International Partner Week Kicks Off at HSE
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.
To date, HSE has established partnerships with almost 300 universities, consortiums and research centers all over the globe. ‘With their help, we’ve launched more than a hundred student exchange programmes, and several double degree programmes’, said Ivan Prostakov, HSE Vice Rector, at the Partner Week opening ceremony. ‘These collaborations have also prompted us to launch a lot of English-taught programmes and courses, and HSE is taking the lead among Russian universities in these terms today’.
Partner Week involves about 50 official university representatives from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherland, Norway, China, Japan, USA, and other countries. They are vice rectors responsible for international relations, deans and deputy deans for research and international cooperation, heads of international offices, and coordinators of international programmes. HSE already has active agreements with many of them, and plans to sign agreements with others in the near future.
During Partner Week, the HSE guests will discuss internationalization, visit HSE faculties and laboratories (including those at MIEM and the Graduate School of Urbanism), and even dorms. Some will also visit HSE campuses in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm. The organizers believe this will help HSE partners ‘immerse themselves in our university’s dynamic, international and friendly environment’.
‘I visited HSE last year, and we signed an agreement between our faculties’, said Dr. Miguel Buñuel, Vice Dean for International and Institutional Affairs at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid’s Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, ‘I’m really impressed by the university, and I think it is one of our best partners. We’ve already had some professor exchanges, and next on our agenda will be taking this a step further, we’ll see if we can develop a double degree programme.’
David Zaret, Vice President for International Affairs at Indiana University, described their renewed agreement with HSE: ‘I am here because we renewed our agreement with HSE. We had a productive exchange agreement for faculty at HSE and Indiana University. This has been expanded in the renewed agreement, so that our faculty has the option of going to either the HSE Moscow or the St. Petersburg campus. Beyond that, we are also interested in exploring other areas of cooperation with HSE. These university contacts are even more important when international relations are unsettled. That is the primary purpose of having people-to-people contact, with faculty and students going back and forth. At Indiana University, we are deliberately expanding our activities in light of the current administration in Washington D.C. I am opening up a gateway office in Mexico, and I accelerated those efforts after our current president was elected’.
Representatives of several German universities have come to Partner Week at HSE, including Nikolas Djukić, Executive Director of the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (BAYHOST). This Center brings together 36 Bavarian universities, which are ‘very interested in reinforcing cooperation with Russia’.
‘We first visited HSE last year’, said Nikolas Djukić, ‘We have chosen HSE, since it’s a leading university in economics and management, and is part in the project aimed at improving international competitiveness. Now we are getting cooperation offers from various HSE faculties, and this week will be an opportunity to learn more about them. But we also have something to offer HSE. In autumn, we are holding a Russian-Bavarian conference in economics, and I would like to let our Russian colleagues about it and invite them to take part’.
HSE students will also have an opportunity to learn more about all the universities participating in Partner Week and to ask questions to their representatives. To this end, an HSE Exchange Fair will be held on June 23 at 11 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, Room 518, from 10 am.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.
The HSE University and Kyung Hee University double degree programme ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ is currently enrolling students. Its academic supervisor, Denis Shcherbakov, spoke about the advantages of the programme, internships at Asian universities and companies, as well as the new focus on Southeast Asia.
On July 24, the second annual International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students kicked off at HSE University in St. Petersburg. The competition is organized by HSE University with the support of Sberbank. Students from 24 countries will compete over the course of a week. The winners will be able to enroll in any HSE Economics programme in 2020 with a full tuition scholarship.
In June, faculty members from HSE’s School of Cultural Studies, the School of Philosophy, and the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities met with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a Russian art historian to participate in a round table on the importance of gender studies in the humanities. The researchers discussed questions such as what historians, philosophers, and historians can achieve when approaching their fields of study from the standpoint of gender studies, and what the state of gender studies is in contemporary Russia and abroad.
Participants of Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs Tackle Trade, International Institutions, and More
On Thursday, July 11, students and faculty of the International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs bid farewell with a festive awards ceremony and closing lecture by Professor Sergey Karaganov, Academic Supervisor and Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.
One of the perks of studying at HSE University is its wide range of academic mobility programmes. Ksenia Semykina, a master’s student of Comparative Social Research, recently spent a semester at the Free University of Berlin with the support of an Erasmus+ scholarship. She shared some practical advice on how to live and study abroad with HSE News Service.
HSE University and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme signed an agreement to conduct joint research on urban development. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and UN Under-Secretary-General Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who heads the UN-Habitat programme, signed the letter of intent at the recent Moscow Urban Forum, which was held on July 4-7 at Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.
Students who have been accepted to the HSE bachelor’s programmes in ‘Law’ and ‘Private Law’ may simultaneously enroll in the second degree programme at the University of London to supplement their basic training. The second degree programme is also open to external students and working professionals.
On June 24 – 28, HSE University – St. Petersburg hosted the International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival (HSE Fest), which brings together students from across the world to pitch their startups for a one-time chance to win grants that will help them take their projects to the next level.
The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at HSE University held a Graduate Student Seminar in Soviet History together with Sciences Po (France) on June 17 – 18, 2019. HSE News Service spoke with participants and instructors of the seminar, which examinedthe impact of WWII on the Soviet Union and surrounding regions, as well as aspects of the Soviet system from Stalin up to the 1980s.