St. Petersburg’s Gastronomic Brand Goes International
Scholars at HSE St. Petersburg have published their research in a new monograph for international tourism professionals. Dr. Valery Gordin, Deputy Director of HSE St. Petersburg and Head of the Laboratory of Cultural Economics, together with Dr. Julia Trabskaya, Leading Research Fellow at Laboratory of Cultural Economics, authored a chapter for a book entitled ‘Tourism Management, Marketing, and Development. Performance, Strategies, and Sustainability’. Palgrave Macmillan, a leading global publisher, issued this volume in December 2015.
The project brought together several academics from Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia, uniting their various approaches to the development of the tourism industry. The project was initiated by globally recognized experts in this area – Dr. Marcello M. Mariani, Professor at the University of Bologna (Italy) and Dr. Dimitrios Buhalis, Director of the eTourism Lab at Bournemouth University (UK).
Dr. Gordin and Dr. Trabskaya prepared the chapter entitled ‘Saint Petersburg as a Tourist Destination: Searching for the Gastronomic Brand’. Dr. Gordin noted that despite being based on the case study of St. Petersburg, their research represented a unified approach and methodology that could be applied to create a development strategy for any tourist destination. This feature makes their research relevant for this collectively written book.
‘In our study, we united sociocultural and culinary aspects and demonstrated their mutual penetration in the framework of one tourist destination, namely St. Petersburg’, Dr. Gordin said. ‘Experts used to think about gastronomy as a supplementary sector within the hospitality industry, but today, we see that it is becoming self-sufficient. At the same time, in the majority of tourist destinations, its self-dependence is based on historical heritage. Our study was meant to find sociocultural components in a gastronomic brand and unite them in order to achieve a synergy effect for successful and sustainable performance and advancement of the tourism industry’.
‘We were very flattered to be invited to take part in this project’, Dr. Trabskaya admitted. ‘We hope that the results of our work will contribute to strengthening St. Petersburg’s position as a popular city among international travellers. Our city clearly needs to define and promote its gastronomic “face” in the global arena. Hence, HSE St. Petersburg and our lab are at the forefront of the search for local culinary identity as a part of our cultural and historical heritage’.
The publication of Dr. Gordin and Dr. Trabskaya’s joint book entitled ‘Gastronomic Brands of Destinations: Approaches and Application’ preceded their role in preparing this monograph.
The fourth HSE International Summer University has drawn to a close. The programme continues to grow and evolve. This year over 160 students from 46 universities came to HSE to take courses in International Relations & Politics, Computer Science, Russian Studies, Economics, Culture & History.
On July 17-28 an intensive course titled ‘In-transition lab: Structure as an Urban Catalyst’ by the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (Moscow) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London) was held at Moscow’s Shukhov lab.
On July 17-23 the Third Machine Learning summer school organized by Yandex School of Data Analysis, Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and Imperial College London was held in Reading, UK. 60 students, doctoral students and researchers from 18 countries and 47 universities took part in the event.
The Summer School ‘Law in Russia: National Aspects’ was held at HSE Nizhny Novgorod on July 17-28. Students from HSE Nizhny Novgorod and the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China) took part in the event. For two weeks the international participants studied the basics of Russian language, law, and management.
In mid-June 2017, the town of Pushkin near St. Petersburg, Russia welcomed the Fifth International Summer School on Higher Education Research, a joint initiative between the HSE Institute of Education and Peking University’s China Institute for Educational Finance Research. This year, the Summer School focused on higher education and social inequality.
The HSE St Petersburg Buddy Club has officially become a section of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). The buddy club is a student organization and its main aim is helping international students adapt to their new lifestyle in Saint Petersburg and to their studies at the Higher School of Economics. Club members meet international students when they arrive, take them to the students' new home, explain how to use the underground, help buy a sim card, open a bank account and assist with other important tasks which students may find difficult to handle not knowing the Russian language. Additionally, the club also organizes educational and entertaining activities, trips to theatres, cultural events, Russian film evenings, etc.
Representatives of about 30 international universities have come to Moscow to take part in International Partner Week at HSE and discuss cooperation agreements, joint educational programmes, and research and student exchange programmes. On June 23, a partner university fair will be held for HSE students.
On June 19 the Higher School of Economics signed a cooperation agreement with Hitotsubashi University in Japan. The agreement covers mutual visits for lecturers and researchers, student exchange programmes, as well as joint research projects, academic events, and publications.
Students from HSE ISSEK, Stanford University, and Rice University have researched how Russia and the US cooperate in cybersecurity and explored the nuances present in the approaches that each country takes in this area, including different understandings of cybersecurity-related terms. The research was conducted in 2016-2017 as part of the Stanford US-Russia Forum (SURF), a programme dedicated to developing US-Russia cooperation. Over a period of 8 months, 30 American and Russian students and young professionals worked on their projects.
On May 10 – 19 students of HSE- Nizhny Novgorod and University of Utah Valley (USA) took part at the international school 'Democracy in the Contemporary World' held at Higher School of Economics – Nizhny Novgorod within the Master's Programme on Political Linguistics.