HSE Joins Group of Global Centres for International Higher Education Studies
In January 2016, six university research centres representing countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa came together to form an international consortium whose main objective is to develop a strategy for carrying out comparative higher education research in various regions around the world.
Aside from the Higher School of Economics’ Centre for Institutional Studies, the group includes five other research centres that are leaders in their regions when it comes to international higher education studies. Representing South America is the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Europe – the Centre for Higher Education Internationalization of Italy’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Asia – the School of Education from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, North America – the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College (U.S.), and Africa – the Centre for Higher Education Development at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal.
‘On their own continents, these centres are the best known academic coordinators of research in the field of higher education,’ comments the Director of the HSE Centre for Institutional Studies, Maria Yudkevich. ‘We have been working with them for a long time. With some schools, like Boston College, we carry out various joint projects together, while with others we have participated in comparative research studies as experts who represent different countries. The creation of this consortium is the next step in large-scale comparative research on various regions and on the world as a whole. Russia’s participation in the group means that our country is being included in the global agenda, and this is an opportunity to formulate important research questions,’ she adds.
The group of institutions is also supposed to represent the viewpoint of developing countries where higher education research is underway, and this is expected to add to the established Anglo-Saxon tradition of researching this field.
According to the Director of the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College, the group intends to launch several exciting projects in the near future: a comparative study of doctoral education in the world, with a specific focus on emerging and developing countries; research on Catholic universities, identity and internationalization; a summer institute in 2017, planned to take place in Shanghai; and a conference called “Higher Education Forum on Africa, Latin America and Asia” to be organised by Professor Damtew Teferra, director of the Centre for Higher Education Development, in Durban, on August 19-20 of this year.
During a working seminar at the group’s first conference, which took place in Chile in January 2016, participants discussed the successful publication of the journal Higher Education and Beyond, which is produced with the support of the journal International Higher Education. ‘The consortium is planning to use our achievements as a guide when publishing the new Higher Education in South-East Asiain Singapore. HSE’s experience speaks to the need for regional publications of this kind,’ Maria Yudkevich concludes.
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.