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.
According to the findings of HSE researchers, up to one-quarter of school graduates in Moscow enrol in low-quality universities despite scoring highly on their Unified State Exam, the final school exam and a standard university admission mechanism in Russia. This academic mismatch limits their life opportunities and often stems from unequal starting conditions in the family and at school.
World Bank—HSE University Webinar Examines the Costs of School Closures During the Covid-19 Pandemic
On May 21, the joint webinar series, ‘Education under COVID-19: Problems, Solutions, Perspectives, Research’ began with a session about the effects of school closures under the pandemic. Harry Anthony Patrinos of the World Bank presented the results of a model that he and a team of researchers developed in order to predict the extent to which the closures may reduce learning and lead to future losses in labor productivity and earnings for today’s students. The webinar was moderated by Isak Froumin (Head of the HSE Institute of Education), while Professors Tommaso Agasisti (School of Management, Politecnico di Milano) and Sergey Kosaretsky (Director, HSE Centre of General and Extracurricular Education) served as discussants.
From Moscow to Brazil, South Africa, and China: Panelists Discuss Challenges and Potential for BRICS Countries in the Global Economy
On May 14, as part of the ‘World Economy’ session of the XXI April Conference 2020 an online panel attended by representatives of BRICS Network University took place. The session was devoted to the topic ‘BRICS Countries in the Global Economy’.
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On March 17, the Institute of Education hosted its annual seminar dedicated to issues in education. This year’s seminar addressed the topic, ‘Higher Education during an Epidemic: The Possibilities of Digital Technology’. For the first time in eight years, the seminar participants—representatives of Chinese, American, and Russian universities—participated in the event remotely.
At the end of February, the HSE IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted a roundtable entitled ‘Field Studies in Russia: A Country Familiar and Foreign’. Roundtable participants talked about field work methods and standards, research challenges, and ways to solve them. The participants also discussed the extent to which it is possible to apply international experiences and approaches to field work in Russia as well as ways to study Russia from within and without.
HSE University, represented by the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, and the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) signed a partnership agreement, under which they will regularly exchange information, carry out joint research, as well as organize conferences and other events.