Joint Seminar of HSE and Hertie School of Governance
On December 14th-16th 2015, a joint seminar between HSE and the Hertie School of Governance was held in Berlin. The staff members of the Laboratory for Political Studies, students, doctoral students and faculty of the Hertie School of Governance as well as researchers from Oxford, Cambridge and Heidelberg Universities took part in the event.
The project ‘Value orientations of Russian elite universities’ students’ is dedicated to the study of political views of students in a comparative perspective. The project focuses on ideological orientations of students and their attitudes towards different political regimes and institutions, as well as their career prospects and expectations.
The student survey was carried out in 2014-2015 in five universities in Russia, USA and Germany. In Russia the students of HSE, MSU and MGIMO were questioned. The survey was also carried out in Princeton University in the USA and Hertie School of Governance and Heidelberg University in Germany. The General project database includes about 2,500 responses.
The first day of the workshop was taken up by discussion of the project’s theoretical basis and design. Mark Urnov, ideological leader of the project, spoke about the start of the project and its main goals. The participants discussed the difficulties that emerged during the survey and conducted the comparative analysis of the questions’ wording in different languages in order to confirm the fundamental comparability of the data.
On the second day of the workshop the participants split into small international teams, formulated several research questions and studied statistical relationships between authoritarian values and uncertainty about the future, between the willingness to work independently and willingness to support the opposition.
The analysis showed that students at Russian elite universities stick to more conservative values than their peers from German and US universities. In particular, Russian students are more likely to respect their parents regardless of their behaviour, which is not typical for students from other countries. In Russia, students of natural and technical sciences are less likely to stick to authoritarian values than students in humanities and social education programmes.
On the last day of the workshop the teams made presentations of their research and discussed further development of the project. Researchers from Cambridge and Oxford universities adapted the questionnaire, tested it with the experts and now plan to conduct a survey among the students of English universities.
In addition to all the active work and discussion at the workshop, staff members of the laboratory managed to learn something about the history of Berlin and went on a walk around the city centre and a cycle ride through the Western and Eastern parts of the city.
When Risks Are Too High: The International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis on the Outcomes of Its Work
In the more than 10 years since it was established, the HSE International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis has travelled a long way from a laboratory to an academic centre of gravity for globally renowned scholars.Fuad Aleskerov, Professor in the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences and Director of the HSE International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis, spoke about the evolution of the centre’s team, its research activity, and solving Arctic dilemmas through the use of mathematical models.
An intellectual competition for secondary school students from all over the world who are lovers of science and technology will be held in Yakutia with the participation of HSE University. High school students from all over the world will gather for several days to participate in projects in the natural sciences and humanities led by scientists and scholars from around the world.
In an open talk organized for HSE – St. Petersburg undergraduate and graduate students, Cartier CEO Cyrille Vigneron spoke about the role of the modern luxury industry in various spheres of public life including business, art, science, and education, as well as how modern management employs methods of quantum physics.
General wealth levels in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been improving since 2012 — poverty has been decreasing. But due to COVID, global poverty levels, including those of these regions, may increase considerably for the first time in two decades. Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, Lead Economist at World Bank, talked about this at the XXII April Conference organized by HSE University and Sberbank.
The HSE eLearning Office will participate in the international Coursera Conference. The event, hosted by Coursera, HSE's strategic partner in the global distance learning market, will take place from April 19 to 21. Ekaterina Zinkovskaya of HSE’s eLearning Office talks about the conference and what positions HSE holds in the field of distance education.
To improve its global competitiveness, Russia needs an independent environmental agenda along with a concept for environmental protection, and it makes sense to suggest a ‘global clean deal’ to Europe. A report outlining this, prepared by a team of experts from HSE University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and environmentalists, was presented at TASS.
The Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Centre will organize a series of presentations and roundtable discussions as part of theXXII HSE April Conference, which will take place from April 13 to 30, 2021.
HSE and Sberbank Will Host the April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development
From April 13 – 30, 2021, the XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development (AIAC) will be held in Moscow. For the first time, the conference will be co-organized by HSE University and Sberbank.
The collective volume Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History, co-edited by David Moon, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and HSE researcher Alexandra Bekasova, was recently presented at a seminar of the Laboratory for the Environmental and Technological History of the Centre for Historical Research at HSE – St. Petersburg. The book is one of the fruits of a networking project carried out in 2013-2016 with active participation of HSE researchers.
The research and development of new approaches to antitrust regulation in the digital sector, the agro-industrial sector, the pharmaceutical industry, and other markets remain the main focus of the work of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, which operates within HSE University. The Centre's Supervisory Board recently endorsed its work conducted over the past year and supported its agenda for this year.