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Deepening Collaboration Supports Study of Innovation and Transition Economics

Deepening Collaboration Supports Study of Innovation and Transition Economics

Three years ago, HSE and Germany’s Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on issues concerning innovation and transition economics. Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther of the University of Bremen, who is heavily involved in the collaborative relationship, will be presenting at the XVII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development at a panel on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. She recently agreed to speak with the HSE news service about the progress in collaboration between the two universities, her research interests, and some of her favourite places to visit in Moscow.

— You have been visiting Moscow as part of the cooperation between IWH and HSE to lecture on innovation as a systemic phenomenon. How would you assess this cooperation? 

— Under the framework of IWH-HSE cooperation, we took the first steps to develop joint research and teaching activities. It has been a pleasure for me to teach groups of international and highly motivated students in the Master’s programme at HSE Moscow. With my colleagues from IIMS and ISSEK we have had fruitful scientific exchange, which continues now.

— What is on your current research agenda?

— In April 2014, I was appointed as Professor of Economics at the University of Bremen, which offers me an excellent research environment. My research agenda deals with the role of innovation for economies that are catching up or in transition. What drives economic development in structurally weak regions? What is the role of the state and how can innovation policy eventually contribute to sustainable development? How can we improve the measurement of innovation, and what are peculiarities with respect to economies that are catching up? These are important questions to my research group and me. There is also an emerging literature on innovation and crisis where we have contributed, and I plan further publications in that field.

— What about cooperation between Bremen and HSE now? Has anything been signed or discussed?

— We signed a cooperation agreement at faculty level (economics) in March 2015 in order to have student exchange at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The first student exchanges from Moscow to Bremen and from Bremen to Moscow took place during the 2015/2016 winter term, which made us very happy. Exchanges in both directions will continue during the 2016 summer term. Scientific cooperation also continues with guest lecturers from both universities and joint research projects.

In February 2016, the University of Bremen and HSE Moscow signed a cooperation agreement, which is a step forward in deepening scientific cooperation. The intention is to expand cooperation to other disciplines and institutes at both universities. For example, together with the Department of Social Sciences we were able to submit an application to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for financial support of mobility for students and researchers. When we secure this support, we will have even more intensive mobility and exchange in research and teaching.

— You are not a stranger to Moscow. Is there anything you’re planning to see this time?

— First of all, I am very excited about the conference and the scientific discussion with colleagues. The programme is very promising. During my spare time, I will enjoy a walk to Red Square and a visit to Cafe Pushkin where they have the best sweets ever.

Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for HSE News service 

See also:

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The roundtable "Teaching Economics to High School Students: Curricula, Practices, Competitions" took place as part of the XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. Danil Fedorovykh, Deputy Vice Rector of HSE University and the President of the Executive Board of the International Economics Olympiad (IEO), initiated the session. Alexander Zhitkovskiy, Head of the Project Laboratory for Development of Intellectual Competitions in Economics (Faculty of Economic Sciences, HSE University), was the co-moderator.

The Core of the Nesting Doll: What a Comparison of the April Conference, the World Economic Forum, and the Gaidar Forum Reveals

This year the April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development took place for the twenty-second time, and, for the first time, Sberbank joined HSE University as a co-organizer of the event. Research assistants of the Economic Journalism Laboratory, headed by Nikolay Vardul, analyzed the agenda of the April Conference and compared it with those of other major forums. The findings of the study can be found among the laboratory’s publications.

The April Conference, 2021: 1,500 Participants, a Partnership with Sberbank, and an Online Format

On April 30, the XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development came to a close. This year it was organized jointly by HSE University and Sberbank, and the majority of the events were held online. HSE Vice President and Conference Programme Committee Deputy Chair Lev Yakobson spoke with HSE News Service about his initial takeaways from the event and its new format.

Russia Remains a Partner for Foreign Scientists

The XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development is drawing to a close in Moscow. In an interview with the media partner of the event, NEWS.ru, HSE University Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov spoke about how the format of the conference was organized, how the pandemic impacted the event, and how scientists and experts from different countries regard Russia.

Cyber Performance, PROK Cinema, and Digital Art: The Development of Art and Art Research in the 21st Century

From April 21 to 23, 2021, a major online conference of the HSE Art and Design School and the Doctoral School of Art and Design was held on ‘Theories and Practices of Art and Design: Sociocultural, Economic and Political Contexts.’ Experts discussed educational practices in art, its contemporary state, the impact of technology, and prospects for the art industry’s future development.

Human Capital, Innovation, and Fintech: What the Future Holds for Eurasian Integration

To what extent do the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) benefit from an open economy? What financial, scientific, and educational policy tools will contribute to the implementation of the recently approved ‘Strategic Directions for the Development of Eurasian Economic integration until 2025’? These questions were discussed by participants in a series of expert discussions at the XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development organised by HSE University and Sberbank.

Assessment of Universal Competences: New Approaches to Assessing Soft Skills

In order to remain competitive in the labour market, university graduates must be proficient not only in professional knowledge and skills, but also in a set of universal competences (UC). However, higher education systems face problems in assessing such competences due to a lack of developed approaches and methodologies. A report released by the HSE Institute of Education, ‘An Assessment of Universal Competences as Higher Education Learning Outcomes’, analyses the ways in which these challenges have been addressed in both Russia and abroad.

‘AI Will Apply to All Activities, Having a Great Effect on Economy’

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a fundamental component of many activities in economics and finance in recent years. On April 26,Panos Pardalos, Academic Supervisor at theLaboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Networks Analysis (LATNA at HSE Nizhny Novgorod) and Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, will talk about its impact, future developments and limitations in his honorary lecture Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Economics and Finance.

What Can Make Robots More Human-like?

What is affect and why is it important for humans? How can feelings be defined and what is their relation to emotions and consciousness? What might be used in making a soft robot? Professor Antonio Damasio (University of Southern California, USA) discussed these and other questions in his honorary lecture, entitled 'Feeling, Knowing, and Artificial Intelligence'.The talk was delivered on April 16 at the at the XXII April International Academic Conference held by HSE University jointly with Sberbank.

World Bank Forecasts a Rise in Poverty

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.