Virtual Trip to Real Alps
A series of meetings for students and teachers as part of the lecture course on ‘European Civilizations’ is currently taking place at the HSE Nizhny Novgorod Austrian Library. On February 20th a lecture on ‘Austria in the European Context’ was given by Ursula Maurich, Expert for bilateral cooperation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
She praised the work of the HSE Nizhny Novgorod branch in building a system of intercultural education and said that in the today’s interconnected world the skills of intercultural communication are necessary to all students, regardless of their specialization.
Ursula Maurich, through the example of her family and her region, told the audience about the global processes which have been taking place in Austria over the last forty years. During this period Austria has changed from a mainly agricultural country to one of the most successful economies in the new Europe, and now, the unemployment level in Austria is one of the lowest in the EU. The Republic of Austria is a shining example of a country which has succeeded by developing its service sphere, particularly, tourism and winter sports. And yet, only thirty years ago, according to Ursula Maurich, skiing was not a popular sport in Austria.
While Austria is located in the center of a united and rapidly globalizing Europe, Austrians value their unique identity. According to the speaker, the traditional Austrian costume, which was considered to be the dress of villagers when she was a child, is now proudly worn even by young people in cities. The life of Alpine villages, including Ursula Maurich’s hometown, has also changed drastically. Previously, most of the inhabitants were involved in agriculture, but today more and more people do not want to work on the land, and instead prefer work which leaves them more free time for leisure.
For both Europe and Russia, the problem of attracting overseas workers is relevant. The speaker mentioned that Austria has traditionally, ever since the days of the Habsburg Empire, been home to many ethnic groups. This has promoted multicultural development in the country. On the other hand, Austria’s mountainous landscape divides the country into many separate regions where an immigrant can live all his life and still remain an outsider. So, Russia and Austria have some mutual problems related to the assimilation of foreign workers.
Ursula Maurich also emphasized that intercultural communication is aimed at mutual enrichment of the nations in the dialogue. This is why it is important to know your own culture well in order to be able to share it.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.