John Nye, Professor at George Mason University (USA), who has recently become the Academic Supervisor of the HSE’s International Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms, told us about his view of the laboratory’s activity.
A Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning has been launched at the HSE. The new department will be the first in Russia to train experts in urban spatial planning.
Starting from 2011 the HSE is offering scholarships for the international students applying for short-term and semester program. The Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a study abroad program (BA, MA levels) at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics. The aim of the program is to promote the internationalization of the HSE education and give financial support for the most talented international students to study at the HSE.
On March 15th a seminar entitled ‘On the Twists of the Modernity’ took place at the HSE, where Yossi Tavor, First Secretary of the Embassy of Israel in Russia, read a lecture for the students of the HSE Faculty of Philosophy School of Asian Studies.
The first issue of the International Organisations Research Journal in English (issue 5, 2010) has been published. It focuses on the G8/G20 summit performance as well as the future of the Groups’ partnership and possible improvements.
On March 15th a regular seminar of the HSE Institute for Educational Studies took place, dedicated to the problem of accessibility to education for children from various social groups around the world. Jamil Salmi, coordinator of the World Bank's network of tertiary education professionals, spoke on ‘Equality and the Human Capital Development: the Role of Higher Education’.
On March 14th students, teachers and staff of the HSE met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Uri Rosenthal. The lecture was addressed primarily to the students and was broadcast to all HSE regional branches. Thanks to video conference facilities, HSE students from Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm had the opportunity not only to watch and listen to the speech, but also to ask questions to the minister after the lecture.
On February 28th the administration of the Higher School of Economics met with a delegation of U.S. universities’ administrations representatives, leading staff members of the Institute of International Education, USA, and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Preparation for the APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management) international professional conference has begun at the HSE Faculty of Public Administration. The topic of the conference is ‘Improving the Quality of Public Services’. Conference organizers, Douglas Besharov, Professor at the University of Maryland (USA) and APPAM International Conference Convener Representative, and Alexey Barabashev, Dean of the HSE Faculty of Public Administration, talked to us about the tasks and the programme of the forum.