Summer University Begins at HSE
In its fifth year already, the HSE Summer University was officially opened on June 20th by Vice Rector, Ivan Prostakov. Over the next 8 weeks, HSE will provide almost 200 students, PhD candidates, postdocs and professionals from all around the world with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a wide range of fields. Many of the courses, all of which are taught in English, focus on areas such as politics, history, economics, and Russian and Eurasian cultures.
At the opening of the Summer University were approximately 15 students from Mexico, who, needless to say, were already in high spirits and enjoying the exciting celebrations surrounding the FIFA World Cup. Certainly, the Summer University is taking place under very special circumstances in 2018, and participants will all have the opportunity to experience this atmosphere in three of the four cities which are home to HSE– Moscow, St Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. More participants will continue to travel to Russia as their course start dates draw closer. Most courses last two to four weeks.
Vice Rector, Ivan Prostakov, warmly welcomed the newcomers: ‘We are very pleased to have you at the Higher School of Economics and we are confident that you made the right choice for this summer. The HSE Summer University is a unique opportunity to discover the fascinating history of Russia and its culture, as well as its modern and dynamic everyday life. This summer, you will be part of a group of students from 25 countries. This means you will gain not only new knowledge and international experience, but also make many new friends. We hope that you will enjoy the HSE Summer University and will return soon to HSE to study in one of our many other prestigious programmes.’
The first lecture held this morning was for the 2-week course ‘Six Sigma, Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. Present at the lecture was Juan Luis from Iteso (Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education), Mexico. When asked why he had chosen to participate in HSE Summer University, Juan Luis said, ‘HSE is one of the best Russian universities and ranks highly among international universities in many fields, so it made complete sense to apply. I’m also glad that HSE is based in the heart of Moscow – it’s a city that I’ve always been interested in and now I have easy access to everything it has to offer – history, culture, and of course, Russian language practice!’ Juan Luis will also travel to Rostov-on-don in the hope of seeing his country claim victory over Korea in the World Cup.
Juan Luis from Iteso (Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education), Mexico (right)
While the Summer University will no doubt be a lot of fun for everyone involved, it remains an educational experience. All courses have milestones that give students the opportunity to obtain ECTS credits (from 2 to 12) and the courses are taught by leading instructors at HSE.
Since its inception in 2014, the HSE Summer University has evolved in leaps and bounds. In its inaugural year, 12 courses were taught of a total 24 on offer and 42 people from 10 countries participated. By 2017, a mere 4 years down the track, 164 participants arrived in Russia from 22 countries including South Korea (64), Hong Kong (23), Great Britain (26), USA (21), and Germany (11), Austria, Vietnam, Greece, Egypt, India, Spain, Italy, Canada, China, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sudan, Taiwan, Tunisia and Turkey.
In 2018, courses will also be offered in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod and will be accompanied by a rich cultural and social program that will introduce participants to the HSE ‘student environment’ and Russian history and language.
Major international partners which finance and support involvement in the HSE Summer University include Seoul National University, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, University of South Alabama, University of York, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
On August 16, the HSE Summer University officially came to an end. The graduation ceremony was an opportunity for participants, teachers and programme administrators to celebrate yet another successful season – and the Summer University’s fifth birthday.
The HSE Summer University is off to a strong start this year, and one of its programmes – the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics – has already been met with considerable enthusiasm by participating students. Designed for undergraduate students majoring in Mathematics or related areas, participants work on research projects under the supervision of distinguished mathematicians.
HSE’s Summer University officially opened on June 20. Now in its fourth week, the Summer University is in full swing at three of HSE’s four campuses– Moscow, St Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Participants continue coming to Russia for courses on topics such as politics, history, economics, and Russian and Eurasian cultures. Most courses last two to four weeks and all of them are taught in English.
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 21, students from Seoul National University presented their projects devoted to politics, economics and social sphere of Russia. Every year, within the framework of HSE Summer University, a group of South Korean students comes to Moscow to learn the Russian language and take 'Understanding Modern Russia' course. At the end of the course students prepare presentations based on the knowledge they have gained and their own research results.
The fourth Summer University for international students has kicked off at HSE. The number of Summer University students has almost doubled this year to more than 150, with over a third of them coming independently. Student groups have come from HSE’s partner universities in the United States, South Korea, China, and European countries.
In 2014 HSE launched its first Summer University aimed at international students – since then the number of participants and courses as well as their diversity grew greatly. The Summer University opens its doors to the world on June 20, 2017, and Oksana Chernenko, Director of the Summer University programme, and Anna Mezentseva, manager of the Summer University programme, talked to The HSE Look about the programme and how it helps to promote HSE and Russia as study destinations globally.
On August 20, the third Summer University at HSE drew to a close. More than 100 foreign participants spent several weeks in Moscow, as well as one week each on the St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod campuses. Some of them have decided to extend their stay at HSE for a while longer.
This summer, over 100 international students attended the Summer University at HSE. Of all the courses offered by the programme, Russian as a foreign language is especially popular, with more than 50 students enrolling. Maria Shilankova, RFL teacher, and Oksana Chernenko, Director of the Summer University, spoke with HSE News Service about the educational process and the students’ achievements.
The SNU programme (Seoul National University) was held in Moscow for the second time as part of HSE’s Summer University programme. This time, five groups of Korean students came to study Russian, three of which began studying from an absolute beginner level, with the other two groups having already studied it at home in Seoul.