An Excellent Platform for ‘People-to-People’ Contacts
Dr. Marek Dabrowski became a Professor at the HSE Faculty of Economics in 2014 where he teaches a Master’s course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies. In the run up to the XVI April Conference he agreed to talk to the HSE English News service about being an international academic at HSE.
— What do you think of life in international research at the HSE?
— The HSE has a lot of international academic contacts, participates in many international projects, invites foreign scholars to teach students and make seminar presentations, etc. And the Annual HSE April International Conference offers an interesting forum for academic and professional debate.
— What are your impressions and what lessons have you learned about living and working abroad?
— I’ve travelled a lot and worked in various countries away from home for almost 30 years. So the time spent at HSE is nothing new from this point of view. I like Moscow which is a historic city and an impressive cultural and academic center. I have many friends here.
— Could you tell us about your experience of lecturing for Coursera?
— This has been a new experience for me. I am very happy that I have had the opportunity to teach in Coursera as it has provided me with access to a global audience. I am absolutely convinced the role of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the education process will grow rapidly in the coming years.
— What paper are you going to present at the Conference?
— I have been invited to speak in the roundtable on the current problems of the Russian economy and chair another session.
— What makes a big international conference like the HSE April Conference exciting?
— The Conference is a very large academic forum which brings together scholars from many countries. It provides the opportunity to update knowledge on many interesting topics, to exchange views and opinions, present results of one’s own research, to listen to policy makers, business people and representatives of international organizations, etc. Last but not least it is an excellent platform for people-to-people contacts.
Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for the HSE News service
On April 7, 2020, the XXI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, organized by HSE University together with the World Bank, commenced. This year, the conference will be held in a distributed format.
‘The April Conference Will Not Only Confirm, But Strengthen Its Reputation as a Platform for Innovative Research’
Evgeny Yasin, HSE Academic Supervisor and Head of the Programme Committee of the XXI April Conference, addressed participants of the forum, which is being held in a distributed format this year.
The programme is aimed not only at students, but also city administration employees, IT specialists, and company managers. Course content allows students to learn about the latest successful developments in megacity digitalization in the context of Moscow. There is no other course like it offered in Russia or the world.
On March 17, the Institute of Education hosted its annual seminar dedicated to issues in education. This year’s seminar addressed the topic, ‘Higher Education during an Epidemic: The Possibilities of Digital Technology’. For the first time in eight years, the seminar participants—representatives of Chinese, American, and Russian universities—participated in the event remotely.
Lev Jacobson, Deputy Head of the April Conference Programme Committee, explains the changes to the conference format.
At the end of February, the HSE IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted a roundtable entitled ‘Field Studies in Russia: A Country Familiar and Foreign’. Roundtable participants talked about field work methods and standards, research challenges, and ways to solve them. The participants also discussed the extent to which it is possible to apply international experiences and approaches to field work in Russia as well as ways to study Russia from within and without.
HSE University, represented by the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, and the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) signed a partnership agreement, under which they will regularly exchange information, carry out joint research, as well as organize conferences and other events.
On December 12, heads of missions and embassy representatives from over forty countries gathered in Moscow for HSE University Day for Diplomatic Missions. The event, which was held at HSE’s newly renovated Pokrovka campus, was aimed at fostering further cooperation between HSE and its international partners.
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies of the Faculty of Humanities has launched a Center of Iranian Studies and the Persian Language. On December 6, representatives of HSE University and the Cultural Representative of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow signed the cooperation agreement.