HSE University and the State Hermitage Museum to Collaborate on Joint Educational Projects
On July 24, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and State Hermitage Museum Director Mikhail Piotrovsky officially signed a cooperation agreement. The university and the museum will collaborate on joint educational projects and research.
The signing of the cooperation agreement with the Hermitage represents an important step in the development of the HSE ecosystem, Yaroslav Kuzminov noted at the ceremony in St. Petersburg. ‘HSE – St. Petersburg’s School of Arts and Humanities is developing fast,’ he said. ‘The faculty enjoys great popularity, and we have seen a greater influx of applicants every year.’
HSE is also launching new programmes in the creative arts. The five-year bachelor’s programme in ‘History’ now offers a track in museum business, and the bachelor’s programme in ‘Design’ now offers a track in ‘Environment Design’. Incidentally, HSE’s programme in design is one of the university’s most popular (and competitive) programmes—for every opening the programme receives more than 15 applications.
HSE’s new cooperation agreement with the Hermitage opens new possibilities for students of these programmes. ‘Our task as a university is to provide students with the opportunity to learn from renowned experts. We expect that students and faculty will participate in various projects, primarily with the Youth Centre of the State Hermitage Museum,’ said Yaroslav Kuzminov.
General Director of the Hermitage
‘The Hermitage does a lot of work with institutions of higher education—we cooperate with universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, with polytechnic institutes, and universities in Europe. The museum aims to pass the cultural heritage along to subsequent generations. We have different projects which we have already begun to implement – both conferences and youth programmes. The younger generation plays an important role in what we do. We have a wonderful, new, popular project ‘Museum 15/24’. I think that HSE University will be our partner in this new endeavor.’
The agreement includes all HSE campuses. It provides for joint applied and fundamental research projects, conferences, lecture centers, and also the creation of internships and visiting positions for students, graduate students, and faculty of HSE.
This is not the first cooperation agreement HSE has signed with museums. HSE – St. Petersburg has a Joint Department with the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS, and the campus also cooperates with the Russian Museum. Through the agreement, students participate in the development of exhibition concepts and other museum projects.
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As part of an agreement signed by HSE University and the State Hermitage in July 2019, the museum will become a partner of HSE–St. Petersburg’s Master’s programme in Arts and Culture Management. Hermitage staff will teach courses in the programme. The agreement also provides for joint projects and student internships at the museum.