Competition and Cooperation
On April 19th, 2016, a seminar on ‘Federalism and Regionalism in Russia and Germany’ took place at HSE in St. Petersburg as part of the 13th German Week in St. Petersburg.
The seminar was organized by the Department of History and the Department of Political Science at HSE in St. Petersburg together with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg and the Forum of Federations.
According to Pietro Merlo, head of the Department of Culture, Press and Communications at the German Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russian-German relationships have a rich tradition, which is inseparable from both countries’ history, and this dialogue in culture, education, research, public life and economics strengthens mutual values. He delivered an official welcome to the seminar participants from Dr. Heike Peitsch, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg.
‘We work tirelessly to support and develop closer and more comprehensive ties between Germany and Russia. During times of political tension, Germany Week’s contribution is especially important for keeping the Russian-German partnership fresh, since it opens up an opportunity for broader dialogue and promotes mutual understanding. We give priority to the issues related to future challenges to our society, from climate change to innovation strategies, from migration to federalism,’ said Mr. Merlo.
Felix Knüpling, Head of Programmes at theForum of Federations, an NGO, gave some details on the topic of the seminar. He emphasized that the principle of federalism, which is guaranteed by our countries’ titles and constitutions, supports the unity of the nation and helps preserve the variety of regions. Such a state structure takes into account the differences between territories that are part of it and guarantees equal rights for them.
Alexander Semyonov, Deputy Director of the HSE Campus in St. Petersburg and Head of the Department of History, noted that the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Germany are both states that follow the principles of federalism. But historical traditions and politics mean that the two countries have different views on federalism. While Russia has always had the connective power of a centralized state and top-down governance structure in the spotlight, the Germans associate federalism primarily with distinctive identity and subsidiarity.
‘The seminar participants are interested in two key issues. The first is the question of the historical roots of such a different understanding of federalism. The other has to do with today: it’s interesting to discuss the principle of territory governance by federal governments in Germany and Russia and to understand what principles lay in the basis of their cooperation with regional governments and elites. We’d like to talk about how the past influences these models of spatial governance and local development and imagine what federalism will look like in 20 years,’ said Prof. Semyonov, defining the seminar’s tasks.
Dietmar Wulff, Associate Professor at the HSE Department of History in St. Petersburg: ‘I believe that HSE’s participation in the German Week is a good opportunity to demonstrate its achievements, all the more so that the university is developing German studies in several programmes today. It organizes joint events, attracts professors, and is expanding its exchange programme. This is promising, since Germany is close and there’s a mutual interest in developing cooperation. Despite the sanctions and a cool-down in the political climate, there are spheres of interaction not influenced by them, most notably higher education and research. These spheres have preserved normal relations, and there are no cuts in funding in these areas. Our cooperation is developing and causing a synergetic effect. Cooperation is an international phenomenon: joint work leads to mutual profit. Importantly, German researchers are monitoring the development of science in Russia; they are looking for partners, they come to Russia and are ready to welcome young researchers at their institutions. Such big academic centres as the Higher School of Economics can’t flourish without such cooperation. Competition and cooperation are two sides of the same coin!
Participants of Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs Tackle Trade, International Institutions, and More
On Thursday, July 11, students and faculty of the International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs bid farewell with a festive awards ceremony and closing lecture by Professor Sergey Karaganov, Academic Supervisor and Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.
One of the perks of studying at HSE University is its wide range of academic mobility programmes. Ksenia Semykina, a master’s student of Comparative Social Research, recently spent a semester at the Free University of Berlin with the support of an Erasmus+ scholarship. She shared some practical advice on how to live and study abroad with HSE News Service.
HSE University and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme signed an agreement to conduct joint research on urban development. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and UN Under-Secretary-General Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who heads the UN-Habitat programme, signed the letter of intent at the recent Moscow Urban Forum, which was held on July 4-7 at Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.
Students who have been accepted to the HSE bachelor’s programmes in ‘Law’ and ‘Private Law’ may simultaneously enroll in the second degree programme at the University of London to supplement their basic training. The second degree programme is also open to external students and working professionals.
On June 24 – 28, HSE University – St. Petersburg hosted the International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival (HSE Fest), which brings together students from across the world to pitch their startups for a one-time chance to win grants that will help them take their projects to the next level.
The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at HSE University held a Graduate Student Seminar in Soviet History together with Sciences Po (France) on June 17 – 18, 2019. HSE News Service spoke with participants and instructors of the seminar, which examinedthe impact of WWII on the Soviet Union and surrounding regions, as well as aspects of the Soviet system from Stalin up to the 1980s.
As part of the International Partners Week, a ceremony of setting up Ca' Foscari University Information Corner at HSE University took place on June 19.
On June 18, the third International Partners’ Week ‘Academic Agility: Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future’ began at HSE University. The event brings together representatives of more than 30 universities from 16 countries, including France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, the USA, Finland, the United Kingdom, and China. They have all come to Moscow to learn more about the kind of learning experience HSE University can provide, as well as to discuss practical challenges and solutions regarding international mobility.
On June 3-4, a conference entitled ‘Beyond Post-Truth: Media Landscapes in the “Age of Insecurity”’ was held in St. Petersburg. The conference was jointly organized by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) at HSE University, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at GWZO Leipzig, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, and Justus Liebig University Giessen.
This May, HSE and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, Republic of Korea) signed a cooperation agreement on science and advanced technology research. This agreement was signed by Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice Rector, Director of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, and Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, STEPI President.