HSE and Freie Universitaet Berlin Expand Their Cooperation
An Agreement of Cooperation between National Research University Higher School of Economics and Freie Universitaet Berlin has been signed ‘to further the effective and mutually beneficial cooperation’.
Started by the sociologists in 2013, the synergy of the two universities will now be strengthened with all the departments joining bilateral communication. Both universities agreed upon exchanging students, doctoral students, faculty and administrative staff, as well as on sharing all the relevant information in the whole spectrum of academic areas.
President of Freie Universitaet Berlin, professor Peter-André Alt: ‘Working out closer forms of cooperation with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow is an important strategic component of the international networking policy of Freie Universität Berlin. Particularly students and junior researchers will benefit greatly from the new cooperation agreement between the two institutions.’
Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector: ‘We see mutual interest towards cooperation both on the researchers’ and on students’ part. We have similar values, our universities are relatively young and innovative, so it was easy for our staff to find common language. The newly signed agreement opens a way for more students and doctoral students as well to get international study experiences, compare different teaching strategies and “widen their horizons”. German-Russian exchange is particularly good in this respect. Berlin and Moscow are congenial and we are always comfortable working with our German colleagues.’
The first exchange agreement between the Eastern Institute and the Institute of Sociology of Freie Universität and the Higher School of Economics was signed 2 years ago. ‘We started our cooperation, aiming to establish a platform for intensive contacts between younger researchers and renowned specialists in Sociology and related fields. A network of talented specialists interested in joint research of modern societies in East and West has been shaped to date,’ — professor Alexander Chepurenko, Head of HSE School of Sociology says.
‘There has been a strong interest in spending a semester at the Higher School of Economics on the part of the German students during these years - professor Katharina Bluhm from the interdisciplinary Institute for East-European Studies of Freie Universität agrees, - We have also done research projects, a number of conferences for PhD students and a Summer School for master students together. Now the cooperation is going to be further intensified, especially on the doctoral level.’
The fourth HSE International Summer University has drawn to a close. The programme continues to grow and evolve. This year over 160 students from 46 universities came to HSE to take courses in International Relations & Politics, Computer Science, Russian Studies, Economics, Culture & History.
On July 17-28 an intensive course titled ‘In-transition lab: Structure as an Urban Catalyst’ by the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (Moscow) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London) was held at Moscow’s Shukhov lab.
On July 17-23 the Third Machine Learning summer school organized by Yandex School of Data Analysis, Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and Imperial College London was held in Reading, UK. 60 students, doctoral students and researchers from 18 countries and 47 universities took part in the event.
The Summer School ‘Law in Russia: National Aspects’ was held at HSE Nizhny Novgorod on July 17-28. Students from HSE Nizhny Novgorod and the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China) took part in the event. For two weeks the international participants studied the basics of Russian language, law, and management.
In mid-June 2017, the town of Pushkin near St. Petersburg, Russia welcomed the Fifth International Summer School on Higher Education Research, a joint initiative between the HSE Institute of Education and Peking University’s China Institute for Educational Finance Research. This year, the Summer School focused on higher education and social inequality.
The HSE St Petersburg Buddy Club has officially become a section of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). The buddy club is a student organization and its main aim is helping international students adapt to their new lifestyle in Saint Petersburg and to their studies at the Higher School of Economics. Club members meet international students when they arrive, take them to the students' new home, explain how to use the underground, help buy a sim card, open a bank account and assist with other important tasks which students may find difficult to handle not knowing the Russian language. Additionally, the club also organizes educational and entertaining activities, trips to theatres, cultural events, Russian film evenings, etc.
Representatives of about 30 international universities have come to Moscow to take part in International Partner Week at HSE and discuss cooperation agreements, joint educational programmes, and research and student exchange programmes. On June 23, a partner university fair will be held for HSE students.
On June 19 the Higher School of Economics signed a cooperation agreement with Hitotsubashi University in Japan. The agreement covers mutual visits for lecturers and researchers, student exchange programmes, as well as joint research projects, academic events, and publications.
Students from HSE ISSEK, Stanford University, and Rice University have researched how Russia and the US cooperate in cybersecurity and explored the nuances present in the approaches that each country takes in this area, including different understandings of cybersecurity-related terms. The research was conducted in 2016-2017 as part of the Stanford US-Russia Forum (SURF), a programme dedicated to developing US-Russia cooperation. Over a period of 8 months, 30 American and Russian students and young professionals worked on their projects.
On May 10 – 19 students of HSE- Nizhny Novgorod and University of Utah Valley (USA) took part at the international school 'Democracy in the Contemporary World' held at Higher School of Economics – Nizhny Novgorod within the Master's Programme on Political Linguistics.