HSE and Berkeley to Conduct Joint Research
The HSE Institute of Education and the University of California – Berkeley (USA) have signed a memorandum to jointly administer an international Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium until 2020. The memorandum calls for the two universities to implement a major four-year project on higher education studies involving over 30 universities from various countries.
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) consortium was founded in 2011 on the basis of a national U.S. university consortium with the same name. The Consortium studies students from the world’s leading universities.
Nevertheless, the Consortium is not limited to discussing the results of its research. Consortium member universities from the U.S., China, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Russia and Europe analyze these results and use them to improve their educational environment and, accordingly, the quality of education. For example, SERU data were used by Japan’s Osaka University to reform curricula and retrain lecturers. Hunan University in China developed special programmes to improve students’ soft skills and involve them in research. Berkeley and some of the other campuses at the University of California modified their admissions criteria and are now discussing whether the results of standardized tests should be taken into account.
HSE has participated in the consortium since 2012. Since July 2014, Igor Chirikov, leading research fellow at the HSE Institute of Education, has served as the Consortium’s executive director. Data from international comparative studies received by the Consortium are actively discussed in Russia, for example, at HSE Institute of Education seminars or during public lectures by HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov. In particular, these data show that students in Russia do not learn intensively enough and that universities’ educational environment is too tolerant of dishonest behaviour. Certain measures have been suggested to overcome these and other deficiencies.
Such studies will continue for the next four years, but now the Higher School of Economics is not simply an object of research, but also a partner of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley (CSHE) on developing the international component of the project. Both universities plan to assign funds for this work, and HSE will receive additional funding from Berkeley.
‘The Institute of Education and HSE Centre of Institutional Research team will be responsible for preparing the tools, general coordination of student surveys in the consortium universities, as well as analysis and comparative research’, said Igor Chirikov. ‘Such a partnership will certainly contribute to HSE’s recognition internationally and its reputation in higher education studies’.
How are students and graduates adjusting and adapting to the realities in their educational and career trajectories? What role does culture play in the sociology of education? How are attitudes towards higher education changing? These are just some of the many questions being addressed over the course a two-day conference entitled ‘Cultural Sociology and Education: Meanings, Choices and Trajectories’ that is being held on December 1-2 at the HSE Institute of Education in Moscow. HSE News Service has spoken to two conference participants, James Hurlbert of Yale University and Amy Binder from University of California, San Diego.
A good knowledge of algebra and geometry helps schoolchildren to solve some other types of tasks, including applied ones. These are the findings made by researchers from HSE, Stanford, and Michigan State University in a joint study.
Portrait galleries of renowned scientists, research laboratories right next to large classrooms and auditoriums, educational programmes for students and principals – these are just a few of the things discussed during an excursion around the HSE Institute of Education as part of the Open House project. Victoria Malova, a second-year student in the Evidence-Based Education Policy master’s programme, and Denis Federiakin, a second-year student in the Measurement in Psychology and Education master’s programme, served as the tour guides for the day.
From October 20-22, 2016, the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers held its 7th International Conference ‘University between Global Challenges and Local Commitments’ at HSE Moscow. This annual event brings together researchers and educators who are interested in higher education development to discuss challenges and goals facing universities and their stakeholders (students, faculty, administrators, graduates etc.).
Disciplining students for a variety of activities, such as downloading papers from the internet, engaging in plagiarism or cheating on exams may not work when academic dishonesty is so commonplace at university that even top performers tend to follow the crowd in this. Indeed, academic misconduct can be self-perpetuating: if a student gets away with cheating once, they are more likely to cheat next time, according to Natalia Maloshonok.
On October 20-22, 2016, the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers will hold its 7th International Conference in Moscow. This annual event brings together researchers and educators who are interested in higher education development in a forum to discuss challenges and goals facing universities and their stakeholders (students, faculty, administrators, graduates etc.).
On September 16, the Centre for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education (HSE Institute of Education) held a seminar entitled ‘Trajectories and Educational Choice’ that brought together experts to discuss a number of topics related to educational expansion and the relationship between schooling and economic development.
Ivan Smirnov graduated from his master’s programme in Paris and hadn’t really considered coming back to Russia. But that was before he learned about the full-time advanced doctoral programme at HSE. The programme has some unique advantages among Russian programmes, which make it comparable to European PhDs.
For the first time ever, the leaders of education studies centres from some of the world’s leading research universities met at the HSE Academic Centre in Pushkin, Russia. At the meeting, the researchers, along with a representative from OECD, discussed how education studies departments should change to meet the global challenges that face the sphere of education.
The IV International Summer School on Higher Education Research, which was devoted to ‘Higher Education, Society and State’, was held June 4-10 in St. Petersburg. Organized jointly with the China Institute for Educational Finance Research at Peking University, the Summer School brings together senior and junior scholars in the field of higher education research; it aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, enhance research quality, and foster the integration of early-career researchers into the international academic community.