eSTARS 2020 Conference to Discuss Education in the Context of Global Digitalization
Jointly organized by HSE University and Coursera, the international eLearning Stakeholders and Researchers Summit (eSTARS 2020) will be held from December 1 – 2, 2020. It will be the third time the organizers bring together international stakeholders from governments, the academic community, busines, as well as researchers and experts to discuss the present and future of online education.
The conference will be opened by HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda, and UNICA President Luciano Saso.
Over 100 industry experts and university representatives from Australia, the USA, Europe, and Asia will discuss the global digitalization of economics and education today; the future that awaits online learning; and the key points where universities and stakeholders should focus their efforts.
In 2017 and 2018, the eSTARS international conference was attended by 1,000 participants from 16 countries, including the USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, India, Switzerland, and South Africa. The summit events attracted executives and experts from 56 universities in Russia and across the globe; representatives of businesses and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science; and renowned scholars and researchers. The summit organizers were HSE University and Coursera.
Speakers at the university session, which has been organized by HSE University and UNICA (the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe), will talk about the price of the ‘new’ student mobility and accessibility of higher education. The discussion’s key topics are: the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning organization at global universities; challenges faced by leading universities in Australia, Asia, Europe and Russia in 2020; and models for higher education transformation.
UNICA is a network of universities from the capitals of Europe, founded in 1990. Today, it includes 49 institutions of higher education from 37 European capitals and brings together 160,000 university employees and 1,900,000 students. HSE University and Lomonosov MSU represent Russia in UNICA.
Speakers of the university session include Sergey Roshchin, Vice-Rector, HSE University; Sorin Costreie, Vice-Rector for Public Relations and University Networks, University of Bucharest; Carmela Cales, Vice-Rector for Internationalization of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Francisco Marmolejo, Education Advisor of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Health and Community Development; Yi Ren, Vice Rector, University of South Queensland (USQ); and Ronghuai Huang, Co-Dean of Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University and Director of National Engineering Center for Cyberlearning and Intelligent Technology.
During the ‘New Trajectories of Learning’ roundtable discussion, experts from Quacquarelli Symonds, Coursera, and HSE University will engage in a free discussion on the strategic issues of education’s digitalization. The speakers include: Nick LaRusso, Global Head of University Partnerships, Coursera; Eugenia Kulik, Director for eLearning, HSE University; Vasily M. Solodkov, Director of the HSE Banking Institute; Irina Ivashkovskaya, Tenured Professor, Head of the School of Finance, HSE University; Valentina Kuskova, Associate Professor, Head of the International Laboratory for Applied Network Analysis, HSE University; and Andrey Savchenko, Leading Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Networks Analysis, HSE University.
Professor Oleg Melnikov is among the international professors invited to work remotely with HSE University’s students this academic year. He lives in California, runs the Data Science department at a company in Palo Alto, and teaches at Stanford and other universities in the United States. At HSE University he teaches a course on machine learning for the students of the Faculty of Computer Science and the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF), as well as a university-wide optional course, ‘Machine Learning in Python’. He spoke about his work in an interview with the HSE News Service.
Pasha Andreyanov, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theoretical Economics at HSE University and Tomasz Sadzik, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of California, have described a mechanism that allows the stock market to remain relatively calm despite the growing influence of retail investors. Their joint article, 'Robust Mechanism Design of Exchange', was published in the Review of Economic Studies, one of the top 5 academic journals in economics and finance.
Dean Fantazzini, Deputy Head of the Department of Econometrics and Mathematical Methods in Economics at Moscow School of Economics in Moscow State University and Visiting Scholar at the HSE ICEF, was the first foreigner to defend his DSc thesis at HSE University. We spoke with Dean Fantazzini about his research and cooperation with HSE.
Students need digital skills, both in life and in their future work. But many universities are not yet ready to provide students with them, despite the current circumstances in which universities have had to transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The development of online formats has been uneven: there are bright leaders and the rest modestly ‘stand aside’. They lack resources, confidence in digital education, and a regulatory framework. At the eSTARS International Conference organised by HSE University in partnership with Coursera, experts discussed the challenges of digitalisation in higher education.
eSTARS 2020, the international education conference organized by HSE University in partnership with the global educational platform Coursera, reached its conclusion on December 2. This year, which marked the annual event’s 3rd meeting, the conference was held entirely online for the first time.
Representatives of governmental bodies and international organizations joined BRICS experts to discuss anti-corruption education at a roundtable that took place on December 1 as a videoconference. Representatives of HSE university participated in the event organization and the discussion itself.
The 2020 eSTARS conference, organized by HSE University in partnership with the global educational platform Coursera, has commenced. For the first time in its history, the event is being held entirely online. At the plenary session and the first panel session, representatives of the world's leading universities, their associations, and educational platforms spoke about the role of digitalization in the development of higher education, the impact of the pandemic on education, and new approaches to how teachers and students can interact.
Edmond W.H. Lee, a full professor at the Department of Mathematics, Nova Southeastern University, USA, has recently defended his Doctor of Sciences (DSc) thesis at the Dissertation Council in Mathematics, HSE University. The DSc in Russia is a higher doctoral degree that can be earned after the PhD. Professor Lee’s defence was held over Zoom, with the candidate and his dissertation committee members participating remotely from 5 cities in Brazil, Israel, Russia, and the USA. Lee became the first international recipient of a DSc degree in Mathematics from HSE University.
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