From Riga to Moscow: ICEF Attracts Globally Minded Students
By its nature, the Master’s programme at the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) is an international programme, having been founded by the Higher School of Economics and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since it was established in 2007, one of its greatest strengths has been its ability to attract talented Russian and international students alike.
One recent graduate, Arturs Meskovskis, came to ICEF after completing his undergraduate studies at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
‘My course mate in Riga spent a semester as an exchange student at ICEF’, said Meshkovskiy, ‘and his impressions together with an outstanding opportunity to study for free drove me to join ICEF’.
The Master’s programme at ICEF is known for its challenging courses covering a range of subjects in finance and economics.
‘The hardest part here was the depth of the theoretical courses, but it was tough and interesting at the same time. Learning new things is always interesting and exciting for me,’ said Meshkovskiy.
When asked if he would make any changes to the programme, Meshkovskiy emphasized the need for more seminars focused on the practical aspects of what students are studying. ‘I also wish there were more report-writing and presentation assignments. This would lead to practicing not only English listening skills, but writing, speaking and presentation skills as well’, he says.
The hardest part here was the depth of the theoretical courses, but it was tough and interesting at the same time. Learning new things is always interesting and exciting for me
Finally, Meshkovskiy also has a few recommendations for stricter scheduling and deadlines, which he believes would help to instil better habits in students. ‘These are very important in one’s future life, and in the long-run [tighter scheduling and deadlines] outweigh all the potential inconveniences’.
Apart from the main coursework, Meshkovskiy said that one of his best experiences in the programme involved the discussions with lecturers outside the classroom, working in the Laboratory of Financial Economics and practicing his skills as a teaching assistant in several courses.
As for his plans going forward, Meshkovskiy says his main priority is securing a job, although he expressed a willingness to continue teaching seminars at ICEF and working in the lab.
This year, alternatives to studying abroad are as relevant as never before. HSE University annually launches new joint programmes with world’s biggest universities. One of HSE’s oldest and most recognized double degree programmes is the ICEF bachelor’s programme, in which students can earn a degree not only from HSE University, but from the University of London as well. Below, we talk about the advantages of such a degree, career opportunities after graduation, and the programme prerequisites.
The University of London (UoL) has completed the monitoring of the performance of Teaching Centres that operate under the Teaching Centres Recognition Framework. Upon consideration of the information gathered, the performance achieved by International College of Economics and Finance has been rated as excellent.
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An Endowment for the Development of the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) has been created within the HSE Endowment Fund to provide financial support for the ICEF’s long-term projects. Thanks to the endowment, the ICEF will also be able to direct more funds to research and expand the range of opportunities for the professional and personal growth of its students.
Graduates of HSE University’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) traditionally receive their degrees against a backdrop of grand fireplaces, an oak staircase, and a balcony overlooking the Kremlin. This is because the ICEF holds its commencement ceremony at the British ambassador’s residence on the Sofiyskaya Embankment. And this is not by accident. Graduates of the ICEF’s bachelor’s programme receive two degrees from HSE and the University of London, respectively, while graduates of the ICEF’s Master’s Programme in ‘Financial Economics’ receive a degree from HSE and the London School of Economics. This year marked the ICEF’s 19th commencement ceremony.
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.
Olesya Kondrakhina, ICEF Principles of Accounting lecturer, Assistant Lecturer for the Management Accounting programme at the University of London and three-time winner of the Best Teacher award at ICEF, spoke on how to keep a lecture hall full of students interested in accounting, the latest technical tools in her arsenal and a childhood dream.
On September 13, 230 graduates of ICEF-UoL Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes received their diplomas. The history of HSE's collaboration with the London School of Economics of the University of London spans more than 20 years and demonstrates the integral role that international cooperation between universities plays in academic, research, and cultural development. The graduates of 2018 are sure to continue this tradition.
This spring we found out that it takes 56,000 LEGO bricks to build an eight-meter-high model of the Titanic and that after more than half a decade, people still aren’t sick of putting together simple pieces of plastic. Sergey Kozlov, a graduate of ICEF and currently LEGO’s operations director in Seoul, told Success Builder why he likes moving, why the Christiansens’ family business doesn’t fire people, and whether or not he gets to play with LEGO bricks at his desk.
Olga Balakina graduated from the ICEF master’s programme in 2011, and in May she successfully defended her PhD thesis in finance at Bocconi University, Italy. This autumn Olga continues her academic career at one of Northern Europe’s oldest universities, Lund University, Sweden. Olga spoke to the HSE news service about her memories, chocolate, and non-stop work.