Russia Holland Inter-University Partnership
The heads of the Technical Universities of Eindhoven and Delft, of the Universities of Amsterdam, Maastricht, Twente and Groningen, the Open University (Amsterdam) and the Dutch scientific research centres were all there, and on the Russian side, the heads of almost thirty HEIs and scientific research institutes.
“We have grown more like each other,” said HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov. “We need to listen to each other carefully and work out how we can cooperate further. Planning this conference we wanted to bring a wider range of Russian HEIs into the discussion about joint projects with our partners. The “Crossroads” - Russia-Holland year, will begin very soon and that’s another reason to roll our sleeves up and get working.”
“International cooperation is often perceived as something we can take for granted and it’s true we do sign hundreds of agreements,” said Karl Dittrich, leading the delegation of The Association of Universities in the Netherlands, and former head of the University of Maastricht, “But the most useful and effective agreements are those between scientists and researchers who have something concrete they actually mean to work on together.”
Yaroslav Kuzminov talked about attracting foreign teachers and researchers to work in Russian universities. He told his Dutch colleagues about Putin’s decisions about a “radical rise in salaries” for academic staff to bring them up to parity with Western academics, in terms of buying power, in five years. Kuzminov believes this is will help Russian HEIs overcome problems with international recruitment and offer foreign academics more job opportunities.
HSE already has more than 80 professors with qualifications from Western universities and 100 foreign research staff. And, another thing, it will become easier for foreign students wanting to study for MAs and PhDs in Russia to get visas. They will even be able to take part in Russian grant programmes which will broaden the possibilities for international student exchanges.
Among the papers given at the plenary session, First Rector of HSE, Leonid Gokhberg talked about the priorities of Russia’s scientific and technical development and “Strategy 2020”. He mentioned that in developing these kinds of programmes, discussions have arisen among experts and government departments about “possibly moving away from traditional priorities to something more interdisciplinary, moving towards socio-economic aims, and the search for technology to respond to the challenges.” And there is a keen interest in building up a solid national programme of science and innovation and developing infrastructure and human capital. Leonid Gohkberg said that in the last few years Russia has seen significant changes in policies of science and technology and we are hearing a lot about “innovation”. Government spending on science has increased 4-5 fold in a decade. But, bringing “innovation” into economic policy is limited by current structures in the budget, the lack of coordination of efforts to innovate on various levels of government and in fact many of the institutions of “innovative economy” are not real institutions at all, but dummies.
Andrei Yaroslavtsev, Vice-Rector of the National Research Nuclear University “MIFI”, talked about the possibilities of Russian-Netherlands cooperation in the field of energy and material sciences.
“We must make the most of the coming Russia in the Netherlands and The Netherlands in Russia year, to strengthen our cooperation,” Martin Paul rallied his colleagues, “There’s plenty of room for improvement, and we need to lay the ground work for future joint projects in education and research.”
Sibrand Poppema, President of the University of Groningen and Rob Hartman, Director of Strategic Technology Programme at ASML, (which set up a special fund to support students at the Technical University of Eindhoven) talked about the importance of networked coordination between HEIs and scientific centres in different countries, and business. Hartman said that his company’s experience of working with the Technical University of Eindhoven showed that universities can learn a lot from business.
This cooperation is fruitful for the HEIs themselves, for business and for the government. Subsidiaries, set up at the University of Twente, proved to be viable and have won awards for their products. The business park which was empty twenty years ago is now brimming with companies and they have created new jobs. So Aard Groen is convinced that universities can not just teach people how to do business but also can play a significant role in regional economies. Aard himself has worked with several Russian universities for more than ten years and he is counting on the number of Russian students in the Netherlands growing, and the number of projects they create growing too.
The Plenary session was followed by group discussions where the delegates talked about energy efficiency, computer technology, educational innovations, valorisations and business development, hi-tech systems and materials, life sciences and health.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.