HSE University and Agency for Strategic Initiatives Sign Cooperation Agreement
HSE University and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) have agreed to cooperate in the development of new technologies, the digital transformation of the economy, and the social development of the country. The agreement was signed by HSE University Rector Nikita Anisimov and ASI Director General Svetlana Chupsheva at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
HSE University and ASI experts will develop joint degree programmes, as well as prepare research and analytical materials in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology, urban development, tourism, education, and international cooperation. The parties will also implement special projects of the forum ‘Strong Ideas for a New Time’.
In addition, the agreement includes joint work to organise student expeditions under the ‘Rediscovering Russia’ project, develop the service for international promotion and cooperation of Russian projects, practices and initiatives of ‘ASI Go Global’, and organise joint educational events for young leaders, initiative communities and teams at HSE University and ASI ‘Boiling point’ spaces for joint work.
HSE Rector Nikita Anisimov
‘As one of Russia’s leading universities, HSE University focuses on developing talent and participating in any projects aimed at creating a decent future for our country. ASI is a partner organisation that shares our vision and has already proved itself in our previous joint work. I hope that we will see distinct results of our cooperation in the very near future.’
Svetlana Chupsheva, Director General of ASI
‘The Agency for Strategic Initiatives has a broad agenda today: to develop entrepreneurship and technology and to form new approaches in education, social development, and domestic tourism. We rely on the expertise, analytics and experience that HSE University has already acquired in order to work together both to implement specific projects and create new degree programmes. For example, we are planning to launch a pilot programme of the “University of Entrepreneurs” based at HSE University. It’s important for us to exchange practices, so we are ready to involve HSE students and staff in the implementation of the agency's initiatives.’
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