BRICS: Prospects and Opportunities
How can cooperation among BRICS countries be built in the modern era? What can contribute to the economic growth of China and Russia? These were the key issues of the Summer School on ‘Economics and Business in BRICS: Perspectives for Russia and China’ that took place in Saint Petersburg in August 2016.
The high economic dynamics of such countries as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa greatly affects the growth of the world economy as a whole. The structure of global production, foreign direct investment and the potential of the global consumer market depend on coordination between politics and cooperation among BRICS members. The largest members of BRICS – Russia and China – play an important role in this process.
The Summer School on ‘Economics and Business in BRICS: Perspectives for Russia and China’ that was held in August in Saint Petersburg provided students with the opportunity to learn about BRICS countries’ economic growth, the basics of international business in China, Russian financial system, and important aspects of international communications and negotiations.
The programme of the summer school included presentations by international experts, who not only provided the participants with a theoretical background but also analysed some practical cases. Professor Zhang Jun, Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University, Director of the China Center for Economic Studies, delivered a series of lectures as part of the school.
Fudan University is one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in China. Professor Zhang Jun has collaborated with such renowned institutions as the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African studies at the University of London, Harvard, Yale University, Aarhus University and Tokyo Metropolitan University.
Sergey Kolesnichenko, MMK’s General Representative in China, and one of the experts at the summer school, spoke on the Chinese market and methods of establishing and developing cooperation with enterprises in China. He delivered a series of lectures with Thomas A. Whelan, specialist in strategic and business risk planning, who has also worked as Interim CFO APAC/VP Finance China at KION Group AG.
Elena Rogova, Dean of the St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management, Tatiana Grishchenko, Associate Professor at the St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management, and Alexander Lisovsky, HSE Visiting Lecturer, also took part in the school.
International students from Italy, China, Morocco, Russia and the Czech Republic participated in the event. Some of the students came from HSE St. Petersburg partner universities.
The school participants presented their projects intended to find new ways for stabilizing the development of Russian and Chinese economies as well as prospects for cooperation among BRICS countries.
The 6th International Summer School on Cyber Law has come to a close in Moscow. The event was organized by the HSE International Laboratory for Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law. The school is conducted in English. Young researchers from Austria, Belarus, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mongolia, Spain, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine presented their papers at this annual event.
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 VII International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Relations ‘Economic Instruments of Foreign Policy in the Modern World’ was held on July 6-13 at the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs (Moscow) in full cooperation with the East China Normal University (Shanghai) and with the support of the Gorchakov Fund.
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.
The HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism together with the French association D’est are organizing a joint summer school this year in France. The School will run from June 25 – July 8, 2017 in Paris and Montpellier and aims to attract students and young professionals in urban development and planning, municipal administration, and civil initiatives.
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.