Joint MA Programmes: A View from Italy
A press conference discussing further development of the double degree programme took place at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. University Rector Alessandro Rugieri said that, in Italy people understand how important cooperation with Russia is – in particular cooperation with HSE in Nizhny Novgorod – which is home to over a million residents and plays a key role in the country’s economic life.
‘The agreement about a double diploma with HSE Nizhny Novgorod was signed several years ago, and we already have our first graduates. We carry out preparation for students in both universities, and thus this agreement fully covers the full cycle of education.’
‘This project has its roots in the distant past, in 2006,’ Professor Mauricio Mazzi said. ‘The University of Tuscia sought to take part in the Erasmus programme, and that kickstarted our cooperation. We carried out several joint conferences and working meetings, which created the foundations for our future work.’ Russian students arrive in Italy with a good knowledge of the Italian language – having studied it in Russia, and then continuing with classes at the university in Italy.
‘We try to do the same for our Italian students who go to study in Russia,’ Mazzi said. ‘And there is the option of studying in English in Russia.’
‘The HSE website is in Russian and English,’ Professor Giuseppe Iannello notes, ‘which is very important’.
Cooperation between the universities is developing dynamically, and we now offer expanded student choice.
‘There are students that can study individual subjects, while some are part of an Italian MA diploma course,’ Professor Pavel Malyzhenkov said. From this year, this cooperation also includes marketing-related subjects, and students from Viterbo attended a summer-school at HSE Nizhny Novgorod. In March, Professor Iannello visited HSE Nizhny Novgorod to give a series of lectures on financial reporting.
Italian students are also very pleased with how this project is developing.
‘This initiative has been a great success,’ said student Sara Manzi. ‘I have the opportunity to immerse myself in Russian culture. It would be great to expand this to other specialties.’
Pivot to the East: A Comprehensive Study of the Cultural and Civilisational Centres of the Non-Western World is the Top Priority
China and the Chinese world, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia and Africa are gaining new significance in Russia’s foreign policy. However, we do not know enough about the Eastern countries. It is necessary to change the priorities in education, starting from grammar school. Prospects for the development of domestic Oriental studies in the context of the new stage in the development of the system of international relations were discussed at a round table at HSE University.
Robert Romanowski was a ‘Digital Professor’ at HSE University in November 2021. In his interview for the HSE News Service, he talked about the specifics of online teaching, his course on Strategic Branding, and the skills that are essential for marketing professionals today.
There is major potential for economic and humanitarian cooperation between Russia and African countries. Particularly, Russian organisations and universities can help transfer competencies and knowledge in the fields of agriculture, energy, industrial production, environmental management, climate change, and public administration. Experts and representatives of African embassies in Russia discussed these issues at the round table ‘Russia-Africa Sharing Knowledge’ hosted by HSE University.
As part of an international project conducted with the participation of Roscosmos and the European Space Agency, a team of researchers used differential tractography to analyse dMRI scans ofcosmonauts’ brains and found significant changes in brain connectivity, with some of the changes persisting after seven months back on Earth. The paper is published in Frontiers in Neural Circuits.
HSE University-Perm and the Training Centre of the Uzbek Ministry of Finance Sign Cooperation Agreement
HSE University in Perm has become the first academic partner of the Training Centre under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The parties have signed a cooperation agreement in education and research.
On November 9, 2021, HSE University signed a memorandum of understanding with Wageningen University & Research, a major university in the Netherlands and one of the leading agricultural research institutes in the world. Participants of the signing ceremony included HSE University Rector Nikita Anisimov, President of the Wageningen University & Research Executive Board Professor Louise Fresco, and Dutch Ambassador to Russia Gilles Beschoor Plug.
The majority of Russians would not agree to being fitted with microchip implants for any purposes—medical or otherwise. A joint study conducted by HSE University’s International Laboratory for Applied Network Research and Aventica found that respondents believe the risks of personal data leaks and misuse to be too high.
The 10th International Moscow Finance Conference, organized by HSE ICEF, took place on October 29–30 online. Vladimir Sokolov, Head of the International Laboratory of Financial Economics, which hosted the conference, talks about the participants, the key presentation topics and how they will impact the global economy.
The UN Climate Change Conference is taking place from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow. The conference focuses on preventive measures against the catastrophic and irreversible consequences of rising average global air temperatures. Igor Makarov, Head of the HSE Laboratory for Economics of Climate Change, will be taking part in the Glasgow conference. In the following interview, he speaks about the pressing problems Russia and the world are facing, and the research HSE scholars are doing on climate change.
HSE University and Coursera are bringing together the world’s leading researchers, professionals, education and technology leaders, and business community representatives for the fourth international research conference eLearning Stakeholders and Researchers Summit 2021 (eSTARS). This topic of this year’s summit, which will run from December 1–2, 2021,is ‘Digital Transformation: Global Challenges to the Education System’.