Russia Wins One Gold and Four Silver Medals at International Economics Olympiad
The 4th International Economics Olympiad (IEO) has come to a close after taking place online in Latvia from July 21 to 1 August. The competition was organized by HSE University and the University of Latvia.
The forty four national teams in the competition included participants from Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, and others. Brazil won the gold medal in the team category for the third year in a row, with silver going to Canada and the USA taking the bronze. Russia came sixth in the team category and won a gold medal and four silvers in the individual category. The overall winner was Canada’s Andy Wei. All Olympiad competitors can apply to study at HSE University without taking entrance exams.
Egils Levits, President of Latvia
I’m sure that every student’s road to their national team has been different. However, the start is almost always found at their regional level, where students are invited to start their journey with the encouragement of their parents, teachers and friends. The challenges that the participants will face this year of the competition reflect their major real-life societal issues like pandemics, crime, unemployment, the rise of automation and transition to sustainability. I’m pleased to see students from so many countries investing their time in understanding and searching for practical solutions to these modern-day challenges.
Despite taking place online due to the pandemic, this year’s schedule was full of competitions, lectures from invited experts, and fun events. The IEO has three stages: a financial literacy game in an online simulator, finding solutions to economics-based tasks, and presenting a solution to a business case. This year’s business case tasked participants with developing a strategy to revitalize a factory in Latvia by coming up with a product for the factory to manufacture and outlining its target market. The case was presented by the Latvian division of EY, an international audit and consulting company and partner of the Olympiad.
The chairman of the IEO Board of Trustees is Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate in Economics. On the first day of the competition, participants attended an open meeting with N. Gregory Mankiw, professor at Harvard and one of the most influential economists in the world according to RePEc. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear lectures by Rafael Repullo and Manuel Arellano of Spain’s CEMFI institute; Mārtiņš Kazāks, Governor of the Bank of Latvia; Jānis Ozoliņš, Head of Corporate Banking at SEB bank; Dr. Michel Zouboulakis of the University of Thessaly (Greece); and Diana Krisjane, EY Baltics Assurance Partner.
The general partners of the Olympiad were HSE University, the University of Latvia, the National Centre for Education (Latvia), SEB bank, and the Latvian mobile operator LMT.
The International Economics Olympiad was first held in Moscow in 2018, and is the only event of its kind in the word. This year (as in previous years), participants from countries without a national team could unofficially take part in the competition’s ‘OpenTrack’ category. Over 500 people took part in the OpenTrack, including those from 14 countries not yet on the list of official IEO participants. Overall, competitors from 58 countries took part across both tracks.
This year’s field season is over, and despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, archaeologists from the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (IOCS) were able to undertake their scheduled expeditions to Italy, Turkey, and Abkhazia. The Centre is the only Russian institution that conducts regular archaeological research in the Mediterranean region—the heart of ancient civilization, where neither Soviet nor Russian classical archaeologists have ever worked before.
The conference on Philosophy and Culture in Time of Pandemics ran from September 30 to 2 October 2021. It was divided into seven sessions held in a hybrid format. The organizers and participants discussed major topics such as social transformation during the pandemic, the role of mass media in shaping perceptions of the pandemic, and the epistemological and ethical issues that have arisen as a result.
The pandemic has forced many companies to rethink their approach to charity and to change their priorities in terms of corporate social responsibility. Meeting the needs of the elderly, women, and people with disabilities is a top priority, and the social agenda is becoming a key part of HSE University’s educational programmes. These topics were discussed at the business dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility Beyond COVID-19 hosted by the HSE Graduate School of Business.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated our swift adaptation to big challenges and strengthened cooperation ties between researchers, politicians, and entrepreneurs on national and global levels. The accumulated life and goal setting practices in the new reality will be discussed on October 15–26, 2021 by participants of the XI International Academic Conference ‘Foresight and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’ organised by the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK).
On September 28, the HSE Centre for Cultural Sociology held the first session of the Moscow Culture Workshop 2021–2022 – a series of meetings where participants have an opportunity to discuss research papers prepared by prominent scholars. Jeffrey C. Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, delivered the first lecture, entitled ‘Nature as Iconic Object: Its Performative Creation’. Dmitry Kurakin, Director of the Centre for Cultural Sociology, spoke to the HSE News Service about the purpose and setup of the workshop.
The project team ‘Regulatory framework to prevent remote work-related psychosocial risks’ of the HSE University Faculty of Law has held an interdisciplinary online workshop to discuss the possible psychosocial risks faced by telecommuters. Participants learned more about the preliminary results of a survey conducted among Russians in summer 2021. In addition, guest experts from French and German universities spoke about EU countries’ experiences in preventing psychosocial risks.
A report by students of MIEM has won a prestigious prize at the 44th International Conference on Telecommunications and Signal Processing organized by Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic. The project by the HSE students was named the best student work by the organizing committee.
On September 30, Stephen Riegg, Assistant Professor of History of the Texas A&M University, presented his book Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914 at the first seminar of this year’s Boundaries of History series.We spoke with Professor Alexander Semyonov, the seminar chair and the Director of the HSE Centre for Historical Research, about the goals of the seminar and to Stephen Riegg about his research.
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On September 23, the HSE School of Philological Studies launched the third season of its international academic workshop on ‘The 19th-Century Russian Novel: Corpus, Poetics, Social Imaginary’. We talked to Alexey Vdovin, Associate Professor at the School of Philological Studies, about the workshop’s plans and international cooperation, as well as to Ani Kokobobo, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas, who opened this year’s workshop with her report ‘Strange Bedfellows – Leo Tolstoy and Andrea Dworkin’.
The speakers of the International Congress of Mathematicians, a key global mathematics event held every four years by the International Mathematical Union, have been announced. The next ICM will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July 2022. Five researchers from the HSE Faculty of Mathematics will present their papers at the congress.