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.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.