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
The meeting was held in person for the first time in over two years. It was attended by Sergey Kravtsov, Russian Minister of Education, and Dmitry Smyslov, Vice President of VK. The Council discussed HSE University’s breakthrough projects in engineering and artificial intelligence and elected new distinguished and tenured professors.
Mikhail Blinkin is one of Russia’s leading experts in urbanism, city planning, and urban transport. He has headed the HSE Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies since 2011 and has been HSE Tenured Professor since 2013. In 2017, Mikhail Blinkin was the recipient of an HSE Honour Award 1st Class, as well as the Golden HSE award for Best Expert.
On November 27, the HSE Academic Council held an awards ceremony dedicated to the university’s 25th anniversary. The meeting saw the participation of representatives of the Russian President, members of government, and members of the Russian Federal Assembly. Governmental awards were given to a number of HSE employees for their tremendous accomplishments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree for the commendation of prominent public and political figures. Andrey Zhulin, Vice Rector at HSE Perm, Galina Volodina, Director of HSE Perm, and Valeria Kasamara, HSE’s Senior Director for Government Relations, are among the figures mentioned in the decree.
A book entitled The Mythologies of Capitalism and the End of the Soviet Project by Associate Professor at the HSE Faculty of Media Communications Olga Baysha has been published by Lexington Books (United States).