Russia and Germany: Current Situation, Lessons, and Cooperation
An international workshop, ‘Germany’s Transformation after its Unification: Current Situation and Lessons for Other Countries’ was held on September 12th and 13th, 2013 at the HSE. The workshop was organized by the HSE in collaboration with the Liberal Mission Foundation and with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
During the plenary session, Evgeny Yasin, HSE Academic Supervisor, mentioned similar trends seen nowadays in East Germany, contemporary Russia, and other countries with a Soviet past. These include an aging population, an increase in emigration to western countries, discontent with conducted reforms, and a nostalgia for the Soviet era. Germany switched from a centrally planned economy to a market economy more quickly and easily than Russia, with the difference between our cultures affecting the process. Cultural difference is an important point not only for Russia, but also for other countries with a transitional economy, added Evgeny Yasin.
Julius von Freytag-Loringhofen, Project Director at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Russia and Central Asia, mentioned that processes connected with social changes are constant and endless. Petra Müller, member of the Bundestag, Spokesperson on urban development of the German Free Democratic Party, highlighted shared Russian and German problems in urban development. Alexander Chepurenko, HSE Professor of the Department of Economic Sociology, mentioned a high level of forced entrepreneurship and negative conditions for startups in countries with a transitional economy.
During the workshop, the HSE and the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) signed a cooperation agreement concerning student exchange. ‘We are glad to cooperate with such a prominent Russian university’, said Helmut Anheier, Dean of Hertie School of Governance, during the signing of the agreement.
Anastasia Chumak, Maria Selivanova, Olga Sobolevskaya, specially for HSE News Service.
Photo by Pavel Ososov
The agreement establishes a student- and academic-exchange programme and the opportunity for joint educational and research project development. The agreement was signed on April 8 with the participation of representatives of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia.
For Yiğit Tahmisoğlu, Süleyman Saltoğlu and Ekimhan Can – students from Istanbul Bilgi University – the opportunity to study in the HSE and University of London Double Degree Bachelor’s Programme in Economics has meant facing a number of challenges while simultaneously benefiting greatly from what the programme has to offer.
HSE has signed an agreement for a double degree programme with the Free University of Berlin in Germany. The agreement encompasses the Master's programme in Comparative Social Research and its German counterpart will be the ‘East European Studies’ programme.
A group of 37 students from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology visited HSE’s Faculty of Economic Sciences in January 2018. The visit was part of a study trip to Russia organized by HKUST Global Business Program. The students visited Dobrolyubov Public Library, New Economic School, SKOLKOVO School of Management, as well as offices of Novartis Pharma, Yandex, and Moscow Stock Exchange. At HSE they met with Russian and international students who told them about the university and introduced them to Russian culture and traditions, dispelling some of the most popular myths about Russia.
On June 23, an international academic mobility fair took place at HSE. Over 25 universities from Europe, USA, China and Japan took part in the event.
Anza Thasneem and Shipra Singh are exchange students from Indian Institute of Management Raipur, a partner university of HSE-Nizhny Novgorod. International Students’ Club Leader Zhanna Shabanova has talked to Anza and Shipra about their impression of Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, and HSE.
Since 2013, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has cooperated with HSE. This year, a record number of scholarship places will be available for German students to study in HSE short-term programmes through the Go East initiative.
On 1st December students and teachers at HSE met the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Russian Federation, Rudiger von Fritsch.
From September 28 to October 2, 2015, an induction module of the Doing Business in Russia internship programme took place in Moscow. Twenty-seven new German students came for the autumn semester, and those who are completing their internships presented their final company-based projects. The programme is supported by HSE, the German Embassy in Russia, the German-Russian Foreign Trade Chamber, and DAAD.
International companies engage in social responsibility in order to to improve their reputation, be more competitive, and to gain political benefits and some degree of control over society. In Russia, however, businesses convert social investment into informal privileges granted to them by government, according to a paper by Olga Kuzina, Professor of the HSE Department of Economic Sociology, and Marina Chernysheva, postgraduate student at the same department.