HSE Represented at EAIE Conference in Glasgow
From September 15 to 18, 2015, a delegation from HSE took part in The Annual EAIE Conference for the second time. This year international experts in higher education gathered in Glasgow.
Topics such as the development of educational politics in various regions and best practices of organizing international activities were discussed during the conference. The conference was held alongside the exhibition where more than 1,500 participants represented their universities. This year, Russia’s top 15 universities gathered at a booth devoted to the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100. This booth became a meeting place with existing and new international partners. In addition, 5-100 Project Office held a major party at the Riverside Museum. Several representatives of HSE took part in the event, including Vice-Rectors Maria Yudkevich and Sergei Erofeev, Head of the Office of Internationalization Yulia Grinkevich, Olga Khachaturyan from International Cooperation Office, Oksana Chernenko, Head of the Department for Educational Innovations and Short International Programmes, and others. HSE Saint Petersburg was represented by Olga Okulova, Director of the Centre for International Cooperation, and Christopher Gerry, Chair of Internationalisation Steering Group, Academic Director of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Conference participants attended several seminars and Maria Yudkevich chaired the session 'The global academic rankings game: implications for internationalization'.
The European Association of International Education (EAIE) was founded in 1989. The aims of EAIE include internationalization of higher education, development of international scientific-educational projects and brining together professionals who are working in the field of higher education. The association has member universities from over 85 countries. This year’s theme, ‘Wealth of Nations’, highlights the importance of global cooperation in the development of nations and regions.
As one of Russia’s leading universities, HSE has a vested interest in promoting itself internationally through participation in educational fairs, conferences and other events. So, in addition to EAIE, in 2016 HSE will be represented at Asian-Pacific Association for International Education Conference in Australia and NAFSA conference in USA. ‘For many years, Russian universities were barely represented at these conferences (which can draw 9000+ participants from 100+ countries) so there’s great interest in HSE and the other Russian universities that are there,’ says Sergei Erofeev. ‘These conferences bring together international administrators from universities all around the world, and they are a great opportunity to make contacts at other universities, check in with partners, learn what’s happening in other areas, as well as share exciting developments at HSE.’
Besides higher education conferences, the International Recruitment also participates in a number of education fairs in countries where HSE is especially interested in attracting students. HSE’s goals vary depending on the event. For a major conference like EAIE, the main goals are to meet with current partners to discuss joint programmes (double-degree, exchange, etc.), get together with potential partners to explore areas for collaboration, and broadly to make HSE’s presence known within the community of international higher education administrators. For education fairs, the focus is on meeting with potential students and introducing them to HSE’s study programmes and generally what life is like at the university.
Department of History at HSE St. Petersburg is focusing on a global, comparative and transnational approach to historical studies, and cooperates with several European and American research centers. One of its primary partners is German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which sponsors a position of an Associate Professor for a German scholar, and Dietmar Wulff, the current resident, told The HSE Look about his three years at the department and plans for the future.
Mr. Pengcheng Li, Director of CNIS (China) and Chair of the APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EGEE&C), recently took part in the 50th anniversary meeting of the EGEE&C held at HSE Moscow. Following the event, he spoke with the HSE News Service about some of the topics covered, including the role he sees Russia playing in sustainable energy development.
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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.