HSE Becomes Member of International Council for Open and Distance Education
The Higher School of Economics has become a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). It is a key partner of UNESCO and the oldest global association that aims to provide quality and affordable online education to students around the world. Today HSE is the only representative of Russia in ICDE.
‘For HSE, joining the International Council for Open and Distance Education is another step in the development of a global partner network. It is important for us to work together with colleagues from different countries, to be integrated into the international expert community, to share experience and best practices in order to promote and maintain openness, accessibility and high quality of online education in Russia and in the world,’ says Evgenia Kulik, HSE Director for eLearning.
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) was founded in 1938 in Canada and was engaged primarily in developing distance education. With the advent of digital technologies, the Council turned its focus onto online education. ICDE also has a longstanding partnership with UNESCO that dates back to the 1960s.
Since 1988, the Council Secretariat is located in Oslo (Norway). ICDE is also a member of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization.
ICDE members jointly organize events and projects aimed at implementing the global programme ‘Sustainable Development Goal 4’ which is aimed at providing inclusive and equal quality education and providing lifelong learning opportunities for students around the world.
Over 190 educational institutions from 70 countries with more than 15 million students are members of ICDE. The following organisations are members of the ICDE Council: The Ministry of National Education (France), University of London (UK), University of Maryland (USA), University of Colorado (USA), Online Learning Consortium (USA), University of Windsor (Canada), Jagiellonian University (Poland), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and other internationally recognized centers of education.
From Moscow to Brazil, South Africa, and China: Panelists Discuss Challenges and Potential for BRICS Countries in the Global Economy
On May 14, as part of the ‘World Economy’ session of the XXI April Conference 2020 an online panel attended by representatives of BRICS Network University took place. The session was devoted to the topic ‘BRICS Countries in the Global Economy’.
What does the post-COVID future have in store for museums, universities, and the media? Does big data protect us or pose a threat? What are the prospects for fashion shows, cinema, and theaters? How are different generations experiencing the pandemic? These and other issues were discussed at the annual festival of communications, design, and media.
HSE experts participated in the first international online forum, ‘The World, Post-Coronavirus: A View from the Heart of Eurasia’, which was held on April 28 in Ufa on the initiative of the Bashkortostan government. Scholars, businessmen, and politicians from different countries discussed threats, opportunities, and solutions for the economy and the social sphere.
The first research seminar of the International Laboratory of Statistical and Computational Genomics had been postponed almost a month due to COVID-19. In April, however, the event finally took place. Laboratory Head Vladimir Shchur discusses what life is like for scientists in self-isolation during the pandemic, what genomics is, and why gesturing is important when teaching online.
The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (STP) held its first meeting of the year in early April. HSE staff members Mikhail Gershman, Dirk Meissner and Elena Sabelnikova joined Ministry of Education and Science representatives as members of the Russian delegation to the event. Here, they explain which approaches participants discussed for combating the coronavirus and for preventing other global crises.
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.