German Week 2015 at HSE Saint Petersburg
During the XII Germany Week in St. Petersburg, the Gorky House of Scientists under the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted an international research conference ‘Russia and Germany – regional economies after sanctions,’ organized by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and HSE.
During the conference, there was a plenary meeting and three round tables.
Discussion on the theme of ‘Preparing staff for the real sector of the economy in the following areas: logistics, international law of the sea, innovation management for the regional economy,’ was led by Professor Alexander Khodachek, President of HSE St. Petersburg and Academic Supervisor Andrey Bochkarev, who heads the educational programme ‘Logistics and Supply Chain Management’.
Executive Director of the German-Russian Economic Union Dr. Hanno Stöcker in his presentation noted: ‘I can assure you that the German business community supported sanctions unwillingly and without any joy. Everyone wants to retain contacts with Russia, but in Germany you cannot talk about that openly, and that really is a new experience for us. Business in Germany is used to being able to express itself and its desires concisely and clearly to politicians. Now the situation has changed.’ German business wants to return to the previous tone of relations with Russia, Stöcker said.
Chair of the St. Petersburg Committee on Economic Policy and Strategic Planning Elena Ulyanova during the meeting recalled that Germany is St. Petersburg’s second largest partner in terms of trade volume, and despite sanctions trade is stable.
Youth events are a now-traditional part of the conference, and this year’s round table theme was related to the main theme: ‘Russia’s economy – new markets, the problem of import substitution.’ The discussion was led by Andrey Podlesny, MA student at HSE St Petersburg.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students at HSE St Petersburg, St Petersburg State University, the Herzen Russian Pedagogical University, and other institutions all presented reports. The young academics’ work was highly diverse, looking at territories from the far north to South East Asia, and raising issues in a wide range of sectors – from the agro-industrial complex and planning new nature reserves, to e-government and high-tech.
The main takeaway from the youth section confirmed the need to reduce the Russian economy’s dependence on imports, in part by improving production security by developing the national agriculture sector and associated production facilities, and also by further developing IT.
As part of the International Partners Week, a ceremony of setting up Ca' Foscari University Information Corner at HSE University took place on June 19.
On June 18, the third International Partners’ Week ‘Academic Agility: Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future’ began at HSE University. The event brings together representatives of more than 30 universities from 16 countries, including France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, the USA, Finland, the United Kingdom, and China. They have all come to Moscow to learn more about the kind of learning experience HSE University can provide, as well as to discuss practical challenges and solutions regarding international mobility.
On June 3-4, a conference entitled ‘Beyond Post-Truth: Media Landscapes in the “Age of Insecurity”’ was held in St. Petersburg. The conference was jointly organized by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) at HSE University, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at GWZO Leipzig, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, and Justus Liebig University Giessen.
This May, HSE and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, Republic of Korea) signed a cooperation agreement on science and advanced technology research. This agreement was signed by Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice Rector, Director of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, and Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, STEPI President.
This year's theme of the International Partners Week held this past May at HSE St. Petersburg was ‘Nurturing Global Citizens for a Global World’. Participants gathered to discuss common issues that universities face in regard to internationalisation, exchange approaches to implementing the Global Citizens concept, visit the university’s facilities, acquaint HSE SPb students with universities overseas, and, of course, enjoy St Petersburg’s White Nights.
On May 23-24, following the Days of the International Academy of Education held earlier this week, the General Assembly of the International Academy of Education took place at HSE University Moscow. The assembly brings together education researchers and experts from all over the world, and this is the first time that the biannual meeting was held in Russia. Over the course of two days, members discussed joint projects and publications and met newly inducted members who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their research. Members also took part in small group discussions on a variety of topics, including digital literacy and math education.
On May 20, the Days of the International Academy of Education commenced at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Experts from all over the world engaged in identifying global education policy trends will hold a series of meetings, master classes, seminars and open lectures. They will share their experience with Russian researchers, instructors and education policy makers over the course of three days.
This year, the HSE Faculty of Law is launching new extended programmes in Common Law, for which graduates will receive a degree from the University of London. These programmes are open for first-year students, as well as for other students and professionals.
The Higher School of Economics has become a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). It is a key partner of UNESCO and the oldest global association that aims to provide quality and affordable online education to students around the world. Today HSE is the only representative of Russia in ICDE.
The agreement establishes a student- and academic-exchange programme and the opportunity for joint educational and research project development. The agreement was signed on April 8 with the participation of representatives of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia.