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On the Fast Track at Aix-Marseille School of Economics

Vera Danilina, Senior Lecturer in the Department of World Economy (Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs), spoke recently about her experience as a participant in the Fast Track programme at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE, Aix-Marseille University) in France.

Vera Danilina, Senior Lecturer in the Department of World Economy (Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs), spoke recently about her experience as a participant in the Fast Track programme at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE, Aix-Marseille University) in France.

— Vera, why did you choose the Fast Track programme at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics?

— To be honest, it happened purely by chance. In 2013, I decided to apply to a PhD programme in Europe with the idea of starting during the 2014/15 academic year. In June, I attended a conference in St. Petersburg organized by the HSE Centre for Market Studies and Spatial Economics. Events like this are a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world who specialize in my field. During that conference, I was lucky to meet Professor Federico Trionfetti from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, who told me about the PhD programme. I was so impressed by all the opportunities at AMSE that I sent my dossier in the day after the conference. Finally, I was admitted and granted with a fellowship.

— How could you describe the target group for this programme?

— I think it's a very good bridge to a PhD programme for recent alumni, as well as for researchers and lecturers who already have some experience. It might also be useful for professionals in Economics who do not plan to obtain a PhD afterwards but who want to be familiar with the main trends in the field. The programme is flexible enough to meet different tastes.

— What are the requirements of the Fast Track programme and your research paper?

— I am taking six courses taught in English. Most of the courses focus on international economics and environmental economics. I am also taking a course on game theory. The preliminary title of my research paper  ‘When Eco-Quality Matters: environmental regulation in an open economy’, and it focuses on the significance of goods’ eco-quality in the presence of nonhomothetic CES demand within heterogeneous firms' open economy model.

— Can you share your overall impression of studying and  living in France?

— I like France. And I am definitely in love with Marseille and Provence. Not only because of rich culture and history, beautiful nature and warm weather but also because of people. Also I have to mention the atmosphere of the university. It's indeed friendly, smiley and supportive. For example, our academic coordinator Jenny Ottosson is a kind of person by whose office you undoubtedly want to step at least for a minute just to say hello and wish a good day.

— Collaboration between the AMSE and the HSE will grow following a new agreement that was recently signed. Would you recommend this programme and AMSE in general to your colleagues, students and HSE alumni?

— Yes, during the April Conference the Vice Rector of the HSE, Sergey Erofeev, met the head of international relations at the AMSE, Federico Trionfetti, to sign a student exchange agreement. Now all Master’s and PhD students from both universities are welcome to participate in the programme. There are also plans for collaboration in other areas.

As for my recommendation to colleagues and students – definitely. Even for those who don't speak French.

Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for the HSE news service

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