HSE Joins the Russian-African Cooperation Agenda
HSE University, together with Intexpertise LLС, Russian foreign economy research centre, will create a Centre for African Studies. The Centre will be based at the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs and will be a leading analytical platform in support of Russian-African relations. The founding of the Centre will be announced at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum, which begins in Sochi on October 23.
‘The Centre will focus on getting not only HSE University staff, but also colleagues from institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, practicing professionals, and leading international experts involved in designing and teaching courses, in addition to participating in workshops, conferences, and roundtable discussions organized by the Centre. We hope that over the next few years, the HSE Centre for African Studies will become a key source of expertise for various Africa-related projects and research,’ said Andrey Maslov, a member of the expert council at Intexpertise LLС.
Director of the HSE Institute for Public Administration and Governance, Vice Rector
One of the Centre’s important areas of focus will be providing informational and analytical support to Russian organizations engaged in economic activity and projects in Africa, as well as providing consulting to Russian businesses that are expanding their exports to African countries.
‘With the opening of the Centre, HSE University will become an integral part of the Russian-African relations agenda as one of the biggest expert analysis platforms,’ Andrey Zhulin said. He also emphasized that the Centre will be able to provide Africa-related analysis on a global level.
The founding of the Centre attests to the growing importance Russian leadership is placing on Russian-African relations. President Vladimir Putin sent a welcome letter to the Russia-Africa Economic Forum, where he underscored the fact that Russian-African relations, which traditionally have been friendly and partnership-based, have particularly become more active in recent years. For example, Russian companies are prepared to offer African partners scientific and technological solutions and strategies for infrastructural modernization in energy, transport, and communications.
‘I expect that the forum will lay out new areas and forms of cooperation and lead to promising joint initiatives, which will help take Russian-African relations to a new level and promote the economic development and well-being of our nations,’ Mr. Putin said.