Professor Lucio Picci of the University of Bologna about the Long-term Cooperation with the HSE
Professor Lucio Picci of the University of Bologna gave a series of lectures to students and teachers at the HSE Department of Public Policy and attended the HSE's April Conference. He shared his impressions with us during this interview for our news portal.
— Professor Picci, am I right that this is not your first visit to the Higher School of Economics?
— Indeed, my visit here is a follow-up to the cooperation agreement signed between the HSE and the University of Bologna. This agreement makes sense only if we take steps towards its implementation — which is exactly what we are doing — in a number of areas. First, in the area of teaching, four professors from Bologna came to the HSE to teach, and four HSE teachers, in turn, taught classes at the University of Bologna. We have been trying, step by step, to develop shared approaches to teaching.
— How can this be achieved?
— Here is an example. During this visit, I taught at the HSE Department of Public Policy part of a course normally read by Deputy Department Head Dmitry Zaitsev, and Dmitry will visit the University of Bologna in November to teach a series of classes to my students, using my training materials. This is a very rewarding experience, which I am sure will help us both perform better. We use different skills and approaches to teaching, and it is always interesting to look at what you are doing from another person's perspective. It is a sort of peer review of our respective courses, and this may serve as a first step towards their mutual recognition, which is essential to our long-term goal of creating a double-degree master's program.
— In what other areas are you planning to develop your cooperation with the HSE?
— In addition to teaching, collaborating on research is important. Another purpose of my visit was to attend my first HSE April Conference and give a presentation on soft law and reputational incentives at the session on political process. Before launching joint research projects, we need to get to know our colleagues better and learn about their work and their perspectives on subjects that interest us. Taking part in the conference has been one way to get to know each other, and we have been taking other steps in this direction as well.
Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service
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