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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsNewsEducationHSE and Freie Universitaet Berlin Expand Their Cooperation

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.’ 



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