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 March 17, the Institute of Education hosted its annual seminar dedicated to issues in education. This year’s seminar addressed the topic, ‘Higher Education during an Epidemic: The Possibilities of Digital Technology’. For the first time in eight years, the seminar participants—representatives of Chinese, American, and Russian universities—participated in the event remotely.
At the end of February, the HSE IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted a roundtable entitled ‘Field Studies in Russia: A Country Familiar and Foreign’. Roundtable participants talked about field work methods and standards, research challenges, and ways to solve them. The participants also discussed the extent to which it is possible to apply international experiences and approaches to field work in Russia as well as ways to study Russia from within and without.
HSE University, represented by the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, and the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) signed a partnership agreement, under which they will regularly exchange information, carry out joint research, as well as organize conferences and other events.
On December 12, heads of missions and embassy representatives from over forty countries gathered in Moscow for HSE University Day for Diplomatic Missions. The event, which was held at HSE’s newly renovated Pokrovka campus, was aimed at fostering further cooperation between HSE and its international partners.
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies of the Faculty of Humanities has launched a Center of Iranian Studies and the Persian Language. On December 6, representatives of HSE University and the Cultural Representative of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow signed the cooperation agreement.
Researchers and diplomats from 35 countries and eight Russian regional universities gathered at HSE University to discuss globalization in Asia and how it differs from what is taking place in Europe.
On October 25-26, the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) and the Laboratory of Financial Economics (LFE) hosted the Eighth International Moscow Finance Conference at HSE University. This year’s programme included researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; University of Warwick; University of Lausanne; and the London School of Economics. Their presentations dealt with a wide range of timely topics, including the forecasting potential of data science models.
Students of the HSE and University of London Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations earned some of the highest scores worldwide on the exams that the University of London administers at its foreign partner universities.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.