Development

On October 28th 2011, a session of the Academic Council of the Higher School of Economics took place at the HSE, The event began with an award ceremony: Claude Blanchemaison, Professor at the Paris-Dauphine University, former French Ambassador in Russia and a long-time friend of the HSE, was given the title of HSE Honorary Professor.

The day before this event, Claude Blanchemaison spoke to HSE students on the current problems of the European Union and its relationship with Russia.

‘I am happy to recall the times when, during the early stages of the Higher School of Economics we communicated closely with our French colleagues’, said Evgeniy Yasin, Academic Supervisor of the HSE, during the ceremony, ‘I want to once again thank Mr. Blanchemaison for the input he made into the development of our university. Whenever you are in Moscow, please remember that the Higher School of Economics is your home where you are always welcome and which is always grateful to you. I hope we shall have both reason and opportunity to do something together again’.

The members of the Academic Council awarded Gennady Yakshin, President of the HSE Nizhny Novgorod branch, with one of the highest awards of the university – Badge of Honour 2nd Class. Gennady Yakshin was the driving force behind the launch of the HSE in Nizhny Novgorod and was its director for over 10 years. During that time, this branch of the HSE, which was created almost ‘from scratch’, managed to become one of the leading universities in the region. Since 2008, Gennady Yakshin has been President of the HSE Nizhny Novgorod.

At the Academic Council session a new edition of the HSE Programme of Development for 2012-2018 was also considered. The existing areas of development, Economics and Sociology, have been supplemented with a new one – Management and Public Administration. The Programme of Development will also include two new priority areas – Mathematics and Information Science and Law and Human Sciences.

Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service

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