Universities Change Cities
On March 21-22 2014, an international conference ‘Saint Petersburg for Education and Reforms: Education and Global Cities’ will take place at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg.
This conference has been organized by the HSE Saint Petersburg, the European University at St. Petersburg, and Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.
The rectors of Russia’s leading universities, experts, and internationally renowned researchers in urban studies, education, scientific and technological development will take part in the event. The HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St. Petersburg State University Alexey Kudrin, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Zhores Alferov, heads of the world leading ranking agencies QS and Times High Education, experts from Skolkovo Innovation Center, Leontief Centre, the Center for Strategic Research ‘North-West’, researchers from leading research centres of the USA, the Netherlands, Spain and other countries, and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Saint Petersburg City Administration will all speak during the conference and take part in roundtables and discussions.
The goal of the conference is to analyse the development of new university projects and institutional innovations in working universities in Saint Petersburg and other cities, both in Russia and throughout the world It is important to consider these changes in the scope of the ongoing large scale reform of higher education in Russia and to encourage the development of university areas.
According to Sergey Kadochnikov, Director of the HSE Saint Petersburg, universities have the power to change modern cities, making them more dynamic, creative, and innovative. He believes that universities can create areas that will attract some of the most talented people in the world.
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