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.
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.
In this year’s QS ranking by subject, HSE made it into the 51-100 group in three subject areas. The ranking is dominated by universities that need no introduction, Harvard, Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Science, etc. But which universities make the 51-100 group together with HSE? We asked some experts to tell us about HSE’s closest neighbours and their partnerships with HSE.
From April 20 – 30, 2017, students from Radboud University Nijmegen took part in a cultural and educational programme organized by the Faculty of Computer Science as part of the ‘Information and Computer Technology in Different Cultures’ course.
Students and doctoral students of the HSE Faculty of Computer Science will have the opportunity to take part in exchange and double degree programmes.
Bachelor’s Programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Highly Assessed by European Logistics Association
On March 28, 2017, a meeting of representatives of national certification committees for logistics was held in Bucharest, Romania. Andrey Vinogradov, Deputy Head for International Relations at HSE School of Logistics, took part in the event.