HSE Welcomes Students to International Summer University 2019
On June 24, HSE University held an opening ceremony for its International Summer University. Newly arrived students from 32 countries around the globe including Germany, the US, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and others were welcomed by First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev and Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov.
Held from June-August every summer since 2014, the HSE Summer University (SU) hosts students from HSE partner universities as well as free movers. The Summer University is designed to provide students, Ph.D. candidates, post-docs and professionals from around the world with unique opportunities and intensive coursework in fields such as international relations, history, political science, Russian language, and more. All courses are taught in English.
In his welcome address, First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev told the students about the history of HSE University, from its founding 26 years ago, which served as one of the final signals of ‘the establishment of a real liberal government in Russia’ to its rapid expansion over the last few decades to four campuses and a large number of disciplines beyond its starting point of economics.
The SU has likewise enjoyed a trajectory of growth and success. ‘The Summer University was established six years ago, and it immediately became a successful project. This year we have almost 200 participants from more than 30 countries,’ said Professor Radaev. ‘We have individual participants and we have groups, teams, coming from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Seoul National University (South Korea), Northeastern University (Boston, USA), York University (UK), and for the first time we will have a group of students from Far East University, which is a Russian university from the most distant part of this country.’
In addition to these university partners, the SU will have a strong representation of German universities. This year the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awarded 9 scholarships to students enrolled in German universities to participate in the programme. This is an increase from the 8 that were awarded last year.
Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov emphasized that internationalization is an important part of the HSE mission, and that the Summer University plays an important role in this. ‘While you are here, I’m sure you will meet many of our Russian students (who are currently finishing up exams), and this will be an important meeting for you in order to understand your Russian colleagues, and maybe, your future Russian friends. We firmly believe that interactions like these are necessary for all of us—especially for your future career and for your future choices,’ he said.
Summer University Director Oksana Chernenko encouraged students to not just take advantage of the rich curriculum of the programme, but the social and cultural opportunities it presents as well. For example, the school maintains a Facebook group page for updates and communication and offers city excursions.
What’s New at the Summer University This Year?
This summer brings a lot of new developments to the Summer University programme, from expansions in the curriculum to excursions and more.
In addition, some students will spend a week in St Petersburg, where they will take courses on the History of the Arctic: Science, Politics, Cultural and Natural Heritage and Critical Perspectives on International Business.
Students will also be pleased to learn that the school will now feature a weekly ‘crash hour’ where they can learn common conversational phrases in Russian. The weekly meetings will be facilitated by students of the Bachelor’s programme in Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (FLIC).
Thanks to FLIC Professor Ekaterina Kolesnikova, FLIC students will not only be leading ‘crash hours’, but other activities as well. They will run orientation sessions for newly arriving students, which will be held weekly to accommodate the different arrival dates of the students.
Finally, FLIC students will also be conducting city tours around Moscow for small groups of students to show them different parts of Moscow.
In previous years international students expressed interest in more opportunities to interact with Russian students. This year, a group of advanced students from Far East University (Vladivostok, Russia) will be studying alongside the international participants in the programme. For many of these Russian students, this is their first visit to Moscow, so there will be plenty for the international and Russian students alike to explore to together.
But Don’t Forget About the Old SU Favorites
In addition to the new features, the SU will be offering its long-popular courses. These include:
Fake News, Post-Truth and Digital Media;
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics;
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence;
EU-Russia Relations and the Future of Europe;
Challenges to EU-Russia Economic Links;
Russia’s Soft Power;
A Glimpse of Russian History.
Among the above listed courses, the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) in Mathematics is worth particular mention for majors in mathematics and other related fields. The programme is part of the HSE Summer University and is designed for undergraduate students majoring in Mathematics or related areas. Participants will work on research projects under supervision of distinguished mathematicians. Guaranteed are at least 8 hours of consultations by assigned advisors and their assistants. A written report is expected as a result of the project; it will be reviewed and evaluated by the advisor. The program takes three weeks during the period from June 20 till August 20, 2019. The exact time span of the program is to be chosen by the participant and confirmed by the advisor.
Every year, HSE Summer University creates new opportunities for its participants - both students and researchers. The programme is becoming more and more versatile and the range of fields of study is constantly growing. In 2018, about 200 international students from all over the world took part in the Summer University. This year, participants are invited to choose from a larger pool of courses and even travel to Siberia.
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.
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.
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.